One

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Today my baby turned 1. 

She is happy. She is sweet. She is everything I hope to be one day.

First birthdays are a big deal around here. I'm not sure why, but it it really the only birthday party we go all out on. We pull out all the stops. One of our favorite things to do is print out bunches of pictures from the year and make a picture wall all about them. Magnolia's felt different for me than all my other kids.  I think it just seemed to soon for her to really be turning 1. I was not ready. A couple of days before it all started to come together though. Simplicity has kind of been my theme with Magnolia from the start. Her nursery is very minimal and sweet so it just felt right to do the same for her special day. I bought some magnolia leaves and made a garland to hand above our chalkboard, knitted a table runner (I learned to knit when I was pregnant with her and she has more knitted clothing than any of our other babies so it just fits her.) popped some popcorn, (her favorite food) made her a party hat and baked her a cake. Throw in a few older siblings to help her figure the cake eating thing out and we had the perfect celebration. 

Happy Birthday my Sweet Magnolia.