SUNNY HOLIDAY—As beautiful as downtown Rockford was for the holidays, the Altena and Shipaila families still welcomed a ten-day trip to Mexico, their Christmas gift from the family matriarch, Sharon. Staying in the Mayan Riviera in the hotel Barccelo, they snorkled, seeing sea turtles, sting-rays and reef fish. They also enjoyed the unlimited food and drinks, shows and 80-degree weather. Pictured are Squire Managing Editor Beth Altena, Charles Shipaila, Will Altena, Melissa Shipaila, Hailey Shipaila, Mike Altena, Nathan Shipaila, Sharon Altena, Ethan Altena and Bill Altena.
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