Ready for warmer weather

We had another really good weekend. We were able to spend time with friends and family which is always great.

FRIDAY

It was St. Patrick’s day and I made it’s own post here. It was a fun day!

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SATURDAY

I didn’t have workout Saturday morning so I slept in a little bit. Liam had his morning smoothie and insisted he use a can koozie so I let him use our new Hair Company “Irish I got my hair done at…Hair company” koozie. He loved it!

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Joe had an oil change in the morning so we dropped his truck off and visited my grandparents while we waited for his truck to get done. Liam is all over the place exploring at their house.

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Then we went home and had lunch and Liam’s nap time. We were also able to catch the end of the Badgers basketball game which was awesome!

After nap we had plans to go outside but it ended up being chillier than we expected so we spent the evening playing inside. We made tater tot hot dish for dinner which was tasty.

The Blackhawks played in the evening so we watched that before heading to bed.

SUNDAY

Sunday was Joe’s day to sleep in and Liam and I got up together and snuggled on the couch. Once Joe woke up Liam insisted it be story time which is always so cute.

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Then we head to Liam’s Uncle Patrick’s hockey game. Liam loves watching hockey and he got to spend time with his grandparents.

After the game we went to breakfast at Rusty’s with Joe’s parents, Patrick, and his girlfriend Kat.

Then it was nap time for Liam. After nap it was pretty nice outside so we decided to go for a family walk. It was a little chilly but felt good to get outside.

Joe cooked a delicious dinner and then took Liam outside again to play. Liam loves being outside and we just can’t wait for warmer weather.

Liam was dirty after playing outside so it was bath night and then bed time for him.

The Blackhawks played again so we watched them win before calling it a night.

Another great weekend in the books. Enjoy your week!

St Patrick’s Day 2017

St. Patrick’s day is always a fun holiday for me. I have some Irish in my blood but one of my besties is 100% Irish. She always makes lots of fun plans for the day. Of course this year the holiday was more mellow with Liam but we were still able to have lots of fun.

I started off my morning with an early trip to the store to get Liam some milk. I found some yummy donuts at the store and couldn’t resist. Liam even got to have a little bit.

Then we headed to breakfast at Rusty’s with Molly, her parents, Annie, and Katrina.

Then we went to the Bean Bag Coffeehouse for a hot drink. I got a chai latte which was yummy! My chai latte had a little mustache sticker to keep it from spilling. Of course I had to put it on Liam!

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Then it was home for Liam’s nap time.

After nap Joe got home and we headed to his sister’s to watch the parade. The parade goes right in front of her house. Liam was in a trance over the fire trucks in the parade. I think he enjoyed watching.

Then Joe’s sister had pizza and tacos for the kids and adults to have for dinner. The tacos were super good.

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Then we headed home for the rest of the evening. We put Liam to bed and relaxed and finished Friday Night Lights on Netflix. What a great show!

I really wouldn’t have wanted to spend my St. Patrick’s Day any other way. Such a fun day! Hope you all enjoyed the holiday as well!

Liam is 18 months old!

I can’t believe my little boy is already a year and a half old! Where has the time gone?? He has had many new experiences since my last post; vacation in Mexico, time outside in the snow, visit to the ice castles, running around outside when the snow melted and the weather was warm, he got his first haircut, and so much more!

We had his 18 month pictures taken and he did really great. He is growing and learning so much.

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Growth/Health
Liam had his 18 month well baby check at the end of February. He has stayed consistent with weight gain and head growth but he shot up these last few months. He is now in the 75th percentile for height (25th at his 15 month) and measures at 33 inches. For his weight he is now 23.8 lbs which is the 48th percentile. His head size is 47 cm which is 41st percentile.

Overall Liam has remained fairly healthy other than a cold/cough here and there. He also remained healthy over mine and Joe’s battle with the flu at Christmas time. Thank goodness for that!

Sleep
Liam continues to be a good sleeper for us. There are some mornings that he gets up a little earlier than we would like and there are some naps that are shorter than we would like but overall he is a great sleeper. We have kept his routine of bedtime between 7-7:30 at night and he gets up between 5:30-6:30 usually. We still don’t let him get out of bed before 6am and he will lay and/or entertain himself until we get him. He truly is such a good little guy.

Language
Liam is repeating everything! Liam’s vocabulary continues to expand on a daily basis. Lately we have been working on numbers and colors. He knows “two” and “blue.” So we have some work to do still-haha! Some of the phrases Liam will say are “all done” and “I don’t know.” He also says “love you” and “see ya later.”

