Happy New Year! Hard to believe 2017 is over this quickly. Here is wishing you all a wonderful 2018.

It’s been fun seeing pictures and videos of different families celebrating the season - everything from ugly sweaters, to Christmas-themed suits, to matching pajamas for the whole family - there is a whole lot of smiles going on. We are looking to a couple of more extended family gatherings coming up.

Our family held its Christmas early as Jason had to work the holiday. But the kid managed to totally floor his mom with his gift this year. How many people can say they received a Merry Christmas from their favorite Green Bay Packer? I don’t know how it all got set up, but I am now in possession of a picture of both Jason and Jordy Nelson holding up a “Merry Christmas Lori” sign! Having both the “boys” home was my Christmas present in itself but this was a jaw dropper.

We were glad to welcome my brother Jim, and Amanda and Bryan over for a holiday gathering. Poor Jeannie was sick with cold/flu so opted to stay home. The hit of the presents was long and thin and shaped like a broom on the end and the boys were sure it was for me - but their dad ended up with an apple picker which he totally will use and enjoy. I always feel bad because they are so good at picking out the perfect gifts and I usually go the gift certificate route. But it did sound like my bro liked his personalized coffee cup!

Happy Birthday in January to: Glay Nordahl, Lucas Johnson, Edman Michael LaBar, Shannon Bergerson, Garrett West, Candy Janke, Jonathan Jay Helstad, Jody Hodge. Laura Simonson, Lucas Johnson, Mike Osegard, Betty Johnson, Howard Ripp, Debbie Pyka, Syress Laufenberg, Jordan Zillmer, Claire Bush, Jennifer Johnson, Mary Johnson, Anna Patricia Deml, Glay Nordahl, Bonnie Brynjulfson-Filla, Sharon Soppa. Fhoenix Rose Jelinek, Duane Jarrett, Rhonda Hudson Amman, Kendall Casper, Carah Kettner Bunnell, Mandy Langan, Marlene Skaar, Charlene Moe, Christopher Ripp, Melinda Hudson, Jeff Shoemaker, Ada Klute, Cathy Lien Stalheim, Kris Lien, Rich Fredrickson, Dennis Shramek, Cole McPeak, Ben Alan Sedelbauer and Wendy Everson.

Happy Anniversary in January to Kirk and Aleisha Olson, Mike and Amy Modjeski, Pete and JoAnn Laufenberg, Jim and Lori Johnson, Ron and Ingrid Demers, Rick and Brenda Hentsch.

Our family received the sad news of the passing of hubby’s Aunt Clara “Tootie” Johnson on Dec. 26. She was a wonderful lady who was Jason’s first baby sitter when he was born and I went back to work, and earned the special endeared title of “MeMum”. She will be truly missed.

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