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10.22.2013

They Like You, They Really Like You

there's a lot of anticipation that comes with meeting new people.  especially when they need to like you.  what to wear, what to bring, what to talk about.  no it's usually not make or break anything if they don't like you the first time around, but you do feel instantly at ease once you get that stamp of approval.

so that brings us to saturday.  oh saturday.  the oktoberfest family party at my boyfriend's house also known as the weekend i was anticipating for awhile and hooray - success.  (well i know you're not shocked, who doesn't love stephanie?!)


now keep in mind, i've known john and his family for 13 years as i went to high school with his sister and we used to be friends.  so this was not the first time meeting the giant family, though it was the first time meeting them as 'john's girlfriend' and not 'julie's friend from school'.  and the first time seeing any of them besides john, his brother, and julie (who was at the same bridal shower as me a few weeks ago) in about 8 years.   we've only been dating for 7 months, apparently we both like to procrastinate despite the fact that our families live 15 minutes away.

but his mom wanted me at this party so how could i say no?  and even though john was 10 times more nervous than i was, it went great and even julie was nice to me in the 40 minutes she was even there.  and luckily his cousin carolyn, the other blonde in the photo, was also in attendance.  we're the same age and she was friends in high school with my bff meredith.  so when i arrived and she handed me wine and john's dad handed me beer, i was pretty confident it was going to be a good day.  of course, i knew his parents would be awesome - i recall hanging out there after freshman year of college and his dad said about my then-boyfriend "if that doesn't work out, john'll marry you" - touche, fortune teller.  but john was worried about the grandparents because his grandma likes to find something about everyone ("he has weird feet") but she loved me.  i got "she's a cutie."  thanks grandma.  what can i say?  i give good parent.  and the next day john texted me "if i get told one more time how beautiful you are and 'what's she doing with you' i'm going to flip out."  winning all around cause i love to hear i'm pretty.  i'm a little vain and i'm perfectly fine with that.  i liked them too, even though john wanted me to blog about this as the most awkward/ridiculous family party ever.  it wasn't.

also i should note, i made white chocolate covered pretzel sticks with sprinkles.  when it doubt, always bring the chocolate covered pretzels.  (a) easy and (b) crowd pleaser.

my family is much easier.  it's mom and dad, plus an aunt and uncle and their 3 kids.  and my not actually related uncle carmie and aunt nancy.  that's it, 9 names to remember.  after spending hours at this party with 40+ family members, which was only maybe half the family, i realized how much i like my small family.  everything we do is quiet and casual (not to mention short lived because my cousins, dan and dave, and i are always ready to escape the boring suburbs back to the safety of our downtown apartments.)  so next up it's john's turn to meet them.  you'd think, as an only child, it'd be scary to meet my parents, but it's not.  john drinks, eats meat, is employed, and likes dogs, so that's pretty much all you need to get a 'pass' in my family.  oh and he's tall and strong so he can get our christmas tree out of our attic.  which is all you need to get a 'pass' from my mother.  she's got her priorities in order.

33 comments:

  1. ummm...i think our moms are in some way related because my mom's must have on her list of potential boyfriends/ husbands was 1-tall. hahah luckily matt is tall :) yay for a successful meet the family...i was super scared for meeting matt's family...thank goodness I passed as well :)

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  2. I'm glad Julie was nice to you! How's that all working out anyways?

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  3. Oh how great that it all worked out well....families can be so intimidating when you really want them to like you. You look gorgeous in the photos :)

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  4. Good call on bringing the sprinkle covered pretzels!! I'm sure it was smooth sailing from there! :)
    And yay for it going so well!

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  5. ha! my mom is the same way as his grandma! i stopped bringing boys home because she would sit there and right in front of us, would say the meanest things IN CHINESE so he couldn't understand but can you imagine the awkwardness i felt as my mom is looking at him and picking him part? "his nose is too big". "why is he dressed like a bum?". "he's ugly". that one always made me laugh but he stood there with a big smile plastered over his face as my mom totally dissed him.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  6. Hooray for the stamp of approval! Also, chocolate covered pretzel sticks are one of my favorite things to make too - everyone (of all ages) loves them! You just can't go wrong with them!

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  7. Meeting the family is always a nerve-racking situation. Chris' family is so big that 7 years later, I'm STILL meeting a lot of them. So glad it went well!!

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  8. I'm glad it went well! Are you and his sister no longer friends? Did I miss a post about this? haha

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  9. Chocolate covered pretzels are my fav!! Love me some sweet and salty!

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  10. phew. relief. I haven't met the bf's family. They live in Maine so I don't have to do that party stuff any time soon. 'll def. remember to bring the chocolate covered pretzels though.

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  11. how exciting!! I mean, not that I'm surprised they liked you.. you're awesome.

    I love chocolate covered pretzels.

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  12. Ah yay!! Of course they liked you! How could they not!!

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  13. definitely sounds like a family-meeting success! i also have a super small family so it can be intimidating being with huge families for me too.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  14. Yay! I'm so happy for you! How could they not like you?! I remember how relieved I was when Randy's family met me and liked me. Man, was I nervous!

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  15. Okay, so, I'm a little hormonal today (TMI?! Don't care.) but reading this post made me tear up a little bit-ha! I'm so glad that you had a good meeting the family and things went well. They'd be CRAZY not to like you! So glad even grandma liked you! I've got one of those grandmas too ;)

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  16. I'm so glad everything went well, you're awesome so of course they were going to love you! It also helps that they are awesome too, it's always uncomfortable to hang out with people when you know they don't like you.

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  17. Of course they loved you. Derr. Chocolate covered pretzels are a good back up plan.

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  18. Glad to hear the re-meet and greet went well! But of course it would, you are pretty awesome :) And who could resist chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles?!?!

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  19. chocolate covered pretzels for the win! (maybe your sparkling personality helped? maybe ; )

    you guys are too cute. and I love what it takes to get a pass in your family: beer drinker, meat eater, dog lover, check. all the important things in life!

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  20. Oh yes I remember the awkward first time meeting the parents & extended family. Beer & wine definitely help. Glad it went well! What's not to love?

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  21. So happy this went well for you!! You look so happy in your pix w/ John.

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  22. Glad it all went well. I know having family gatherings and meeting new "potential family members" is oh so stressful for me!

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  23. I am so glad it went so well! It can be so intimidating when you want it to go smoothly! :)

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  24. Haha when I first met Chris's family they thought the exact opposite of me. Well at least his sister in law told him"eww what are you doing with her, you could do so much better." Ummmm... excuse white trash bitch what did you say? Luckily she did not say it within ear shot of me, or it would have been WWIII. Apparently she has since retracted her statement and loves me and thinks I am the salt of the earth. Needless to say Chris's family tends to be quite DRAMA

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  25. I met Greg's family at his sister's funeral. That's an awkward way to meet the family. I'm not sure they loved me at first sight, he had been with the girlfriend before me for about 10 years, I think they were still missing her and her kids.

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  26. Of course it went well! You're awesome!!!

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  27. Blake's family used to like me more than they do now. But honestly I don't really care. Long story there!

    But for real, who wouldn't love you. I know I do!

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  28. Can I pass even if I don't drink? ;) so glad it went well!

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  29. Of course the fam loved you! And how crazy that his dad predicted your (potential) future!!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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