Sunday, 9 September 2012

Mila's Birthday (Part Two)

For Mila's birthday adventure we wanted to do something she had never experienced before BUT have it also be something she liked, so that she was sure to enjoy it. Oxymoron, right? We were racking our brains.

And then my brilliant mom suggested...a horseback ride! After all, three months later Mila still talks about Mama Sealy and Baby Stormy, her Hawaii besties--and once at a farmer's market we had put her on a 10-second pony walk where we practically had to drag her away afterwards. Horses were the way to go for Mila's big day. We finally found a great stable out in Point Reyes that allows toddlers to go on a guided horseback ride, as long as someone would be holding onto her (duh). On the drive over I told Mila we were going to ride horses and she got SO EXCITED. I think she car-napped with a smile on her face.

And the experience did not disappoint--not for Mila and not for us from her reaction to it. When it came time to climb onto Ginger the horse, she was so calm and focused, so fiercely determined, she seemed twice her age. She was ready. I was amazed--and so proud.

p.s. The aspect about the whole birthday adventure that Mila is still talking about? How on our way out we came across one of the horses peeing. Onto the ground. Not on the potty.

Oh, and this is also where I post a million pics of Mila eating her birthday cake. And by cake I mean frosting. She could have cared less about the fluffy yellow stuff beneath all that chocolate goodness.

Lots of pictures. Thanks for letting me indulge! And Mila, thanks again for being you.

"If we didn’t have birthdays,
you wouldn’t be you.
If you’d never been born,
well then what would you do?
If you’d never been born,
well then what would you be? ...

Today you are you!
That is truer than true!
There is no one alive...

...who is you-er than you!

-from one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, Happy Birthday to You!

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