SACCONEJOLYs

After the ball last night, I woke up way after my alarm had gone off and very late. I quickly got dressed and set off to Alexandra Palace for one of the highlights of my entire year. I had the opportunity to meet Anna and Jonathan Saccone-Joly from SACCONEJOLYs on YouTube. As one of the first 200 people (I was actually 13th!) to donate £20 to the RSPCA, I was guaranteed a conversation and photo. I was so excited.

When I arrived, after taking 3 tube rides and 2 buses, I slowly made my way down the hill to the big walkies. It was such a great chance to meet them but also raise money and awareness was a fantastic charity which I already support.

The SACCONEJOLYs were the first YouTubers I ever subscribed to, the first family vloggers I ever watched and some of the happiest most positive people I - feel like I - know. I had been watching them for almost 3 years so it was just an exciting adventure. I was looking forward to seeing what they were actually like in person.

When I arrived, the queue was still huge even though the meet-up was suppose to be finishing in half an hour. I was the last person who had the email confirmation ticket and the last in the queue for nearly an hour.

While queuing, I got some great news that grandma had been released from hospital and was now at home and living at ours. Unfortunately, it was raining like mad and I could barely hear so the conversation was short.

The person in front of me in the queue was rather weird. She kept saying that she was going to snog Jonathan. So I mentioned you can't he's married and Anna's in there. She said 'So?'. Urm... It was funny because one of the volunteers was wearing a TRIXIN clothing hat which was a coincidence. It was the first time I'd seen anyone else wearing it, in person!

As the queue was beginning to dwindle down, apparently the organiser said that 'normal' people could join the back of the queue. I was furious! First of all, the volunteers had been telling people that you couldn't join the queue from the beginning, which meant that people had left disappointed. I'm all for being nice; sure some of them had travelled a long way but at the same time, I hate when rules are changed. It was quickly pointed out that it would be easier to see them in the dry tent than them walking about in the rain - true. Some people had travelled from Sweden - idiots. What made me angry was that some people were seeing them again - seriously?! Obviously I'm just impatient and Anna and Jonathan are much nicer people than me.

When I finally got into the tent, the woman and her daughter in front of me took forever. As they stayed chatting, I was getting more and more nervous as time went on. I could feel my hands getting sweatier and was just hoping I didn't act really stupid.

After literally 10 minutes, I felt bad for the people waiting behind me so I told myself I would be quick. As I walked up, Anna gave me a massive smile and a huge hug, quickly followed by Jonathan. The 'photographer' took my camera and I asked if they were signing anything. I came them each a card and a pen and they each wrote their signatures and messages. It was the sweetest. I wished I had said more and I honestly can't remember what I said because I was so honoured and over-whelmed. I was conscious of the queue so thanked them, more hugs, strokes of dogs and quick goodbyes. It was over.



It was a little bit disappointing to not be able to see the kids because I mean they're the cutest, but the dogs sufficed. It would have been hard with the kids because it was raining and they wouldn't have been able to run about. Anna and Jonathan are honestly some of the nicest people I've ever met. Especially out of the 3 YouTuber events that I've met, that was without a doubt the nicest and friendliest.

They never rushed anyone or said no. They were patient, kind and genuine. They each hugged every single person who came - a proper squeeze of a hug. They were honestly, the friendliest of friendly people.

So to Anna and Jonathan, you guys are an inspiration to me. You aren't the perfect family, nor do you claim to be, but you are a real and genuine loving family who care about others. I can only hope one day I can express the same about of love, the two of you share so openly. I may not agree with you on every decision but there will be no one in the world to whom I would make the exact same decision as. I know you do so well when you deal with hateful comments but remember that. No one is the same person but I know how to respect other people's decisions. I wish you and your little family the best with the future and I can't wait to continue to watch your family grow (with age not number...probably ;)).


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