But, to be totally honest, only part of me is feeling nostalgic about this tiny-girl turning one year older.
Mature. Seasoned. Composed.
As much as we’ve wanted to find the perfect nickname lo these last ten months, we don’t call her Maggie or Lollie or Nola because, well.. she’s just Magnolia.
So, instead of a smash cake, or a toddler-themed birthday party, we decided to go more Magnolia-style.
But what to put on her cake was a little more difficult. We considered all her current favorites: Sarah and Duck, asking “why”, playing outside, eating noodles, telling people what to do, and walking the dogs.
And then we remembered her crazy love for lollipops.
What to give her wasn’t a simple decision either… this girl is not a typical toy-loving kid. In fact, most of the age-appropriate toys we have in our toy basket stay in the toy basket.
So I asked on Facebook for some birthday ideas and y’all did not disappoint.
Based on suggestions, we made an Amazon wish list a mile long, and paring it down was no easy feat.
She had been talking about her upcoming birthday for weeks – especially the “happy birthday” part. We even practiced singing it
several many times before her big day, just to watch the huge smile spread across her face.
So when her cake actually showed up (and we kept it hidden from her until it was time to sing) she was completely, adorably, excited.
Then, candle-blowing complete, the girl was ready to move on to cake-eating.
The lean? Well, that didn’t happen until after several very large lollipops were on board – something the Pinterest people failed to warn us about. But the homemade meringue kisses and buttercream frosting more than made up for a little lop-sidedness.
I kinda think it suited our girl, just as it was.
Sweet Magnolia, happy first birthday as our beloved, cherished, one-of-a-kind girl. I am so thankful to have this day to celebrate the gift of you and the way God has so perfectly – and exquisitely – fashioned you.
You are so very loved, little one.