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Look to the Sky!

I believe I have mentioned how much I enjoy Fall!!??  These last two weekend did not disappoint.  My mom (Grandma/Grann) and I headed up to downtown Atlanta last weekend to take the kids to Disney on Ice’s “Let’s Celebrate” and afterwards we headed to picnic in Centennial Olympic Park, right underneath the new SkyView Atlanta.

skyviewI guess Atlanta needed one of these?  To put them in lines with London and whoever else.  Although it was randomly erected in the parking lot of a music venue downtown across from Centennial Olympic Park.  Great views south and west of the city, not much of a view north or east.  And not cheap (see here!)  Thanks to Grann, we took a trip and it was quite enjoyable, but definitely a one-time thing.  It said we would get 4 rotations, due to it not being too busy on a Friday AM, we scored an extra loop!  Nice enclosed compartments to fit up to 6 people, so the 4 of us were very comfortable.  All climate controlled as well, although the day we went it actually would have been nice to have it open-air!  I would maybe would go again at night, but we can check that Atlanta to-do off the list.  Check it out if you are in the area, but nothing to rush downtown right now to see!

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ggaslogoaIn keeping with the “looking up” theme, on Saturday (the 12th) we headed to Peachtree City for the Great Georgia Air Show.  Thanks to a Groupon, we scored a pretty good deal to get in, way below door prices.  It included parking (off-site with a school bus shuttle), 4 admissions (under 5 was free), a program, 4 hot-dogs, and 4 drinks.  We were able to take advantage of the first few, but my biggest complaint was they had 1 (ONE) tent to pick-up food, and when I inquired how long it took to get through, I was told 45 min!  No thank you.  Being the diligent consumer that I am, I did send them an email with “feedback”, not negative, but just an honest opinion of my experience, and they were very receptive and made it right – so kudos to their team on that!

Tons to do, very spread-out.  I think we only grazed the surface of all their was to see and do.  According to their website they offered hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, Warbird rides, monster truck rides, a wind tunnel, rock climbing, simulators, a 4D Theater, and so much more.  Many activities geared towards the older kids, so definitely something we will revisit when kids are older.  And this year they offered a night show with fireworks that I was told was AMAZING, again something for maybe next year.  They offer many VIP packages as well, which may be worth it.  It was pretty warm for October, and all the seating was in the direct sun, so that could be nice!

Overall a great event in Peachtree City, GA and something that should be on everyone’s to-do list.  Bring chairs/blankets and prepare to stay awhile.  The show was so much fun to watch.  It didn’t hold the interest of the young kids as I hoped it would, but my husband pointed out they may just think that is normal from all the cartoons they see doing similar things!  Good point!

And while we’re on the topic – I can’t NOT (yes I know double negative!) post a few pictures from Disney on Ice.  Not exactly a Fall Fun outdoor activity, but fun nonetheless, and the kids really enjoyed.  A good preview to the real thing…someday (maybe next year!)  And a fun way for Disney to be brought to you & your city!

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Thanks for stopping by!  (Did I mention I love fall!

Other activities have been:
Pumpkin Patch
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Carl Miller Park
Doggie Walks

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Scarecrows, Ogres, and Shaggy Dogs!

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What do all those have in common?  Why they are all fun things to view this fall at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens!  We packed a picnic and headed up there this past Sunday AM.  (Another item to add to our Fall Fun list!)  Right now, two fun events are going on, as it looks like they change seasonally.  (We checked out the Garden Lights a few years back and it did not disappoint!)

First is the Imaginary Worlds | Plants Larger Than Life.  This included:

“The sculptures – ranging up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide – include a gazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, a pair of gigantic cobras, a group of enchanting rabbits, and a couple of flighty butterflies. The largest piece, a 25-foot-tall representation of a goddess emerging from the earth, greets visitors in the Cascades Garden.”  (Description from website)

Here are some of our pictures.  The kids favorites were the Shaggy Dog and the bunnies (I think LL found 6!)

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Second was the annual Scarecrows in the Garden were various companies, organizations, and school from around Atlanta participate in constructing their own scarecrows.  These were SO fun to look at as they lined the trails throughout many parts of the garden. I just noticed a Scavenger hunt on their website – we’ll definitely have to print that one out for next year for the kids! Here are a few favorites: (the first was named BooBee for Breast Cancer Awareness – by far my favorite!)

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Another big highlight was the Children’s Garden.  A surprisingly large section of trails with a variety of activities for the little ones.  It included (but is not limited to); a treehouse, how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, digging for dinosaur bones, a sunflower splash pad (we’ll have to go back in the summer to check this out!), a little house, a little cavern, and just lots of “little” places to crawl/walk/whatever through!  Definitely need to go back and spend some more time there!  And bonus this weekend, they had little stations set up where kids got the hands painted, made a hat, and went pumpkin bowling – extra fun!

