Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Girlfriends make things better

 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!  



Michael said...

Very happy for Elliot, he's a talented young man. Love the first photo of course, then I like the solo of Elliot, and then the one with you and Ethan...Alex smiling, also good. Change coming, it's always good.

Anonymous said...

this is a great post--pure happiness, priceless. Barb

Rachelle said...

Thanks for your comments, Michael & Barb. This was a milestone. And, it was good. :o)

AnnJ said...

So happy you had a good experience. Looks like you all had a fun time and good food! Thanks for sharing :)

Rachelle said...

Thanks, Ann.

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