Happy birthday, baby girl! I can't believe it's been a year since you came into our lives. It seems like just yesterday that Mommy and Daddy got married, and now almost exactly 4 years to the day, you are turning one. It's been an amazing year, watching you grow and change and watching those cheeks get ever- chubbier :) I'm sorry that Auntie is a blond and committed to working on the day of your birthday party, but there were a few things I wanted you to know.
First, I love you to the moon and back. Since the day you were born, you have held a special place in my heart as my first niece, and you have changed my life with your infectious giggle. Of course, when the giggles turn to screams (which they often do) I immediately hand you back to Mama, but don't take offense. I still love you. And I love earplugs. Greatest invention ever. Feel free to bring them over, every time you visit.
Second, you have made our whole family better. It's funny how you don't know something is missing, until one day it comes along and you realize you can't live without it. I don't remember what our family was like before you came around, because it's so much better than it ever was before. You are absolutely the most important part of our family... except for maybe Lola. The dog always comes first. You'll learn that someday.
Third, I will always be here for you, ALWAYS. I plan to be the super cool aunt, always ready with stickers, candy, and cigars and liquor when you turn 21 and have your first legal sip of freedom :) Just kidding, Ange! Sorta ;-) Jules, I'm here if you want to talk (ya know, when you're actually at that stage in life haha), I'm here for a dance party or ten, I'm here to take you to the zoo and the park and anywhere else Mommy and Daddy get sick of going. I will always be here to lend you support, give you encouragement, and watch you grow up and live your dreams. I've loved watching you become a little person so far, and I can't wait to see the big person you become. I know you will be strong, smart, beautiful, and most of all, well-loved.
I love you Juliana!