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It was my birthday on Wednesday and it was one of the best days I've ever had. Super quiet, nothing special, and yet everything was. Andy had the day off. We got breakfast at Besaw's (my favorite) and then ordered pizza and salad for dinner so no one had to fuss. Amelia napped on the sofa between the two of us for most of the afternoon. We played the Music and Lyrics soundtrack all day and Andy made me a birthday cake — apparently, the first cake he's ever baked all by himself. I asked him how he came up with the inspiration for his design and he said, "I looked at it, and I thought, 'There's nothing on there,' and then I saw those [blueberries] in there [fridge]."

Ahhhh! Brilliant! :)

The cake was delicious. I got lots of lovely cards and calls and texts and presents. It was just the absolute perfect day. And in two days we're going to Mt. Hood. I'm so excited. :)


Love is the mother of invention. Happy birthday you sweet gal!

Happy Birthday Alicia! Beautiful photos :-D

Those are the best kind of days, So happy you enjoyed it. Happy to You. Baby Girl is beautiful. Enjoy Mt Hood....

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* It does sound like a wonderful day! I'm excited for you to be going to Mt. Hood.. I love the cabin you stay in. There should be lots of snow up there!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Happy birthday and many warm blessings for your year ahead.

happy birthday! God bless you this new year of your life!!! lovely pictures! sometimes the simplest low key days are BEST!!

You've got to admire that kind of male thinking! Perfect cake :)

It was such a pretty day on Wednesday - nice little winter birthday weather for ya! Happy birthday, I hope you have a great year!

Happy birthday Alicia! Sounds like a perfect day, I love quiet family days like that, they're the best! Love the cake :-) Enjoy your trip xxxx

Happy Birthday sweet Alicia.

Kristen from MA says: January 09, 2015 at 11:44 AM

A belated Happy Birthday Alicia! :)

Happy belated birthday, fellow Capricorn gal! Your day sounds similar to mine -- mellow and fun. But there was that incident at Kohl's when my boyfriend and I were laughing way too much while picking out jewelry causing a 'secret shopper' to follow us around. :D

Hope you had a fabulous birthday - mine is today! Yay for smart, determined Capricorns. Here's to the start to another wonderful year!

happy birthday...and it appeared as though it was. you dine out in the neatest looking restaurants. enjoy your mt. hood holiday.

Happy, happy birthday sweet Alicia. And many happy returns! xxx

A belated happy birthday to from Idaho, dear writer!

Happiest of Birthday's to you!...May it be a year of many BLESSINGS! so recognize the joy in the simplest of things in life...and capture them beautifully through word and lense....thank you for sharing them...what an INCREDIBLE GIFT you give to so many,,,,

Happy birthday and a wonderful full of joy-happy-fabulous-creative (do I need to say that?)-fun personal year!!!!

Happy Birthday Alicia! Sounds like a beautiful day (week!) with your family. Enjoy Mt. Hood, one of my favorite spots as well, and it's looking so beautiful these days. Yes, enjoy!
Thank *YOU* for sharing the beauty of your days and your family in this place of yours with your amazing photos and beautiful words. It is so inspiring and so beautiful, I love coming to visit you each time. Thank you and Happy Birth-Week!

Happy, Happy Birthday to you, Alicia!!! Your special days sounds just perfect in every way. Love your cake! Enjoy Mt. Hood!

A very happy belated birthday to you - may this year bring you much happiness, love, and inspiration. Your blog is a gift each time I read it - thank you!

Happy birthday alicia!!!!!!i wish you love, happiness, and joy!!!

Happy birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful day. What a creative and beautiful cake he made for you.

The happiest of birthdays and the most joyful year to come. I wish you all the delight and love in the world. You surely deserve it.

H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y !! Glad to hear you enjoyed your day. I love the cake....your anecdote made me gaffaw! How exciting about your trip to mount hood..have fun

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About Alicia Paulson


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