Sunday, December 18, 2016
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
I've been a part of throwing several holiday parties over the years. I've been in charge of decorating, in charge of the food, in charge of the entertainment... and through it all, I've come to realize that there are certain things you absolutely must have in order to make your holiday feast a smashing success.
1) Appetizers. I really wanted to say "apps and zerts" and be like Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec, but I refrained. You're welcome. Usually your guests will arrive to your party/feast before everything is totally ready to be set on the table, and if that's the case you have to keep your guests happy! The best way to do this is to have delicious appetizers. A great appetizer is vegetables or crackers paired with Boar's Head hummus. The best part about this hummus? It comes in 9 delicious different flavors!
2) Stunning decor . I personally love these placemats that a co-worker made for me as a wedding gift. They're especially perfect for holiday parties! Your guests will want to see decor that fits the holiday you're celebrating, and this red and white is perfect for Christmas!
3) Great music. It's important to have something playing in the back ground just in the off chance that there's a lull in conversation. Chances are your party will be amazing and lacking in lulls, but you never know. Make sure you check out my Twitter poll for the worst Christmas song ever.
Poll time!! What is actually the worst Christmas song?— Jay T (@OtherJuliette) December 6, 2016
4) Games. Ok ok ok, I realize that games aren't everyone's cup of tea. But take my word for it: they're fun! We typically play games at my family holiday parties. Everything from pictionary to poem contests to holiday trivia contests! The winner gets to wear some kind of festive hat for the remainder of the evening, and it's a hat that only comes out during these special feasts, so everybody realizes just how important it is to win!
5) Napkins. I mean come on, I can't be the only messy eater, right?
6) Artistic displays. I love seeing how people arrange their food. Everybody does it so differently! Also, did you know that Boar's Head hummus makes a perfect (and delicious!) accent to an appetizer plate??
Posted by Jay T at 9:13 PM
Monday, December 5, 2016
Hello, happy tuesday, and welcome to December and oh by the way did you blink? Because December is basically half over and Christmas is in less than three weeks. So... that's fun. Anyway, I'm back (by popular demand, name that song, it's Beyonce) with another weekend recap because I had a super fun weekend AGAIN and I must tell the entire internet about it before I internally combust which this next picture makes it clear I am about to do!
The girls in my family were all getting together to go wedding dress shopping with my younger sister. Her wedding is in July and she hadn't been dress shopping yet so we made it a big deal and told her if she didn't buy a dress we chose for her we would never forgive her. Joking, obviously. She did still appease us and try on dresses that she hated but we loved... that's the love of a family.
But let's back up. I was ecstatic to be able to spend all day Friday with my nieces Katelynne and Kynlee. You've met them before. Katelynne is 3 and Kynlee is just about 9 months and together they're the must fun little girls ever.We started the morning bright and early at about 6:45, and I had no idea a 3 year old could be so wide awake and ready to go before 7am!
She's a little camera whiz so she was talking pictures of everybody, and then I introduced her to... drumroll please... SELFIES! Ok ok ok, so she wasn't impressed. It's fine I'm fine we're all fine.
We watched a movie, she played with Dominoes, and then it was time for MAKEUP. I had to get ready to go see my Grandma and then go to the Christmas parade so I really had to begin the spackling process. Katelynne was right there with me wanting to use everything I used.
"Dis go on your eye?"
"What dis?" "It's an eyebrow pencil for your eyebrows." "Kay. I'mma need ta do my eyebrows now."
There's a small chance I got too into it and I just kind of painted her face. I tried to give her a pink nose but you couldn't really see it. But isn't she just the cutest little kitty cat you ever did see??
SIGH, shes too much.
AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT HAIR. HOLY COW.
We went to visit my Grandma, who will be 101 years old next month!! Time sure does fly, I tell ya. Katelynne loved seeing her Great Grandma and Kynlee in typical Kynlee fashion just basically tolerated the rest of us.
Here's my younger sister (the bride!) getting some cuddles with lil' Kyn.
And here's me and lil' Kyn being adorable. (Her, not me)
Then, it was parade time! We all bundled up because ... California. I think it was 45 fegrees but you would have thought we were in the middle of Russia. Katelynne got her very first kid's hot chocolate and she didn't hate it but she didn't pose for a cute picture with it either so IDK how she really feels.
Kynlee started giving kisses - look! Kissing her mama, melting my heart.
Kynlee fell asleep in my arms and have you ever carried a giant baby around a parade? It's not easy. But she's so cute and kissable I just love it!! Plus I got to wear my blanket scarf so I felt like SUCH the blogger.
This net picture was taken when Santa drove by. Apparently Katelynne loves Santa. That isn't really surprising since this kid loves EVERYONE and eeverything.
Then I fed her some garlic cheesy bread because I'M THE FUN AUNT!
The next day we went wedding dress shopping. Left to Right is: my mom, our sister-in-law Amy (who is doing remarkably well following the loss of her and my brother's baby in October), my Aunt, The Bride Angenette, older sister Kathrene, and yours truly.
Angenette did NOT pick out her dress but we all told her we didn't find our dress at the first store either (which was a lie because I didn't even want to go looking so I just went to a store and was like yeah ok this one let's do this let's starve myself for a month YEAH!). She found a few top condenders but nothing really screamed HER. You know how clothes do that? Well, these didn't.
We went to a delicious dinner at Novo restaurant in San Luis Obispo and ohhhhh they have the best salmon salad of your life.
The next day after church and lunch I visited Keith's aunt and uncle, who are partially kind of largely responsible for getting us together about seven years ago. Then I went to see my aunt, grandma, and aunt's gigantic cat (his name is Drogo, guess what the petite female cat's name is?) who finally showed me his belly so I got to pet him!
After a long weekend away and a long drive him, I found the cat hiding in my bag once I'd unpacked. Is it like, "Never leave me again!" or "You don't get a choice in the matter, you are never leaving me again." I guess we'll never know!
All in all, it was a pretty special weekend. I had the privilege of talking to John and Amy for a few hours about just life in general, but also how they're doing after the loss of Hannah. Oh, you guys, it is so hard and I don't know how anybody actually gets through this. It's not something we're supposed to have to endure. It's so amazing though, even in their sadness and despair, they have so much faith in Jesus and hope in the knowledge that they will see Hannah again, even though it won't be for a long time. I still cry every time I think about it and my heart aches so badly for them, and for our entire family. SO thank you from the bottom of my heart for your words and prayers. They truly do so much.
And on that lighthearted note, I'm signing off for the day.
Kevin my dude.
Love you bye
(points for you if you get that reference.)
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