Happy Birthday Baby June!

May 9, 2011

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On Saturday, Flora June Blair turned one year old. She celebrated with balloons, her very own lemon tartlette and a new dress.

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One of June’s presents was a set of wooden stacking rings that we bought in Amsterdam from Hema. Every one of my babies has had a set of wooden stacking rings. They’re good toys and as a bonus, they make good photo props. : )

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A typical birthday celebration for us would include a home-baked cake, but here in France, it seems like a shame not to take advantage of the bakeries. June’s lemon tartlette is from our favorite bakery in the center of town.

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As you can imagine, tartlette ended up everywhere. Hair, toes and clothes. She loved it!

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What a year it’s been! June has been the happiest baby and I can’t imagine our family without this little person. I just reread her birth story and of course, I was teary as can be.

Happy Birthday Sweet June!

P.S. — Here are photos of June as a newbornJune at 6 months, and a post about her homecoming.

Update: At your request, here are instructions on how to make your own balloon banner.

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1 christine @ leapfroglane May 9, 2011 at 7:07 am

Happy Birthday June!!

{did you make that balloon rainbow?! i adore it!}


2 Design Mom May 9, 2011 at 7:09 am

I did, Christine! With lots of help from Ben Blair and the kids. I’ve never made one before, but it was fun. I’ll have to post a DIY…


3 Christine May 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

Yes! I’d love a DIY for that one!


4 Jenny also May 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

Please do!! I LOVE it.


5 Amy May 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

Yes, please post the dyi on the balloon rainbow!!!


6 bec May 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

yes, ditto! (and please hurry before my son’s birthday ;)


7 Bri (like the cheese) May 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Yes, you will! My daughter turns 4 in a couple weeks & wants a rainbow theme for her celebration!


8 jen May 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

please post a diy!!! i am planning a rainbow themed shower for my sister in law and that would be a perfect backdrop for the guest of honor as she opens her presents :)


9 Annie May 10, 2011 at 8:15 am



10 jen May 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Oh, please, please, please! I *need* to make one of those for my daughter’s birthday party at the end of the month! She would swoon for it!


11 'rachel May 9, 2011 at 7:09 am

Happy Birthday Miss June! Kisses from Texas!


12 Kady May 9, 2011 at 7:10 am

First birthdays are the best. My daughter will be two this year!


13 Genevieve May 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

So adorable! Love the balloons and June’s dress!


14 Denise Laborde May 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

Happy birthday June :)

Oh my gosh, is it hard for you to say good-bye to the baby stage? It is for me. My little boy is almost 10 months old and I think he’s the last one.

Ah! I was going to ask the same questions as Christine. The balloon banner. DIY envy. It’s killer.



15 Susan May 9, 2011 at 7:27 am

Ooh, I love it! The balloons are gorgeous, and little June is as cute as can be! Happy Birthday beautiful girl!


16 peggy May 9, 2011 at 7:29 am

Happy Birthday sweet little June!
Looks like you had a fun time.


17 Lola G. May 9, 2011 at 7:30 am

Such fabulous photos! I can almost taste that tartlette — yum! You and yours certainly know how to celebrate.


18 Jill V. / TerraSavvy May 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

Happy Birthday sweet Baby June!

My Baby Claire Rowan just celebrated her 1 year on April 26th. What a special day and I know what you mean about not being able to imagine life without them in it!

I still have to post some amazing pictures on my site also. Now after seeing how fast you got yours up…I must get moving and post before she turns 2!

Thanks for sharing your family with us.



19 Destri May 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

Happy Birthday Baby June!
Love the photos, and yes, balloon rainbow how-to please :)


20 wendy May 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

Happy ONE, June! Those balloons look fantastic! My girl is allergic to balloons. I can’t tell you how jealous she would be!


21 Heather May 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

Happy Birthday sweet Baby June!
It looked like a fabulous celebration to commemorate turning 1 year old!
My own baby turns 1 on June 30. Happy for her, sad for me.
Yes, please, on the DIY balloon tutorial!


22 Heather May 9, 2011 at 7:45 am

And those photos are precious! I love the “messy little hands” shot, the tartlette in the hair shot, and the shots of adorable Baby June under the rainbow balloon garland.


