Talk to Us Tuesday- Christmas Lights and Friend Time

[after Clark fails at lighting all the exterior Christmas lights at the “lighting ceremony” in front of the entire family]
Art: [sarcastically] Beautiful, Clark.
Frances: Talk about pissing your money away. I hope you kids see what a silly waste of resources this was.
Audrey Griswold: He worked really hard, Grandma.
Art: So do washing machines. –National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

I’m linking up with the ever fabulous: IA and Seriously Shawn

Here’s what I’ve been up to: 

  • Two Sundays ago  Geeky came to visit me at our new casa. We had one of those fun girlie days, with lunch and margaritas downtown, followed by shopping, and ending with a gab sess on the couch over apple cider. I need more days like that in my life!

  •  this past Saturday I returned the favor and visited Geeky and her Fire Guy. I had to drop off this little Christmas present I painted for her for her first year as a married woman. She has a thing for Cinderella.

  • She got me and Match mini Korbel champagne bottles. I can’t promise that Match will get his.
  • I also celebrated Couple Husband’s 30th birthday with him and his family. It was such a fun night, but for one tragedy: I forgot to bring my camera! You’ll just have to trust me that it was a great time. It was very casual, and I got to snuggle up with Couple babies.
  • I went on a walk with a new friend, a wife of one of Match’s coworkers. I’ll call her Walking Buddy because I have a feeling we’ll be going on more. She’s a lot of fun and I’m so excited to have a friend that lives close by.
  • We’ve also been enjoying all of the Christmas lights in our neighborhood.
  • Later this week we’re going to visit Candy Cane Lane, which should have even more. I can never get enough Christmas lights and I’m a little sad that Christmas is only 5 days away. I don’t know if I’m ready for the holiday season to end.


  •  Tonight Match and I are going to have a low key night. I’m making homemade Pho and spring rolls, and then we’re going to curl up on the couch and watch Christmas movies. My honey has been working massive overtime lately. I’ve forgotten what he looks like! I’m ready for some R&R with my main squeeze.
  • So what’s new with you?

A Wonderfully Full and Warm House

Pete: (To Berg) We’re having a surprise housewarming party for Johnny and Sharon.
Germ: I don’t have the address.
Pete: Well, meet me at the party and I’ll give it to you there. –Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place

The first Saturday of this month, Match and I hosted an open housewarming party. Our house was meant to be filled with people. It felt so warm and cozy, surrounded by our loved ones. The house was full of laughter, little ones running around playing, and most of all, love.

I had so much fun making some of the Christmas decorations for the party. Instead of wine charms I went to the dollar store and got a bunch of wine glasses and painted them with Christmas themes. I decided to keep them for next year, because you know I will be having another Christmas party!

Then I got the idea to paint one of my favorite quotes from the movie Elf. It turned out crooked but I figure that just adds to the charm right? 😉

I also got some inspiration from pinterest, which actually came from this blog. I spray painted old wine bottles, added sticks I found in the driveway, and voila. This little centerpiece was completely free!

You can’t quite tell from the picture but there is glitter on the bottles and they sparkle slightly.

Match’s mom brought us the essential entryway adornment.

Here’s the table with all the goodies.

It cracks me up that no matter the size, everyone always ends up in the kitchen.

Good Couple came and Good Wife showed off her baby bump. Did I mention she’s pregnant with TWINS? First time mama…she is going to be a busy bee!

Monkey says…please someone just throw the ball!

Monkey made us proud by being VERY patient with the boys. I was nervous because he’s not around kids that often but he was so good. Look at him with Moose’s girlfriend’s son. He was loving all the food he dropped. Look at the grin on his face in this picture. Doesn’t he need a little boy best friend? I think so.

Here’s Couple Toddler giving him loves.

 

Neighbor Couple were also there but I didn’t manage to snap their picture.

At the end of the night, it was just Couple Family (minus Couple baby who stayed home) and us. We curled up on our comfy furniture and visited. Match and Couple toddler had a blast goofing off. Look at the way Match lights up around kids. Is that not the cutest thing?

