Our son, Elliot, has a fun new friend in his life named Stephanie and he brought her home to meet the family over the 4th of July weekend.
Naturally, we were nervous & excited to meet her and I'm assuming she felt the same. Turns out, we like her. A lot. They leave tomorrow... drat.
We had a nice dinner tonight, just the 7 of us. Derrick cooked Salmon w/Brown Sugar & Mustard Glaze from his Weber's "Art of the Grill" cookbook.
Yes, he thinks he's hot stuff. I tease, it was delicious! He cooked it on a cedar plank. I know! Okay, maybe he does think he's hot stuff.
The rest of the meal included lettuce salad, sauteed green beans & mushrooms, home cut french fries, and homemade coleslaw.
But, this post has nothing to do w/the meal. I get distracted by food, oops.
To my amazement, Stephanie has made many things better in our household.
After taking a few photos, I handed the camera across the table and asked Steph to take a few from her side.
Have you ever seen Elliot smile so big? I haven't.
Ethan is laughing? In front of the camera? Unprecedented.
Alright, this may not be a full fledged smile, but it's better than what I get.
Ashley doesn't count because she is a smiley girl who likes her photo taken.
However, I must say that Ashley has SO enjoyed the company of another female close to her age in the house. They have lots in common.
Um... wait a minute. Alex is smiling? Something is amiss. Something is not right.
Actually, something is very right. Obviously, female guests cause this type of thing... random smiling.
Stephanie~ don't leave! We need you. At least, for decent photos. :o)
Maybe I exaggerate. This one's not so great. Nice of Steph, but Elliot wasn't ready.
It's been our pleasure to meet you, Stephanie. Thanks for being brave enough to join the clan for a week.
Come back soon! Like next week. Ha!