My niece, Quinn, is turning one this week and my sister, the non-sentimental girl is getting pretty sentimental. Her baby is growing up (but the wonderful truth is that she'll always be her baby)!

How can it be a year since I was dashing up to Vancouver to photograph Quinn's BIRTH?

I think there is nothing quite as amazing and alarming as the first year of a baby's life. It is simply amazing to see the growth and change that happens almost day by day. It is alarming to note that every one is so right when they say, "It goes SO FAST!!"

We've so enjoyed this wee girl this year and she has sprouted up in my blog several times. She is a real ham and likes to mess around. She is sweet and fun and is really the life of the party. I used to be concerned that my kids would be overwhelming to her when she came over, but every single time she sees the cousins, she screams with delight and has to watch everything that's going on.

Last weekend we took her first year birthday shots in the front yard.

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Yep, she looks 100% like her daddy.

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Well, maybe she has Kelly's toes...

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Then we brought out the cake for some fun! It never fails to amuse me to see kids go nuts on their cakes and she took a bit of coaxing at the beginning but then took to it like a duck to water. There...another similarity to her mother...the way she eats :) .

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Yay for me!!!

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For her little party, Kelly had a bunch of her baby and one year pictures framed all over the house.

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I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one with her little lime green loafers and Farley hanging underneath her chair, hoping for some spillage. These are the images that will be more and more fun as she gets older.

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Quinn went after her mud pie (a Kasteel birthday tradition) until she realized it was freezing cold in her hands and then she screamed like a wet cat.

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Grandee and Oma got a fork and then decided to team together to feed Quinn some more birthday cake.

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Here is Grandee presenting Quinny with her birthday pearls! Pearls!! How cute is that!

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We love you, Quinny-Baninny! Happy birthday!

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