Birthday Dream

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Boy did I ever have a great birthday. The self-timer picture above, with the camera on the tripod, was taken just an instant before Andy blew out all of my birthday candles. We were going to do it altogether but I don't know what happened. We tried again with just three candles, one for each of us, and that time Amelia blew all of those out one note before the song was over. There was a three-fold stunned pause followed immediately by the most sheepish little "Sorry, Mom" you've ever heard in your life, and then Andy and I, on exactly the same beat, burst into huge peals of laughter. It was the funniest, sweetest, dearest thing, and I'll never forget it. I love these two so much. When it started snowing around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, I thought I might explode with pure joy. It took Andy two and a half hours to get home on the streetcar and bus; he was giddy with delight though frozen solid when he finally walked through the door, neither of us realizing that it was even supposed to snow that day. Indeed, getting more than eight inches of snow here overnight pretty much threw the whole city into a complete state of wonder and disarray (and a few other things, I'm sure). Snow absolutely paralyzes Portland, Oregon, and this much snow hasn't fallen in this short amount of time in almost forty years. It was just extraordinary. It's still on the ground, and will be for several more days. Snow day after snow day after snow day. They hardly plow anything here, and they almost never salt. It all shuts down, and they tell you to stay home (though medical personnel never can, so Andy always has to go in, but he has had the past several days off). It's glorious. Everything's canceled, everything's quiet. The light in the house is so clear and bright I can hardly believe it's the same house. I put on the Yaktrax (bless those things — I've had them for about five years now and they have been life-changing) and we walked and walked. It's a bit colder now, and a little icy, but for the first three days it was just perfect snow — cold but not too cold, no wind, perfectly white. I mean, it was just . . . totally . . . excellent. We had lunch and hot cocoa at the bakery, went sledding at the park, hung out with all the neighbors, made waffles, ate dinner by candlelight (and thank you for all of the birthday wishes and birthday-dinner ideas; I wound up taking Nickie's suggestions of chicken à la king over rice and it was great snow-day food — thank you, Nickie!), played with the dollhouse (I'll tell you more about that later), took baths. Made miniature baskets. Hung out with neighborhood friends. Read books. Watched movies. Watched birds. Saw the full moon rise last night, and cut out old fabrics for a new quilt. I don't know. It was the best. It was just the total best. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.

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Happy belated. What fun to have this snow to celebrate with...it really is magical since we never get this much. That first photo and your recap that goes along with it is a perfect, perfect birthday memory!

Alicia.. when I see you've posted I get a happy feeling.. knowing that the photos you will be sharing will fill me with delight and joyfulness. What a gift you do by sharing your photographic skills and beautiful home and family with all of your loyal readers. I am glad you had a wonderful birthday and that your gift was the snow you've been wanting for so many years. I was ENTHRALLED with the photo you got of the dollhouse.. and can't wait to see more of it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

I'm sending belated birthday wishes to you Alicia from midsummer down at the bottom of the Pacific. May your year be happy and kind and magical. Snow is such a great birthday gift to get. After falling in ice and getting concussion I wouldn't be without my trusty yaktrax! I love your cake decorations.

You didn't need that wish anyhow, you already got everything and more! Happiest of birthdays to you Alicia Paulson.

Happy Birthday!! We got 7 inches over here in Viginia and it was heavenly.

Happy Belated Birthday! I am glad you got your Chicago winter for your birthday! Guess what? We have barely had any snow this winter and I am not complaining! It is so nice you enjoyed it.

Ah, you amaze me with your photos every time! Happy belated birthday! January birthdays are the best!!

What beautiful, beautiful photos and a gorgeous post to match! Happy birthday, and thank-you for sharing this lovely post all about your day. I feel like I've shared a little in that glorious snow after reading your words....which considering it's a hot summer's day here is pretty amazing! x

I'm out in Hillsboro and was as full of joy as you to get REAL snow and three REAL snow days after all these FAUX ice days. Heaven! This teacher has been completely in the moment enjoying the white blanket on everything! Believe me, soak it all in-I'm still remembering the last time it hit like this when the girls were muuuuch shorter and younger. You'll remember the delight in these days the next time this happens when A's much taller but still just as cute all bundled up.

Those ribbon flags? ADORBS!

Happy belated birthday to you. The last picture is perfectly wonderful as you are!!! Please send some of that white stuff north. We are feeling the cold but so far haven't seen any of it yet.

Jane Campbell says: January 13, 2017 at 10:15 PM

Big hugs to all of you!

How i love ho you make it sound, this perfect day! I envy your snow (and birthday cake!), all is full of love and it's just how it should be for you, you deserve it so much! I hope you get some more snow!!

Just love, love, love your cakedeco! Ohhh... and the sweet little girl... great to charish those memories...

You have there so much snow.And one photo has lovely blue sky.Happy bday!

I was gnashing my teeth in envy of Portland this week, as up the road in Olympia the weather report promised inches and we got the saddest, most paltry little dusting of powder you could imagine- we were all Charlie Brown flipping into the air as Lucy yanks the football away. So, so glad you got such a glorious birthday snow!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and Happy Birthday to you. x Caryl

...awe....I want to live in your dolls house!! 💗

Happy Birthday! When I heard about the snow in Portland, I thought of you and how much you would enjoy it. I didn't realize it was your birthday too. So glad you have had a wonderful, snow-filled winter.

Laura Smartt says: January 14, 2017 at 04:36 AM

Oh Happy Birthday! So wonderful the snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the cozy Calico Critter bedroom!

Amazing snow pictures! Hard to believe this is Portland. What a great treat for your birthday. Glad it was a happy one.

Happy Birthday Alicia! I'm so glad you enjoyed the snow so much. Sounds like a week you'll remember forever.
Looking forward to the dollhouse post. I love doll houses. My daughter has two, plus another one we made entirely out of cardboard borrowing the idea from Mer Mag. Dollhouses are lovely things.

I really envy all that snow! I haven't seen snow for about four years now, if not on the mountains I can see from my windows. I love how quiet it all gets when it snows really heavily, even if certain things are a bit more difficult, especially when you live in open country like me. I once had to walk in really high snow for two hours to get something to eat, as it was impossible to drive a car on those roads. Two hours to go and two hours to come back, but it was wonderful anyway!
I love the doll house. I've had a thing for Sylvanian families for a long time now...never got around to get myself one.

Happy Birthday . . .
Best present ever, pure white, quiet, unexpected snowfall . . .
What a gift . . .

Glad you had a great birthday!!Wonderful!! Many blessings in the new year in your life. You are a sweetheart! We have had a loooot of snow this year in North Dakota. It has been a bit cold also, with the wind chill we have got -22 and even below some days. The roads got a thick layer of ice that won't defrost anytime soon. It feels like we are driving in the middle of a frozen lake and not in a road. Have a great weekend!

How magical. What a great birthday you had this year ; D I love to hear how magical the snow is in places that don't get it (from MA here...) and if you as adults feel like that, imagine the memories your little Mimi will have from it. Sigh. Miss that magical-ness and you capture it so beautifully. Thank you for sharing it with us. Happiest of birthday memories to you! p.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.