Movement
Liam is all over the place. There is no stopping him now. He is running, climbing, and standing on things he shouldn’t be. He is also quite the dancer.

Food
Well Liam has been a good eater from the start and continues to be a good eater. He has his days where he can be picky but for the most part he can eat. He loves eating anything Joe or I am eating. The one thing that stands out that he doesn’t like is leafy greens-however he will eat spinach if it is cooked with something.

Teeth
Liam now has 12 teeth! He has his four top and bottom and then 4 molars as well. He enjoys brushing his teeth which make the task pretty easy for us to accomplish -thank goodness.

Personality
Liam has become very silly. He knows when he is being funny. He also knows when he is being naughty. Liam has also become really shy lately. He is very curious and has been since day 1. He takes in everything around him and checks everything out. This kid seriously misses nothing! It is adorable watching my learn and grow.

Loves:

  • being outside
  • Marley
  • Spending time with his dad
  • Spending time with either of his grandpas
  • being around other kids
  • babies
  • sucking on his swaddle blanket
  • Mickey Mouse
  • running all over the place
  • hiding
  • reading books
  • saying “no”

Dislikes:

  • mom picking his nose or ears
  • waiting for his food
  • being told “no”
  • sitting still
  • strangers

Back to the cold

Well the weather turned cold again which was no surprise. However we were able to have another really great weekend.

FRIDAY

I had a girls night planned so Joe and Liam spent the evening together while I headed to Stillwater with my friends.

First we went to Osaka for dinner. Then after that we had a private party booked at the Pole Barn Studio for a pole dancing party. Now I know it sounds risque however it was a lot of fun and a lot of work too. It was a great workout and a fun evening with the ladies.

We were able to warm up on the silks which were a ton a fun. Then we made up a routine on the poles and learned a few spin moves.

After our routine we were able to hang out and play around on the silks and poles as much as we wanted. We all really liked the silks so we spent our remaining time practicing some of the moves we learned.

After we headed back to town for apps and drinks at Champs. It was a successful ladies night!

SATURDAY

I woke up sore from the evening before! I was surprised how sore my muscles were. Then I had to go teach a sweat circuit at Snap and knew it was going to be tough.

After class Liam and I had some fun with snap chat. He is so cute!

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Joe and I decided to have a date night in so after we put Liam down for bed we had a steak dinner with asparagus and smashed potatoes. It was so delicious. Then we relaxed and watched Netflix.

SUNDAY

We spent the morning cleaning a little and getting ready for Liam’s 18 month pictures. Signe Shores does our pictures and she is amazing. She came to our house and took some really great pictures of Liam even though he was being shy.

I’m so excited to see the final proofs!

We decided to let Liam have a no pants Sunday since we had no plans for the rest of the day. He was adorable with his high socks and he insisted on wearing his shoes.

Joe’s parents stop by to visit for a little bit and then while they were there my parents made a surprise stop as well. It was fun to have everyone over and Liam loved having all his grandparents at his house.

We forgot to plan dinner so we ended up having Jimmy John’s and then a lazy rest of the evening.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It’s almost March now!! Time is flying!

50 in February!

The weather this weekend was amazing and we spent a lot of our time soaking it up!

FRIDAY

Liam and I played outside a little bit and then went to a walk with Marley. It was so nice outside!

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After Liam’s nap we decided to go for a second walk because it was just too nice out. It felt so good to get some fresh air.

It was spaghetti Friday so we had spaghetti for dinner which we all love. We spent the remainder of the evening playing and relaxing.

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SATURDAY

I switched my Saturday morning Zumba class to a sweat circuit and it was killer. I had a good sized class and we busted our butts.

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When I got home I took Liam outside to swing. He insisted he wear his sunglasses. So funny! It was still a little chilly so we didn’t stay out long.

After Liam’s nap Joe took Liam outside to play some more. He just loves being outside and I can’t wait for the warm weather to stay so we can be outside more.

Then we went for a family walk and ended up meeting up with our friends/neighbors and walking with them. The guys pulled a little prank so it was an interesting walk to say the least.

Joe had a hockey game in the evening so he headed off to that while I tackled bedtime and watched One Tree Hill.

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SUNDAY

We spent the morning relaxing and cleaning a little bit. Liam woke up with his cranky pants on so we did what we could to keep him happy.

After Liam’s nap it was nice outside so we went for a walk. After our first lap the neighbors were going for a walk as well so we went for a second lap with them. Seriously loving the warm weather!

After our walk we played outside a little longer.

Joe had hockey again so Liam and I spent the evening hanging out. We had bath time and then it was time for bed.

