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Greetings from the Gulf Coast!

Life is going well. We just got back from Christmas vacation in Minnesota. The weather there was cold ( at least in my opinion) and there was very little to no snow depending on what part of the state we were in. Traveling there went very well, especially with a baby. Melissa slept a lot of the way there and she even slept during the night, for which I was very thankful. Usually we always have to drive in snowy weather in Wisconsin, but this year there was no precipitation at all. We spent a lot of time with family and friends in Minnesota. On Christmas day we opened gifts with my parents, and we then went down to my Aunt’s house for a family get together, and then we drove to Cloquet to see Jason’s Grandparents and family. Christmas was very busy.

It was also Melissa’s first Christmas. She would tear some of the paper off of her gifts if you started it for her. She got some really nice clothes, her first dolly from Grandma and Grandpa H, toys, books and other things. She wore a red velvet Christmas dress.

Mike and Liz are in the process of buying a house, and if everything goes through they will begin moving tomorrow. Right now Jason is planning to go over and help them move. I will be staying home with both Joe and Melissa.

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season!



Greetings to all. We are doing well, and enjoying the holiday season. We went to Mike and Liz’s for Thanksgiving. It was so nice to visit with them and to see Emily. There is a picture attached of both Emily and Melissa. We also decorated our house for Christmas. The tree is up and the outside lights are up as well. We are also making plans to go to Minnesota in just a few weeks. We are really looking forward to this vacation time.

Jason is doing well. He came home a few weeks ago with a memo from work saying he got a pay raise. We really excited about that news!! At his work they have rearranged some work areas and his desk has been shifted back against the wall. I was really impressed with the speed of how quickly they were able to get this “move in IT” (information technologies) done. Tomorrow is his work’s Christmas party. It should be a lot of fun.

Melissa is trying more and more to pull herself up. She got into trouble the other day when she kept trying to play with the centerpiece on the coffee table. She sure is curious about lots of things. She is such a sweetheart. She has not been feeling well lately. She has a cold, and she had been running a fever.

Tonight my friend Kim and I are taking Brenda out to dinner at the Olive Garden because she passed her nursing boards. Jason has agreed to watch both Joe and Melissa so we can do this “girls night out.” It should be a lot of fun.

Our trip to Orlando had been cancelled due to a cancelled airline flight. Mom and Dad H.’s plane was canceled the night before they were due to leave and they were not able to get another flight till Tuesday so they ended up not coming. All of us were bummed. We were sure looking forward to spending time with them and showing them Melissa.