Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaay SOOOOO I can't remember when I made these chicken strips...I think it was on Wednesday...Hanna and everyone else were going to be working all day...Soooooo I said, no biggie...Just let me TAKE OVER the kitchen at the States house, SO I DID!!!
I made my chicken strips, some rice....no recipe, I just dumped stuff in the pot and let it cook and it was YUM!!! OH...Annnnnnnnd my peanut butter cookies!!! When Sis. Mary came home from work that day she said I was HIRED!!! HAHA!!! I would imagine tho that it must be a relief to come home from a long day of work and NOT have to worry about NOW fixing dinner for the fam!!! Heeeeeeey COOKING is just ONE of my many ways I use to get people to LOVE ME!!! Hee, hee!!!
Next morning I cooked Pastini for Hanna and I for breakfast, this is a teeny-tiny pasta that you slowly cook in milk and butter...the results is YUMMMMNESS!!! It's an Italian thing, my mom used to make this for us kids OCCASIONALLY growing up...It was such a treat!!! Buuuuut I just found out recently from my mom that its ACTUALLY something that Italians feed their BABIES...sooooo yeah, I LOVE ITALIAN BABY FOOD!!!
Then Hanna and I ran around doing errands, getting her car washed, etc...
At Target, Hanna was in the card section, searching for the perfect wedding card for Joe and Anali, we were MORE than slightly disturbed by what we found!!!
Above card is TWO GROOM TUXEDOS...
This bottom one says, "Mrs. and Mrs....SOOOOO NASTY!!!
The funny thing was that I posted these cards two cards in a group message with a group of friends and said that we were at target looking at Wedding cards and these were SOOOO DISGUSTING or something like that!!! Wellllllll, one of the girls, I WILL NOT mention any names on here...LOL...buuuuut she texted back in the group message and said OH I love reading wedding cards, they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!!! I was like, HUH?!?!?! I'm thinking in my head did she NOT read them??? She probably doesn't realize what they are and thinks i'm just being the bitter OLD MAID...AHAHA!!!
Finally someone was like, UH, we don't support gay marriage...then she realized and we were ALL LAUGHING our heads off about it! At the wedding rehearsal we were teasing her about it and she said that her husband looked at her pics on her phone in the group message and said something like, Honey, we DON'T BELIEVE IN GAY MARRIAGE!!! BAHAHAHAHA!!! It was a blond moment for sure!!! Annnnnnd I'm really NOT a bitter Old Maid!!! Just a "Young-at-heart- HAPPY-Old-Maid!!! AHAHAHA!!!
Ooooooh annnnnnd at some point during the day, Hanna had this brilliant idea to use the leftover chicken strips to my chicken tacos...I was kinda like, Eh...OK...about it!!! Buuuuut OMW I'm sooooo glad I did!!! It was SOOOOO GOOD!!!
Good YUMMMMY thinking Hanna!!!
After that we went to Anali's to help her out with their flower arrangements for the reception..
I asked her what I could to HELP OUT??? She said my job was to, NOT BREAK ANYTHING!!! AHAHA!!! And Hanna added in, AND to entertain everyone!!! I'm happy to say that I was VERY SUCCESSFUL at BOTH!!! :))))
Here we all are, like, half of the bridal party ANNNNNND AARON!!! Lol!!!
Oh annnnnd then as part of our entertainment, we all took personality tests...For some reason I was laughing hysterically reading the description of everyone's personality!!! Turns out that Anali and I have the SAME personality, , annnnnnnd Bro. Kifle and Aaron have the SAME!!! and Hanna is just her OWN unique self!!! HAHA!!!
Stultz and Joe I can definitely see how, Stultz and Joe have THE SAME, they're both reserved, quiet at times, patient, VERY OPPINONATED even tho they don't walk around telling it all and they are not pushovers even tho one would think they are cuz they don't continuously voice what they are thinking, Anali and I kinda....We're both passionate about what we believe in, and very talkative, speak without thinking about what we're saying...buuuuut Bro. Kifle annnnnnd Aaron, I just don't see it at all!!! like at all!!! LOLOL!!!
Btw Ladies: Aaron is very single and looking!!! 26-year-old, Filipino American, he has a degree in chemical engineering, he's also an uber driver, a Sunday School teacher, Praise singer at his church ANNNNND in the choir...he's also has own unique Aaron style of dressing! He's SUPER OUTGOING and has NEVERRRR met a stranger before...SERIOUSLY!!! He's like friends with EVERYONE!!!Sooooo yeah ladies, he's educated, talented ANNNND spiritual... Plus fun annnnnnd generous...he paid our $90 bill at Bermese Superstar!!! Heeeeeeyyy!!! OH annnnnd he LOVES my PB cookies, sooooooo I can hook any of you ladies up with the recipe...for a small $5 fee...hee, hee. If you want, you can stalk him on Instagram...IF your allowed on there...I probably shouldn't actually put his Instagram name out there...I'm NOT on, sooooo you can't find him by looking me up...LOL...buuuuuut he has a slightly odd obsession with Spyder man...Watch out ladies, he'll catch you in his web!! bahhahaha!!!