Watch out, Uncle Match loves to eat baby toes!!

We also had our first family photo in the new house.

It was an awesome house warming and hopefully just the first of many more parties to come.

 


Talk to Us Tuesday-Geeky’s Wedding

Jeremy: We are going to have tons and tons of opportunities to meet gorgeous ladies that are so aroused by the thought of marriage that they’ll throw their inhibitions to the wind.
John: And who’s going to be there to catch them?
Jeremy: Grab that net and catch that beautiful butterfly pal! What do you like better, Christmas or Wedding season? (raises hand)
John: Mister Grey.
Jeremy: Yes, um, the answer would be, um, wedding season?
John: Bingo. I’m gonna go get my suit. Oh, and now who are we this time? –Wedding Crashers

brought to you by: the ever Fabulous Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

  • Sunday was Geeky’s wedding. I’m so happy for her! It feels like just yesterday she was the guest at mine, with her Fire Guy doing the reach and trying to catch that garter. I knew then he was going to propose. And here we are just over a year later and she’s a new bride! Her wedding dress was beautiful and she was beaming the entire night. You know I totally got teary eyed when they exchanged their rings. I’m so excited that she’s joined the married club!
  • Awkward moment happened the minute the bridesmaids walked down the aisle. For you to know this was awkward first look at the dress I chose to wear for her fall wedding.

  • cute right? I loved it, and it was an absolute steal at Plato’s Closet, where I got it for 8 bucks! I emailed a cell phone pic of it to Geeky because she had mentioned her bridesmaids were wearing brown. I asked her if my dress was the same color, and if it was too similar. She said no and to definitely buy it.
  • but I was regretting my bargain decision when the bridesmaids walked by wearing dresses almost identical to mine. 
  • luckily Geeky didn’t care one bit. But remember bitchface girl from the bachelorette? Of course she had to say something snarky. There’s always one in a group isn’t there? I was feeling very self conscious but after the first few glasses of wine I got over it.
  • The wedding was a lot of fun. It reminded me a lot of our wedding. It was at a golf course, with the ceremony outside and the reception indoors. There were a lot more people at hers though, and she had a shit ton of bridesmaids. I’m soooo glad we didn’t have any. Match and I kept joking around that it was the high price version of our wedding, since they had plated dinners and it was at a fancier building.
  • Geeky sat us at a table with a super fun couple from San Francisco. We clicked with them right away and City Girl and I exchanged numbers before the night was up. I really hope we get together with them soon. They were so fun!
  • Match and I danced all night. I wish I’d had someone snap photos because it’s rare that we get to dance like that. Usually Match prefers to observe while I go out there and shake my tail feathers, but he was in a really social mood. He twirled me all over the dance floor and just like at every wedding we go to, I fell in love with him all over again. I love how weddings have that effect. Wedding photo backdrops set for pictures
  • The wedding was a ton of fun and I’m so happy for my friend. She’s such a sweet and genuine person and nobody deserves happiness more than her!

Geeky’s Bachelorette Aka My Night With the Wolf Pack

Susan Storm: Reed, I know you. I’m glad you had fun.                                                                                                                                                          Reed Richards: Thank you.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Susan Storm: Besides, it was nothing compared to what I did at my bachelorette party. Talk about wild.-Fantastic Four

Geeky’s bachelorette party was this past Saturday. It started with the two of us getting make overs.

Then the girls arrived and the decorations were brought out.

I finally got to bring out the Hen Party sign I worked so hard on for Monica. Unfortunately we didn’t use it except for pictures, but all the more reason to have an actual Hen Party another weekend.

Geeky looked amazing dressed all in white. Her hair and makeup looked like Marilyn Monroe and she had Madonna gloves.  She was a star!

The fun started when one of Geeky’s Bridesmaids busted out the inflatable penises. They were part of a game where each person would “cock fight” and try to knock off the other penis. We called them  rock em sock em penises. It was hilarious.

We also played pin the Macho on the man.