After taking in all the kids could handle (and actually joining for only a little bit more plus free tickets to bring friends!), we walked right into Piedmont Park and set up to picnic.  Did I mention how pretty the weather was?  Then we went to the playground, which I was very impressed with, and then strolled around a little.  The AIDS walk was going on, so we walked over to the main green space to observe and dance to a great band playing some of our favorite songs (Moves Like Jagger, Don’t Stop Believin’…), before calling it a day.

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Kids both fell asleep on the way home, and we came home exhausted, but refreshed from a perfect Sunday morning together and outside!  The perfect way to celebrate God’s glory and rejoice in it!

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On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. Psalm 145:5

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Ole McDermitt had a farm….

01-IMG_0088(Not from Ole McDermitt’s but a fun fall family picture to kick things off!)

You’ll probably be seeing a lot more fall family fun posts this month since October is the best month EVER!  This past weekend we opted for a longer road trip (Dramamine packed for LL) to Carrollton, GA to visit Ole McDermitt’s Farm.  We had never been before, and having sworn off our more “local” pumpkin patch/family farm, we opted for the longer drive.  It was quite a hike, through farmlands and countryside really not much at all (but much nicer than the views of the ATL interstate!).  Although I wish I had taken more pictures of the drive, as it was beautiful.  We finally arrived at Ole McDermitt’s farm and I think were the first ones there!

Not a huge area, although we were told the large corn maze consisted of 4.5 acres, the space they had was packed in with perfect fall activities for the lil’ ones!  Upon arriving, you enter into barn full of beautiful fall decorations and directly inside are two large corn boxes.  And bonus, packed with toy trucks and tractors.  I think LM could have stayed in this the whole day and been perfectly content.  There were also picnic benches, a small snack bar, and roaming roosters, chickens, and a large dog.

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Once we pried LM away from the corn box, we went to check out the animals.  If you know me (or even if you don’t) nothing can make my heart hurt more than uncared-for animals.  Our previous fall farm visit was guilty of this.  Luckily though, these animals looked pretty happy (as happy as you can with people posing for pictures and trying to pet you all day!)  They had goats, sheep, pigs, a donkey, and my favorite – the llamas (or alpacas – not sure the difference).  LL got some carrots to feed them too!

 

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A scarecrow dress-up station – meet princess scarecrow!

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A little playground. (And face/arm painting)

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A haybox to search for pennies.  A rubber duck racing station.  Cornhole.  Haybales and tractors for perfect picture ops.

And OFCOURSE – pumpkins.  LM kept going around to the biggest ones trying to pick them up saying “Big Punkin!”

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Pumpkins in hand and lots of fun under our belts, we headed out in search of a picnic spot.  Close to both Chattahoochee Bend State Park and McIntosh Reserve, we went into McIntosh Reserve to eat a quick lunch before the long drive home.  This is a great part that we “think” we may have visited way back when…but it has plenty of trails, many of which are used by horses.  So the kids (and me) really enjoyed seeing all the horses around the park.  And LM even cried half the way home for a horse.  Not sure if he wanted to ride, or pet, or what, but definitely another activity to keep in mind for the future.

Overall a beautiful fall day, spent with my beautiful family!  More adventures coming soon, including Disney on Ice (ok not really fall themed – but LL is SUPER excited!) and the Great GA Air Show!  Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

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A Thankful Heart (and a fun morning!)

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Happy October!  Fall is my favorite time of year.  And although I am still wearing shorts, tanks, and flip-flops, for that brief period in the AM where it may not have hit 70 yet, I love nestling in my pants and maybe even a sweatshirt!  And I have to get outside.  With lots of commitments throughout the week, I have intentionally left Thursdays open to spend time with with both kids, and today my heart was extra full, that I was inspired to share.

In the mom-to-mom bible study I have been doing on Wednesdays, yesterday’s topic was 3 gifts for every mom.  It came from Linda Anderson, an experienced mom and founder of Mom-to-Mom Ministries.  They are 3 gifts/things that she claims “have made all the difference in helping me become a healthy – and joyful – mother.”

A Teachable Spirit
A Thankful Heart
An Eternal Perspective

All good things to keep in mind each and every day, hour, even minute, while parenting.  We all have our good days and bad days, but these are good things to always keep in mind.  We closed yesterday with mentioning which one we wanted to work on.  And it was unanimous, we all want a more thankful heart.  Don’t get me wrong, I am always thankful for the (abundant) blessings I have been given by God, but some days more than others.  So this week (and forever!) I am trying to make a more conscious effort to reflect on my many blessings and be thankful for them.  Not saying I still won’t have bad days, but maybe with a better spirit and attitude I can learn to work through them better.

