Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas

Lots of giving and getting. Lots of singing and laughing. Lots of just chilling and hanging out with Mom and Dad. LOVED that part. It was the first year I've hosted Christmas for my side of the family in this house, and even though the house wasn't as clean as I'd have liked, and even though we never did go out and cut down a real tree this year, and even though I only put out the barest amount of decorations, I decided right before they arrived that IT IS OKAY. And it was. Sweet memories.





Apparently, Dad read and paid attention to my Christmas letter. He came through and passed with FLYING COLORS! Although, when I squealed with delight upon opening a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, I had to wonder, aloud, "So this is what it's like to get old? Feeling giddy about a vacuum cleaner on Christmas morning??" Here's the one he got me.

Also from Dad: a big, thick book of NYTimes Sunday crosswords which have single-handedly changed my late bedtime habit. I almost can't wait to crawl into bed these days with my mechanical pencil in hand. WHOA BABY.

He also managed to find a fluffy bath towel big enough to wrap around this bod of mine. And the kicker? Two cigars. "Wow, Dad, these look like good ones."

"I doubt it," he said. "I went into the smoke store and asked for the nastiest ones they had." BWAHA!!

In other Christmas news, Darren came through with my most desired wish: a 50mm lens for my XTi. I've been a picture-taking fool again since putting it on. LOVE the results I get with that lens.

As for giving, Darren and I gave the kids a Wii. Couldn't be from SANTA, ya know, since Doofus Santa left it in the kitchen that one night. Instead, Santa gave the boys a soccer ball, a basketball, and a toy each. All of which have been long forgotten already, as the Wii demands everyone's full adoration. The boys also got a couple of smallish toys they'd been wanting, a new pair of tennis shoes each, and new shirts and jammies. Dani scored some new makeup, some cool posters for her room, Vans, earrings, a penguin speaker for her iPod, and other random stuff.

I gave Darren a new Dallas Stars shirt to replace the one he dripped bleach on last week, a running shirt, an electric beard trimmer thingy, and the biggie: I shaved my legs. Bwa!

I drew my brother's name, and bought for him a bluetooth headset thingy and the Guiness Book of World Records.

In other news...
You maybe oughta sit down for this.

As Dad and I were unloading his car, he handed me a laptop and said, "I can't remember if I told you about this or not." Immediately, my greedy little brain did a somersault and I thought, "SWEET!! A laptop for Dani!" Then Dad said, "It's Mom's." I promise you that immediately after that, we had to pluck gravel from my lips, 'cause my jaw hit the GROUND.

Get OUT! She's said for a hundred and one years that she'd NEVER get online. She wouldn't even TOUCH a computer. When I'd email photos, she'd make Dad print them out and bring them to her in her recliner, 'cause she refused to look at anything on the computer screen.

But now she's online. She brought her laptop here so I could show her how to use it. She bookmarked my blog. I taught her how to comment. And I BETTER SEE A COMMENT HERE, MOM, or I'm gonna come get that laptop and give it to Dani after all. LOVE YOU!



11 comments:

Kelli said...

Sounds like a great family Christmas. Did your sister make it down?
Waiting to see photos with the new lens of everyone playing the Wii.

Anyone sore from playing the Wii?

Bobbie said...

Oh how I wish we could have been there. I miss you sis.

Anonymous said...

Another good way to ruin Santa is to have UPS deliver at the same time as the school bus is unloading your kids! With boxes that say what's on the inside. Nice!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Kocurs!

Michelle (ArlaMo)

Veronica said...

Ahhh - sounds like a perfect Christmas! And your Dad rocks!! I can't believe he got you cigars LOL.

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Sounds like it was a good one.. I got a new lens for my camera too, it is a 75-300.. so what is the one you got? Cause all I know is I need a lesson on this thing, smooches!
Karen K

Jayne said...

Sounds like a very merry holiday! :)

Cheri said...

Woohoo!!

Sounds like Stacy's mom has got it goin' on! A computer?! It's only 2007! Your dad sounds like fun. Did you get your sense of humor from him?

You have THE cutest kiddos! I'm glad your holidays were happy;0)

Cheri
(Indygirl)

Mom said...

Hey! Don't you threaten me!!lol!
This little thingy may be the end of my nerves, but I am trying to
learn--very, very slow-like!! We had a great Christmas at your house, too. Love all of you a bunch. HAPPY NEW YEAR:). WOW!!!
I FIGURED THAT SMILE OUT ALL BY MYSELF. Dad said, "What are you
doing? and I showed him a sideways
smile!
Love, Mom

Veronica said...

Yeah! Your Mom left a comment! Go Mom.

DKelly said...

Loved reading about your Christmas. . . and the fun story of your Mom being "online". What's funny is that I read her comment and it "sounds" a lot like YOU Stacy!! So you must've got a sense of humor from one and your wit from the other.

Anyway, Congrats for the fun Christmas in YOUR OWN HOME and Happy New Year to all!

Denise

DKelly said...

Loved reading about your Christmas. . . and the fun story of your Mom being "online". What's funny is that I read her comment and it "sounds" a lot like YOU Stacy!! So you must've got a sense of humor from one and your wit from the other.

Anyway, Congrats for the fun Christmas in YOUR OWN HOME and Happy New Year to all!

Denise