This is my new friend Monae!!! She's superrrrr cool and funnnn and IF she everrrr ACTUALLY reads my blog, she'll see this!!! :)))) We were hanging out before their choir practice...btw: She's single!!! 36 and beautiful, never been married NO KIDS!!! she leads the choir and has an amazing voice, Jus sayin MEN!!! :))))
After choir practice we went to the Kifle's house for a late dinner/birthday part for the July peeps!!! Sis. Kifle had made us an amazing feast of Ethiopian food!!! It was sooooo good and its been over a year since I had any!!! Annnnnd yes, my favorite part, aside from EATING it, is eating it with my hands...If I can get away without silverware, you better believe I AM!!! You scoop the food up with injera bread...Its kind of like an Ethiopian tortilla but its spongy and soaks up all the juice and sorta tastes like sourdough bread...YUMMMM!!!
Annnnnnnd Stultz really liked it too...I was watching to see if he got seconds, cuz you know, if people SAY they like it buuuuut the don't get seconds, THEN that means that they don't really like it!!! Well that's the way I FEEL...buuuuut he said he liked it ANNNND got seconds...I was really glad about that cuz if he didn't, I was going to have to reconsider our friendship...AHAHA!!! JK...Not really, it just means, MORE FOOD FOR ME!!! :)))
Annnnnnnnnnnnnd here I am with a glass of THE BEST ICE TEA EVERRR!!! Ethiopian ice tea, I don't know how to explain it except that its like, THEBOMB.COM!!!!
Annnnnnd I was glad that Sis. Kifle redeemed the image of Ethiopian ice tea for Stultz...sooooo long story short, last year for my birthday, Hanna gave me a jar full of all the spices you use to make this tea...I made it really good the first time...buuuuut the second time I guess you could say I boiled in TO MUCH spices!!! I was so excited about it and brought Stultz a cup...Lets just say that he took one sip and basically CHOKED...I could tell he DID NOT like it, buuuuut he was being nice and said it was GOOD!!! I was like, okaaaaaaaaaay dude, DON'T LIE!!! I can totally tell you don't like it...He's like, well its just REALLY CINNAMONY!!! Anywayz, he drank Sis. Kifle's and LOVED it...I am very glad she redeemed the tea to him cuuuuuz, I really didn't want it to get a bad rep...it was ME, NOT the tea that messed up!!!
Mesgana is our little baker!!! You will neverrrr see a more perfectly rounded and cooked to just the right amount then the chocolate chip cookies baked by Mesgana!!!
Happy birthday to us...everyone singing...Im telling you guys, July is THE BEST month to be born in!!!
DELICIOUS CAKE!!! Mmmmmm!!!!
More eating cake...
Present time...my present had THE COOLEST tissue paper...like...I would LOVE a scarf like that!!! LOL
Bro. Kifle admiring new pants from his mom...
Epic comment of the night was to his mom in appreciation of his gift..."You know my taste girrrrrl!!!" AHAHAHA!!! We laughed our heads off about that!!! :D
Gana brought us out a plate of his hot cookies...GOOD JOB my lil chocolate brotha!!! You made Shanaynay's heart PURRRRR!!! (Shananaynay's my "Ethnic" name he gave me YEARS ago!! LOL)
Story time with Bro. Kifle...
Annnnnd after all that partying, off to the church to help Anali with wedding decorations!!!
Me selfie-taking while these girls SLAVED...Actually I WAS helping before...REALLY I WAS!!!
Day of the wedding rehearsal
This day was such a blast...Me, Rocky, Daisy and Stultz went around with Hanna running errands together...When we picked up Stultz we said that he could either sit between Daisy and I in the back or take shotgun up front...FOR SOME REASON he chose shotgun up front...LIIIIIIIKE OKAAAAAAY WHATEV....Me and Daisy WERE wearing deodorant annnnnnnd its not like we bite...Maybe laugh hysterically non-stop and a little snorting and purrrrrin...BUUUUUT REALLY???? BAHAHAHA!!!
