I like getting the report from Kristine at night about the interesting things the kids do or say during the day. Today, as she was brushing her teeth, Ruby turned to Kristine, and – in a somewhat panicked tone – asked, “How do you KNOW the things that you KNOW?” She apparently stuck on this topic for some time, asking with increased urgency as she got ready for bed. I think she went to sleep still grappling with what appears to be a bit of an existential crisis. I can’t wait to wake her up in the morning to continue the conversation.
Henry had a full and momentous birthday on Saturday. He started the day by playing his last soccer game of the season, and scoring the FIRST goal of his life! After celebratory donuts, we opened presents, which plunged the Fry Family into wii land. God help us.
After prying the game controllers from the kids’ hands we went to see Mr. Doolittle and Sherman at the Regal Cinemas, which was actually pretty good, even if half the jokes were over the kids’ heads. We followed that with a beautiful walk home along the Hudson River. And then we had dinner at Henry’s favorite restaurant, Red Farm, where we had an amazing dinner complete with Pac Man dumplings.
Henry had a great birthday, made extra special by the visit from Grandma and Grandpa Fry, who also made life a lot easier this week with school pick ups, homework oversight and good times all around.
Happy birthday to Henry! This morning, according to Fry Lodge birthday tradition, Henry (and special guest) received breakfast in bed, followed by the opening of his first gift. Ruby decided to give Henry two squirt guns. She made it clear that the red gun is for his opponent. Luckily, she was right there to play that role. Bonus birthday present: Grandma and Grandpa Fry are here to celebrate. Happy birthday to the sweetest seven-year-old in NYC.
Yesterday the Fry Family Quartet met up in Brooklyn with the McCullochs and Sells to see some great music, Soulive at Brooklyn Bowl. The kids had a blast, and it was nice to see some live music in the middle of the day. Afterwards we bummed around Brooklyn a bit and finished the day with some amazing Indian food at Curry in a Hurry, a Neelam Sell childhood favorite.
On Saturday we had some special visitors from Seattle, our friends the Hoseins. While Hanson and Heather took in a Broadway play written by their good friend, our kids got acquainted at Fry Lodge. And they got along famously. Ruby and Rosie were inseparable after just a few minutes, and Henry and Hendrix discovered a common passion in Legos. A great visit from a wonderful family.
Today I traveled by bus to visit the castles built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. He was a strange dude. With no wife and no family, Ludwig lived alone. He slept during the day and rode horses at night (hence his Moon King nickname). He lived in a lavish castle, where he entertained no guests and played the organ (badly) when he wasn’t riding his horse. So he wouldn’t have to see any servants at mealtime, he had his dining table constructed so that it could be lowered into the floor (like a dumb waiter). Every time he finished a course, the table would lower so that dishes could be cleared and the next course could be loaded. Oh, and he ate peacocks. Ludwig died at 40, before his big castle, Neuschwanstein, could be finished. But not before he had a cave room constructed right off his bedroom. So that was my day – I learned about an agoraphobic king and saw a few castles.