Even before Jeremy and I had our first date, he (half?) jokingly invited me to his dad’s birthday a month in advance. I cannot remember at which point I decided to go, but I figured… why not?! Jeremy invited me for a reason right?
Days leading up to the event, I was feeling some serious self doubt since I realized the last person Jeremy had brought home was probably his last serious girlfriend. I felt like I had some big shoes to fill and I was nervous about the impression I would leave since I am a fairly reserved person. Feelings like these are hard for me to push away, but I did my best to get past them.
Last Friday, I decided to take a half day from work to drive over to San Jose early. After I got to Jeremy’s, we went to grab some banh mi from Huong Lan before hitting the road. (It’s pretty awesome how he can eat pretty much anything!) As we got closer to his parents’ place, he started checking my pulse and my palms to see how nervous I was getting. I think he enjoyed seeing how much I would freak out. That jerk!
His older brother, sister-in-law, and nephews were already there when we arrived. So, upon arrival, I got to meet his immediate family. Despite my palms sweating away like crazy, it did not turn out too bad!
All weekend, Jeremy’s dad was treated to surprise dinners for his birthday. Friday night, we went to eat at The Sardine Factory with the immediate family, which was pretty delicious. At dinner, Jeremy’s brother probably shot me the most questions. He also called me out by my username (aka he knew I was IG creeping!), which was pretty funny since he mentioned browsing through my blog too. :P
Saturday, we had some pretty gloomy weather in Seaside. After waking up to eat breakfast that Jeremy’s brother prepared, Jeremy and I pretty much lounged around all day. Luckily, I brought my Kindle to read since Jeremy had been hooked on some games on his phone. Though we weren’t doing much, it was nice just being next to him. After napping, we went to grab a burrito to share from Papa Chano’s, which tastes like “home” according to Jeremy. :)
Around dinner time, we went out to Chef Lee’s Mandarin House. This time, Jeremy’s dad was treated to a surprise dinner with extended family and friends. Dinner itself went pretty well. There were a couple awkward encounters with some of Jeremy’s aunts and uncles as they confused me for his ex, but I found it amusing listening to Jeremy having to introduce me as his new girlfriend. :P In the end, I survived all the family meetings! YAY!
On Sunday, Jeremy and I had brunch at From Scratch. I ordered the Crab Benedict while Jeremy got the Monterey Omelette. We also had a chocolate chip pancake to share. NOMS!
After brunch, Jeremy took me around downtown Carmel. It is such a cute little town!
At Anthropologie, Jeremy
forced talked me into picking out something for him to purchase for me. Jeremy helped me pick out a nice top and a small perfume, which we both agreed upon. I am not sure if this spoilage is something I would get used to, but it has been pretty interesting so far. :P
While in Carmel, Jeremy introduced me to chocolate covered gummy bears that Cottage of Sweets carried. They’re pretty amazing. :O
Since the weather was gloomy again, we decided to skip the beach. We swung by Del Monte Shopping Center to pick up a few things, then went back to his parents’ house to hang out with his family before heading back to San Jose.
This past weekend was a fairly relaxing one despite meeting Jeremy’s family for the first time. Is it weird that I felt like I was automatically comfortable? Sure, I had plenty of questions thrown at me mostly by Jeremy’s mom and brother, but I did not mind entertaining them at all. What I really loved was observing their family interactions with each other all weekend. When it came time to hug and say goodbye to his parents, his dad ended the hug with, “welcome to the family.” D’aw! When I asked Jeremy how he thought it went, he said, “I felt like you fit in just great. :). Especially with my parents and immediate family.” Such reassuring words. <3
He makes me pretty happy. :)
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