Christmas is always a special time in my life, and definitely my favorite holiday of the year. This year we went to Charlotte to spend Christmas with Deena’s parents. It was a ton of fun as usual — there was a lot of shopping in the mall . . .

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assembling Christmas decorations and making gingerbread houses (I take credit for the marshmallow snow =) )

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Lots of fun opening presents with the newest member of the clan

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Visits to the nearby Biltmore Estate and Gardens . . .

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Getting hyped for the new Star Wars movie . . .

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And also throwing a big party for Avani!

IMG-20151219-WA0004-COLLAGE Fingers crossed that the next year will be even better!