Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I am the proud product of a blended family. Like many people this day and age, my parents divorced when I was very young. However, my story is not a sad one. Through divorce and remarriage, I have gained the best family in the world. I feel so lucky and fortunate. I am very close with my stepmom and my stepdad as well as all five of my step siblings. But this post is not about all of those bananas.
It is about one banana in particular, my step sister, Jourdan.
Jourdan is my best friend, my sister, my everything. Although technically we are "step" sisters, there is actually no "step" about it. We fight like sisters, we play like sisters, and we love like sisters. I met Jourdan when I was eight, she was seven. We shared a room that we painted purple and green, with cherries on the door. I have so many fond memories of that room and the time we spent playing with her overhead projector (yea, that's right, be jealous ), choreographing dances to Lou Bega's Mambo No. 5, and arguing so intensely so that she would be in our room on AIM and I would be in the kitchen. Oh the glorious days of AIM!
Since the time of our adolescent misadventures, Jourdan and I have been through so much together. We are as close as they come. When I think about the best times of my life, she is a part of almost every one. We have road-tripped across the country (multiple times). We have had some of the best dance parties in the world. We have laughed and cried for hours and then some. We have been to NOLA, Vegas, and moved to Vail together. Pretty much think of any cliche "best friends" activities and we've been there,done that, trust me!
Long story short, I can not express to you just how much Jourdan and mys relationship truly means to me. She is such a beautiful soul and I am blessed to have her in my life.She has the heart of Mother Teresa, the mind of Andy Warhol, and the looks of Scarlett Johansen. 

Here is a glimpse at just some of the fun times we have had together!

1. Graduation Day 2. Franti Kisses 3. I just love you, Man! 4. Salt 'n' Pepa 5. That's whats up! 6. Mardi Gras boobies!! 7. Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch 8. Cant get enough 9. Closing day festivities

Also, as I mentioned before, Jourdan and I are kind of Dance Party Queens. I mean we once were called Abba. And we partied with Britney Spears!! So if you don't get the picture already, just know that we are pretty widely known as "fun machines"!! Here are some of our go to songs when we want to get the party started!!

Salt N Pepa - "Aint None of Your Business

Sophie Ellis Bextor - "Murder on the Dancefloor"

Willow Smith - "Whip my Hair"

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - "Home"

Elizabeth Cook - "El Camino"

Kanye - "The New Workout Plan"

Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"

Grace Potter - "Paris"

Scarlett Johanssen & Pete Yorn - "Relator"

Cupid - "Cupid Shuffle"

Grits - "Ooh Aah"

Florence and the Machine - "Dog Days are Over"

I hope all of you have a relationship in your life that is as special to me as mine and Jourdan's is! 

I love you Jourdie!


  1. No words can describe my LOVE for you soul sista..what an amazing and truly appreciated blog post!! You inspire me EVERYday..whats next on our adventure list ;)

  2. Beautiful Betsy! I know what you mean. I too have been blessed with a wonderful sister. We are the lucky ones!!!

  3. Wow Betsy Zale you never cease to amaze me. So proud to call both of you my daughters. Thru all the ups and downs you have both been right by each others sides when you really needed each other. Loved being with all of you in Vail. So proud to be your mom, you both have such amazing hearts and such wonderful passions about life. Love you so much

  4. love your blog