Just in case you didn't know... only five days until Christmas!! I sent out Christmas cards a few days ago (yes, I sent them out later than usual!), but I've been so busy lately that I didn't get around to writing a letter to go with them. I finally have some time off this week, so I thought I'd do our holiday letter blog-style this year. :)

2012 Recap

2012 has been an interesting and busy year! We settled quickly into our new home in Manhattan, Kansas and we really love it here (except for the tornado warnings... and the scorching hot summers...). Manhattan is the home of Kansas State University and the Wildcats, and even though we're not native Kansans or big football fans, we've found ourselves being sucked into the Wildcat football mania nevertheless. :) Here are just a few of our favorite places in Kansas so far:

Restaurants:

JP's Sports Bar

Longhorn Steakhouse

La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant

Radina's Coffee House & Roastery

Tallgrass Brewing Company

Things for Kids:

Flint Hills Discovery Center

City Park Pool & Splash Park

Gymnastics Plus

Bates Dance Studio

Manhattan Public Library

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium

Places to Visit:

Manhattan Town Center

Milford Lake

Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Kansas City, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Anyway... enough of the tourism. :) Back to the family update!

-Hadley-

Hadley turned five last month and is growing up too quickly! She loves ballet, gymnastics, school, horses, animals, and dinosaurs. She attends preschool at Creche Day School and really enjoys it. She likes to read books, dance around, do crafts, and is obsessed with the K-State Wildcats (click here to see photos from her K-State birthday party). She's also obsessed with dinosaurs and can name quite a few dinos that I've never heard of. :) She wants to be a teacher, a doctor, a veterinarian, and a ballet teacher when she grows up.

-Avram-

My Mr has completed his first year of working at Ft. Riley. His job takes up a lot of his time and energy, but we are all thankful for it. When he's not working he enjoys fishing, hunting, and riding his motorcycle (he bought a long-wished-for Harley this past spring). He also recently bought a new Chevy Silverado. He likes to travel and this year we spent a weekend in Omaha, Nebraska and also took a few day trips over to Kansas City, Missouri.

-Jannicka-

My photography business has gotten steadily busier and I really love what I do. I branched out into wedding photography this summer and was able to assist several other photographers with their weddings and photograph two weddings of my own. I currently have four weddings booked for 2013 and I'm super excited about them! Back in October I also started a full-time job at Creche Day School. I'm a lead teacher for children ages 12-24 months and it definitely keeps me busy. :)

I think that brings you up to date on everything that's been going on with us this year! We wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and hope you have a very Happy New Year!!

Love,

Avram, Jannicka, and Hadley

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