Joe got home and we spent the evening relaxing and headed to bed early.

We are so thankful for the warm weather this weekend and are thankful to have been able to enjoy it! I hope you had a great weekend and I hope you enjoy your week!

A beautiful winter weekend

We had a really great weekend. The weather was wonderful and we were able to spend time together as a family.

FRIDAY

We made spaghetti for dinner once Joe got home from work. It was delicious and messy! We spent our evening playing with Liam and relaxing. No other way I would want to spend my Friday night!

Joe and I are hooked on Friday Night Lights! It’s a really great show on Netflix!

SATURDAY

Zumba was cancelled so Joe, Liam, and I all slept in until 7:30! It felt good to get some extra rest.

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The weather was so beautiful on Saturday so we went for a family walk. It was so nice to get outside and enjoy the weather! Can’t wait to be able to go on walks outside all the time.

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After Liam’s nap we went to my parent’s house to pick them up and my brother Blake. Then we headed to Stillwater to see the Ice Castles. They were really cool! Since the weather was warmer they were melting and dripping a lot but it was still really fun.

We met my brother Sean and his family there. It was a fun family outing!

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After the ice castles we went back to my parents for taco night. My mom makes the best tacos.

Then it was Liam’s bed time so we headed home to put him to bed and watch some Netflix.

SUNDAY

Joe had his mind set on going out for breakfast so we headed to our favorite place, Rusty’s, and had a delicious breakfast. I was super naughty and got the strawberry french toast which was so yummy!

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Then we went to church. My brother preached and it was great!

We spent the rest of the day relaxing at home. I love a lazy Sunday!

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy some time outside. Have a great week!

Fun meeting baby Isla and then an uneventful weekend

Well it was a really unproductive and uneventful weekend for me. Other than Friday we pretty much did nothing which was fine.

FRIDAY

I had the day off so Liam and I packed up and went to visit my coworker/friend Laura and her daughter Aria and new baby girl Isla. Liam and Aria had so much fun playing together and Liam loved the baby. Our friend Jenna came to visit a little while after Liam and I got there so that was fun too!

It was so nice to catch up with Laura and see her sweet little family.

Once we got him we had a relaxing afternoon and evening. Pretty uneventful.

SATURDAY

I was supposed to teach Zumba but class was cancelled so I went to the gym to run instead. I ran 2 miles at what I’m pretty sure is the fastest I have ever ran. It felt really good to get a good workout in.

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Joe had hockey in the afternoon and I was starting to feel a little off. During Liam’s nap I took a nap too. After that I was really not feeling well. I had a stuffy nose and was sneezing a lot.

We spent the rest of the evening be lazy and resting because Joe was recovering from being sick and I was just beginning to get sick.

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SUNDAY

I still wasn’t feeling well at all. Lots of sneezing and stuffy nose action. We spent the morning watching Liam run around and play.

Joe had hockey again in the afternoon. I did my best to play with Liam and keep him entertained. Then again at this nap time I napped hoping to help me feel better. It did seem to help a little.

We made chili for the Superbowl and that was really good.

We spent the evening watching the game, the commercials, and hanging with Liam until his bed time. Then we finished watching the game and headed to bed.

It was a pretty uneventful weekend for us. I am still not feeling well but hoping to recovery soon! Have a great week!

A mix of busy and lazy

This weekend was a mix of both busy and lazy. All in all it was a good weekend.

FRIDAY

I worked a half day on Friday and had intentions of being productive during Liam’s nap however I was lazy and watched One Tree Hill. Eventually I got to working on the kitchen a little.

My mom hosted a Wildtree party in the evening so I headed to that while Joe and Liam had a daddy and toddler evening. The party was fun and the food was really tasty.

SATURDAY

In the morning I had my Zumba class. It really felt good getting my workout in knowing how busy the day ahead was going to be. Joe had hockey in the morning also so Liam spent the morning at my parent’s house.

Then it was home for me to play with Liam and shower for the day after a sweaty workout. Shortly after Liam went down for nap Joe got home and I was off to the high school. I volunteered to work concessions at the high school dance team competition. It was great because my sister in law Erin and best friend Annie were also volunteering at the same time. I made a lot of walking tacos!

I was able to stay and watch a few of the dances after my time slot was up. It was fun to watch.

Then it was home for a mommy and Liam evening because Joe had to go to a hunting banquet. We decided to go to the pool in town and meet Liam’s cousins Kam and Luke. Liam really didn’t enjoy the pool much but warmed up to it a little eventually. The exposure was good but probably not something we will do again very soon.

