We had a great time this afternoon and evening at our friend's cottage. They made us a huge meal after which Ian and others went out on the boat kneeboarding and then wakeboarding. I can't do those things because of my back so I hung out with my friend and her kids instead, which was more fun. We haven't seen each other in quite a while and we had time to catch up.
My friend was actually able to go out kneeboarding for a while, too, while I looked after the kids - three boys (7, 5, and 18mos). I was able to entertain each of them for a while then and after their mom came back. The kids seemed to really enjoy playing with me and I loved hanging out with them.
For quite a while there I was having my own issues around little kids and feeling angry when I was with them, but that's gone. It stemmed from the fact that I couldn't have children. Over the last few months I've been able to recognize and deal with those emotions so being around kids is more fun for me and I'm more patient with them. This made today a fun time for me and the kids while also giving my friend a bit of a break from dealing with all three of them.