Everyone loved dinner tonight. There were no complaints, and they even asked for seconds. This is a minor miracle considering how picky these kids are!
D was playing Skype D&D while the kids and I did our own thing. We had a good night.
I threw together an Italian feast: spaghetti marinara, pizza, and salad.
Then we took Bizzy for a walk. Freya skateboarded, which is her new thing. (I got her a starter board as a Valentine’s Day gift. She’s gotten pretty good. Only fell once. She asked for a real board for her birthday.)
Once we were back at home, we played a few rounds of this:
It was more fun than I expected. There was much shit talking. 😂
Then it was movie time. They wanted a 90s horror movie, and I needed something that wouldn’t scare Jackson too much, so I chose Scream. They loved it. We shit talked the characters the entire time.
(That movie came out in 1996 and holy fuck do I feel old).
I love these babes. ❤️❤️
Do we even have kids anymore? We barely see them. They just hide in their rooms.
I’ve been craving a return to normal, and I got a glimpse of it tonight.
Stuffed mushrooms. These turned out really well. So delicious.
The main course:
Chicken Modiga with roasted garlic parmesan broccoli and a simple Italian salad.
Next time we will modify this recipe to pound and pan fry the chicken, which is how I’ve always had it in the past (at STL restaurants – this seems to be a local dish). Our recipe called for baking, which just wasn’t as good. The sauce was dead on and absolutely delicious, however.
I know I say this almost every time, but I love these cooking date nights. Last night, we were discussing how different this marriage is from our previous ones – how much more fulfilling. Even little things like cooking together bring us so much joy. As D noted: it was like lightning struck when we met. It was meant to be. Neither of us can imagine it being better than this. It might seem weird, but our recent sexual exploits are just making it even clearer. We are having a blast, but it reminds us that we are each other’s people. (And our sex has been insanely good lately. There’s no red waste over here).
Sorry…now I’m gushing and it’s coming off as bragging. But really we just click in a way I never thought possible. ❤️
After dinner, we skipped to season 4 of Voyager and watched the first few Seven of Nine episodes in preparation for Picard starting next week. I’m into season 4, so I imagine we will keep watching.
Just the other night, we were having dinner with the kids, doing our normal banter, and Freya exclaimed, “This table is magical!” The kids have mentioned often, though Freya more so, that they love family dinner time, and the topics of conversation. D and I engage with the kids openly and freely on all topics. Freya in particular tends to come hang out with us while we cook so that she can listen to our back and forth. She’s learned a lot! Haha. Anyway…that’s just something I’m really loving right now. ❤️❤️
The prompt for today is confetti. I could have whipped up some funfetti cupcakes, since I have a box of cakemix in the pantry, but why torture myself?
So instead you get a pic from tonight’s D&D campaign: Dragon Heist.
I have to admit, tonight was a bit tough for me. The teen is all about being contrary, because she thinks it’s cute and funny, but really it’s just annoying as fuck. The tween means well, and loves to play, but he doesn’t pay attention/gets all spazzy, which is frustrating. It doesn’t help that I was hungover, and going through carb withdrawals, meaning I had very little patience for their nonsense.
Maybe next time will be better. D put a lot of energy into this adventure, and I think we sort of ruined it for him.
I think we should get a new adult group going. J & M told us they’d love to play. I know C & J are down. And RZ. The truth is: I just don’t like playing D&D with kids. 🤷🏻♀️