|Aaliyah Riding on Pumpkin the pony|
The one thing that was turning out to be a deterrent was
the actual car ride to the birthday party. It would definitely be added to my mental list of unforgettable events. Even with a GPS, we missed the turn and ended up going about in circles for a good half hour. A part of me said that I should just go back while the eager faces in the back signaled that I should not lose hope and continue with my driving. I stopped twice to ask for directions. The first one was from a man who was waiting for a bus. Wrong decision because I was more lost than I started off. The second time I stopped at a house and saw a man heading out his driveway. I asked for directions and thankfully his directions were perfect.
Aaliyah was a little bit scared in the beginning but by the end of it all, she was pretty proud of her brave act. She kept her calm and enjoyed the ride for the most part.
Walking back to the barn after the ride
While the kids were getting their rides, the remaining kids kept themselves busy by drinking hot chocolate and playing pinning the tail on the donkey. They had pizza and bread sticks to fill their hungry tummies. After this the barn staff took them out into the barn for a scavenger hunt. The kids had to find a horse shoe each. Some kids also went down a slide which was actually meant to slide huge bundles of grass from an upper level of the stable.
After this the kids were shown how to properly feed a carrot to a horse. They had to hold the carrot in their palm for the horse to eat it properly. The kids did this and then we went back into the lounge for opening the gifts, decorating the horse shoe and cutting the key. The kids kept the decorated horse shoe as party favor.
All in all, it was a memorable and fun birthday party that I am sure the kids and the parents will remember for a long time to come.