Christmas Day was actually really nice for us. We started off the day at my in-laws for an early morning breakfast. Mark's aunt and uncle were visiting from California so it was really nice to spend some time with them too. Mark's Mom is doing fine, she's currently going through radiation and will know soon if chemo is necessary. Hopefully it won't be. We got a lot of really nice things from them including gift certificates to restaurants, and money to add to our NYC trip fund. :) His whole family really enjoyed the GCs that we got them for Sansei Restaurant... We try to give them GCs like that each year so they can get together during the year and enjoy a dinner on us somewhere really nice.
Afterward we went to my Mom's house to help her prepare Christmas dinner. My Mom looked great and in fact looked much better than we'd seen her in a while. The dinner was incredible - but so filling! (My Mom's a really great cook!) And we left with so many leftovers that we'll be eating it for at least a week! My Mom loved the DVD player that we got for her, but she was so worried that she wouldn't be able to learn how to use it (as you can see my Mom and technology really don't get along!) We got a lot of great things from her and more money to add to our NYC trip fund (which seemed to be the popular gift choice this year) :)
The rest of the evening was spent setting up her DVD player, playing with her hyper and neurotic dog, Yuki, and watching the University of Hawaii football team beat Houston in triple overtime!! Woo hoo! It was so exciting that even Mark was getting into the game (and he usually hates football!) I took a lot of pictures and video with our new video camera that we got at that CompUSA sale. :) We had a wonderful time and all the incidents of the previous night made me even more thankful that I have my Mom in life - I can't say enough how thankful I am that nothing happened to her!
I also came home to some really nice emails and greetings, including a holiday greeting from Julie Ann and a message board greeting from Julie Jackson. :) I haven't heard from Kevin in a while, and I don't really expect to for a while. I know he's been busy since he arrived in NYC and probably doesn't even have internet access yet. Besides he's been doing 8 shows a week and "Millie" has matinee and evening shows for the next two days to make up for being dark on Christmas Eve.
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got to spend time with your family and loved ones. Really, that's been the best part of my holidays this year - just having them (and you all) in my life. *HUGS*