Hey there - just got back from 4 days at the family property - where it spent most of the time raining - which is wonderful when you love watching grass grow, not so fantastic when you are an 8 year old wanting to ride the horse as much as humanly possible!
Speaking of 'Salina, she is now cantering with confidence on the horse (not pony) and would sleep in the saddle if it were allowed!
Supergal (3) and Spideyboy (5) were also wonderful. I took them for a drive and played "I spy" - although Spideyboy needed to do colours rather than sounds. Not a lot of obvious things that aren't in the realm of grey (clouds), red (roads) or green (grass, leaves) - thank goodness, really! Supergal loved playing along - her clues were "I spy a road!" - pretty easy, really!
Only nearly got bogged once (chose to get rescued before that, though - on a truck with bulls, you don't want to do the slide).
Only had the instant family gathering once - 12 people and my SIL's mother!
Also had to learn a little more about death, as one pony died in a freak accident yesterday - kids all reacting differently.
Left 'Salina out there until tonight - so will hopefully have 4 hours work time now.
Then approximately 2 hours child-free V time. I wonder what that is like.
Tonight, my sister will bring 'Salina, Spideyboy and Supagal for an overnight stay - an opportunity for her to do the "big smoke" shopping, and for me to have the kids for some quality beach holiday fun!
By the way - did not get "the perfect present" for the birthday last week, but quite a few goodies - and I will post the recipe and photo of the awesome cake that I baked!
Now, off to work (oh, and try and visit some of you!)