So, after my (not getting any of my birthday freebies) alone time, I got home and opened up my presents. My mom sent me this big box (she spend $7.05 mailing this box) filled with her old t-shirts. Very funny mom. Vernon and the kids got me some board games and a Gumby t-shirt. My dad sent me a gift card.
Remember that Benihana freebie that came through? It was for a $30 Birthday Certificate. So we went there (even though we were originally going to just stay in). I looked online and saw that they had lunch specials for under $10. So I thought that we could all eat there and get it for under $30 (I figured $5 for a kids meal for Ocean and Ezra, and $10 for me and Vernon). But then I read the fine print a little better when we were in the car ready to go, and I saw that it said "Limit one certificate per person, per party". Which meant that I could only use it for my meal, and not on the entire bill. But we were in the car and ready to go, so we went.
The lunch specials were around $10 (which is what Vernon ordered his for), but the lowest price for a kids meal was $8.75. So they just ordered off the adult menu something of a similar price and got a salad and rice with it as well. And I ordered a $15 lunch entree (the highest price) and $15 in side items to get up to $30 for my meal.
And, let me tell you this... Benihana's is freaking awesome! I had never been there before, and it was so worth the $30 (plus the tip off of $60, whatever Vern ended up putting for that) that we spent there. A very fun place to go to with the family.
And here is the picture that the waitress took (when Vernon was out in the car looking for the phone):
(More about the birthday later.)