This morning, with nothing I was committed to, the kids and I packed a picnic and headed over to Newnan to the Carl Miller Park owned and maintained by Newnan Utilities.  We have been there a few times before (check out our Summer post here to see more on the splash pad!)  But it’s really a hidden gem.  Never too busy.  Wooded walking trails, lots of swings, shade, and best part for kids – 2 playgrounds!

First stop the Kids’ Castle Playground:

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A “32,000 square foot playground features wooden climbing areas, swings, assorted bridges, tunnels, forts, playhouses, cars, boats, trucks and airplanes for kids to play in, on and around”  A little aged, but only parents would notice that.  The kids had a blast!

And if that is not enough – they have a newer playground with both a preschool and elementary section:

So we played, swung:

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Made shadow creatures – here is LL as a moose and Princess Leia (just for Daddy):

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Took a little stroll:

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Then settled in for a picnic:

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Overall a beautiful, great, fall morning.  Spent with my two favorite little people.  My heart is truly thankful and so full!

May you find moments to fill your heart and be thankful each and every day too!

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Book Review: Scaredy Squirrel prepares for Halloween by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel prepares for Halloween
by Melanie Watt
This book was provided to me free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Finish Time: 25 minutes.  We’re trying something new today.  As LL is weaning from her naps, she is more and more interested in just what exactly I am doing on my computer (and none of her toys!).  As I was browsing titles on NetGalley today (a new free book service I’ve recently discovered), I found a whole Children’s Books section, and figured that my 3 (almost 4) year old can help me review a book or two.  So let’s see how this goes!

A little longer than I initially expected – 8 chapters!!  While intimidating at first, and not having an actual book to hold and know how long we were expecting, at just a few pages to each chapter, and mainly pictures, not that bad.  Definitely intended for a little older age range (although Amazon does suggest 4-8 years old), or maybe a few more Halloweens under our belts could have been beneficial!  I like the character of Scaredy Squirrel, he’s a planner like me, so this is right up my alley!.   And I’d be open to reading more of his adventures as it looks like he has many.  The pictures were the best part.  Even if the words were too high level for LL, the pictures opened up dialogue and made the book interactive for us, especially liked all the costumes.  The quiz at the beginning is good too for interaction.  Our favorite pictures were princess squirrel and all the doggies dressed up towards the end!

LL’s thoughts included that the cover had a silly squirrel with triangle teeth (vampire squirrel!)  And liked that whenever we read the word “squirrel” that all 3 of our dogs ran outside hunting for said squirrel.  She did not like that she thought some of it was scary (although it really wasn’t and definitely intended not to be!) and there were too many words!

Cute Halloween book overall and good one to get into the season!  Definitely a good one for maybe 5-8 year olds who are familiar with the holiday and traditions!

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2013 Summertime Fun!

LL and I were just going through pictures from this summer and I started to write down all the things we did.  It didn’t seem like a lot at the time, but we kept very busy this summer!  I thought I would do a post to document, highlight some local attractions, and ofcourse breakout more pictures!

Our summer started off in May with our trip to Hilton Head Island, SC.
Check that out here!

Also in May was the Senoia Memorial Day Festival.  Always a fun one!  (I think this also kicked off the summer of face/arm painting, a new favorite of our LL)

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June brought lots of outdoor activities around the house/yard at home and with friends:

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Strawberry Picking at Adam’s Farm in Fayetteville, GA

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Summer Fun Days at LL’s Preschool

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Walks around Lake Peachtree for me, LM, and Bax

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Newnan Utilities Splash Pad – See that and other activities in my first
Summer Fun Post!

Southern Ground Senoia Social (didn’t get any pictures – but fun times listening to good music, supporting a great cause, and even a surprise on-stage appearance by Zac Brown!)

More Berry Picking at Whitely Farms in Sharpsburg

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Doggie Swimtime at Drake Field in Peachtree City

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Grant Park Playground with old friends (and a sighting of our old neighbors from Grant Park – the APD Mounted Patrol)

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Shenanigan’s Toys Indoor Playground (awesome addition to PTC – but don’t tell too many people it’s a hidden gem that is never too busy!)

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Exhausted yet?  That was only June – now on to July, which kicked off with our trip to
ARKANSAS!

Neighborhood Garage Sale (to earn some nice spending $$)

LL’s 1st Haircut (and LM’s 5th!)

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North Carolina/South Carolina Trip
(Finally documented late HERE!)

The Rock Ranch Summer Fun Days

Blueberry Picking right up the street from us

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My niece’s 9th birthday party (camping in her backyard!)

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VBS at New Church (kids attended, I helped lead up the Craft area)

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AND finally there was August!

