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Katie: The Year in Review

We took 4,878 photos of our kids over the past year.

And that doesn’t even include iPhone photos.

I sat down today to choose my 12 favorites of Katie to share with you here and quickly realized that it wasn’t possible.

I went from 120 to 93 to 48 and finally trimmed it to 23.

I couldn’t bring myself to cut anymore, so here are my final selections of the little girl who changed my life.

Four and a half years ago, she made me a mother and I will spend the rest of my days showing her how grateful I am to have her in my life.

Thank you so much for looking back through the year with me!

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    There's no one I'd rather have by my side in the kitchen.
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    I'm certain that those eyes could convince me to do anything.
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    Our California girl had a blast in the snow at Lake Tahoe.
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    We went through three rolls of easel paper this year alone.
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    Easter basket happiness!
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    There's so much of her that still seems like my baby.
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    I love when she's so lost in a project that the rest of the world just stops.
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    Katie loved these birthday cake pancakes that kicked off her special day.
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    Our sweet girl turned four. Time truly flies.
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    Katie loved celebrating National Backyard Campout weekend.
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    The expression on her face in this photo makes me weak. How I love this girl.
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    I love that look of pure happiness on her face.
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    Katie's first ballet recital. I think I cried from beginning to end...I was just so proud of her.
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    Best cure for boredom? Water!
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    There's something about her expression here that makes it impossible to know what she's thinking.
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    We camped several times over the summer and Katie is never happier than when she's in the middle of the woods.
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    Back to Lake Tahoe...this time for some fun on the beach.
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    Again...at her easel.
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    These moments when Katie and Matthew snuggle together are just magic.
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    When I tried to get her to look up at me, she replied "I'm working, Mommy."
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    Preschool pictures sure have come a long way!
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    Katie was elated to participate in The Nutcracker this year.
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    What a year it's been. I am so grateful for all of the small moments that make up these wonderful years.

For photos of our entire family from 2011, please come visit me on in these small moments.

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