I had planned on taking the kids to the movies after the orthodontist, but Alex told me that we couldn't because we had to be home by 5:00. He wouldn't tell me why. He had mentioned early in the week that he had to call his grandma (my mom) about a birthday secret so I figured it had something to do with that. I was going to cook, but the kids said, "No. You shouldn't cook on your birthday." So I thought we'd go out and grab some restuarant food after my parents' visit or whatever the secret plan was.
Sometime after 5:00 I was in the kitchen and turned around to see my parents, 2 sisters, a brother-in-law and my little niece in our house. The kids were looking out the window for them and let them in without me hearing it. Surprise! They brought dinner and dessert...and fun presents. Thanks to all of them for making my birthday special.