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So much has been going on lately I have hardly had time to get used to something new and improved.

This weekend we painted our downstairs. It is WHITE!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to paint it TIFFANY BLUE. I was outvoted by my lovely father who wants a stripe of RED.

I think my idea is much more soothing and pretty.

Today the electrician came and we finally have electricity downstairs. We moved our kitchen downstairs, so upstairs is a little less crowded.

Today was also the start of ballet. This is very exciting for me because ballet was all I ever did after school.

Tomorrow is my mom's birthday so I don't know what we are going to do but I bet it will be fun.

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Good ta hear from ya Hannah!!!....tell mom happy birthday...too.....keep sending us info.

Hannah, I can see the blue now, I can also see the red, but I can not see you FATHER painting anything red. Glad you are back downstairs. Tell your family hello.

Hannah, I like the idea of a red stripe. Tell your Dad to go for it! Tell your mom happy belated birthday...whenever I come home again I'll bake her a cake (chocolate chip, of course). I/we miss you guys BIGTIME! Glad to hear about the progress in your home.

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