Happy birthday, dear Camilla.

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We spent the day doing her favorite things. Can you guess what they are…?

Happy donut breakfast.

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Balloon + donut = bliss.

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Donut face.

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Our favorite seafood market.

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Feeling brave.

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Silly string.

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Squirt!

Skyping with the grandparents.

Her new icon.

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Fun at the park.

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Picnic lunch.

Fun at the mall.

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Surreptitiously eating napkins.

We used the photo booth.

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Beatrice discovers chocolate milk.

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The beloved ice cream truck.

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The world's cutest backpack.

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The budding ballerina.

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Trying them out.

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Tasty grilled shrimp.

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52 Weeks of Beatus, complete.

I did it!

52 week montage

I was a few days late a couple of times, but I got all 52 photos on different pieces of fabric. For something so minor in the grander scheme of things, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

The entire set is here on flickr, but I’m going to pull out a few of my favorites because, to be honest, not every photo turned out that well. The biggest problems were (a) the lighting (it was just not bright enough some mornings and you can’t take a great photo with bad light) and (b) the children (if they didn’t want to play or kept rolling over, it was also hard to take a good pic). But I did the best I could. I think I might take monthly photos this next year because I just love putting them up together on the wall for the girls’ birthdays. I’m going to change the set on our wall to the one of both girls for Milla’s birthday next Wednesday. I’m so glad I included her in this as well.

My faves:

week 1

1b

week 2

2b

week 5

5c

week 7

7b

week 11

11b

week 13

13b

week 17

17b

week 18

18b

week 19

19a

week 20

20b

week 22

22a

week 24

24b

week 30

30b

week 31

31b

week 32

32a

week 35

35b

week 36

36b

week 37

37b

week 38

38b

week 39

39a

week 40

40b

week 43

43a

week 44

44a

week 46

46b

week 47

47b

week 49

49b

week 51

51a

It’s been a fun year, wouldn’t you say?

Happy birthday, dear Beatrice.

My darling girl,

You are such a delightful baby.

I am so happy that you are one now because I feel like you really want to be. You have a big toothy smile, you’re trying out new words, you take shaky steps, and you just can’t wait to do everything that your big sister can.

I still don’t know how this dark-haired, brown-eyed mama produced a blonde, but I love patting your fuzzy yellow head and looking into your big blue eyes. I’m admittedly biased, but I think that you are just plain gorgeous. You live up to your name by making things more beautiful wherever you go.

You’ve had a pretty good first year. It’s been (ahem) a loud one, seeing as you never appreciated the pacifier that I kept trying to shove in your mouth. My goodness, girl, have you got a set of pipes, and you like to use ’em. Happy? Loud. Sad? Loud. Quiet? Better go see what you got into.

You’re a smart girl who’s figured out how get into all sorts of cupboards and drawers, but here are only a few times of day when you like to toodle around by yourself — you much prefer playing with people. Clapping, waving, and the mouth bibbles seem to be pretty fun. And then there’s peekaboo, your all-time favorite game. I know that things are bad when a round of peekaboo won’t cheer you up. You’re not a huge fan of toys except when sister has them. Then, of course, they are to die for. It is rather unfortunate that you settled on Lucia, Camilla’s favorite doll, as your favorite as well. She’s been pretty good about sharing, but we are hoping that Gloria, your new (and very similar) baby will help you to avoid confrontation in the future.

Your birthday was Friday, but seeing as we’ve had a very busy weekend (and that you can’t read), I’m hoping that you’ll forgive me for being late with this post. Daddy’s birthday was yesterday and we’ve been very busy trying to make sure he had a special day too. I love your daddy so much, and the fact that we made you together only makes me appreciate him more.

You are my Sweet Bea and you always will be.

Love,

Mama

Now, for family who like to look at this sort of thing, here are some photos from June 15. We had a delightful day with a very few presents (it works so much better that way) and a yummy dinner with her godmama. I think it is safe to say that Beatrice enjoyed her birthday very much.

Bea's birthday decor.

Camilla and I decorated together the day before.

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I finished my photo project and printed them out! More to come about that.

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We made cupcakes together on Friday morning.

All ready to bake cupcakes.

Camilla is a very good cooking helper.

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Dumping and stirring are her favorites.

Two candles.

A “1” for Bea and a “3” for Camilla. (If was smarter, I would have saved the one afterward to make “31” for Josh.)

Walking with her stroller.

Here comes the birthday girl…

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Birthday girl!

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Now for the presents.

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Gloria, her new doll.

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Two girls, two dollies.

The sisters and their (almost) matching dolls.

Skyping with grandma.

Thank you, grandma!

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Now for the other fun present: tissue paper.

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Peeka…

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Boo!

Tissue paper is fun.

Boo!

It gets her every time.

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Oh wait, there’s something else in the gift bag.

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What can it be?

Another present.

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Hooray! My very own bonker!

The bonker.

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What baby wouldn’t want to hit things with a little wooden mallet?

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Now for the birthday dinner.

Birthday dinner.

Bea’s godmother Laura came to eat with us and practice her baby-feeding skills.

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Yummy ciambotta.

Beatrice is ONE!

Beatrice is one!

Now for the birthday cupcake.

Birthday cupcake.

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Mama helps blow the candle out.

Mommy helped blow it out.

But you get to eat it all by yourself.

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Hey, this is good stuff. You’ve been holding out on me, fellows.

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Yum.

Yum.