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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Perfect 33rd

My 33rd birthday was far more exciting, a lot more fun, and way more special than I had been anticipating!

First, I woke up to this:



Actually, DH gave me a camera battery. A second battery to be exact. All of the above loot was from The Mad Hatter so DH wouldn't be in big trouble with me.


Apparently, I've commented on far more than one occasion about how great some people's blog pictures are, and how I wish I could take such great pics, and DH hopped on it!


At first, I was completely in shock and told him I couldn't accept such an extravagant gift.


He told me I've had a really crappy two years, and he just wanted me to have something really special that I would enjoy using. Of course, there were some emotional tears (by me, of course) after that!

Between his comments on how it was a gift the whole family would enjoy, many comments from others about how thrilled I'd be to have it once I got over myself and started using it, and getting further confirmation from my mom that he'd been working on this gift for over a month, researching, shopping for, and finding THE perfect camera for me (he actually has another one he needs to return!), I decided that the only thing I could do was accept this gift graciously and gratefully.


Now I need a photography class AND a Photoshop class!


Then, my mom, MH, and I headed to the beach for some of this:






DH and my dad joined us around 6:00 (my absolute favorite time of day on the beach) for some of this:



and this:




Of course, a family photo to commemorate the day:



And a nice one of the two of us (well, as nice of me as you can get after a full day at the beach):

It was a fabulous "hump day" birthday.
Thanks so much Mom, Dad, DH, and MH for making sure (as always) that my birthday was a day I won't soon forget! The weather was fantastic, and the ending to the day was my idea of perfection. I am one very lucky girl! As DH has already said, 34's going to be tough to match!!!

21 Fabulous Replies:

Dana said...

Wow, what a great birthday for you! I hope you can find yourself some good photography tips. I can't wait to see all the pictures you'll be taking with that fancy camera!

Monica said...

RI, wow! I've never been there. I grew up in La. and travelled through all the southern states. I live in AZ now been here 'bout 9 years and have travelled through the west some.

I love your pink background. Was that easy to do?

Simply Shannon said...

I'm so jealous!
Your 33rd kicked the crap out of mine...and I'm salivating over that camera.

Carol said...

Could I be more envious? Sounds fabulous. Truly.

I can only dream my 33rd will be half as lovely.

Rae said...

I'm totally showing my hubby this post and how he'd better come up with a fab birthday plan for me! I have a feeling the beach will not be included in my b-day plan since it's in December!

So glad you had a great birthday!! Happy, happy birthday!!!

poppy said...

Trust me people, a GREAT time was had by all..The company was wonderful and the PIZZA was DEE-licious. Sweetheart and I love Mommyblogger, DH and MH so much :)

debbie said...

Ditto from Sweetheart. It truly was a terrific day. MH was a perfect daughter (granddaughter), and I enjoyed the day thoroughly. I know Mommyblogger did. Now, learn to take pix with that new camera and maybe you can actually make even Me photogenic. I KNOW you're gonna do great with it and have so much fun. Glad you had a perfect day. That's what birthday's should be, filled with fun. Again, we love you so much.

Wendi said...

What an incredible day you had!
And look at the loot!
Can't wait to see your photos.
I can't wait to turn 33.
Oh yeah...I already did.
Five years ago.
ARGhhh!

Krystyn said...

Happy birthday! What a great gift and a great day.

And, Wolff/Ritz has classes at their stores that are very useful!

Lisa said...

Congrats on the fancy new camera! I'm jealous!!! Hubby gets mega points for that one, huh?

Lipstick said...

Happy Birthday!!! You look so happy in those pics!

Lipstick said...

Happy Birthday!!! You look so happy in those pics!

Chelle said...

What an amazing birthday you had!
I love your hair by the way--it is really cute!

Mamasphere said...

Sweet! What a gift! Can't wait to see the pictures you take with that baby.

Glad you had such a great birthday. You deserved it!

Jill said...

Happy Happy Birthday! What a great hubby and a wonderful gift. May you use it in the best of health!!

Beautiful photos too... What a gorgeous family.

mom2natnkatncj said...

Happy Birthday! What a great surprise.

Becca said...

Happy Birthday!

Jenny said...

Looks like you had a wonderful bday! Can't wait to see the pics that you are going to take with the new camera.
Happy Belated Bday by the way!

Midwest Mommy said...

Happy Birthday!
What a great present. I can't wait to see what kind of shots you get. I will have to come back and see :-)

anti-supermom said...

Yes, Happy Birthyday, I hope you are using that camera and think of your sweet family every time. AQ great present.

beth said...

I am playing catch-up, so happy belated birthday!

It looks like it was a perfect day.

I love family picture. We all post so many pictures of our kids but so few of ourselves!