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Monday, January 28, 2019

blogging the bach 23.4


Who's watching: Celsey and Shawn, Amanda, me
We got a late start tonight because #adulting We tried to speed through the show and watch as much as we could.
Date #1-One on one with Tayshia. They had the classic face the fears bungy jumping date. They faced their fears, made out on the beach, and went to dinner. She opens up about being married and Colton looks like he doesn't know what to say. He gives her the rose. I really don't see them together. Does anyone else think it was kind of forced or is that just me?
Date #2-Group date with everyone except Caelynn. Hannah B can't believe and Demi stirs the pot big time. Someone last week (maybe Ben Higgins) described her as a pest. That is very accurate. She definitely likes him more than he likes her, and she has no problem taking all the attention. Between the leeches and pig feet, this date is grossing me out. Hannah is still drama, and apparently Colton and Cassie were siblings in a past life. Hannah spends time with Colton and suddenly everything from last week is in the past. Colton really likes Cassie a lot and not like a sister. Courtney sits and stews all night about why she is getting time with him and then gets into with Demi. Courtney is so upset that she never had time with Colton, but she never even tried.
Date #3-one on one with Caelynn. Colton chooses her for the spoil me/shopping spree date so that says a lot. They have a fun day. She comes home with all of her shopping bags. Some of the girls are so excited and some of the girls are not so much. Caelynn opened about her past history of sexual assault. The show did a really nice job with the edit of this. She was able to open up without any weird music or other weird dramatics. I have had several conversations the past few weeks about sexual assault/abuse. I think the more people open up and talk about their experiences, hopefully the more those feelings of shame and guilt will start to fade away. The #metoo movement has opened up the dialogue, and hopefully more dialogue leads to more awareness. 
Cocktail party/rose ceremony-Hannah G wants to open up which leads to a pretty intense makeout sesh. Caelynn takes Hannah B out to talk. They have a pretty decent talk and maybe the drama is over-probably not but maybe. I didn't actually watch the rest so I have no idea who went home or what else happened. Someone fill me in please.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

blogging the bach 23.3

who's watching: Celsey, Amanda, Alicia, Krista

date #1-katie, heather, hannah b, kirpa, tracy, demi, caelynn, and one other girl
Hannah B is already talking about not getting along with Caelynn. Now would be a good time to start getting along, but that probably won't happen. They get to the date and Colton is in full pirate garb all ready to fight for love or something like that. Naturally Hannah B and Caelynn have to be against each other. Hannah seems to be losing her mind more and more by the second. Demi wants to stand out so she blind folds Colton, smacks his booty, and is overall kind of weird. She gets pulled aside by someone we don't know her name. Colton really likes Caelynn which Hannah B is obviously not happy about and wants him to "know the truth". We all know this never goes well. Has she never seen this show? She doesn't make sense at all, and he isn't having it. Colton talks to Caelynn. She is emotional and says there are things from her past she wants to share eventually but not tonight. She predictably gets the rose, and Hannah B feels like an idiot.

date #2-Elyse gets the first helicopter date. They get to Belmont park and learn it's not actually a one-on-one. A bunch of kids come out to be on the date with them. They were both really cute with the kids and had so much fun. They talk a little about age. She shares about her sister passing away from cancer. She gets the rose and says it is the most amazing first date. The date isn't over and they have a concert.

date #3-Tayshia, NIna, Catherine, Sydney, Onyeka, Cassie, Nicole, Caitlin
They pull up and Colton is waiting for them topless. They do some stretches especially Sydney and get ready for some touch man/woman competitions. He talks to most or maybe all of the girls. He really likes Cassie. Amanda calls her as the next bachelorette. That could be a strong possibility. Caitlin says she feels like she is falling behind. She says she doesn't have a lot to open up about. It is pretty awkward. He sends her home, and none of us are very surprised. It's really unfortunate when girls get sent home and think he is making a big mistake. He says he doesn't feel a connection. That doesn't seem like a mistake.

Pool Party
Colton already knows what he wants to do so they are having a pool party instead of a cocktail party. They have fun playing around at the pool. Hannah B talks to Heather (her cheerleader). Heather totally encourages her to keep up the fight against Caelynn who talks to Colton. He doesn't know what to think and talks to Hannah B. They're both accusing each other of being deceitful. He doesn't know what to do.

