Friday night! Me! The kids! In a different town!
We went to the dollar store and I gave them each five dollars and a basket so they could buy Christmas presents for folks.
The process of shopping for others as opposed to themselves was interesting to watch.
Caspian found the whole thing stressful; Annaliese found it invigorating.
We then went to a sushi restaurant and ordered soup, scallops and mixed vegetables, fried rice, pan-fried dumplings, edamame, California and avocado rolls.
Oh. and SHirley Temples.
The rule was they had to try everything.
Caspian hated it all. He'd take a bite and shake his head mournfully. No, Mama, I don't like these beans anymore (even though he used to love them). In other words, he was being three. I didn't force the issue. He didn't even care for his shirley Temple.
Annaliese adored the dumplings and edamame and gave the scallops and fried rice a good whack too.
She wants to be a chef right now.
It was really fun.
We live a pretty quiet family life. Trips to the zoo or the weekly jaunt to the House of BBQ or church are adventures. The dollar store and sushi? Big damn deal.
It may be selfish of me, but I like that the kids are so excited about the out-of-the-ordinary jaunts.
They've been making their Christmas lists. We've already come a long way from last year's "Band-aids and a Spotting-scope": this year it's bikes (we got it! they are getting bikes!), toy kitchens (no.) princess dressed (she HAS those) and "something to eat" (guess who.)
Love these munchkins.
Caspian had a good time even if he didn't like anything.
Annaliese had a much better time than this picture might suggest.