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After the holiday rush, there seems to be a quiet time when we have to get ourselves back on schedule. When a holiday falls on a Sunday and there are two days to think about it, it can only be worse. Meanwhile, I am going to bed thinking of the things I didn’t do and trying to untangle what I did.

Did I send letters, cards, and or pictures to this one and that one, or not the type of things I should have? I neglected my computer directory, so that didn’t help. When I tried to call people, the phone numbers were missing, as they now have cell phone numbers, and I wasn’t sure of some of the street addresses on those I don’t write often.

Though calm replaced the confusion, I still feel a little lost and discombobulated. When my mother commented they “didn’t get a picture” it was a quick trip to the photo lab to pick up some extras. I know how much I enjoy the pictures I receive and use to compare how the kids have changed from the previous year.

All the goodies are gone, but less were made and I will admit to looking for a cookie or bar that might have found its way into hiding. Once upon a time that was the sweetest part of the party. It’s strange how you can have a mind change and realize they were good, pretty and appreciated, but something in your head reminds you some things you shouldn’t do anymore for health reasons, or do less of.

The kids’ Christmas lists have changed. Other than the little ones who have older siblings, and already have the blocks and such, so many toys are animated and make noise. Others cover a lot of territory with a lot of pieces and aren’t too welcome to parents who rightfully say, “I haven’t room for all this stuff.”

My nephew, Kade, gave the kids some crayons and coloring books and the kids really went for them. Even little 1-year-old Oliver and 1 1⁄2-year-old Emma enjoyed them. Emma, taking command with the colors, was intently interested in not coloring outside the lines. Simple things they like the best and for the longest.

Of course they don’t have to be very old to use electronic toys. I admit I shy away from them because they puzzle me more than they do the kids.

I wonder if one wrapped a plain box with Christmas paper and lots of scotch tape if the little ones would like that gift as well. Emma lost no time dumping the contents from her box and climbing in – pleased as punch. Looking for all the world to see, “Look at me.”

My nephew, Cam, deep-fried the smoked turkey and roasted the ham, both from the wild, for our Christmas dinner. Both tasty – more so than those domestic ones. That grass-fed animal from the wild is hard to beat.

Everyone was able to be there for our Christmas dinner except Kim as she got sick. Funny how when Dad or Mom, especially Mom, aren’t there the kids are different. It was like they were looking for her even if they were with her just a couple of hours before.

There are still a few Christmas lights up in the communities, which I enjoy. I guess it reminds us to continue to keep the Christmas spirit in our hearts.

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Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, January 19th:  Brian Wayne, Laura Otterson Ortiz, Dennis Grunwald, Steve Jon Christensen, Barb Wayne Heyer, Kent Johnson, Thomas Kasper, Peter Spande, Dick Ewing, Dick & Laurie Swift

• Friday, January 20th: Brentson Lange, Jim Krause, Marc Nelson, Jenna Nicole Cooper, Pastor Alvin Cooper, Anthony Thostenson and Alicia Lizarazo

• Saturday, January 21st: Cooper Routh, his 6th, Joshua Dobberstein and Gerald Wobshcall

• Sunday, January 22nd: Reese Hendrickson, Taylor Lunning, Christian Sletten, Tom Haried, Lyle Shaunce, Barbara Van Gorkom, Jeff Miller, Heather Sargent

• Monday, January 23rd: Rodney Sorenson, Eugene Worke, "Emeritus" Bob Hanson, Eugene Cornelius, Dean Broitzman, Garnet Folie, Jeff Miller, Chris Paulson

• Tuesday, January 24th: Morgan Sophia Luhring, her 12th; Renee Polzin, Greg Menefee, Mary Cunningham, Trevor Tracy

• Wednesday, January 25th: Calvin Thomas VanderStoep, his 8th; Sophia Mabel Olivia Mrotz, “sweet sixteen”,  Max Thomas Powers Brekke, his 10th; Emma Meiners, her 9th;  Paula Olson, Vernon Simonson, Lana Thompsen, Troy Phagan, Ladawn Hatch

• Thursday, January 26th: Andilynn Leigh Knudson, her 8th; Russell Nelson, Bonnie Peterson, Pat Reese Ceplecha, Linda Oldenburg, Angela Borchert, Donna Borchert Knudson, Amanda Abel

• Friday, January 27th:  Anna Mae Lee, Jon Berg, Linda Davis, Nancy Ingvaldson, Paul Larkin, Keegan Brighton,  Myrtle Peterson, Ken & Waynette Peterson, Bruce & Rose Ann Kubicek

• Saturday, January 28th: Brian Brekke, Kevin Stieglbauer, Kalei Wilson, Caleb Brocker, Ruth Paulson, Denise McGowan, Rachel Schei, Lona Berg

Let the good times carry you away on your special day!

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