It's January 17, almost Let's Inaugurate a Lunatic Day, it's cold and grey outside, and I still haven't taken down our Christmas tree, which is dead.
Time for a half-assed, hodgepodge post of random, mostly unrelated photos!
I made this for dinner and lo, it was good. (We've been mixing it up and trying out a few of the other meal-delivery service options, so this was a Sunbasket recipe.) So good that the kids ate EVERY BITE, declared it their favorite, and then Ezra and Ike made me thank-you necklaces.
Which I think went really well with an equally ridiculous dress. The men in my life give me weird things.
I also made a lasagna.
I was pretty darn proud of it (as evidenced by the multiple photos I took of it for no reason) and the kids ate it just fine, but alas, I was not showered in additional jewelry afterwards. Ingrates.
Our weekend was on the touristy side...first Jason took Noah to Fort McHenry in Baltimore while I hosted a playdate for the other two at home.*
He had more questions than the park staff were able to answer, but came home full of excitement, along with a bunch of books and a small copy of the Constitution. Which he now carries around everywhere and likes to pull out and ask random strangers if they know what it is, all CAN I TALK TO YOU ABOUT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR TODAY? WHO'S UP FOR AN IMPROMPTU HISTORY LESSON FROM AN 11-YEAR-OLD? LET'S TALK AMENDMENTS, SHALL WE?
The Constitution accompanied us to Medieval Times (which was every bit as delightfully cheesy as I expected, and MAN do they get you coming and going with the souvenirs and the upsells), and Noah used it to test the commitment to staying in character of every actor and waiter in the place.
Those swords were an immediately regrettable purchase, but everybody was having so much fun I was powerless to stop the ridiculousness.
Noah did not enjoy the lack of silverware and got a little stressed over the choreographed dueling, but did great and really enjoyed it overall. Ike was absolutely transfixed by the horses and whole over-the-top pageantry of the show. Ezra ate an entire roast chicken with his bare hands and thought it was amazing.
Not pictured: The happy adults who were pleasantly surprised by the fact that there was wine!
*The playdate was with Ezra's new BFF and her little brother (who is in Ike's class). Ezra made everybody clean their rooms the day before because she "doesn't like messy rooms" and then was up and dressed (in a "handsome shirt") six hours ahead of time and made Jason style his hair "spiky like a rock star." He then confessed that sometimes the other kids sing the sittin' in the tree song to him about her but he doesn't care because he's in love.
"We DON'T kiss," he clarified. "We NEVER do that. But sometimes we hold hands."
And finally, Batman.