Ever since I bought a kite in an op shop, Aisha has begged us to take it out. However, the weather hasn’t been so willing, and we’ve had to put her off — time and time again — until today.

I love giving the girls new experiences like this. Being a parent means you get to re-live the fun, innocent activities of childhood, and although I have a vague memory of flying a kite as a child, I can’t actually place the experience or remember any details.

Today, the wind was blowing in gusts, and took us a while to find a good location where the kite wouldn’t get tangled up in trees.

Aisha, 5yo, Calista, 2yo, David, + Brioni, 3yo, May 2010
The closest tree-less place to our house is the horse paddock.

A small collection of friendly horses came to us. Most of them are still pony-sized, so the girls didn’t mind having them around. Besides, they’ve been shown how to greet horses by an expert, and Aisha has started declaring that she’ll be a “horse lady” when she grows up.

Aisha, 5yo, + David, May 2010
For a while, the horses were more interesting to the girls than the kite.

Once David got the kite flying at the length of its string, he gave the plastic spool to the girls to hold.

Brioni, 3yo, May 2010
Brioni's turn.

Brioni, 3yo, + David, May 2010
A horse started to nibble on Brioni's hat while she was holding the kite-string.

Calista, 2yo, May 2010
Calista didn't freak out when David put her on the horse. Instead, she looked at the camera and said, "Cheese!".

Aisha, 5yo, May 2010
Aisha's turn.

Calista, 2yo, May 2010
Even Cali had a turn!

Kite-flying, May 2010
Not bad for a 50-cent kite!