It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s Bachelorette Day! If you want to catch up on previous recaps, click HERE. Last week, this guy was kicked off….but I wasn’t mad about it. I MEAN, WHO WAS HE ANYWAY?
Before we get started on this week’s recap, I have a couple of housekeeping things to mention:
1) The blog was down for several hours on Monday night, so I’m going to leave the Special Mama nominations open until Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. Go enter yourself or another deserving mama HERE by leaving a comment at the end of the post. I will announce the winner on facebook on Thursday morning, and that mom will meet me at Nordstrom’s Northpark on Monday, July 24th to go on a $1,000 shopping spree at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!!!
Reading through the nominations is absolutely heartwarming. So many mammas out there that are fighting for and loving their babies so fiercely are such an inspiration to their friends and family.
And remember, you can nominate yourself! Heaven knows all of you mamas deserve the world!
2) I’ve had a lot of people have asked me to name my Top 3 picks of the Anniversary Sale. (Click HERE if you haven’t seen my posts yet,…but remember, you can only shop the sale right now if you are a Nordstrom cardholder. It will be open to everybody on this Friday, July 21st!)
So what are my top 3 picks that I think everybody NEEDS? That’s easy. They are items that you will wear every single dang day. THIS (or THIS)…THIS….and THESE. If you read this blog on the regular, then you already know what the items are. Because y’all are my people. And we are all united in comfort. 😉
Friday I will round up lots of my clothing and shoe faves, and I will have them put together in head to toe outfits for you. I will also be highlighting THIS pair of boot cut jeans. Y’ALL. They are freaking amazing. I swear I look 3 inches taller and 10 pounds lighter. And I’ll prove it to you on Friday.
So today is HOMETOWNS!!!! And historically, HOMETOWN DATES have been some of my very favorites because of the family dynamics we get to see. I’m looking at you Fletcher brothers.
First up was Eric in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, I can’t say I’ve been rooting for Eric this season, but in the first couple of seconds of them seeing each other, I all of a sudden found that he was endearing himself to me. He was dancing when he saw her (cute!), they cuddled on a bench looking very comfortable with each other, and he quickly explained to her that he was going to show her where he grew up….which was not picture perfect.
Eric, before we go any further, I feel like I have a very important message to share with you right now. SCRUFFY WORKS. #youROCKscruffy #nevershave
They headed to his neighborhood basketball court to shoot some hoops, and then Eric’s “A-1” showed up. And I could be wrong, but I don’t think he was calling this guy “steak sauce”. I think that means he is one of his besties. And y’all, it was such a real and sweet moment. His friend was so proud of him and was telling Rachel all about how Eric rose above the neighborhood. And Eric was BEAMING. He was so proud of Rachel, and he was so touched by what his friend was saying about him. I’m telling you, it was a really great moment. And look at Rachel! It was just incredibly sweet.
After shooting some hoops, they headed to his aunt’s house. And the very second they opened the door and I laid eyes on Eric’s family, I wanted to be sitting on the couch with them. Like sandwiched right in between Aunt Verna and Cousin FUN! They were so warm and accepting, and they just looked like a blast to be around. And you could tell that they love Eric to pieces. They ribbed him a bit for his appearance on After The Final Rose (when he first met Rachel and danced). But it was good natured ribbing and cute.
And I have to say, I respect the fact that Cousin Fun was on her A game. She brought out the sequins, the hot pink leggings, and the updo. #slaygirlslay
Tell me she wouldn’t be a blast to drink a margarita with. Or hit up a club with. We would GET DOWN to some JT. I just know it.
Rachel sat down with Aunt Verna. And I think I’m going to start campaigning for her to be the next Bachelorette. Because I ADORED her. They had a very real conversation about race that was so refreshing. Verna kept it real.
Eric sat down with his mom. And again. NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR ERIC. He was so sweet to her, and my goodness I love a boy who loves his mama. I did however question the reasoning that mama gave for not being super involved during his childhood (basically said it was for his own good and she did it on purpose so he could be a strong man)…WHATEVER. I would have thought that Aunt Verna would have set Mama straight.
