Monday, October 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, Sam! Thanks for the Excuse to Glamorize the Cat!

I have been 100% remiss in wishing my very favorite teenager a happy 14th birthday on this here blog.

So, happy birthday, Sam!

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It’s like he’s middle aged; look at the fire from all those candles!

For the first time in his young life, we had to celebrate on not-his-birthday because he had a two-hour concert band rehearsal on the actual day and it seemed like a bummer to try to cram his whole birthday celebration into the hour and a half between when he got home from school and the time he went to practice so instead we feted him two days early on a Sunday when there was time for gifts and video games and watching the newest Avengers movie on DVD and going to dinner and still fitting in non birthday-related chores.

Per usual, Sam got some very lovely and thoughtful gifts from his family, but I am here to tell you about my favorite gift that he got, incidentally, from me.

It relates to this animal right here:

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This is Ruby. She belongs to Sam. She is a total goofball.

Remember when I commissioned a painting of Quinn's cat and the rest of the family erupted in jealousy? Well, now it was Sam's turn to live on happy street.

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This is him holding his portrait of Ruby that he has just unwrapped.

You want to see the portrait, don't you? I know you do. Well, that is perfect, because I really want to show you.

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OH MY GOD I LOVE IT SO MUCH I ALMOST CAN’T BREATHE WHEN I LOOK AT IT.

The artist totally captured the goofballiness, didn't she? Also, I should mention that you can find said artist on Etsy and I highly recommend that you do, but keep in mind that you shouldn't make her so very busy that she can't paint a picture of Starfire for Jack for Christmas.

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There was only one harsh critic of the paining and that was Ruby. She did NOT want to be photographed next to it. (Did I mention that in addition to being a goofball, she is also a grumpball?)

Happy birthday, Sam! Happy portrait day, Ruby!

6 comments:

  1. I once knew a cat that tolerated being dressed up. He was a friend's younger brother's cat.

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  2. I really like that you have the kind of family that commissions portraits of your cats. Does your portrait artist only do cats or does she do rodents too?

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  3. SO cool! Sam looks really happy with it. I would enjoy having a painting like that of my tiny Lily!

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  4. Can you imagine if I sent her seven photos of my gerbils? And then five photos of my late mice? And then photos of my dead pets?

    Um...

    I have to go send some emails.

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  5. I dressed up a dog as a clown once. It was hilarious.

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  6. fourteen!!!! time passes, wow. I love the joy on Sam's face, I love that you are a whole team Stimey who love such things. And the commenter who asked about rodent portraits, that's awesome, can't wait to see them.

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