I can see why eating out all the time is so appealing. No dishes, no mess. We’re not about to change our eating/spending habits, but it was really fun to celebrate Mark’s birthday with a full day of socializing and eating out. We started off early at brunch with our friends, then a lovely visit from our friend Christie who brought over presents for the girls which sort of boggled their minds (“what? I get presents on Daddy’s birthday???”). And we did have a French dinner down the street at Mark’s request, but ordered way too much food – a plate of charcuterie, escargot, onion soup, salmon tartare, and then entrees of casoulet and lamb shank. So how did Miss Mia like the snails? Well, we would ask her if she wanted one and she would keep saying that she would get to them later. Kudos to her for finally trying them though and feigning interest and nodding that they were good when I could tell that she wasn’t sure about it. Mark and I were a bit too stuffed to eat the desserts that I bought around the corner, but the girls somehow found room in their stomachs to polish them all off.