It's not something I ever pictured myself doing, but when the church elders decided to have an outing together with their spouses, who am I to be a party-pooper?
That's me and Kim on the far left...our pastor CJ in the front, and 4 of the other 5 church elders (including our son Kristoffer and son-in-law Zach) and their spouses in our Viking-for-the-day garb.
Who knew there was an axe-throwing venue in Indianapolis???
Of course, waivers have to be signed...we would be throwing REAL axes! YIKES!!!
Dana as a lovely Viking queen....
My most intimidating, tough Viking look...
...and my handsome Viking man sporting braids?!
Pre-throwing instructions from our Ax-spert named Sapling. (???...that's what his name tag said...)
Each of us had a couple of practice rounds before the competitions (YES...COMPETITIONS!) began.
Zach and CJ, focused and ready to lead the troop!
I was very thankful for that strong metal fence between us...
These are real and sharp axes!
Zach did well right from the start. It's not as easy as it looks...I was thankful just to get one to stick once in a while!
My man is focused and ready!
Nice shot, Jeff! He would prove to be one of the best axe-throwers in the group.
Dana and Emily were next...
And then it was my turn. Not a natural, by any stretch of the imagination! Most of my throws didn't even sink into the target.
Sapling divided us up into 2 teams and the competition was on!
Nice shot, Kristoffer!
Rosie was the first to get a bullseye!
And CJ got one too! That pretty much finished off our first team competition, a game of Hangman determined by points.
Losers. As Kristoffer succinctly put it, we had our "axes" handed to us in both the team competitions.
The second competition involved a tic-tac-toe game, with certain points assigned to certain squares.
Once more, Rosie led her team to victory! What a WOMAN!!! (Despite that questionable shirt she's wearing...)
The final competition was "Sudden Death"...each of us had 2 lives and the last man/woman standing would be the Viking victor.
Kim stayed alive in a big way...the blue dots were worth a whopping 10 points!
One by one, Jeff took a "life" of each of us...
...and had the privilege of watching from his throne as the rest of us fought each other.
Father versus daughter. One will "die"....
"Almost" is not good enough in a battle to the death....
The final face-off to determine who is Lumber Lord! Jeff versus CJ...
CJ emerges with the Viking victory!
Winning a free pass to come back for more awe-throwing...
...and the stamp declaring CJ the Lumber Lord. Perfect spot for that "tattoo"!
Rumor has it that it took quite a lot of hard scrubbing to remove that before the next day's Sunday sermon...
Even though I never really caught on very well, we all had a great time! Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I'd be...