I started this post the other day with two photos of paintings I finished recently. I like how the shots with my new camera look. Until Christmas I was using my phone camera and I thought it did a great job but now I'm thrilled with my new toy. It's not a big camera and it wasn't very expensive, I needed one that I could throw into my bag or a jacket pocket. Anyway, so here are those photos:
My idea for this post (of showing these photos as taken with my phone and then with my camera) got sidelined by my husband making a most beautiful gesture. He turned 40 a few days ago. I had been asking him what he wanted to do for nearly the past year. He kept saying he didn't want a fuss so I thought we'd have something at home but then recently he said he didn't want that. And then he came out with what he wanted: That the four of us would go for a quiet day out, have a look in the shops, eat chips and let Sadie and Holly pick something out in Smyths Toys in lieu of him getting a gift. He even asked me to order a cake that the girls would like. I can't imagine there are that many 40-year-olds who end up blowing out the candles on a Disney Frozen cake....There were fights over who got Olaf's head! Well, honestly, doesn't that deserve to take over a post?
Now, I did actually get him a gift so he had that surprise on his birthday. However, I wasn't prepared for so many other people acknowledging his birthday, he got a lot of post. Let's remember that Martin does have a number of teeny tiny imperfections so, you know, I'd totally understand if people ignored his turning 40, hee hee!!! (see here and here and here...but in the true spirit of this post see here!) I also wasn't prepared for the effect his plans would have on our daughters who really enjoyed the day out and all the more because their dad's birthday had been given over to them.
So, I just want to record it here that my children have a great dad. And obviously there are a lot of people in our lives who know this and who appreciate the man who says absolutely nothing and never wants to be in a social situation but never looks for anything for himself, who makes sure that he acknowledges birthdays and Christmases on time and who'd help anyone out at a moment's notice.
Here's another photo I took on our day out, that kind of sums all of this up. A snapshot of a dad at work: