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I’ve made a lot of posts today so I’m out of words. Pictures are better at telling stories anyway. However, I’ll explain the first pic since it is funny.

After our Christmas Eve party late Friday night, I asked Dad to take a belly picture with me because I had him take one one on Christmas Eve night when I was pregnant with Avery and it is a photo I’ve cherished. I look super funny in those jammies (got them so I could match Avery)and laugh every time I look at this.
Me and Olivia at 8 months with Papa (LOL!):
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Avery and I made this Gingerbread house a few days before Christmas. She loved it! She wanted to eat all the candy and icing and kept saying “Yum, yum, yum, Delicioso!” (Can you guess where she learned that?)
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Christmas Eve

Every year for Christmas Eve, we go to my Dad’s side of the family and this year, Aunt Delores and Uncle David hosted. We always have a great time and Avery especially enjoyed herself because there were three babies (all around 3 months) and she loved them. She stayed next to them pretty much the entire time saying things like “I love her toes!”, “Ah, I love babies!”, “Look at her little hands.”, etc. I wonder if she is going to be as enamored with her little sister once we bring her home.

Being a big helper:
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Wondering when she can open all those presents:
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Hanging with Matt

Avery loves Matt! Matt likes to sit outside (away from all of us women) and watch his football and peel pecans. Avery loves to help him (eat the pecans). I walked outside to check on them and noticed he was no longer watching football but rather Toy Story. Ha!
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The sunrise was so pretty I couldn’t resist snapping a few
pics at Nana and Papa’s house: DSC_0020 She looked
cold (as you can tell here) so I only got a few pics and we ran
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Hillary Graduated!

I’m so proud of you, Hillary! She graduated December 18th, the day after her 24th birthday, from Texas A&M University. We have a “House Divided!” with Matt and Hillary being Aggies and Scott, Dawn, and I as Longhorns so it always make for interesting times, especially during football season.

Thank goodness she wore gold shoes because that is how I was able to find her. She’s right there in the middle:
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Again, she’s the one with the gold shoes 🙂 getting her diploma:
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Trying to keep Avery occupied during the ceremony was interesting. She found Daddy’s powdered donuts and was still for a bit:
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We celebrated in College Station at one of Hillary’s favorite places to eat:
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Avery and Dora sang Hillary a song 🙂
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Christmas with the Kocians

This year we did an early Christmas with my mom’s side and I already did a post so I’m just going to add the pictures. We had it at an old hall in Shiner where Dawn and I used to go for dance practice when we were younger. It really brought back lots of fun memories.
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Avery now avoids looking at the camera which I’ve noticed in most pictures we take:
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Hillary and Jeff:
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Her favorite thing to do (eat!):
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Avery loves her Nana:
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Chinese Christmas Line-Up:
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A snapshot of half of us in the middle of Chinese Christmas:
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I’m a wee bit behind on my posts as December has been a wee bit chaotic with us still “between homes” and trying to make everything as normal as possible for Avery.   In early December, Matt, Dawn, Hillary, Jeff, Scott, Avery, and I went to the local Christmas parade and it was so cute.   For such a small town, they really went all out!  There were miniature horses, children singing Christmas songs, many cute floats, and of course, Santa made a special visit on the fire truck at the very end.  After the parade, we went to dinner right around the corner (food was great but the wait was LONG!)

Going to see Santa at the Christmas Parade:
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