We had given D a choice between going out to eat on her birthday or having a birthday surprise on Friday. She obviously chose the surprise. We did have dinner of her choice on Thursday with some friends at our house. Jonathan grilled chicken, sausage and corn on the cob and it was delicious. Friday we picked D up from school at her lunch time for her surprise. Here is the conversation her teacher said they had.
Teacher: D, get your bag and head to the office, they are here to get you
D: What? (With confused look)
Teacher: They are here to get you.
D: What? (Still confused).....(now excited) The Surprise! Surprise! (jumping up and down)
When D came around the corner and saw me waiting at the front of the school she ran up to me and jumped in my arms with the biggest smile on her face! It was priceless. She was so excited to leave school early for her surprise. We took her to lunch and to the movies before we had to take her to her family visit. She had fun and was sure to tell me that she had a good birthday.
Here is an update for D and A.
We are in the process of transitioning them back to their parents. We have been in this pattern for a few months now with extending unsupervised visits. They are now doing 48 hour unsupervised weekend visits. We drop them off Friday night and pick them up Sunday Night. The kids do pretty well with the transitioning to and from the visits. A gets upset sometimes, especially if he is overly tired, but most of the time they transition pretty well. The current plan is to have them reunited on June 1. We still have some concerns about them returning home and hopefully CPS is concerned about them too. All we can do is pray for them, make our concerns known, and pray some more.
A's birthday is next week! I love birthdays!