Who's left-Caelynn, Elyse, Nicole, Hannah G, Tayshia, Katie, Cassie, Kirpa, Sydney, Demi, Tracy, Courtney, Heather, Onyeka, Hannah B

The preview for next week looks like it's going to be full of drama.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

blogging the bach 23.2

who's watching: alicia, celsey, amanda, and megan

Week 2 is usually all about trying to figure out who is who and what is going on. For some reason this season I kind of have at least a little bit of an idea of some of the girls that seem to be the main girls. It will be interesting to see how the season plays out. Here's to hoping they don't refer to his virginity every other second.

After a quick vlog check in (what? is that a thing this season?), we have date #1
Colton starts out and talks about being a virgin so I guess we are going to talk about it every other season.
Demi, Bri, Tracy, Elyse, Hannah G, Nicole, Catherine, and 1 other I didn't hear
"Today is all about firsts". I am already a little bit afraid. Hannah G is a little bit afraid.
"I am bold"--Demi Is this a foreshadow of things to come? Once she does her talking part/kissing Colton/saying she is getting the first group date rose, it appears she actually is bold. I predict she will be the villain of the season.
Colton definitely likes Hannah G
The group date goes to Elyse

Date #2-Hannah B on her birthday
They ride take a jeep and then ride horses to the middle of nowhere. Colton does a simple generic cheesy toast and then it's Hannah's turn. She literally can't think of a dang thing to say. Things are pretty awkward so far. She doesn't have much to all..all day until the last second when she finally opens up. She saves herself at the last second and gets the rose.

Date #3
Alex, Erica, KAtie, Syndney, NIna, KErpa, Katelynn, Courtney, Caelynn, Tayshia and a few others
Welcome to Camp Bachelor
Red vs yellow-winners stay, losers go. Red wins. Yellow loses and they're all sad they have to leave. 
Heather (we think. we can't remember her name) tells Colton she is a virgin and has also never been kissed. He is really nice about it. He wants to kiss her, but he doesn't do it.
Caelynn tells him she also loves kids and works in children's hospitals because she was in the hospital as a young. They bond over that and kiss.
Heather gets the group date rose.

Cocktail party/Rose ceremony
Girls are interrupting left and right, and they aren't nice about it. It is pretty obnoxious. There is a lot of noise, and then Demi comes out in a bath robe.

Who's left-Hannah B, Elyse,   Tayshia, Cassie, Caelynn, Courtney, Demi, Nicole, Kirpa, Heather G, Catherine, Bri, Sydney, Onyeka, Katie, Nina, Tracy, and one other girl. We tried to figure out her name and a few other names for about 10 minutes and then gave up.

Word tally
love 8
journey 1
virgin 9
tear tally 4

We always wait a few weeks to fill out our brackets, and I think after tonight we are all ready. At least Amanda and I both feel like we know the top 4. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

blogging the bach 23.1

Who's watching: Celsey, Amanda, Alicia
Colton is here and what does he have to lose?!? How do we feel about that tag line? Are we going to spend all season dwelling on his virginity status? Please say no. 
Anyway, it's been a while, and we are all excited for another season of our fave show and our Monday night tradish. Although we kept that up pretty well on the off season.

The show starts with viewing parties around the country. We are all wondering why we aren't in Park City and why we didn't even know they were going to be there.

First Impressions
Cassie-speech. We have a little bit of the same job so I kind of like her on first impression.
Hannah-Miss Alabama got cut off by a commercial
gym girl-We missed her name being cut off by the commercial
Heather-Never been kissed
Onyeka-doesn't care what other people think, when you know you know
Nicole-looking for the real deal
Kirpa-dental hygenist. hopes Colton flosses
Demi-very southern, says she is confetti cake

Chris talks to Colton. He is ready to fall in love but maybe not at first sight.

After lots of checking in with the viewing parties, an engagement, a check in with a few other bach peeps, it is finally time to meet the women. Colton just wants to be present.

