a horse party

8:00 AM

happy girl

Emma G's birthday fell right during school holiday this year. Several of her friends weren't going to be in town, so I suggested we wait to do a party until after school convened. Well, it took us a month, but last weekend we had the best horse party ever! Ever since taking horse riding lessons last year through her school, she has loved horses. She wanted one for her birthday, but that didn't happen. A dog is enough for me. When given the option of inviting several friends for a big party or a few friends for a horse ride, she chose the horse riding. She went for an experience, and I love that.

me and my boy

I decided to go along on the horse ride. When I commented that I hadn't ridden a horse in 25 years, our single staff that work with us at Ten Thousand Homes gently said, "We're not even 25 years old yet." Thanks, guys. You just reminded me that I'm not in my 20's anymore. I still think I am.

off for a ride

We rode through the forest and along a cliff edge. The views were stunning. I felt like we were filming a scene from The Man From Snowy River. It was breathtaking. I must have gotten an old, lazy horse, because I'm the only one that got a whip to nudge Baobab along. He made it through the one hour ride, and so did I.

birthday cupcake

We enjoyed a picnic and then ventured over to the sketchy zipline for a little fun. This thing would have been illegal in the states. I still can't believe we zipped on it. Even Emma G went for a gander down the line. That's parenting at its finest...letting your kid ride the unsafe zipline. It was another experience to add to the mix.

zipline

What a fun day it was celebrating our sweet 11 year old!

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3 comments

  1. Yay for horse girls regardless of age! Happy birthday and eleven - wow! She looks like she had such fun

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  2. This sounds like a pretty amazing party! Hard to believe she is already 11 years old!

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  3. What a fabulous party! How cool that she learned to ride at school.
    Yesterday marked twenty years since Ben took me out on our first date. Hard to believe we are getting to this sort of age, Jen...

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