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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, M3!

Today was M3's birthday, so I (TubaDad) am going to be a guest blogger for the evening. The big day started with the little girls giving her hugs in bed and singing Happy Birthday. A little later in the morning Catherine took a great birthday picture of M3 and the girls:


After dropping the girls off at preschool, Catherine took M3 to the nail salon to get a pedicure. I heard that one of the girls said "Dose yook preddy, Mama!"


M3 took a couple of pictures with the new 105mm macro lens she got for her birthday. We actually got it while we were up in Oregon, with the expert advice of good friend and avid photographer D2. It was a good choice. It's great for taking close-up pictures of things like newly painted toes, and has a nice soft bokeh. For the non-photographers, that's an adaptation of a Japanese word that means blurred or fuzzy and refers to the out of focus background - it's a nice effect!

Does this pedicure make my toes look like toadstools?

Taking a picture of the nearest cat seems to be a universal test of any new piece of photographic gear. Maybe it's because they don't move as much as one of the twinadoes!

Xena wants to know we're going to celebrate HER birthday

The girls took a bunch of stuff into the bathroom to pretend like they were on an airplane going to see H2 and S2. (notice the famous ladybug suitcase that went to China with us in 2006, it has now been gifted to poor Catherine). This time the fisheye lens went on the camera, and M3 got a shot of the whole bathroom (nice step stool, M3!). These girls have active and creative imaginations!


M3 and I got to go out to dinner by ourselves tonight, and Catherine was kind enough to babysit the girls while we were gone. I don't think the girls even noticed we were gone, and she even gave them a bath. She's brave, and very good with the girls. Thanks, Catherine!

We of course had gifts and more singing when we got home from dinner, and Wela had brought over some very tasty cupcakes to compliment the awesome chocolate cake she made for yesterday. The little girls did another stellar decorating job, and loved helping open the presents. They have the process of opening a present pretty much nailed.

Happy birthday, sweetie. I hope you had a great day, and we have another fun year ahead of us! For those of you who are curious, the Mac has gone back to the Apple store where it will soon find another happy home. M3 tried to like it, but it was just wasn't making her happy (which of course means I'm not happy, either). The 15" MacBook Pro wasn't the right ergonomic fit for her, and the new 13" model doesn't have firewire for our video camera. The white 13" Macbook does have firewire, but doesn't have the good LED screen. Bummer. We might check out an iMac sometime in the future - until then we'll try not to curse at the Windows machines in front of the kids.


  1. Anonymous2/10/2009

    Wow, TubaDad that was a great job as the guest blogger. The pictures are super, even of the polka dot nails. Glad your birthdays were "happy". Good job Cafrin, you might have to move in.


  2. Happy birthday M3!

    Happy belated birthday, TubaDad!

  3. Way to go TubaDad!

    It was a wonderful day from start to finish and I was so happy to share both your birthday and M3's birthday with you. So much excitement and fun as the girls enjoy manking your days extra special! There's nothing better than two little cuties singing happy birthday to their mamma and daddy, at the top of their lungs!

    Happy Birthday M3!! Love you lots! xo

    PS - Great new lens. Hmmm...now have to decide which one to start saving for next. This one or the new one coming out next month. Decisions, decisions...

  4. Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuu........

    I hope your day was filled with wonderful things because you are such a wonderful person!

    I'm coming up your way in April. Would love to see you again! I'll drop you a line next week when you're not so busy(like that ever happens. Ha!)

  5. And Yay for having Cathrine to babysit for you! Lucky!

  6. Happy birthday M3!!! xoxo

    Going to mourn the loss of the Mac laptop and covet your new lens. :)

  7. Happy birthday, M3! Sounds like you had a fantastic day!

  8. Anonymous2/11/2009

    happy birth day m3! love your blog!

  9. Happy birthday to both of you!

  10. Happy birthday to you both!!! We're in the market for a new macbook too. The firewire thing is what sent me to the 13 white - I'll just have to live with the screen - it's still better than what I have now!

    M3, I love, love the toes. Very cool. E is just getting interested in having her toes painted, so I bought some quick dry paint and am going to try it out this afternoon. I just hope quick dry refers to three year olds! :o)

  11. Happy Birthday M3!!

    Keep smilin!

  12. Happy birthday M3 and Happy Belated Birthday to Tuba Dad. Looks like you both had very specials days:) I wont forget now because I have friends / family who share your bday dates.

  13. Happy birthday! So glad you are loving the new lens.Great shots. And a very cool hubby to blog for you. I don't think my hubby even knows how to get to my blog.