Demi-banana yellow,
Tayashia-knows he has a big heart and likes kids
Caelynn-wearing her Miss North Carolina sash Miss Underwood on the other side
Sydney-quit her dancing job to come
Elyse-don't be nervous
Tahzjuan-hooked on ...
Cassie-so nervous, brought butterflies
Kirpa-purple sparkly dress with purple eye shadow
Caitlin-popped the cherry balloon
Courtney-sweet Georgia peach
Katie-v card
Alex D-sloth. We all want to die for her.
Onyeka-very sparkly dress
Hannah B-Miss Alabama
Tracy-fashion police
Angeliqu-leaves a little glitter behind
Alex B-sick sign
Bri-faked the Australian accent, hoping he's a sucker for accents
Laura-Dallas same dress as Heather
Hannah G-gift-empty box because no underwear
Jane-photoshopped dogs
Catherine with her dog Lucy

They check back with all the viewing parties and another couple gets engaged. How did they set this up? Did they send out a mass text to all the guys in America and ask if their girlfriends watch the show?--Amanda

Colton talks to some of the girls. We thought he was going to kiss Hannah G but instead he kisses Caelynn. I knew he would like the pageant girls.
Everyone is bringing their A game.
"There's nothing sexier than corn hole"--Celsey
Alex the sloth finally takes off her costume
Catherine gets interrupted and she is not happy. She goes back and interrupts again and again and again even after Onyeka told her she shouldn't do it again.
He talks to Katie and kisses her
Hannah G gets the first impression rose

Who stays
Hannah G
Alex B
Hannah B
This promises to be the most dramatic season ever.

I'm bringing back the word tally this season.
tear tally-1 Devin after being sent home and seeing the remaining girls celebrating right behind her.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Lacey’s floral baby shower 

The Bodilys know how to throw a party, and I am always happy when I get to help. A late summer floral shower was perfect for Lacey's early fall baby.

The food was delicious, and the presentation was really fun.
Side story-We were setting up the night before, and nothing was working to cover the rather large island. All the tablecloth options weren't quite right. Luckily Sandy has quite the stash of table cloths, and we found a pink tablecloth that was surprisingly perfect.

The cream puff tower is always a hit and adds to the decor.

entryway-paper pinwheel fans, small flowers, baby photos, and the take home floral hair tie

the balloon arch is my new favorite for parties

I'm a sucker for a pretty drink

swiss cheese cubes with a grape or blackberry-big hit

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Christmas 2018

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the holiday season and I love the actual day. I love the time with family and the joy it brings. 

I’m big on tradition and insist on sticking with it each year. 

Christmas Eve pajamas 

After gifts and Christmas breakfast, the rest of the day is very low key. We hang around in our pjs and play with new toys. This year we did some face masks. 

Since there is no extended family around, Christmas Day is pretty quiet. We had a nice Christmas dinner, talked to family and enjoyed the day together. 
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NYE 2018

All love holidays at least most of them. New Years Eve isn’t necessarily my favorite holiday, but I do love a good party. Celsey and Shawn hosted us for NYE, and we had a really fun time. 
We made pizzas in Shawn’s pizza oven. We thought it was a really fun idea except the weather was not ideal. Shawn and Adam froze their booties off cooking for us. We had a lot of other yummy appetizers and drinks. 

The martinelli Jell-O shots ended up being more of a funny joke than anything else. The kids liked them at least. 

We toasted the new year at 9pm and planned to call it a night. The kids went to bed and we ended up staying up chatting until after midnight. That makes two years in a row that we plan to call it a night early and end up staying awake past midnight. 

This years celebration was a lot of fun and made me enjoy the holiday. Along with the holiday comes the actual new year. I love the opportunity to set new goals and set myself up for a new year. I like to start by picking a theme word for the year. This year my word is BRAVE!

oNecklace offered a piece of meaningful jewelry. I chose to get a bracelet with my word for 2019. I’m excited to wear this throughout the year to have a daily reminder of my word. 

I also did a vision board for the first time. I did it in the back of my planner so I could look at it often. 

How was your NYE celebration? 
Do you choose a word for the year? 

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Christmas break 2018

I look forward to Christmas break for all the reasons-relief from work, celebration, and most of all time with family. Going to California for Christmas break is the best. We relax. We have fun. We play. We shop. We eat. 

We jumped on the trampoline a lot

We went to the mall with Kenzie while the older kids were at school. 

Kenzie loves painting nails

And putting on makeup 

Karlee with Snapchat filters 

Sugar cookie taste test 

Turkeys roaming the path

Sharing milkshakes at in n out 

Frozen yogurt 

Christmas break was great. I went home with a few days of break left. 

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