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How is it even possible?
Last night I slipped into her room and just watched her sleep.
I could not believe how much she has changed in only 365 days.
She was a tiny little bean in her crib a year ago.
(and there was very little sleep going on)
Now she’s a one-year-old,
which means she can fall asleep in any position possible,
and look quite funny while doing so.
It’s almost like she has narcolepsy and just falls over and passes out
(if I had to judge from her chosen slumber poses ha.)

She talks.
She walks (sorta).
She laughs (and makes us laugh).
She gives hugs and kisses.
She has many “tricks.”
She says “hi” a million times a day to anyone within earshot.
She is in every way her own little person.
And we could not be more in awe at how much we love her.
Who knew I could be the mothering type? 🙂

Happy birthday, dearest girl.
God knew how much we needed you.
Here’s to many more birthdays with you.

Tomorrow my baby turns one.
Sunday was her party,
seeing as Thursday is not a very good party day.
Here are some pics of the fun.

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And now for my party sources
(seeing as almost nothing was an original idea):

Garland Idea
Iced Coffee with Coffee Ice Cubes
Hanging Fans Inspiration
Cupcakes in a Jar using this cake
Smoky Beef Tacos (though sadly I do not have pics)

Special thanks to:
my mom. 
I could not have pulled this party off without her.  From using her house to keeping Julia from killing herself, my mom was (and is) my hero.

my dad.
he took about as much interest in this party as he would have in any of his own.  he was mowing the lawn 2 hours before everyone arrived, even though I told him he didn’t need to.  and when Mom sent him to cut flowers for the mason jars, he did a pretty spectacular job. 🙂
And even though he was unsuccessful in hunting down a baby pool, we still had one grand party.  😉

michelle.
she came over early and basically prepped all the cake ingredients so we could layer them.  she also brought guacamole, which everyone understands is essential to any party.  she is the very best SIL I could ask for.

cyndi.
brought food AND helped replenish all the food as it got eaten. 

meg.
she not only helped me make decorations, she took several of the photos above so I could enjoy the party.  she also helped me get coffee out of my brand new white dress. 🙂

and to everyone else.
a party is not a party without friends to attend it. 🙂
thank you to all our family and friends who came and blessed Julia on her 1st birthday.  We are so grateful for each one of you!

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Birthday Party Madness.

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Sewn Garland

Easiest thing ever.
And quite addicting to be honest. 
I used paper instead of felt.

Special thanks to Meg who came over yesterday to help make decorations.
T-3 Days!
I can hardly believe my baby is almost one.

1st Birthday parties really are more for the parents than the kid…

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So even though she has no idea what pinwheels and garland are,
I still plan to thoroughly enjoy myself.
At her party.

Because I can’t leave these cupcakes alone.
They are just too good.
So I made them into a birthday cake.

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Happy Birthday to the best mother-in-law a girl could ask for!
Today – we celebrate.

Dearest Daddy,

For your birthday, I got you something special.
ME!!!

Just kidding.
Only Mom would try and pull that stunt.
I actually get real presents for you.
How? you ask

I sent mom on an errand for me with specific instructions.

Find the Fox in the Socks.
(I was expecting a real fox, in real socks.  But I suppose this will have to do.)

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Because, you see, whatever I tell Mom to do, she does. DSC09357

I’ve been working on my penmanship for quite some time now, just so I could write your birthday card. DSC09358

I inspected every inch of this book, and have concluded that it is sound.
It even tastes great.

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Because we all know…this was really one of those gifts that you buy for yourself under the guise of a gift for someone else.
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Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Love,
Julia

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