23 Torrie @ a place to share... May 9, 2011 at 7:46 am

Happy birthday to June! A tartlette in France…& Her very own? She is quite lucky, and how cool will that be to look back on!


24 Shannon May 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

Happy birthday, June! What a sweet little girl. And such a happy reminder of first birthdays around here, too. Thank you!


25 Anna Lewis May 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

Happy Birthday, June! She is as much a ‘doll baby’ as ever. The photos are adorable and I know that she was showered with love by all of her siblings on her birthday. (Of course, I’m sure she’s completely doted upon every other day, too!)


26 Amy W May 9, 2011 at 7:50 am

Happy Birthday June! I can’t believe it has been a year! She is as darling as can be and I love the balloons and all of those pictures!


27 Yolanda @ Miss Refashionista May 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

I LOOOOOOVE the photoshoot. June is adorable!


28 MrsF May 9, 2011 at 8:20 am

Awwwwwwwww! What lovely photos – she’s just as precious as can be!!!

I’m a first-time Mum; my little girl turned one on March 14th and I too felt a little nostalgic. I heart the balloon garland so, so much. Awaiting that tutorial with bated breath! ;)


29 TN May 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

Happy 1st Birthday June!

What lovely photos for her to adore when she is older.

I loved reading her birth story also…as I am 17 weeks with # 2. Reliving all of that is great. And is making me start to picture our future delivery ;-) We will hopefully know the sex on Friday!!! Can’t wait

We are also planning on celebrating French Mother’s Day since my husband returned from a business trip Saturday and Tuesday is our Wedding Anniversary. Waiting till the 29th will make it all about ME ;-)

Have a great week


30 Ayme May 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

June is just as sweet as can be. Thanks for sharing her with us :)


31 Jennelle May 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

Aww, she’s such a cutie! Happy Birthday June :)


32 Robin May 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

Hugs and kisses to Baby June!


33 Ashlea Walter May 9, 2011 at 8:31 am

Happiest of birthdays, June. Just beautiful. I love how you manage to make each child special – seems to get more difficult as one adds more children… I salute you!

Yes yes, yes, bring on the balloon DIY. I’ve got someone’s 2nd birthday coming up in a few weeks and would love a new idea. Fun!


34 Chantale May 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

There is pure joy and sweetness in her face.. what a pretty 1 year old! June celebrates in May.. how cool is that? Happy birthday to one sweet little lady!


35 Monica May 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

She is adorable! Love the baloons, the dress, the photos, and the little shoes! Are they hand-made?
Lemon tarte is one of my favorite french deserts…..yum!
Happy Birthday June!


36 thepickyeater May 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

happy bday to june ! love the colorful balloons…


37 Zoe May 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

Hard to believe it’s been a year! So precious. That’s how I’d love to eat a lemon tartlette myself. Happy birthday to Baby June!


38 JourneyBeyondSurvival May 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

I love well made toys. Germany had much better toys than Italy, but that’s not terribly surprising given the cultural differences. What I love even better though is the pasticcerias dotted through the landscape. I’m sure the French have even better ones!

I cannot imagine how long it takes them each and every day to create the delicacies.

June looks like she enjoyed it very much.


39 Dee May 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

Happy First Birthday, Beautiful baby June!


40 Molly W. May 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

What?! How is she 1 already?!! Happy 1st birthday, sweet June!


41 juliagblair May 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

Happy Birthday, precious, adorable, beloved June!
I want to hold you ! Gr. B


42 allysha May 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

Happy, happy birthday, baby Flora June Blair! Oh my, where does a year go! She is such a sweetheart.


43 amyks May 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby June. I can’t believe she is one already!


44 BP May 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

Super sweet! Happy B-day, June! She will probably be off to college before we know it.


45 julie May 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

oh what a sweet babygirl! Another compliment for the balloons! and do share the info on the shoes and dress, they are so sweet!


46 Michelle May 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

HB, J!


47 Ana May 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

Adorable photos. Happy Birthday baby June!!!!


48 Morgan May 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

What a colourful and lovely set-up for her birthday. I could almost taste the tart lemon cake. Don’t the french make the most wonderful desserts?

I just went and read her birth story – can’t believe I had not read it before!


49 Liliana May 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

Happy birthday, baby!

What a lovely day it seems to have been.
Best wishes to you and the entire family.


