Thank you all so much for your lovely YLF birthday wishes! You made me feel so happy and really made my day special.

I had a fun day, full of cake (for breakfast, lunch and dinner!), and was spoiled rotten by DH and the family. It started with apple crumb cake & blueberries with a homemade smoothie for breakfast. Then we went to a birthday party for one of DS1's friends (I joked that I got a free birthday party!). The kids had fun swimming.

Then afterward DH surprised me with a mani-pedi that he had arranged in advance. He pretended like he wanted me to hop down and get something at the grocery for him, but when we got there he said I had an appointment for a deluxe mani-pedi and he would be back in an hour and a half to get me. So he watched the kids and I got to sip champagne and get my arms and legs massaged and nails painted. DH definitely got the raw end of the deal on that one, as DS2 cried and cried the whole time for me. He threw a huge tantrum because he wanted me, and kept kicking DH and throwing things at him and then stripped off all his clothes (he does that when he's mad). He only put them back on when DH said, "It's time to go pick up Mommy", and then promptly fell asleep in the car.

Then we came home and DH made a wonderful birthday dinner for me, with flank steak with chimichurri sauce, caramelized onions and tomatoes, lemon-mint orzo and crisp green beans. He baked a cake which the kids decorated for me and got me a beautiful purple flower bouquet. I have a memory book that I have the kids write in instead of giving me cards for Mother's Day and my birthday. All 3 kids drew pictures, including DS2 who drew "Mama in a boat with a pink fish in the water" and "Mama holding a balloon and a pear."

I got myself some small gifts--a couple of jewelry organizers (see the bracelet rack). DH promised me I could get something nice. I had been interested in a Goyard bag, but when I went to the SF store a few days ago I tried on the totes and the strap drop was too small on the small bag. I'm interested in a different bag with a zipper but they only sell it in NY and Beverly Hills so I'm planning to wait on that one. I would want to try it on in person since the handles may be too snug. So instead I am interested in a different gift...I am going to take a look at it in the next couple of days when I can get downtown. I'll give you a hint--it's for my shadow style, and could potentially be used as a weapon.

Oh, I wore my favorite H&M floral pants (DH called them clown pants when he first saw them so I think of them as my clown pants), and what better bag to celebrate my birthday with than the orange slice bag--always brings a smile to my face! And cake for every meal too!

Karen Kane white shirt, H&M floral pants, Paul Green Cayanne, Banana Republic Trina Turk bracelet, Charming Charlie pineapple necklace, and Kate Spade orange slice bag.

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