today was my best friend jen's birthday. jen and i have known each other since primary school, been best friends since high school and know each other like the back of our hands. (side note, i have always thought it was so random that people say that - do people really know the backs of their hands that well?? i am fairly certain i couldn't describe mine to someone...) she is the friend that i laugh with, cry with, laugh until i cry with... the girl that knows all my secrets and who i share all my inappropriate jokes in every situation with. she is the best of all best friends, and i am so glad she's mine.
mat, her husband, called us and asked us to come up to the farm for the day and have a bbq... there was no mention of a fire, but being that the invite came from mat, it's winter and we were going to the farm, i should have assumed... cause there was one. of course.
maddie of course thought it was christmas and her birthday all at once as she ran about the place unsupervised (really, there's not much she could do to hurt herself) looking at everything and chatting to everyone. she even came into the sheep paddock and had a look at them, but definitely wasn't game enough to pat them, even though mummy was. she was safely perched behind my leg, hanging on for dear life. we also looked at the emu, who was up the back of the paddock, so she felt safe enough to point him out me and yell things to him. funny kid.
and of course, we had to have a go on uncle mat's ride on esky. she loves that thing and would ride it all day if we would let her. mat has to keep turning it off and shooing her away when she got too close. she certainly loved mummy being brave enough to take her for a spin though.
and our little boy was more than happy to chill with dad and be comfortable and warm in his puffy vest, sleeping on and off for most of the day. i love how happy to warm makes the kids. it's a lovely reminder of my childhood and the time i got to spend running about, playing in the dirt and generally making mischief. i am so glad that my best friend and parents live in lovely clackline and have given my children the opportunity to do the same.