M turned 12 today. She played with some friends in the park where the cherry trees are in full bloom and they all came up for birthday banana cream pie. The Joy of Cooking wasn't very specific about how much I should continue stirring over not in boiling water so the custard wasn't as firm as it could have been, but the friends were all duly impressed. They didn't know that pies and custard could be in one dessert and that either could be made at home. J performed "Happy Birthday" on the beaten up saxophone that a neighbor gave us and N followed a nice rendition of the first part of "Puff the Magic Dragon" on the recorder (melody) and xylophone (harmony and percussion) simultaneously. She can only play until the first low note though as she only uses one hand.