Showing off my FREE
So in the Bay you have to PAY for a bag...Soooo cray-cray!!! Well when I paid at Micheals, they asked me if I wanted a bag??? I was like oh its ok! Im from AZ and Its sooooo weird to me that you guys have to pay for a bag here!! My cashier was like, OH NO, our bags here are NO CHARGE!!! I'm like, OH SWEEEEET!!! Then YES, I'll take aFREE BAG!!! LOLOL
Having funnnn...I discovered that Daisy makes me incredibly HYPERRR!!! I mean NOT that I'm not a lil hyper to begin with...AHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Hanna's birthday present to me...She brought me to a Hello Kitty store in their mall and said I could pick out whatever I wanted for my bday!!! I was like, REALLY??? Buuuuut I feel so awkward about it...Sooooo Hanna helped me and we chose a Chococat cup....Did I ever tell you all that Hello Kitty is best friends with Chococat??? And she's a white cat...and he's a chocolate boy cat.... HOW CUUUUTE IS THAT??? Annnnd you can NOT even tell me that, that isn't a TOTAL GOD THING!!!
For lunch we went to this NASTY sushi resturaunt!!! I was still very hyperrrrr and ate almost my whole entire Teriyaki chicken meal with chopsticks!!!
Stultz was like a PRO with them, he ate all his nasty sushi with them!!! I was like, HOW are you soooooo good with them??? He's like, I guess I just have lucky hands!!! I was like, OKAAAAY we're Apostolic Stultz, we don't USE LUCK!!! You all know how I feel about that from this post HERE!!!
Stultz was like, OH excuse me, My ANNOINTED HANDS!!! Bahahahaha!!! I said YES, much better WORDING!!!! :))))))
Our whole group and we even met up with Christy from Fontana!!! YAAAAAY Christy!!!
Finally it was time for Wedding rehearsal!!!
Me with Hanna and Levi Foster!!!
Such CUUUUTE and well behaved children!!! I was and still am VERY IMPRESSED with them!!! I asked Levi if he wanted to be a preacher like his daddy yet??? He said, NO! He just wants to be an FBI agent!!! LOL Then Hanna all daintily says in the sweetest lil voice, WELLLL I want to be a preacher like my daddy!!! I was like, OH REALLY, be sure to tell your parents that, I'm sure they would LOOOOOVE to hear that!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
After the wedding rehearsal, it was time for the wedding rehearsal dinner...
We went to a beautiful park and I ate a wonderful, catered dinner from Olive Garden...
After that we went to Anali's to hang out...I got the cutest pic ever between my two friends that I introduced to each other...AWWWWWW!!! Love my frienderrrrs!!!
Me, Hanna and Jen then took a bunch of flower arrangements to the car to set up for the reception early in the morning before the wedding....As I was holding this vase of flowers, I suddenly realized that we had practiced walking down the aisle with the groomsmen, buuuuuuuut we did not practice how to hold a bouquet....annnnnd I did NOT know HOW TOO!!! So they showed me and I was practicing with this vase of flowers....BUUUUUUUUUUUUT...
What I did NOT know was that the vase ACTUALLY had water in it...Which resulted in the pic below...Jen wiping up my watery MESS!!! Thanks Jennnnnnnnyyyyfurrrrrr!!!
Next morning we woke up SUPERRRR EARLY...cuz, "She riseth EARLY!" Annnnnnnnnd we headed to Chabot park to help set up the bridal table...much to our dismay...The park gate did NOT open till 7 AM....WAAAAAAHHHH!!! Sooooooooooo what else there to do this early in the morning as we waited????
My bay buddies went all gangsa on me... It was pretty hilarious!!!
Here is the brides cup we were delivering to her...
Here she is...very greatful for her coffee...
After the coffee delivery we headed the park for set up...It was like 7;30 by now annnnnnd we really needed to HURRRRY cuz we had to ALL be ready and back to Anali's by 9:20..
Thankfully, Stultz and Bro. Kifle...AKA: The human selfie stick, got there in time for us to use their HEIGHT for hanging stuff!!!
Bro. Wahine...NOT sure if that's right...or even spelled right...LOL...Anywayz, he was a HUGE help to us with the set up...Best part was when Hanna and I couldn't figure out how to hang this sign that was supposed to go up, and he said, I HAVE AN IDEA, and without telling us what he was going to do, he just stuck the sign through a nail hanging up on the log back ground of the bridal table...Hanna was like, WEEEEELLL I guess that works!!! AHAHAHA!!! Hung up like a true man!!! LOLOLOL
Annnnnnnd it was During this set up that I realized that Hanna has some AMAZING, LEADERSHIP SKILLS!!! ;))))) AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Then used MY AMAZING MODELING SKILLS to show off our table we had produced for the bridal party...quite LOVELY I must say...Simple buuuuut elegant!!!
Annnnnd the coffee prepared us for the wedding day that laid AHEAD....It was now time to go RUSH and get ready for the WEDDING...buuuuuut Ill save THE WEDDING for another post!!!! :))))
♥Mary Frances :)