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Happy Holidays to all our family and friends. Here is a short summary of the past year and what all of us have been doing.

Katie is 5 ˝. She started kindergarten in September. She has enjoyed school so far and has made many friends. She wears a uniform to school, and is starting to learn to read and write. This summer she enjoyed taking swimming and tennis classes, and in the fall she and Kristi took ballet classes and were in a dance recital in November.

Kristi turned 3 in October. Because of her later birthday, she wasn’t able to start preschool this fall. She keeps mom in line during the morning hours when Katie is in school. Kristi improved her swimming ability quite a bit this year and has just recently discovered a love of jumping in, which she previously didn’t enjoy at all. Kristi is a happy little girl and loves play dough, legos, and drawing.

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Renee keeps busy juggling the girls, house, and various projects. She worked a few days a week this past tax season. John took time off and took care of the girls. In November, Renee ran in a half marathon here in Long Beach – 6 years and 2 kids since the last time she tackled this distance (13.1 miles) and crossed the finish line in just under 2 hours.

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John also enjoys running. He logged an impressive 3 miles total during the 2001 calendar year. Believe it or not, that didn't take up all of his recreational time. John continues to play on a men's and a coed softball team. The men's team played 3 seasons in 2001 finishing 3rd, 1st and is currently in the playoffs. The coed team played 2 seasons in 2001 finishing 2nd both times. John has been at Nestlé for 9 years (a new record) managing a team of programmer/analysts supporting the Nestlé USA core businesses.

We enjoyed some fun vacations this year. In January, we spent a few days in Big Bear. It was the first time the girls had been in the snow. In May, we tagged along with John on a business trip to San Diego. In August, we flew to Seattle. This was Katie and Kristi’s first plane trip. We visited with our friends Glen and Julie who had just moved up there and spent several days sightseeing. In December we divided and conquered. The girls stayed at our friends Mike and Theresa's and played with their children James and Veronica while John and Renee escaped for the weekend to nearby La Jolla.

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We hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2002. May God Bless you all, and God Bless America.

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