For the second year in a row, I've been fortunate enough to spend Christmas with the Becker family. Although I was sad not to go home, they have become a second family to me here, which I am so thankful for.

Becker and I do gifts on Christmas morning, but this shot was taken early on Christmas Eve. Here he is with a surprised reaction as he opens up a gift from me--custom poker chips! Look at how excited he is!

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The reaction is completely fake. He was over at my house a few weeks ago and was snooping around in a room he didn't belong in, and saw the set. He pretended he didn't see it, but I know he did. Anyway, he was very happy with his gift, even if he wasn't surprised. We will be giving them a workout tomorrow night, hopefully they will be extra good luck for him since they have his name on them!

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Probably the best Becker family tradition--these cinnamon rolls. They are delicious and the recipe is kept under lock and key:

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Becker gave Caden a bouncy ball on Christmas Eve, which he loved:

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He bounced it everywhere!



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Look at how good at blocks Becker is! He is no match for demolition man Caden though...

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Stinker! (I am referring to Caden)

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He is getting so big--I think he looks much older than 2.5 in this shot:

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He gets cuter all the time:

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So does Becker--he is such a good Uncle! Not the most polite Uncle, I shudder to think of the things he will teach Caden, but nobody has more fun with his little nephew. Check out uber cute parents April & Matt who hosted Christmas for the first time:


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They get a huge shout out for making a huge, killer, special meal just for me. All my whining paid off!

I got lots of great gifts this year--check out a couple of personalized ones I received:

From Janey

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And from Jesh De Rox 18 Clairetastic songs! How great is that!?

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I'm totally spoiled. I got one thing in particular (actually two) I really wanted from Becker (more on that in about a week or so), lots of goodies from Mom, Bose headsets to replace the ones i lost from dad, and an assortment of other great items. So fun!

Here's how all my gifts that I gave were wrapped this year....a little more foreshadowing...

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