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HUGS FOR MAMA
Three-year-old Violet Anne Affleck puts the squeeze on mom Jennifer Garner as the actress makes a purchase at Williams-Sonoma on Dec. 31 in Santa Monica, Calif. The actress is nearing the end of her second pregnancy - what will the baby be?
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After spending the morning at the farmers' market, Jennifer picks up 3-year-old Violet from preschool on Dec. 3 in Santa Monica, Calif. Despite her growing bump, Jennifer still managed to give her little girl a ride to the car!
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BIG CITY GIRL
In New York City for Ben's Saturday Night Live hosting gig, Jennifer and her husband took full advantage of the city's offerings, taking Violet to the Children's Museum on Saturday, then following it up with a visit to the Scholastic Store Soho on Nov. 1 before flying back to Los Angeles.
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TWO OF A KIND
Trick or treat! Expectant mom Jennifer Garner and daughter Violet dress up for Halloween as pooch pals Fred and Ted, who are the stars of the Big Dog...Little Dog book series, on Oct 31. in NYC.
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Scooping her up for a cuddle, Ben lift Violet while mom Jennifer (not pictured) grabs the backpack during their daily preschool run on Oct. 20. The pigtailed cutie was looking especially adorable in striped leggings and a denim skirt.
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With their growing girl now in preschool, both Ben and Jennifer dropped Violet off at class on Oct. 8 in Santa Monica, Calif.
When asked recently about any upcoming projects on her plate, Jennifer pointed to her growing belly, smiled, and replied, "This!"
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PRETTY IN PINK
Though their trip to the park on Sept. 25 didn't start off so happily – a misstep resulting in a boo-boo left Violet in tears – the Affleck ladies were all smiles as they continued to play the day away.
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Dad and daughter ducked into a local Starbucks for a caffeine fix June 21. Although Violet entered the shop with some healthy crackers, she emerged clutching some sweet Madeleines!
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Violet to the rescue! After locking her keys – and her daughter! – inside her car on June 12, Jennifer was able to instruct her tot on how to unlock the car doors and let herself out. The twosome then happily carried on with their Brentwood shopping excursion.
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Taking a walk near Ben's hometown in Cambridge, Mass., on May 30, a doting (and pregnant!) Jen keeps an eye on her girl. An ever-proud mother, Jen says, "Violet is the most beautiful thing. Just that she exists and I get to hang out with her. There's no one who is more fun."
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The playful pair picks up some goodies at the Brentwood farmers market on Feb. 3. Jennifer is a self-proclaimed farmers market fan – she especially loves the fruit!
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An alert Violet points out the New York City sights to her parents after the crew lunched together at Harry Burritos in Midtown Manhattan on Dec. 31, 2007. Jennifer says 2 ½-year-old Violet is hysterically adorable.
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WALK THIS WAY
On Oct. 21, 2007, just days before Jennifer made her Broadway debut in the play Cyrano de Bergerac, the family strutted down the New York City streets. Normally reserved in front of the cameras, Ben let his guard down, since he says Violet "has the ability to make me smile and feel so good and be so charmed."
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Out to celebrate Ben's 35th birthday on Aug. 15, 2007, the dressed-down Garner-Affleck clan took a stroll through the Brentwood Country Mart. Jennifer celebrates her husband every day, saying he "is a true partner, and picks up [the parenting] where I leave off."
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WHAT'S UP, DOC?
A toothy Violet noshes on a carrot while Jennifer peruses the produce at the Los Angeles' farmers market on July 15, 2007. The hot mama credits healthy, moderate eating in part for her swift post-pregnancy weight loss.
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VIOLETS AREN'T BLUE
Looking like a proud family man, Ben escorts his girls through a parking lot in Brentwood on May 11, 2007. On fatherhood, Ben has said, "Life is very good. Am I a happy man? I am when I'm around my daughter. Then I'm a very happy man."
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On Nov. 8, 2006, just days before Violet's first birthday, the trio hit the pavement in Los Angeles, portable high chair in tow. Wanting to keep their daughter's childhood as normal as possible, Jennifer says she and Ben "have worked really hard not to be one of those couples who are constantly in the limelight."
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An intimate moment between Jennifer and Violet, then 11 months, is caught on film in a Santa Monica, Calif., park on Nov. 7, 2006. Of the twosome's constant time together, Jennifer has said, "I don't want to miss a second with Violet."
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While mom Jennifer was primping for a friend's wedding Oct. 14, 2006, Ben took his baby girl Violet to the beach for some daddy-daughter time. Not surprisingly, he's the more lenient parent of the two – at least according to Jennifer!