Foos & a Rothko.
Foos marveling at Minerva Visiting the Muses on Mount Parnassus by Claude Lorrain.
Guess who else had a birthday? This dude! Banjo, a dog who hides under the bed if there is a fly in the house and is scared of life itself, is finally two. I baked him this cake, which, judging by the quantity of drool on my floor, he loved. Humans can totally eat it too, except its gross. I just used a cup to cut it into circles and layer it. The frosting is the same one I use when I’m not lazy and bake him dog treats: 1/4 a cup of peanut butter and two tablespoons of bacon grease. It’s magical.
Part of the reason of why Foos’ birthday party was such a low key affair is because what she really wanted to do was go to Disney. She started asking last year, and we always deferred it for cost reasons. This year, as her birthday inched closer, she started telling people without consulting with us, that yep, she was going to Disney for her birthday. I mean, we had promised her that she would go eventually and I think she was starting to think we wouldn’t keep our word. So we skimped on the party and she got her trip. It was also my first time there, and it was nice experiencing long lines and cheap thrills together for the first time. I kid, I had a good time too. After three hours there I had seen what I came to see and was ready to go home, but we stayed until after the fireworks and didn’t get home till 2 am. Memorable birthday, indeed!
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Foos finally turned 6 last month. We never do huge parties; normally its a cake, piñata, pizza, goodie bags at the park. It’s strategic on my part, I posit that if I go crazy every year, she is going to expect crazy every year and sometimes that is simply not possible. We are poor, so I like to keep expectations low, haha. If we exceed them that is great, if not there is no disappointment. This year was an even more low key affair, it was just cake and family. And you know what? She loved it just as much. I baked a version of this rainbow layer cake with candy surprise. I subbed the candy well in the middle with all kinds if different sprinkles (easier to chew) and it was a big hit and very beautiful. If you are going to try it, do follow the instructions and give yourself time to bake everything. I wasn’t happy while baking the cake until 10 pm after work, but the next day I appreciated that effort because it made things a thousand times easier.
This was also the birthday where I realized her family and friends know her so well. Though she would have loved whatever, and I always say get her what you want when people ask, she didn’t receive any frivolous toys. Instead she was gifted lots of science kits, books, clothes, a zoo membership, a candy making class, a subscription to kiwi box. All things that she needs and align with her interests. It was wonderful, and added to the feeling I already have that she is truly everyone’s child.
Happy birthday, Foos!
We spent our fourth piled together in different rooms of the apartment. Baked cookies and dog treats. Put up with some sass from my girl who did not appreciate me correcting her spelling of ‘etymology’ and who at some point declared that I “didn’t understand her sarcasm.” My daily dose of panic came when she choked on a piece of bacon while eating breakfast (America!), made even worse by the fact that I watched Okja the night before and was already feeling guilty about said bacon. Though we haven’t been feeling particularly patriotic lately, we were invited to a beach house by a friend, went, and had a fantastic time. Life often feels like the strangest of all experiences, but I am glad I get to do it with these people.
I wanted to share this beautiful video Seth made of Foos reading and enjoying The Little Prince about two months ago. June 29th would have been Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 117th birthday. My friend and fairy godperson, Stephanie, got her a pristine copy of that book earlier this year and she finally got around to read it. I made the mistake of letting her see the movie before she read the book and had to field about a thousand questions about the discrepancies between the two. Even so, it was truly a treat to see her enjoy it and engage with it so much.