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We have a teenager!
January 23rd, 2010 by Kate

Tess turned 13 on January 5th.  Can’t believe it.  My baby. 

A black "emo" jacket, a "peace" bikini, and Twilight - is she a teenager or WHAT?

A black "emo" jacket, a "peace" bikini, and Twilight - is she a teenager or WHAT?

 Of course for her birthday she wanted to do something “awesome”, which of course, for Tessa, means hurdling herself into harm’s way.  Skydiving was her first choice, but we have heard over and over again that Queenstown is the place to be for skydiving (we’d be there in a week) – so we needed to find some other extreme sport to satisfy her need for danger.

Tessa ZORBING!

Tessa ZORBING!

 So we went “ZORBING”.  It’s pretty much a huge clear hamster ball inside an even larger hamster ball.  They take you up a giant hill, put you and a big bucket of water into the inner ball, and roll your butt down a steep, curving track.

 Tess tried her best to run inside the ball, but the water and the centrifical force turned her into a laughing tumbling dizzy mess.  It was totally hysterical to watch. 

 Phoebe and Olivia faired little better, but had a blast and all came whoosing out of their balls with huge smiles on their faces. 

Phoebe, Olivia, and Tessa - post-zorbing

Phoebe, Olivia, and Tessa - post-zorbing

 A totally awesome birthday for a totally awesome kid (if I do say so myself!).


2 Responses  
B.J. Fredstrup writes:
January 29th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I can’t believe Tess is 13 – where does the time go. I am really glad you are having such a wonderful time and without incident. I am so happy for you all. I am really enjoying your website even if I don’t comment often. Stay safe and God Bless, BJ and Svend

syl writes:
January 28th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

you guys rock family fun all the way !!!where can i get a Zorbing ball

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