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.