We always enjoy Newnan Market Days

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Uncle S’s 20-something birthday

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Giant Snake on our Front Porch (ok this was NOT fun – but I documented.  It was seriously 4 ft long and I had to get some neighbors to come “take care of”)

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Oakland Cemetery and Six Feet Under with city friends

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August Kids Photo Shoot to support our neighbor’s daughter – Erin Spruell

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Turin Tractor Parade & Pull

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Too much rain in August!

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Starlite Family Fun Center Toddler Time

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Grant Park Summer Shade Festival (and more Six Feet Under)

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Devon’s 10th Birthday!

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LL’s 1st Day of 3-year old Preschool

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AND finally it was Labor Day weekend.  Rainy for the most part, but we enjoyed some time outside at the Power’s Fest.  See some pictures from my last Sunday post.

And how could I forget – my LM’s first day of Mother’s Morning Out.  Seems like just yesterday LL was starting this.  Time is flying. 

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Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully we’ll have lots of fun to post about in the Fall – the BEST time of the year!  But this year it may be hard to compete with such a fun-filled Summer!

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What do I stand for?

I’m not sure I can really ever say I’ve been “in” on the latest music.  Usually I’m discovering new songs right about the time every commercial or TV show is picking them up.  It doesn’t really bother me, but I had to preface that as this post will discuss a song that has been out for almost a year now and is in a bazillion commercials.  Not only is it a catchy (great) song, the lyrics have really gotten me thinking.  What do I stand for?

In my typical Sunday fashion, at church this AM, the message seemed directly targeted at me.  Dr. David Miller, titled it “Foundations.”  In my attempt to want to discuss the song “Some Nights” by Fun.  I thought their verse “What do I stand for?” could really be asking – what is my foundation?  What are my core beliefs or attributes that I want everyone to know?  What defines me and my purpose in this world?  Hopefully not too far-fetched to follow – just a question Fun. has been asking me the last few weeks as I discovered this new song that is sure to be a hit!

I debated whether to google what the lyrics really meant, hoping to discover some deep theological connection.  I did, and I did not.  I didn’t look super hard, but as everyone has their theories, none were very deep or at least not how I have interpreted.  But that is why I love music.  Maybe it was just a simple song, maybe it was written to evoke emotions, maybe it was very specific to the writer.  Who knows, but it’s hit home with me and helped me answer the question of what do I stand for?  or rather what do I WANT to stand for?  What do I want others to say I stand for?

Tying back to today’s sermon, Foundations, Pastor David discussed how many occurrences in life are not “luck” as many people tend to attribute good things to, but because of God’s grace (a free pass from God).  Like avoiding that traffic ticket or being at the right place at the right time.  I firmly agree with the phrase “Everything happens for a reason” but feel it needs “because of God’s grace” attached to the end of it.  The verse below from Ephesians says it perfectly.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”  Ephesians 2:4-5

And because of this grace, along with mercy and love and all of the many gifts from God, we are called to walk in the light and share that light with others as Jesus did.  Especially in times of darkness, chaos, unknowns, and whatever trials you are facing.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:4-5

So what do I stand for? I stand for God/Jesus.  I stand to testify of the grace and mercy that has been shown me in my life and share it with others.  I stand for love, kindness, my family, my friends, my church, our planet.  I stand to be a light in a world that sometimes seems dark and tempting.

Happy Mother’s Day.  Happy Sunday.  Have a great week.  And what do you stand for?


Fun.
“Some Nights”

Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights I call it a draw
Some nights I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights I wish they’d just fall off
But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for oh
Whoa oh oh (What do I stand for?)
Whoa oh oh (What do I stand for?)
Most nights I don’t know anymore…
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh,
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh
This is it, boys, this is war – what are we waiting for?
Why don’t we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype
Save that for the black and white
I try twice as hard and I’m half as liked,
But here they come again to jack my style
That’s alright (that’s alright)
I found a martyr in my bed tonight
She stops my bones from wondering just who I am, who I am, who I am
Oh, who am I? Mmm… Mmm…

Well, some nights I wish that this all would end
‘Cause I could use some friends for a change.
And some nights I’m scared you’ll forget me again
Some nights I always win, I always win…

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for, oh
Whoa oh oh (What do I stand for?)
Whoa oh oh (What do I stand for?)
Most nights I don’t know… (oh, come on)

So this is it. I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of that for this?
I miss my mom and dad for this?

(Come on)

No. When I see stars, when I see, when I see stars, that’s all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like this one, so come on.
Oh, come on. Oh, come on. Oh, come on!

Well, that is it guys, that is all – five minutes in and I’m bored again
Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands
This one is not for the folks at home;
Sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the f*** wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?

My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she call “love”
When I look into my nephew’s eyes…
Man, you wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from…
Some terrible nights… ah…

Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh,
Oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, whoa, oh, oh

The other night you wouldn’t believe the dream I just had about you and me
I called you up but we’d both agree

It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance… Oh…
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance… Oh…

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