50 melissa May 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

She is darling! What a sweetie. I can’t even believe she is a year old, started reading your blog right around the time she was born. :)


51 Amanda May 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

I can’t believe she’s one! It seems like only yesterday we got to read her birth story. :)


52 Kathleen Frances May 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

Happy B-Day lovely June!

And Gabrielle, I’d be happy to call you a friend!

And PS
I love how you named her Flora June but call her June! I’m guessing you liked the name June but June Flora doesn’t sound as melodic? I wish I would have thought of that with my second daughter. I wanted to name her Lucy but her father wouldn’t agree on it for a first name:( But I think I could have snuck it in as a middle;)

At any rate, it’s a lovely name! Although my Molly didn’t turn out to be a Lucy she IS a June too:) Molly June. and sometimes I wish she would go by June when she gets older.

Happy 1st little Flora June! Your name is as sweet as you.


53 Natalie C. May 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

WHERE did you get those knit shoes she is wearing? They are super cute! Happy Birthday, June!


54 elz May 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

June is 1?! How did that happen?! She is such a breath of fresh, fun, happy air. Thanks for sharing your family with us.


55 Ren Lady Of The Arts May 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

Happy Bday June- great rainbow ballons.


56 sarah May 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

how sweet….she does look more and more like ben blair. love the facial expressions. i have a 14 month old, so i’m right there with you!!


57 redmenace May 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

Happy Birthday, June! I cannot believe it’s been a year already. She is a lovely lovely little girl. What wonderful photos! xoxoxo


58 Mary May 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

I love the photo where June crinkles her nose. Was a sweetheart.

I gave each of mine their own first birthday cake. Luckily, most have warm weather birthdays as they basically needed to be hosed off (with warm water), chair and all, after they finished. Personality certainly showed in how they reacted. The quiet one explored very gingerly, while the boisterous one dove in, head first and came up with a big grin.


59 Mom in Mendon May 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

Birthday hugs and kisses to Junie B. !
G&G Mac


60 Kym May 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

Happy Birthday baby June. Such beautiful pictures. I am really enjoying following your adventures in France.


61 Sara May 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

Happy, happy Birthday baby June!!! Thanks for sharing the adorable photo shoot!


62 Elizabeth May 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm

She is absolutely precious, and I love her little old-fashioned birthday dress. Happy birthday, June and Happy Birth Day to you!


63 grace May 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Happy birthday from North Idaho Baby June!


64 Traveling Mama May 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

She is absolutely GORGEOUS! She looks just like a little baby doll!! So sweet! I enjoyed reading your birth story too. Bringing a new life into the world is absolutely unfathomable yet watching them grow each day is equally mysterious… and thrilling, too!


65 Emjay May 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Happy Birthday June!

Great to see that you hit Hema !


66 Hannah Stevenson @ MiniMe Paper Dolls May 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Can’t believe it’s been a whole year…she is a beauty. Happy birthday June!


67 kristi May 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

What a special celebration for your family. Birthday blessings to June!


68 Haydee May 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Happy, happy birthday sweet baby June! Wow, I feel like I was just reading a post about you having just had her! Amazing! What a blessing:)


69 the emily May 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Happy birthday to your sweet baby girl. I love these pictures!


70 christine mchale May 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

happy bday little June! i loved that first pic…so happy! the balloon rainbow was such a sweet touch.


71 Maria Martino May 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I will be waiting for the ballon instructions but MY FAVORITE is how she arches her feet like a ballerina!! Too cute!


72 tchouckinette May 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Joyeux Anniversaire June …

What a lovely girl ! May she have the most wonderful year in France !


73 kpriss May 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Happy Birthday Baby June! You’re a sweetheart! Make you parents proud!


74 The New Diplomat's Wife May 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

happy birthday, june! a year already? :) love the knit booties!


75 bdaiss May 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Happy birthday sweet little one! (And pass me a lemon tartlette please!)
A wonderfully simple 1st birthday celebration. Psst – I spy more ribbons! : )


76 Amy May 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

As the mother of a now 4.5 year old baby June, I have to say: Happy Birthday June!


77 Kellie@Greenhab May 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Wow, a year already!? Happy Birthday Miss June! She couldn’t be any cuter!


