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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

 This is the year of Christmas changes on so many levels.  We opened presents at noon instead of the crack of dawn.  Kota had to work on the farm this morning.  He worked 4 am until noon.  He got home about 11:45ish.  The rest of us slept in.  Usually, Kyle is so excited for the kids to open their gifts that he is awake before they are.  Today he was the last one out of bed.

We are beginning the transition to adult children.  Weird.  It sure does feel different.
 Dakota got a truck bed tool box and tools to go in it.
 Kayla got a heater for her room, clothes and an ipod.  She was so happy.  Kyle got me things for the bedroom project I abandoned when company came at Thanksgiving.  Kyle got a new ladder and watch and some clothes.  It was a nice quiet Christmas, just different.

The only tradition we maintained today was to go see a movie.  We didn't even go to the same one.  The boys saw "Skyfall" and the girls saw "Les Miserables."  We had mom and Tom over for lunch today it was great.  Kayla and I loved our movie.

Sunday after church we went to my dad's house.  It was fun watching the little nieces and nephews open up their gifts.  Grandpa Steigerwalt has been living with my dad and aunt Ann since Grandma passed away last summer.  Grandpa has Alzheimer's, he really didn't understand what was going on.  He has no clue who I am.  He kept looking at the tree and trying to figure out why he had gifts in his lap.  He wonders often where Grandma is.  I hope Grandpa has a few moments where he is not confused.  He was always such a wonderful man. I remember many a lesson learned at grandpa's feet.


  1. Looks like a fun day! I love the idea of a movie but we always have the kids and grands over on Christmas and peace on earth starts here about 6pm! Merry Christmas Stacy!

  2. Yes, Christmas was fun watching Dakota & Kayla open their presents. Lunch was fantastic! We enjoyed the day as well! I remember the many Christmases that Grandpa would come up and watch you, Mike and Amy open their gifts. He enjoyed that so much and it was wonderful memories for all of us. Alzheimer's is such a difficult disease. Most important to give him meaningful relationships with caregivers and moments of joy!

  3. It's so different with adult children around the holidays at our house, too. It sounds like you had a great day, and cherish the time with your loved ones, no matter how it is spent.

    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead, Stacy!

  4. Even though it was different, it sounds like your Christmas was satisfying and full of love. I like the movie tradition, and that you let yourselves separate so everyone got to see what they wanted. Did you love Les Miz? I hope you've gotten some rest before you have to go back this week.