I have spent most of the day in bed, which is nice as I have not been feeling well. My dd has begged me to not to go near the kitchen or her room. That leaves very little space for me to be!
Around 7:00pm, I was asked to come to the living room. When I walked out, the children all jumped out from hiding places and yelled, "Surprise!"
Dinner was on the table. My 12yog had made corkscrew pasta and tomato sauce (by herself!) with salad on the side. There were placecards at each place (including on the highchair!). In the middle of the table were a collection of books about the ocean and seashore - they all know I love the beach - a scattering of seashells, my sunglasses, and a beach sandal (used and very dirty ).
After dinner, most of the children gave me cards they had made by themselves. My oldest son used many rebuses - pictures in place of words - so I had to puzzle it out. Then they brought out the cake. My dd made a cake and then cut it up to make it into the shape of a sailboat. She iced the sails, leaving a small strip in the center un-iced tot be the mast. The boat part was un-iced, but had three peppermint Lifesavers across the side. A paper anchor at one end and a small flag on a toothpick at the other finished the look. The picture doesn't show all the detail.
Tomorrow night, my in laws are going to baby-sit while dh takes me out to dinner.
It was a nice birthday!