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After Liam went down for the night I watched some more One Tree Hill and headed to bed.

SUNDAY

After a busy Saturday we had a super lazy Sunday. We spent pretty much the whole day lounging and playing with Liam.

We did have a protein pancake and egg brunch at home which was really good. Then we all took a family nap. Joe was not feeling well and Liam always naps so they both have excuses but I was just tired and wanted a nap.

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The rest of the afternoon and evening was super lazy. Joe had a hockey game in the evening so he headed to that while I put Liam down for bed and watched the Miss Universe pageant (congrats France!).

It was nice to have a lazy Sunday and a busy weekend otherwise. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Cozumel 2017

This last week we went on vacation to Cozumel Mexico with my parents and for part of the time my brother Blake. The weather was mostly sunny and beautiful all week. We had so much fun and there is so much that we did in just one short week that it will be hard to write about all of it without making this post super long. So I will bullet some of the things we did each day and include some of my favorite pictures from the vacation. There are even more pictures on my camera and my mom’s camera that I could share too but these are just a few from my phone.

SATURDAY

  • 2am wake up -couldn’t sleep any longer
  • 2:15am -COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE
  • 3am wake Liam -he wasn’t happy about it
  • 3am head to the airport
  • 6am flight -Liam slept most of it -yay!
  • Arrive at our resort at 12 -find out check in isn’t until 3!
  • Change into our swim suits and jump in the pool
  • Spend the rest of the day poolside and checking out the resort
  • Joe, Dad, and Blake head into town to check out the grocery store.

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SUNDAY

  • Coffee and gym -yummy mint chlorophyll water provided
  • We spent our morning poolside until Liam’s nap
  • Poolside during Liam’s nap -thank goodness for monitors!
  • All the staff and guests loved Liam
  • We taught Liam to say “hola” -so dang cute
  • Packer game -they had it going in one of the lounge areas and there were a lot of packer fans
  • I committed to a night out with my brother Blake and it was great. We went to karaoke and spent a lot of time chatting

MONDAY

  • Beautiful sunrise -we are on the sunset side of the ocean so it was cool to see the sunrise through the trees
  • Breakfast outside with an ocean view -beautiful -we walked the beach after -Liam was not a fan of the sand.
  • Poolside all day!
  • Joe, dad, and Blake went snorkeling
  • Liam enjoyed a non-alcoholic pina colada -loved it
  • We watched an amazing sunset
  • Market in the lobby -mom and I bartered for some rings—it was crazy
  • Caribbean dancers -mom and I were able to catch a glimpse of the show waiting for our rings

TUESDAY

  • Liam finally sleeps in and is more in routine
  • Coffee and Gym
  • Joe and I were able to have breakfast together while my parents took Liam
  • Poolside while Liam takes a long nap
  • Floatie park with Blake and Joe (mom and Liam watched, dad was scuba diving) -definitely got a sinus rinse when Blake slipped and took me down with him haha! so much salt water!
  • Beautiful sunset
  • Dinner at el Patio which was the Mexican restaurant at the resort -very good

WEDNESDAY

  • Last morning for Blake -heading home
  • Another pool day (spent a lot of time by the pool because that is where our monitor reached and Liam hated the sand haha)
  • Tried to take Liam swimming in the ocean -he wasn’t having any of that.
  • After bedtime we played cards with my parents on our balcony -it was so nice and fun

THURSDAY

  • Coffee and exercise again! (wanted to stay kind of in routine)
  • Joe and I enjoyed the adult only breakfast restaurant again while my parents watched Liam
  • Pool day again -Liam finally enjoyed the water again and had fun swimming
  • Liam had a rough nap -could be all the sugar the grandparents pumped into him while we were at breakfast hahaha!
  • Another amazing sunset
  • Fire show -we thought Liam would love it but it scared him a little -poor guy
  • We tried to play cards again but it started to sprinkle so we called it a night

FRIDAY

  • Our final full day
  • We had coffee and did our final adults only breakfast while my parents watched Liam
  • Pool all day! We called it fry-day Friday because we all wanted to get as much sun as possible
  • There was a wedding at our resort so we watched a little of that -so pretty
  • One final beautiful sunset
  • It was Mexican night at the resort so they had a Mexican buffet that was really good and then later a Mexican show that my parents saw a little of
  • Cards again with the parents after Liam went to bed

SATURDAY

  • One last breakfast with our ocean view table
  • Pack and leave the resort at 9am
  • Flight at 11:55am
  • Land at MSP around 3pm and Blake picked us up around 3:30
  • We stopped at Jersey Mike’s to pick up subs and ate them once we got to my parent’s house
  • Picked up Marley
  • Home before 6pm —time to relax

We had such a wonderful vacation. The weather was amazing, Liam did so well, and we were able to enjoy our time together as a family. It was hard to leave but it felt so good to be home!

