By: Jennifer Murray

Pictures from a Low-Key 2nd Birthday


First of all to update you on Clark-man.  He’s doing really really well.  Improving everyday.  It’s amazing how resilient kids are. Henry, Isaac, and Brooks are all on the mend as well.  All that’s left on the sick list is Brad and Jen, and we are both hoping tomorrow will be our "turn the corner" day.

Yesterday was pretty much a just get through it, survival day, but we tried to make the best of it.  The boys liked being sung "Happy Birthday" to individually several times during the day. And they did eat some birthday cake, thanks to our friend Cindy who dropped this masterpiece by:


During their nap, Brad ventured out to buy the boys something to open for their birthday.  He came home with new toothbrushes, $1 flashlights, a Little Tykes basketball hoop, and 4 Nerf balls (since the basketball hoop only included one – and you know that wouldn’t fly in our house!)  They were more than satisfied with their last minute presents.


This is the only time mama is happy about us "ripping one". – Clark


"Check out my hang time!" – Isaac


"Who cares about hang time when you can have air time!" – Brooks


I wrote their birthday greeting in the snow.  It might have been more elaborate if it weren’t for the crusty snow and my hands going numb.

But you know what they say about presents at this age….the box is sometimes as good as the present itself!


"Maybe someday I’ll be as big as this box." – Henry


"Finally some privacy!"  – Brooks


"This makes for a really comfy bed, Henry."  – Isaac


Smile if you think you’re a goober.


Never too sick to eat cake!

Bigger celebration to come….

23 Responses to “Pictures from a Low-Key 2nd Birthday”

  1. peony paperie
    February 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Looks like the PERFECT day! Grayson also got a basketball goal for his birthday (tomorrow) and a train set for Christmas! We’re just copycats!

    Happy Day!
    Michelle Harrod

  2. Sonja
    February 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    Sometimes low-key is surprisingly great. It looks like it was a wonderful family time.

    So glad everyone was well enough to enjoy the day!

  3. Leah
    February 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    Yay! Happy Birthday Henry, Isaac, Clark, and Brooks! Feel better soon!

  4. jag
    February 3, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    These are great! It looks like such a special day and the boys look like they had a blast! I am so glad Clark is getting better. Praying mom and dad are well soon.

    Happy belated birthday Brothers Murray!

  5. Joan
    February 3, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    lol you spend all that money on the actual gift and all they want is the box. Sounds like my guys – Love it!

    Happy B-day boys!
    Joan- Sacramento

  6. Jen Wilson
    February 4, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    Glad you’re all on the mend!!

  7. Following HIM
    February 4, 2009 at 12:06 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY boys! Ya’ll are ADORABLE 🙂 Hoping and praying and wishing and hoping that you all feel better and are back to feelin’ good in no time 🙂

  8. The McNulty Family
    February 4, 2009 at 12:17 am #

    Ahhh great pictures Jen! The four of them with the box is my favorite! I know how hard it is to get all four looking at you at the same time! CLASSIC!!

    I’m soooo glad the boys are on the mend and hope you and Brad follow soon.

    I love you all!

  9. tyra
    February 4, 2009 at 1:19 am #

    Happy [belated] birthday, Henry, Brooks, Clark, and Isaac!!!!

  10. Terri
    February 4, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    Looks like a perfect day! My boys got the BBall goal for their birthday and they LOVE it! I hope you get just as much joy out of it as we have

  11. Kate
    February 4, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Looks like a WONDERFUL, low-key day!
    Mylo has the same b-ball hoop and loves it!

  12. The Meidel Family
    February 4, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    I LOVE it – especially the part about “ripping one”…hehehe…you guys are awesome! Love ya, A

  13. The Meidel Family
    February 4, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    I LOVE it – especially the part about “ripping one”…hehehe…you guys are awesome! Love ya, A

  14. Barbara Manatee
    February 4, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    glad they were able to enjoy the day still! love all the pics of them with the box! can’t go wrong with a box!!

  15. The Gerwer Babies
    February 4, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    How great that they had a wonderful day.. despite the sickness. And you and brad get better. NO FUN!!
    But wonderful gift ideas, flashlights, i will have to keep that in mind!

  16. Margot
    February 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    Looks like a good birthday to me! Glad they are doing better. Hope you and Brad mend soon.

  17. Anonymous
    February 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    Wow!! That cake is AWESOME!!! VERY creative!! I bet they LOVED those flashlights, too!! All little kiddos love those things for some reason lol how fun :)) I really hope all of you get to feeling soo much better SOON!! -Sioby 🙂

    February 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Looks like a special day to me 🙂


  19. Suzanne
    February 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    LOVE the pics! too cute! the boys look like they had a blast- can’t even tell they have been so sick! glad you are all on the mend. happy birthday precious, murray boys!

  20. Christy
    February 5, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    At least everyone made it home for the B.D. party. Happy birthday Murray boys. I still remember Dr. Sumners in a rush to leave my room (I had an appt that day) to “go deliver some quads.”

  21. lynne from uk
    February 5, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    I’m glad the boys managed to enjoy their day. Best wishes to you all.

  22. kerry
    February 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    happy birthday boys! And congratulations mom and dad for surviving 2 years of quads!

    I’m totally going to do the snow message for my twins’ second birthday in March. Great idea!

  23. ~Denise~
    February 8, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Happy Birthday to the boys! Wow, 2 years!! They look like they had a wonderful bday.

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