Matt had a birthday in September, and we celebrated the day with another field trip into the city. He and the kids hadn’t ever been to the giant fruit and vegetable market known as “la vega”.Aren’t the spices beautiful? I’d love to take a bunch of pictures of this amazing place, but we stick out enough there, and this is the kind of place where you’re somewhat likely to have your purse grabbed, so we walked through fairly quickly.We made our way to this Peruvian restaurant for lunch. I know I’ve said this before, but Peruvian food is the best. You should seek it out whenever you have a chance.A proud moment for parents — Sam tried the “tiraditos” which, like ceviche, are made with raw fish, and loved them. They are delicious.After lunch, we headed to Santiago’s national art museum. We’ve been meaning to check out this museum for about two years, and our kids were positive we were torturing them. I had to keep reminding them that they get to choose what to do on their birthdays, and this is what Matt wanted to do!It’s a fairly small museum, and you can only take photos in the main hall, which has this lovely architecture. In some of the other galleries, we had interesting discussions with the boys about the reasons for and appropriateness of nudity in art, as well as answering the classic question about modern art — “Why is that art? I could make that!” Matt and I both really love art museums — we should torture our kids more often.Back home, our kids are always super-impressed that Matt can put his candle out with his fingers. They are easily impressed. Isn’t he aging well? Look honey, you can’t even see your grey hairs in these pictures!We are a little obsessed with chocolate-mint brownies right now. I use my sister Kathryn’s recipe, but it’s similar to this one. A happy ending to a happy day.