A rare photo of the whole family together!
On Tuesday I went hiking at Engineer Mountain with my dad and my brother, who was visiting from Las Vegas. The wildflowers were spectacular.
My birthday was on Wednesday. We had dinner with my parents and I asked for the exact same meal as last year - ribs, mac & cheese, spinach salad, fruit salad, although instead of an ice cream cake we tried the Favorite Fudge Birthday Cake from King Arthur. [Verdict: Very good but I haven't quit the search for the absolutely perfect chocolate cake, or maybe I should take those high altitude adjustments more seriously.]
Jonathan bought me many bouquets of flowers and a picnic basket. On Thursday I had a pedicure in the morning then we went for a picnic by the river.
Other happenings: We went to the pool three times - There is a fun kids area with water slides, sprinklers, fountains, and a lazy river. I went running several times, of course, and spent time reading. Jonathan and I finished the third season of Grantchester. We visited with my parents and brother. We went to the library, to church, and to a birthday party at the park for one of Swede's school friends.
Abel's latest favorite new word is "truck."
Other delicious things we ate: We went out for crepes downtown, and had ice cream with Jonathan's parents. We had Chinese take-out for dinner one night and Abel, who has been a very picky eater later, could not get enough lo mein. Swede and I baked Not-So-Boring Bran Muffins from Seriously Delish as an antidote to all the leftover chocolate cake.
Baking is seriously business.
Last summer I used my vacation to take off every Friday but this year I decided to take off one week a month in June, July, and August. Four-day work weeks are nice but a whole week off, even - and maybe especially - if you don't go anywhere, feels like a really nice long break.
That's all! Tell me: What's the best birthday you've ever had? The best birthday cake?