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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. :)


Happy Belated Birthday! :)

So I know Christmas is over and Amelia's birthday is over and now yours is over, too, but... ...'ve gotta find a reason to buy these dolls! They are just the cutest things in the world and if I had a little girl I would buy them in a heartbeat. But they seemed right up your alley...

I'm trying with all my might not to buy them since I have zero need for them. ;)

Oh, Happy Birthday!! Andy's birthday cake looks lovely!
We are a little bit under water over here in Vienna. Short before Christmas I caught a pneunomia and now my little girl suffers from it. Hate it to see my little one seeing sick. Hope we get well soon!

Happy birthday to you!

♫ ♪ Happy ♫ Belated ♪ Birthday to you! ♪ ♫

Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a perfect day!

Happy, Happy Birthday, Alicia!!! Wishing you the most beautiful of years, the most wonderful of days! :)

Happy birthday. Beautiful photos.

such a bright happy smiling cake … seems to capture the qualities of your heart … wishing you belated birthday blessings …

Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a nice trip to Mt Hood.

Happy New Year in your life!

Happy birthday! That cake is absolutely marvellous!

Happy Birthday! Glad you had such a lovely day.

Happy Birthday! I'm so glad it was magical and special - just the way a birthday is suppose to be.

Happy belated birthday! I love quiet, cozy birthdays without a lot of fuss. I so enjoy your blog. My girls are grown-up, but I enjoy reading about you, your little family and the cozy life you've created. Blessings! Julie

Happy Birthday, you wonderful lady, you deserve it so much. Your "nothing special, and yet everything was" blog has brought readers like me such joy for years now. Thank you. :)

Jane Miller says: January 13, 2015 at 08:55 PM

Hi! I saw this pattern for a knitted fox hat and I wanted to share the link...hope this works:

It is an Etsy Shop called the Katy Tricot Shop and the pattern is for the Sly Fox Cowl...I could just see your girl wearing it!

Love your blog!

nancy wirz says: January 15, 2015 at 11:26 AM

So lucky, all of you and who is the BIGGEST kid of them all, Andy, of course. Enjoy for there is only one first time and they grow up so fast!

Amelia looks so adorable in her hand knit sweater! I can't wait for my own little one to be big enough to take sledding (though it isn't nearly as pretty an environment here as it is for you being in the PNW!)

happy birthday beautiful soul. all blessings for a wonderful year ahead!

Perfect cake. Andy has a heart of gold. You lucky girl! Happy Birthday! xo Jen

Happy Happy Birthday and Happy New Year because our birthday's are the first day of our NEW YEAR!!! What a lovely lovely day for you!
May you have lovely blessings for the new year and continue to see the heaven around you which you do!

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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




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.