  14. Happy Birthday, M3!
    Sounds like you had a great day!
    Amazing pictures of the toes, BTW. I envy the cool lenses that you have. That fisheye, the 105, the 30mm, soon the 35mm :-)

    TubaDad: great job - you should guest-blog more often!

  15. Anonymous2/11/2009

    Happy Birthday Tuba Dad and M3

    What a great Guest Blogger , brought tears to my eyes so very sweet about the mac too !

    What a great couple !

  16. Happy b-day M3. Birthday hugs to you!

  17. Great blog Rod! Thanks for the great photos too!!! Happy Birthday to you both. ;)

  18. I can't believe how much your cat looks like mine! I was confused for a minutes trying to figure out how you got a picture of Patches! Of course I'm betting if it was a full picture of the cat there would be a difference since out cat weighs about 17 pounds. She used to be a tinny like petite thing but in her old age she's getting grumpy and fat! I just can't believe how a like they are!

    Happy B-day! I LOVE the picture of you with you the girls! You can't ask for a better birthday then that!


  19. hAppY BdaY M3, and Tuba Dad! Looks like it was a great one. I want a Catherine, and a husband to blog for me every once in awhile :)

    Great shots with your new lense and good look with your computer search. Wish I had some good advice, we've been talking about converting to a Mac but I'm not completely sold yet. Keep us posted.

    Have a great week!

  20. Happy Birthday M3 and Tubadad! Hope you both had wonderful birthdays and that the upcoming year will bring you much happiness!!

  21. Happy B-Day to the both of you!!

    WOW! A night out on the town for the big M's!!
    Such a nice treat!

    Nice shots too!

  22. Happy Birthday to you!!! Lovin' the pictures (as always). Especially love the aerial view from atop the potty! Adorable!

    And Momma's birthday snuggle was probably the bestest present of all!

    Our Blog: Double Happiness!

  23. Happy birthday!

    You guys know how to celebrate!!!

  24. Happy Birthday M3! And belated to TubaDad. Aquarians rock!
    (Yeah..... my bday is Friday. LOL!)

  25. Happy Birthday M3!! Love the toenails ... it reminds me of Minnie Mouse ... maybe it's just that I have Disney on my mind!!

    Good job TubaDad!

  26. TubaDad! You did a fantastic job!!! Happy Birthday M3!!

    Ro & Ree are so cute. I love the picture of your 3 ladies!!!

  27. Happy Birthday M3!!

    Looks like you had a FANTASTIC day...and you know I am drooling over the new lens...I am sure you will put it to good use:)

    Great job on the post Tuba Dad!


  28. Happy Birthday M3!!! Your toes look great!

    TubaDad that was a great guest blogger post! Thanks!!!

  29. Anonymous2/11/2009

    We see M3 so rarely in front of the camera. It's such a great picture of her and the girls. You can just feel the happiness.

  30. Good guest post TubaDad, and Happy Birthday M3?

  31. Happy Birthday M3!! I think you are actually looking younger each year that goes by...must be the love of that family of yours.

    Lori and the DD

  32. Anonymous2/12/2009

    Buy an iMac for the girls to learn on and then they can teach their mama it's that user friendly! I love your blog - so much fun

  33. Happy Birthday to both of you! M3 you and I share a birthday.
    We are LID March 14th,2006. so are anxiously awaiting our "turn"! My husbands B-day is Feb 24th do we think it would be a really great birthday present of a large batch(read 12 days or more...lol).
    I love your blog it is truly my favorite. Your girls are amazing.
    we are @ www.waiting-for-ava@blogspot.com
    We are also from Ontario like Catherine.
    Thanks for a great read!

  34. Happy Birthday!!! :-)

  35. Happy Birthday, all around :0)

  36. Happy Belated Birthday, M3 and TubaDad! Sounds like you both had awesome days! I love that they are just a day apart. So cool!

  37. Happy Birthday TO YOU!!! Sorry I missed the big day!! WHAT an AWESOME GIFT!!! You know how green with envy THIS photographer is :O) Good luck with your new computer- I love my all in one iMac... though kind of wish I'd gone with the tower, as the disc gives me some trouble sometimes...

    but I don't miss all that virus protection stuff.

  38. Anonymous2/13/2009

    Happy Birthday (two days late). I forgot we have the same birthdate as well as referral date :) Hope you had a wonderfully awesome day.

    Ilene, mommy to April Lauren.

  39. Happy belated birthday to both of you!