Christmas 2016

We had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family even with our unexpected illness. Warning: long, busy weekend equals lots of pictures!

FRIDAY

I had the day off so I got to spend some extra time with my little guy. He was having a rough morning so we were able to cuddle up on the couch and take a nap together. It was the best.

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I made some protein balls for a quick grab and go healthy snack for the weekend and also peeled a pomegranate for the dishes I had to prepare for Saturday. I wasn’t sure of the best way to peel a pomegranate but thank goodness for youtube! It was much easier than I thought it would be.

My closest high school friends and I always have an ornament exchange Christmas party. Liam and I took some pre-party pictures!

Friday evening was the day we decided to have the party because our friend Amanda who lives in D.C. was going to be in town and has missed the last few years. Molly hosted the party at her parent’s house which is so beautifully decorated for Christmas. We had soups, salad, and side dishes. It was a fun evening together with the girls.

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Joe played in the alumni hockey game Friday night. He said it was a lot of fun.

SATURDAY (Christmas Eve)

We spent the morning hustling and bustling around getting things ready for Christmas Eve at my aunt and uncle’s house. I made this delicious fall fruit salad a coworker of mine had made for a work party. I also made the cranberry and pomegranate bruschetta I made for Thanksgiving.

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Liam and I took some selfies in front of the tree. It is hard to keep him focused these days!

We took family photos in front of the tree and headed out around 12.

We had a delicious meal with prime rib and yummy side dishes. I tried really hard to stay on track with my healthy eating goals and did really good with the meal.

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We had family time in the basement with presents and fun pictures before we headed to church.

After church we went back for evening appetizers. It was challenging to eat healthy at this time but I didn’t do terrible. Everything was so yummy! (Liam was obsessed with my Grandpa’s cane).

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Then we headed home to get Liam to bed. And then all was quiet throughout the house until….I got the FLU! Around 8 or 9pm I was struck by the flu and it continued into the night until around 2am. Joe and I renamed this day as Christmas heave 2016.

SUNDAY (Christmas)

Joe got up with Liam and I got up too because it was Christmas day and Santa came to visit. I felt terrible and so tired but that’s what moms do (right?!?).  I even got the most horrible picture of Liam and I in our Christmas jammies. At the time I thought it was a decent picture but looking at it now I look terrible and like I got socked in the face.

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Liam was slightly interested in his presents but not entirely. He wasn’t big on opening them but liked the toys once he saw them.

Then….the flu struck Joe. He began to feel worse and worse as the morning progressed.

We put on our adult pants and headed to his parent’s where we spent Christmas morning with them and opened gifts. His sister also had the flu. It was a quick visit and out the door for us but not before getting some cute pictures of course.

The rest of the day was spent at home. We had to miss Christmas at Joe’s parent’s house with his mom’s side of the family. We were so sad to miss it but neither of us could function. The hardest part was being a parent when we both were so sick. Thankfully Liam naps during the day and so we both were able to get some rest in especially since I was up most of the night.

MONDAY

Joe and I were both feeling much better. I had intentions of making Christmas protein pancakes on Christmas day so I decided to give them a whirl this morning. The first few did not turn out as I expected but I got better the more in made. Next year I will need to add a star at the top. Joe and I were able to eat a little but not much however it was good to get something in our stomachs.

Then it was Christmas time at my parent’s house. Joe and I were mostly just feeling tired with a little bit of a cautious stomach at this point. We had a meal of steak and crab to look forward to and Joe wasn’t going to let the flu stop him. It was delicious but I kept my meal small and couldn’t even eat everything on my plate.

Then it was present time. Liam loved his “digger” from Nana and Bumpa. He pretty much sat on it while we opened all the presents.

He got a new hat which he wasn’t entirely into keeping on. He also got some new farm animals and a Mickey Mouse from Uncle Blake (he is hugging it in the picture on his “digger”).

Liam had some fun with Blake and also the cane was back so that was a hit again.

My parents loved their canvas print from Judah and Liam. They needed one of the boys so now they have one.

Then it was story time with Bumpa. These boys sure do love their Bumpa.

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We really had a wonderful day even though we weren’t feeling 100%. And we are so thankful that Liam stayed healthy through our sickness.

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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and were able to cherish your time with friends and family.