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Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

Murphy the Airedale Terrier is an important part of the McGrath family.  Here’s his birthday party 3 1/2 years ago in the kitchen.

In this photo, Erika is expecting Maura Clare-   who just turned 3 after Laura and James’ wedding  in November. No more jumpy seats in the house these days.

I was trying to decide if Laura had already met James when this celebration shot was taken.

Murphy didn’t get to eat one of his cupcakes but we all did.  Well, that was AFTER we sang Happy Birthday.  Seriously.  The kids loved it!

It was a happy celebration and the excitement level was high, even though it was just before bedtime. Creating family rituals and traditions makes for happy memories later.

You might not believe me but Murphy not only poses, he smiles for the camera!  That night grandson Michael hid from the lens, though.

Weekly challenge links to other blogger’s responses to the challenge are here


Check out those doggie cupcakes with the pink chewing gum tongues.


35 responses

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  3. I don’t think Murphy wants you to tell anyone how old he really is

    December 10, 2011 at 7:33 am

  4. Sue Reinfeld

    I can’t believe how the kids have grown. You are right creating memories is so so important.

    December 10, 2011 at 8:27 am

  5. great funny group! congrats, that you fixed this!

    December 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

  6. Vincie

    A great photo of a beautiful family!

    December 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

  7. Cj

    Hey, how come Murphy didn’t get a cupcake???

    December 10, 2011 at 8:58 am

  8. You are so right about creating memories. A cousin’s family celebrated their dog’s birthdays when their girls were young. Today, grown and with families of their own, they often remark about the birthday parties — and celebrate their dogs’ birthdays with their little ones.

    December 10, 2011 at 9:22 am

    • Thanks for sharing this story about carrying on family traditions. So dear!

      December 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

  9. Nandini

    Beautiful. I loved these happy and smiling faces. Cute dog. I love the baby too.


    December 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

  10. Toni

    Even with strong competition, Murphy seems to know he is the star here! It is his celebration, for sure! Great photo! I cannot decide which style I like better!!!

    December 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

  11. Erica Wells

    You are an active Birthday Family! so it makes sense that Murphy gets to have his cake, but not eat it too!!! :-)

    December 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  12. Wow, how cute is Murphy, who certainly looks to be taking it all in his stride!

    December 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  13. Kristin

    Great photo! Great dog! Great family!

    December 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

  14. Amar Naik

    happy celebrations

    December 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

  15. Nando

    Love how Murphy is looking dead at the camera! Great family pic!

    December 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm

  16. yay for Murphy! Happy Birthday :)

    December 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm


  18. I like how the little kids don’t quite know what to do with their party hats. And you know I have a soft spot for Murphy. I love how one photo says so much.

    December 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

  19. River Watcher

    Another photo that HAS to put a smile on your face!

    December 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

  20. Gail Radley

    So happy this was today’s post. Today is my Emma’s 8th birthday. (Tibetan) Her picture (taken by Ruthie) is my computer background and it’s fabulous. We did make cupcakes but unfortunately they looked like cupcakes not like dogs – I’ll have to work on that. Celebrations are wonderful

    December 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

  21. The cupcakes look fantastic! Family traditions and celebrations are wonderful things. :)

    December 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

  22. I’ve set a link to you
    greetings by



    December 11, 2011 at 1:22 am

  23. so funny, wonderful photo as usual rutheh :)

    December 11, 2011 at 1:32 am

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  25. Wonderful moment :)

    December 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by. This photo came to mind as soon as I read the challenge.

      December 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

  26. Great Shot for family Celebration with happiness and joy nice post :)

    December 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm

  27. Well! Murphy deserves a Happy Birthday celebration!! Those doggie cupcakes are darling. Great picture and I think Murphy loves his hat ; ) Great reason for a family celebration and smiles.

    December 12, 2011 at 8:16 am

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  30. thirdhandart

    Murphy is a very handsome guy, and his family is certainly good-looking too. What a happy celebration! Great entry!

    December 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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  32. I’ve never seen such an awesome looking Murphy :) Thank you for sharing your picture with us :)
    Greetings from Switzerland,
    – Pierre

    December 15, 2011 at 8:37 am

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