A Tuesday Letter

by Holly on August 8, 2011

in family

To my dearest Everythingtarian family,

I love you.

And while I appreciate the fact you love me back, give your endless support to whatever crazy idea travel venture I conjure up, don’t get mad at me when I steal the last of the toilet paper (and fail to replace it with a new roll) and allow me to take full control of the TV remote when I’m home, I really love you for the fact that you make silly, often inappropriate faces.

In church. At home. On the phone (I sense them). And even at our cousin’s wedding.

I like it. A lot.

I also like the way you’re not afraid to get low (and I mean, looowwww) on the dance floor.

The ability to booty-pop is the mark of any good mother + older sister, I am sure of it.

Some people may look at us and say, “Whoaaaa! Those big-haired ladies are cuh-rayyzzeee!” and to that, I’d respond first with, “Have you seen our dad? If he grew it out, he’d have bigger hair than all of us!” Then, I’d let those people know that they’d be hard-pressed to find a group of individuals who were more caring, more patient and more fun than the Everythingtarian clan.

I’d tell them, “They’ll eat with you.

They’ll drink beer with you.

They’ll sneak you in to the local YMCA if you’re ever in town and need to workout.

They’ll play game after game of Bananagrams with you.

They’ll drive to Dairy Queen after dinner so you can get a crunch cone.

They’ll listen to your overdramatic ramblings day after day after day…after day…after day…

They’ll text you when J. Lo and Marc Anthony announce they’re getting divorced.

They’ll spot you a $20 for gas.

In other words, they’ll take real good care of you.”

And I wouldn’t even have to lie – you do all of those things for me all of the time!

What I’m really trying to say is that even though I’m not always the easiest daughter or sister to deal with (I mean, hello! I exploit you on the Internet all the time), I wouldn’t be able to write this blog without all of you. Or lead a healthy, foodie-filled lifestyle. Or have gone to Thailand for a year. Or have moved into my new apartment. Or been able to drive to the grocery store (FREE gas money is clutch). Or be able to rationalize overpriced purchases at Anthropologie.

Most importantly, I wouldn’t ever be able to say, “I don’t know about you – but I LIKE going home to visit my family!”

So, I just wanted to let you know…

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The winner of the Joss + Main $100 shopping spree giveaway is comment #68…

My homegirl Sofia! Send me your address at healthyeverythingtarian@gmail.com, and I will get you hooked up with your shopping spree ASAP.


Linda August 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Aww!! What a great post! And what a great family!!! :)

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn August 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Ahahahahah I want to be in your familyyyy!!! I would fit in soo well ;)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

a) Your friends/family are going to kill you
b) This makes me love you even more
c) Seriously bangin’ dress

Katie August 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Ooooh I just love you all so much. Can I be an honorary Everythingtarian?

Amanda August 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Your family looks like so much fun! I want to party with ya’ll. Did I really just say ya’ll?

That dress is so pretty on you!

Sana August 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Of course your family is fun! You are a blasttt!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

what a sweet letter to your family!

and that 1st pic..the squares/collage…that is SO COOL! :)

JIll August 9, 2011 at 5:23 am

That picture of your mom droppin’ it low is awesome. You have a beautiful family :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 9, 2011 at 5:25 am

haha I love this! I especially love that your mom is booty poppin your sister.

Lauren August 9, 2011 at 5:59 am

Awww, this is awesome! Your family rocks!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness August 9, 2011 at 6:00 am

Love! Your family sounds like so much fun- and seriously, where would we be in life if we didn’t have a little crazy up in us?

sofia August 9, 2011 at 7:06 am

i love your family. and i love that you are all so close. it makes me smile. :)

i also love that i won $100 worth of awesomeness!! thanks lady!

sofia August 9, 2011 at 7:07 am

PS i’ve got a dot com now! no more wordpress web address. movin’ on up!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

bahahahahaha. love love love. some day I will meet mama e and it will be amazing.

TracyP August 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

What fun! Families are wonderful – the good and the bad. . .

Susan August 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

Hold the phone. J.Lo and Marc Anthony are getting divorced!??

Suzanne August 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Great post! Thank you so much!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

lol…wish I had that much volume (hair AND personality wise!)

Megan (Braise the Roof) August 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I seriously really want to meet your family. And or go as your date to one of those there weddin’s! PS, you are a vision in that last picture. ;)

Hillary August 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm

WHAT do you put in your hair to keep it looking that glossy? My curls could learn a trick or two from your curls.

Your family seems incredible. That picture of your mom spanking your sister’s bootay is proof.

Adam Deane August 10, 2011 at 1:31 am

I knew your family HAD to be pretty special… I think it is absolutely marvelous that you WANT to go and visit your family and that you have a family that is so supportive and comfortable with each other! You are truly, very lucky! And you are one of a kind which is so cool but it awesome to see where you come from as well :) You look so much like both of your parents!! I want to come and hang out with you guys :D

Jen August 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Love this!!! I want to be adopted :)

Parita @ myinnershakti August 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

The picture of you mom and sister is classic! I love fun families!

Emily August 11, 2011 at 6:37 am

Ha, those are some pretty impressive goofy faces! My family don’t know how to smile nicely for a photo so they either pull stupid faces, scowl or grin like a maniac.

Katie August 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Oh my lord your family is so awesome.

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby August 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

ummmmmm PLEASE ANNEX ME INTO YOUR FAMILY! i’d vurry much like to be a everythingtarian. hard core. i can already booty pop (as much as white girls can) and i have cray-cray curls to boot!

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