The kids and I had a great time making Angel Food Cake this morning. I generally like to make things from scratch, but using a mix for Angel Food definitely has its advantages: among them, the fact that you can lick up the leftover batter without fear of salmonella from raw eggs! It was the first time the kids had the joy of licking batter from a beater, and they enjoyed it to the fullest.
I love this shot -- she looks like she's thinking, "Hmmm. Wonder if his is better than mine?"
But she was pretty pleased with her portion, all told.
After we got all sticky, I cleaned up the kids and even dressed them up a little. (Thanks to Giki and Pop-Pop for the adorable Gymboree outfits!)
S had to work in the morning (bummer!) but that gave us time to get our preparations done. When he got home, the kids gave him their cards. BB still hasn't quite mastered the whole drawing thing. She very much likes to do the "it's a match!" game, which means lots of monochromes. Red crayon on red paper doesn't show up so well, but the markers can be seen a bit.
Remember how I was saying that BJ wrote for the first time? Here's the proof:
ALL BY HIMSELF, he wrote "DAD" on the front,
and ALL BY HIMSELF on the inside he wrote his name and "I love you." Granted, the "I love you" is much less legible, but he did pretty darned good on the rest!
On the back, he drew a picture, "Of Daddy when he was a very little kid." (Perhaps a fertilized egg???)
At his request, my gift to S was the first season of The Tudors on DVD. Watching stuff together is one of his favorite things for us to do, but it isn't always mine (not too surprising given my TV snobbery) so as part of the gift I consented to watch it with him. We've seen the opening episode, and I'm not yet persuaded that it will be excellent -- among other things, I've heard that the history is a bit sketchy -- but it's entertaining enough so far. (At any rate, I'd rather watch this with him than episodes of obscure anime! Sorry S!)
He got to choose our family activity for the afternoon, so we went over to our favorite used bookstore. (No wonder I love the guy. He gets to pick anything he'd like to do, and he chooses to take us all to a used bookstore!) Afterwards, we went out to dinner at Chili's. Not haute cuisine, but kid-friendly and yummy enough. Kids were well behaved and we actually had a pleasant time. Impossible as it seems, they are getting old enough for all this sort of thing to be much easier. Most of the time, anyway.
Hard to believe my guy is closer to 40 than 30 (and I'll be right behind him...) but here's to many happy returns of the day. I love you, birthday boy!