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We hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday season.  Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to this year.

 

Kristi is 13 and in 7th grade at McAuliffe Middle School.   She and her sister continue to swim at the YMCA swim club.  Kristi loves reading, drama, and dancing.  Kristi plays 2 instruments, the guitar and piano.  Kristi also has been volunteering at Parkcrest Christian Church in the nursery when their parents are at church.  She also got her first smart phone in late October and is very excited about that.

 

Katie is 15 and a sophomore at Los Alamitos High School.  She swam on the high school swim team in the Spring and will do so again this coming spring.  Katie is very active in the high school group at our church and enjoys volunteering on Sundays. She won the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at our church and went to see her all time favorite band, The Maine, in concert and later met them (it was all she talked about for a long while(still).) Over the summer, Katie decided to raise $2000 to build churches around the world, she’s raised over $900 so far. (donations welcome) J

 

Renee continues to work part time and once again ran the half marathon at the Long Beach Marathon in October, still in there, but getting slower every year.  Her dad is struggling health wise and is in a “board and care” facility.  His highlight of the week is if we bust him out to go to lunch and have a glass of wine.

 

John has been at Nestle 19 years and counting surviving a reorganization.  He has a similar job as the Telecom Manager but in addition to Nestle USA he supports Nestle Purina Pet Care and Nestle Waters Companies.  With the extra responsibility comes no raise but he did get a Laurel and Hardy handshake.  His softball team is doing well passing the 300 win mark this year.  Translation:  they’re old and have been playing forever.  He’s also helping out with the camera, computers and lighting at Church services.

 

We had a really great vacation this year.  In August we went on an Alaskan cruise followed by a three day land tour.  We got on the ship in Vancouver, Canada and sailed up the inland passage.  We enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  A couple of the highlights of the trip were snorkeling in Ketchican in wet  (they told us the water was a warm 57 degrees) and white water rafting down melted glacier water in Denali.

 In June, we started a pretty big home improvement project.  We remodeled our bonus room into a home theater and replaced our carpeted stairway with wood.  As we write this, we’re just about done, wrapping up a few loose ends.   

 Just recently saw Wicked at the Pantages Theatre.  Before the show we had lunch at Mel’s Diner in Hollywood and had the good fortune of getting a chance to talk to Flight Time and Big Easy from the Harlem Globetrotters and on 2 seasons of the Amazing Race.  It was a great show and a fun local day trip.

 

We hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

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