More on our country adventures: In return for some help with his computer from my brother in law, this generous gentleman saddled up the pony (do I sound knowledgable yet?) and gave all the children rides. He had the temerity to call us city slickers, but I only saw one person conversing on a mobile phone during the pony riding ;)
All the children really enjoyed the rides, and when combined with the effects of over an hour in the swimming pool at our motel, we had some very tired children on our hands.
So tired, in fact, that they ALL slept through until 7 am, when our breakfast was delivered to our door. This is an amazing occurance, never having happened before. My kids are the one who have the job of waking the birds up, I think.