Eric talked with his dad. The dad apologized for some of the things he had to go through as a child, and Eric seemed to accept that apology. Eric said, “If love is the first thing I get out of this, then so be it.” I was impressed with his perspective.
At the end of their visit, they all sat down together around the table, and Eric gave a lovely little speech thanking everybody for their part in his life and how they all helped make him who he is today. He said, “I’ve been running from love my whole life… I’m not running anymore.” YOU GO, ERIC. Some people might have thought that this date was boring. But I’m not one of those people. I loved every second of it.
He walked her out, and said “I’ve never been happy like this. And for the first time today it came to me, and I was like Damn, I really love this girl.” Y’ALL! Cue the ooohs and ahhhhhs. He continued with “It was like I started thinking this week like I that I really care about you, like a lot. Like I care about your well being, I care about what you’re doing, I care about what you do in life, and I care about why you are.” Eric’s words were heartfelt and sincere. He was so smooth, but in a very believable and super charming way. #TEAMERIC #untilpetersdateanyway
Next up was Bryan in Miami, Florida. In the words of the great Will Smith, “Party in the city where the heat is on, All night on the beach till the break of dawn. Welcome to Miami. Bienvenidos a Miami.”
Bryan welcomed her in Spanish, which was cute. 1 point for Bryan. However, he was wearing some type of tapered pant which appeared to have a wide elastic band in the hem?!? So I had to take his talking in Spanish point away, because I just can’t get behind a tapered leg like that. We were reminded that Bryan’s last serious relationship ended in part because of Bryan’s mother. And at that time I realized I was wayyyyyyyy over eager to meet mommy. And I’m guessing he still calls her Mommy. #justahunch
Bryan and Rachel played some Dominos in Domino Park with a couple of old guys, did a little salsa dancing in a little club right off the main strip, and then they headed to meet the family.
So this is Mommy. I like how she was mixing the orange, red, and pink together. Our very 1st moment together, I liked her. I mean, she was wearing this Kate Spade tassel necklace, so I automatically felt some sort of kinship towards her. #iheartkatetoo
But in the 2nd moment, she tearfully toasted (out of the smallest champagne glass on the planet and with the longest sip I have ever witnessed in my life), “Welcome to our home. For the most precious thing I have in my life.” And already, the love she had for her son seemed more than a little over the top. And I found myself wondering, was the girl in blue her daughter? If so, I’m sure she has felt woefully inferior compared to her beloved Bryan her entire life. (If I missed who this girl is, please leave her identity in the comments.)
Rachel sat down with Mommy. And Mommy continued to declare her deep and abiding love for her son. She said, “That’s my life. He’s my love. He’s my pride. We really have such a wonderful relationship, that for me..a woman that separate him from me…that would be terrible.” #WHOAH #THATS HEAVY
Hey, Mommy Dearest. We get it. You love your kid.
I feel like I’m going to feel THE EXACT SAME WAY when Carter starts talking marriage, but I plan on reigning in the crazy just a bit. Still, I felt like giving her a pass because her make-up and hair color were ON POINT.
She warned Rachel quite seriously that she would be marrying the family if she married her beloved Bryan. She was like a mob boss, because she said, and this is a direct quote….“If he’s happy, I’m happy. If not, I’ll kill you.” It took Rachel just a beat to realize she was kidding. They both laughed afterwards, but to be honest, in the moment I wasn’t so sure she was kidding. #MOMMYWASINTENSE
Luckily, she ended on a high note by giving Rachel her blessing. In the middle of the nervous giggles, I did feel the urge to put out an APB on Bryan’s ex-girlfriend. You know, just in case.
