On a walk through the beautiful green rice fields north of Ubud.
Today, Molly displayed much grace while celebrating her birthday in a weird, yet wonderful manner. Thrilled with her surprise gift of 2 boxes of Annies Mac and Cheese that Marmie brought with her and an ITunes card from Nana, we had to laugh to think of Molly being thrilled with a box of Mac and Cheese for any other birthday or Theo being excited about refried beans a year from now.
Our day started early again thanks to the rooster / duck chorus so we made good use of the time with everyone agreeing to spend the early hours traipsing through the wet, muddy and peaceful rice fields.
Molly working on her masterpiece.
After our return from our walk and a birthday breakfast of fried rice, Molly, Theo and I headed off to a mask carving class were we learned, with lots of help, how to take a tree branch and end up with a carved and recognizable figure 3 hours later. Marmie and Dan encouraged us along when they arrived to watch the spectacle.
Feeling very accomplished with our new found talent for carving we went to lunch and then decided to do a bit of shopping. As we were out and about the afternoon rains started in earnest and we ended up taking cover from the on-going downpour in a restaurant playing a couple hands of hearts. As the rain dragged on we decided to go straight for an early dinner as we had a plane to catch at 11:00 p.m. for Australia.
OMG, is that beautiful young woman trying on the dress really Molly?!? How did she get so old?!?
Saying a sad goodbye to Marmie who is flying out tomorrow, we made our way out of the rice field for one last time and hopped in a van for our last drive through the chaotic Asian traffic feeling a bit ambivalent about moving on. After over 5 months of visiting countries in what is referred to as the 3rd world we’re ready for being in a country that has the comforts and familiarity of the 1st world. However, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time and experience in Asia and we’re sorry to leave this place that is so different and filled with new experiences, people, foods, weather and landscape.
The wait staff at our restaurant surprised Molly (and the rest of us!) with a piece of cake and a heartfelt birthday song. Then each one of them shook Molly's hand.
A very long night rounded out what ended up being an epic day as we flew through the night stopping first in Darwin before arriving in Brisbane at 10:00 a.m. the following morning.
A dubious end to an otherwise splendid birthday. Ahem...
Even our sleep deprived and muddled brains managed to note the humor in getting to stay up all night on your 12th birthday, not because your slumber party was such fun but because your crazy parents booked crazy flights!
(Lisa) pictures to follow later today!