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(2011) In which I realize how long it's been since I've blogged.

Oh dear. You know when you get to that place where you don't have room for any more mental book marks of things you want to write about, so you get totally overwhelmed and then you don't do any of it? No? I'm the only one? Gah!

So, in a lame attempt to catch up on stuff--here are three things I've recently enjoyed:

Mother's Day: I'm pretty sure I got a nap on that day, which makes it in the top 5% of days no matter what else happened that day. But I do happen to remember that the rest of the day was great too. The entire Kindergarten of Bennett's school hosted a really fancy mother's day tea. The kids sang, "You Raise Me Up" and I'll tell you what--every single mother in that room was a weepy, snotty, emotional wreck. Afterwards Bennett said to me, "Those were happy tears, right? Mrs. Marek told us sometimes moms cry at stuff like that so we shouldn't be worried if our moms cry". Bennett also painted a beautiful tulip on canvas for me.

Next up--Memorial Day: As the kick-off for summer, we busted out the main attraction for the season. The Bonzai Sidewinder water slide. Behold

Look at those cuties waiting patiently while Seth sets it up in the background.

Turns out they are even cuter from the front

Obviously fun was had by all. It's already proven to be the best investment in summer fun I could have hoped for, especially considering we've already had a number of scorching hot days.

Last but not least, My birthday! Reynapalooza actually began at 9pm the Wednesday before my birthday because that's the only day/time we could get a reservation at Topolobampo (Rick Bayless's ultra-hip, delicious and fancy-pants restaurant). As was to be expected it was incredible food. I almost wish I hadn't gone though because I can't stop thinking about this one dish I had in our tasting menu with a chilled coconut and lime broth with serrano chiles and scallops that just melted in your mouth . I will probably think about it every day for the rest of my life. Curse you Rick Bayless. Curse you.

This is my attempt at a self-portrait. Obviously I'm really good at these.
The morning of my birthday I awoke to a fabulous breakfast and festive decorations followed by a day at the park for Kite day in Naperville. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and we enjoyed everything about it. Well....almost everything. At the park a live band was playing--which is generally a nice thing. But this band was the worst thing I've ever heard in my life. Actually, the word "band" is not an accurate description of what was happening. There was a lead singer, and a "guitar player". There was a guy was running around all over stage pretending to play the guitar....but he wasn't. There was no mistaking that the lead singer was, in fact, singing. But by singing, I mean screeching. The set-list including favorites from Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Slayer. It was the most wretched performance I've ever heard, though they did seem to have at least two fans there.

Despite the laughable music, we had a great time flying kites

The day wrapped up with an ice cream cake and presents. I was spoiled rotten, and I loved it. All in all it was a perfect week spent with my favorite people doing some of my very favorite things.

Seth Malley