78 Andrea May 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Love the balloons. I was thinking of doing a balloon rainbow for my little boy’s bday this summer. But I just automatically thought of it as an arc and using helium filled balloons. I might have to reconsider now and go the opposite direction – it just looks so lovely and lush. :)


79 Kim Simmonds May 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm

June is so adorable! Happy Birthday to the sweet girl!


80 Melissa Edwards May 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I cannot believe she is already one! So sweet!!


81 Amy Mueller May 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm

REALLY? An entire YEAR has passed since she was born? My goodness. (I’m not kidding – I’m still kind of in shock.)

A Very Happy One Year Birthday to that precious little peach of yours. :)

(And a Happy Mother’s Day to you, Mrs. Blair!)


82 andrea van unen-smith May 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I love love love the balloons – you are too clever. It’s so simple and elegant and perfect for a one year old birthday.


83 Kate The Great May 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Well, *I* love that the balloons match the colors of the stacking rings perfectly. You must have done that on purpose and it’s gorgeous.


84 Beth May 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Happy Birthday June! So grateful to God you have had such a wonderful first year! Levi also celebrated his first birthday and is doing well too!


85 JennyLynn May 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Please post how to make the balloon rainbow. The color was wonderful. Happy Birthday June! That tart looked yummy!


86 Kelly May 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

It’s been a joy to see Baby June as she’s grown. What a beautiful little cherub! I love the pic of her sleeping on her daddy’s shoulder at the gardens.


87 Danielle B. May 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

awww, this series of pictures are fabulous! What a hoot. And our “babies” share the birthday! Mine’s 5 now, how’d that happen???? Happy Birthday lil’ June!


88 Samantha May 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Oh this is darling, so precious baby Flora!
Where are her dress and shoes from? They are to-die-for!


89 Jean May 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Happy Birthday June~ Lots of hugs and kisses from Toronto.


90 Kirsty May 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Happy birthday beautiful baby June! My husband is laughing at me because I am crying over the fact that she is one already and she was JUST BORN! I remember it clearly. (I have a 6 week old which may explain this extreme hormonal reaction). I have very much enjoyed watching her grow this year! Her birthday celebration looks perfect.


91 kim May 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

what a sweetie! happy birthday little one!


92 Design Addict Mom May 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Awww, Happy Birthday to June. These are really very beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing with us:-)


93 r8chel May 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

What adorable photos of an adorable little girl. And the rainbow of balloons is so fun!


94 Victoria May 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

How incredibly fast that first year went. Happy 1st Birthday June. x


95 alli May 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

happy birthday Flora June! I remember reading your post announcing she had arrived!


96 Steph t. May 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Happy bday sweet June!!!!! Can she get any more adorable?!? To me she looks a lot like Betty. Is that how she looked at 1 too? I love those stacking rings too! Would be a fantastic baby gift. Xo


97 Kelleyn May 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Congratulations! Happy Birthday June! She is lovely!


98 meg/brassyapple May 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm

aw happy Birthday!


99 Rose May 10, 2011 at 2:00 am

The balloons are so pretty..really loved them….loved the stacking rings too…good that they were also matching to the balloon theme.
just a small point i noticed…june’s dress by itself is so very pretty…but it would have been wonderful if it was also in any of the rainbow color..
Happy B’day June..she is so precious..


100 From Belgium May 10, 2011 at 2:30 am

Happy birthday to the happy girl. Love the stacking rings, they have such lovely things at HEMA. Please make a DIY for the balloon rainbow, it is lovely!


101 Hannah/Sundry Mumsy May 10, 2011 at 7:42 am

Those little booties give me warm fuzzy feelings.


102 Tara J May 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

Happy Birthday Little June.


103 whoorl May 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Happy Birthday, Sweet June!!


104 Bettijo @ Paging Supermom May 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm

So sweet! Happy Birthday to June :) I love that stacker set and the rainbow balloons.


105 Jessica R. May 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

happy birthday! love the little knit slippers and neat balloon idea!


106 Autumn May 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Funny-I had just been wondering how her looks had developed, thanks for posting. A little beauty!


107 Stephanie May 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Happy birthday June! I can’t believe she’s already a year old


108 Petra Morvay May 11, 2011 at 1:33 am

oooh too cute, happy birthday, lucky baby:)


109 Mary Rhoades May 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

Happy 1st Birthday June! Time sure goes fast


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