December 20, 2011 WHY I LOVE MY CRAZY FAMILY They drive me NUTS, and all the time. I mean ALL the time! Seriously, they’re even bigger dorks than me! My dad wears plaid golf pants so high the waistband practically touches his armpits. My mom often has more lipstick on her teeth than on her mouth. And Brianna, well, I present you with Miss Penelope as Exhibit A in the case of the state vs. my CRAZY sister!! But I have a confession to make. I love my crazy family. I know it sounds like I’m getting all mushy on you!! It’s not my fault…it’s the holidays! I swear, everywhere you look there are sappy Lifetime specials with girls finding their long lost sisters and crying over eggnog. I try not to watch that stuff, but it just pulls you in! Seriously, the other day I started tearing up over a cheesy holiday movie, like some middle aged cat lady who sits around knitting and crying over sentimental commercials. But that’s beside the point. The point is, my family has their moments. Sometimes they’re even pretty cool. I decided that this year, on Christmas, when I give them their gifts I’m going to include a note with a few things I like about them. (I’m probably not going to start my mom’s note with, “I wonder if you’re BRAINDEAD!” even though I know I’ve written that before! :)) Here’s what I’m planning to write for each of them: For Dad: Dear Father, (Too official sounding? I’m not one of those girls who call their Dads “Daddy” like SOME people I know…ahem, MacKenzie! I don’t have blond curls and I don’t own a purse-sized dog, so I can’t get away with that! Anywho…) Thanks for getting me the scholarship to Westchester Country Day School. So many AWESOME things have happened there, and it’s all because you have an abnormal obsession with bugs, which I’m so grateful for! I think you’re pretty awesome, and not just because of that. You always help me out with stuff when I need it (for example, you carry heavy bags and open tight jars like nobody’s business!) And you’re generally super thoughtful. Thanks for being my dad. Love you! Nikki For Mom: Dear Mother, (I’m tempted to write the exact same thing I wrote to Dad so they’ll know what it feels like when they give me and Brianna the same stuff. LOL just kidding! That wouldn’t even make any sense. I’ve seen mom literally cry at the sight of a spider. I guess opposites attract!) Thanks for always asking me how my day was and stuff. I know I don’t always feel like crying you a river about the CRAZY things MacKenzie does at school, but it’s super sweet that you want to hear all about the DRAMA! Thanks also for making TOTALLY awesome pies and stuff. You’re like, a really good cook. Seriously, you could probably do your own show like Rachel Rae or something. (If you do that, and start making a lot of money, THEN can I have an iPhone??) Just kidding! This note’s all about you. Love you. 🙂 Nikki For Brianna: Dear Brianna, As far as bratty little sisters go, you’re okay. Love Nikki Yeah, I need to work on the one for Brianna. It would be a lot easier if she didn’t ANNOY me 24/7. Seriously, she’s just skipped into my room screaming, “I’m a fairy! I’m a fairy!” even though the sign on the door clearly reads, “Brianna NOT allowed!” I’ll think of something!! What about you? Is there anything about your family that’s pretty awesome?