June 07, 2012 11:00 AM

Curtis Hilbun/AFF

Time flies when you’re having fun.

Just ask Denise Richards, who’s been enjoying the experience raising her youngest daughter Eloise Joni, whom she adopted a year ago.

“It’s amazing,” Richards, 41, told PEOPLE Wednesday at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville. “She just turned 1, so the year’s gone by very quickly. I’m just so blessed – so blessed to be her mom.”

Part of what’s made Eloise’s transition into Richards’s family so easy is the welcoming nature of her other two children, Lola, 7, and Sam, 8.

“Right off the bat, as soon as [Eloise] was born, they really bonded with her,” Richards said. “I couldn’t ask for better big sisters.”

— Jennifer Garcia

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