Then Rachel sat down with this girl. Again, I’m not sure who she is, but I do know that she’s wearing my earrings, so I liked her. I did not however like how she said the word “threatened” without the middle “t”. She said it “threh-hennned.” Which bugs. That’s right up there with “libary” and “supposably”. But again, hair and make-up were FAB.
Bryan sat down with his mommy, told her he really likes Rachel, and she didn’t chain him to the coffee table. So I felt like that was a win.
They left the house, and Bryan told Rachel he loved her. And then he just about sucked her face right off her neck.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was disappointed a bit with this date. I realllllllllllllllly wanted Gloria Estafan to pop out and put on a private concert. #turnthebeataround #therythymisgonnagetyou #1234comeonbabysayyouloveme
I could go on and on. #567times #891011imjustgonnakeeponcounting #untilyouaremine
Next it was time to meet Peter in his hometown of Madison, WI. Peter has been a fan favorite for awhile now, but the one word I would use to describe his hometown date is “eh” (shrug and tilt).
They made out for a bit upon seeing each other, and then they headed to a bar where they met some of his friends. Peter told the cameras that he viewed his friends as an extension of his family, and both couples that showed up were interacial (what a coinkydink). They did make a joke about him “playing the black card” which was funny, but I was hoping they would tell some stories about Peter. I wanted to get to know more about him. I want to see a silly side!
Next they headed to Peter’s parents house. When his niece lept into his lap, Rachel’s ovaries started quivering and just about exploded with joy.
Rachel sat down with the sister and the mom, and she asked both of them if they thought Peter was ready for marriage and kids. The sister basically said “yes”, but the mom wasn’t so sure. She explained that she thought he would “be ready for a commitment”, but she wasn’t sure about a marriage. Yet.
I was left wondering if Peter’s mom goes to the same hair salon as Nick’s mom?
I loved Rachel’s look on this date (although I had difficulty grabbing a good picture of it). She was wearing a blush moto jacket very similar to THIS one (that is included in the Anniversary Sale).
Again,the date was just “eh” for me.
Our last stop this week was with Dean in his hometown of Aspen, Colorado. The scenery was beautiful, but I was confused by his button down, wine colored stretch joggers, and pullover hoodie.
They rode four wheelers and then sat down on a hay bale couch for a picnic and deep conversation. Dean reviewed how his mother had died when he was in high school, and his family unit had essentially completely deteriorated after that. He explained again how his dad wasn’t there for him and it was obvious that he is still very much plagued by this. Rachel challenged him to have a talk with his dad about it. Dean didn’t seem quite so willing.
So then it was time to go meet Dean’s
baggage reason for therapy family. When they were walking up to the house, Dean said twice how he wasn’t nervous, he was “terrified“. And my mama instinct kicked in again. I just wanted to scoop him up, rock him, lovingly stroke his hair, and assure him that everything was going to be okay. And I was feeling ragey towards ABC for exploiting his situation like this! SHAME ON YOU, ABC.
So this is Dean’s dad, who now goes by the self-appointed name Paramroop. #okaythen When Dean told us last week that his dad was “eccentric”, he wasn’t kidding.
Immediately upon entering the house, Dean was extremely uncomfortable with the fact that they didn’t have any furniture. He was all “Hey, pops! Where’s the coffee table?”
Paramroop then asked everybody to lay down so he could play the gong for them. They did, but Dean looked like he was having to force himself not to cry. Or puke.
After the gong concert, things went from bad to worse reallllly quickly. Everything was awkward. Including the fact that Dean politely declined the freshly prepared mung beans that his dad had made special for his guests.
I don’t want to recap the rest, because honestly, it was just extremely heartbreaking and not at all funny. Sweet Dean just needs a family.
Okay, time for the rose ceremony.
I’m pretty much SPENT right now, so let’s just get to it. She sent Dean home.
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Seriously, this boy just needs his mama.
Okay, that’s it. Sound off in the comments with who you think she should choose. My feelings changed this week, and right now I’m ALL ERIC, ALL THE WAY.
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See y’all back here on Friday!