Then the limo bus arrived and we got ready to head out. I loved that we all wore black and Geeky wore her white.

the Limo was so classy inside!

 We had a really fun driver who obliged us with picture taking and even got in on the fun.

The limo bus became one big dance party, and it was a good thing it got exciting because the ride was a long one. We drove an hour an a half just to get to this specialty bar. I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves…

I got a little freaky on Couple Wife

Then we arrived at the bar. It was a Country Western bar so there was bullriding, a shot chair, and a live band. It was pretty crazy!

Geeky got to be up on stage with other bachelorettes and dance. She was by far the cutest bride there.



I got drunk enough to contemplate the bull, but luckily I came to my senses while standing in line. My dress was loose and I didn’t have shorts under my dress. It would have been really scandalous.

For the amount of girls there we were lucky to not have any major drama. There was one point where one of Geeky’s friends was kind of bitchy to me, but that’s expected with the wolf pack. They were far nicer than my last experience hanging out with them all in a drinking setting. Luckily I didn’t let it get to me and I didn’t let her cattiness ruin my  night. I did spend most of my time with two girls who weren’t part of the wolf pack either. We ended up really hitting it off and I hope we hang out again soon.  The most important part was that our bride Geeky had a great time. She was beaming all night long, even when this random 100 year old man came along and smacked her ass.

For as wild as the bar was and the limo ride there, it was actually not that crazy of a night. We left early and we were back to Geeky’s by 130am. I was fortunate enough to just have a happy buzz and not be trashed so I didn’t have a hangover. A few of the others weren’t so lucky. Nothing better than passing out spooning an inflatable penis.

I think the best part of the night for me was knowing I had a bed to sleep on. I didn’t have to couch it and I had my pj-jays. That really is the preferred way to party. I had fun but I didn’t hate life in the morning. Geeky and I went to a nice breakfast the next morning and got a little friend bonding time in. I’m so excited for her to get married and join the awesomeness that is married life!

Family Visits, Puppy Play Dates & a Day at the Beach

[Martin complains that Frasier makes practical jokes seem like work]
Martin: This is supposed to be fun! Like a day at the beach! Oh, you do this kind of thing all the time.
Frasier: Like when?
Martin: Like the last time we went to the beach!

Thursday Match’s sister Travel Girl and Match’s Cousin came to visit. Cousin brought his adorable doberman puppy Z. Isn’t he precious? He’s as big as Monkey but all paws and puppy clumsiness.

Cousin told us all about this farm he’s been staying at with friends, where they ride around on ATVs equipped with LED Light Bars, swimming, and fishing all day. It’s pretty much Match’s version of heaven. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to visit soon. I’m sure Monkey would love to play with Z again. When they left Z had to be carried away because he wouldn’t budge from Monkey’s side. Those two were too cute together.

It was nice to visit with Travel Girl. She’s back from Peru but she’s moving in with her boyfriend in Arizona, so that was our last little visit until Christmas. But she’s back in the states and just a quick plane ride away!

Yesterday Monkey and I decided to escape the heat and traveled to the beach with Couple Wife and her babies. We met up with another one of her friends and headed out. Unfortunately most of Northern California’s population had the same idea and the beach was crowded.

I still had fun enjoying the sun and running in the sand with Monkey. I wish Couple Wife was a bit more outdoorsy. Her and her friend just sat in the sand with the kids and didn’t want to put their feet in the water. But then again babies are hard work so I can’t imagine how hard it would be to juggle them and all their stuff! I had my hands full enough with Monkey, who thought that running after kids in the water was some sort of sport.

It was nice just relaxing and watching the kids be entertained by sand. Couple Toddler had a great time sharing his cookies with Monkey. I have a feeling Monkey is going to love it when we have a baby because of all the extra snacks he’ll no doubt get to enjoy. 😉

It was a nice day at the beach, but I still prefer the uncrowded Oregon coastline.

Tonight Match and I will be watching the fireworks at the marina. I’m so happy he has the 4th off! Happy 4th everyone and I hope you’re all doing something fun with your loved ones.