December 2012

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With every year that passes now, I find myself wondering, “How is it almost a new year already again?” I guess that’s what happens when each year is a smaller and smaller percentage of your total life years.

Nate needed to get to Boston for one last trip to campus before the holidays, so he went Monday, December 3rd and stayed until Thursday the 6th. He flew from Boston to Miami for a recruiting conference there. Other than interviews with some schools, Nate said the most notable thing that happened while in Miami was that he and a friend inadvertently walked/ran 3 miles in their suits to make it on time to see the new James Bond movie. You can imagine how sweaty they got wearing their suits and running in the Florida humidity, so after they knew how far away the theater was from their hotel they took a cab back after the movie. It was also dark and they didn’t want to get eaten by alligators. Maisy read lots of books to pass the time while her dad was gone:

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She has always loved flipping through the pages of big books, so hopefully that’s a sign she’ll grow up enjoying to read. Here are a few other random December shots of our girl:

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On Sunday the 9th, some of my family left early in the morning to drive to Dallas for Sheppard’s baby blessing. Cory gave a nice blessing, and after church Laney fed all the family that was there plus a couple friends a tasty brunch at their apartment. We ate and visited, then drove home. All the photos were taken on Laney’s camera so I don’t have any. Nate flew in later that night.

Maisy’s 1-year doctor checkup was on Wednesday the 12th. She weighed in at 22 lbs. 4 oz. and was 30.5 inches tall, and she was healthy as ever. When the doctor walked into the room and saw Maisy climbing on the chairs, he commented that her physical development was obviously going well. Maisy loves to climb! Here she is climbing at church:

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On Thursday the 13th we had our office holiday party, but I don’t have any pics of it. On Sunday the 16th, we went with my family and our friends the Crocketts to the Bethlehem town out in Burnett. It was chilly and the line to get in was long, but we kept Maisy and Carson entertained by pulling them around in the wagon while they played on our phones.

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The power of iDevices really can’t be underestimated for these kiddos, but it’s a double-edged sword so we try to limit how often Maisy gets to play with an iPhone or iPad because she likes it entirely too much!

When we opened Christmas presents with my family, we gave Maisy the car we got her and it was a big hit:

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We worked almost all night before flying to Las Vegas on Monday the 17th to spend Christmas with Nate’s family. We worked some while there, too, but we tried to take as many true days off as we could to focus on family time. We ate out, played games, watched movies, went shopping, and on Saturday the 22nd Nate’s parents took the girls to the Nutcracker ballet while the boys watched babies.

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We also went to the park a few times:

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Here’s us the Sunday before Christmas in our festive attire:

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The Cannons always go caroling for Christmas. Maisy wore the lamb hat that her Nana made her, and our brother-in-law Evan showed everyone one up with his Buddy the Elf costume, made all the more impressive by his height.

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The night before Christmas Eve, I was looking at a calendar and thought to myself, hmmm… On Christmas Eve morning, Maisy and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things, including a pregnancy test. After we checked out, I took Maisy into the bathroom and we found out together that she was going to be a big sister! Surprise (sort of)!! I’m not much of one for waiting to share exciting news so I texted my family later that day, and we told Nate’s family on Christmas by putting a baby doll in a gift bag that Nate gave to his parents. We enjoyed a relaxing Christmas with Nate’s parents, Rich and Maria and their baby Parker, Brooke and Evan, and Aunt Diane. Here are some shots of Christmas Day as well as other days we were in Vegas:

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Maisy will pretend that pretty much anything is a phone.

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Later in the week on Thursday the 27th, we toured part of the Hoover Dam and checked out the new bridge:

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Later that night, we went to see Les Miserables in the theater after Maisy was in bed. The next day, we took Maisy to see the fountain at the Bellagio as well as the holiday display in the Conservatory there:

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Other highlights of our trip included some time in the hot tub for Nate and Maisy, and a pedicure for me with my sister-in-law Maria.

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We flew back to Austin on Monday, January 1st. I love Christmastime and am always a little sad to see the decorations and lights come down, but it’ll be here again before we know it!

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