Today was Ash Wednesday and for somewhat obvious reasons we didn't feel that it was terribly likely that we were going to make it to the 7:00 AM service at our church. Fortunately our priest offered to come by and impose ashes as well as bless Matthew right at our house. How can you say no to that (he may also have wanted to see the cute new baby but that's beside the point right?). After oogling the baby, making suitable comments about what a great big sister Elizabeth was and discussing the origins of the marking one's foreheads with ashes we got to the actual cough up your forehead and hold still moment. Elizabeth was quite unsure about this. At first she flatly refused but after being offered the opportunity to mark the priest with ashes she quickly accepted and everything ended happily.