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We hope all of you are enjoying this holiday season. As many of you may
know, this was a year of many changes for us.
In January, Nestle sent John to Switzerland for a week. Although it was
a business trip, he enjoyed some skiing in the French and Swiss Alps and later he visited
the town of Zermatt where he saw the Matterhorn (the real one in Anaheim looks much
better). He also skied in Italy. Right after John returned home, we learned we were
expecting our second (and last) baby in October.
We had started casually looking
at new homes last year, thinking we would probably move into a larger home in a few years.
In February, we spoke with a realtor and discovered ourselves looking more seriously and
planning on putting our house up for sale in April. In one crazy weekend, we sold our
house in one day to the first couple who looked at it and made an offer (which was
accepted) on a house we had just found and fell in love with. We finally moved in August.
Our new house is a mere three miles from our old one.
|On October 1 (after just having enough time to unpack and
get settled), Kristi Marilyn was born. She weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces and was 18 ½ inches
long. Kristi is now two months old. She is just starting to smile occasionally and already
weighs 12 pounds! She has a good appetite and is starting to sleep more at night, which
thrills mom to no end. Dad thinks Kristi will enjoy Baseball someday since she shares the
same birthday as Mark McGuire.
||Katie is now 2 ½. She is a very busy little girl with a
mind of her own. Last summer she had Saturday morning swim classes at Cerritos in the
"Small Fry" division. She also enjoys playing in the park, reading books with
mom, dad, and grandparents, and going to her "play class." During these one hour
a week sessions, she gets to play with other kids her age and make little art projects.
(Moms participate also.) She also loves to watch Barney, Teletubbies, and Blues Clues on
TV. Like nothing else, these shows have the ability to completely captivate toddlers for
hours at a time. While this can be a blessing, John may come home one day to find Renee
has finally snapped and thrown a rock through the TV after watching one too many of these
shows. Katie talks nonstop truly a child of the 90s, her growing vocabulary
already includes words like videotape, CD, and smoke detector.
Renee once again worked a few days a week during tax
season. John or one of the grandmas watched Katie. Renee is hoping to work a little this
coming tax season to keep somewhat current with the tax laws and get out of the house a
We wish all our friends and family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year. Were looking forward to a quieter 1999 while we continue to settle into our
new home and watch the girls grow.
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