Friday, July 24, 2009

Old Friends

I had such a fun time today! I got to eat lunch with three of my sweetest friends...Diane, Wanda, and Janice. I have known all these ladies even since high school! We have all gone to church together and about 10 years ago, we taught kindergarten together for three years and had the BEST time doing that. I don't think I have ever laughed as much as I did those three years. Every single day was fun working with them! I just love them all so much.

Today Janice (the one on the far right), had us over for a delicious lunch. She made a yummy chicken salad and a black bean salad. Then she picked some fresh tomatoes out of her huge garden. They were so yummy...they were the red and yellow ones that I love. She also made homemade blue cheese dressing to go on them. Mmmm! Plus we had fruit with a vanilla sauce on it for dessert. It was all so good.

We haven't gotten together in so long and it was so nice getting to catch up on everyone's lives. Three of us have daughters leaving for college in August and Janice has "been there, done that", so she was able to give us love and advice about how to deal with an empty nest. We talked about everything under the sun, though. I think we over there for about three hours just chit-chatting away!

I wish you could see her gorgeous backyard. Seriously. Her husband is such a handy-man. He has built such a beautiful stone patio and landscaped everything with lots of flowers. This is the stone fireplace he built outside! Isn't is amazing??

Tonight was Steve's sister, Debbie's birthday. We just went out for a quick dinner at McAlister's Deli and then we went over to his parents' house for cake and ice cream. Here are Steve and Ashley with Debbie and her daughter, Rebeccah.

Steve's mom with Ashley and me...

Steve's parents just got back from Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a little trip. While they were there, they bought this crazy puzzle. Ashley tried to figure it out all night, but nobody ever could.

It was a nice day. Tomorrow is going to be busy. We are having a cookout at our house for our Sunday School class. That will be fun!


  1. Wow, what an outdoor fireplace!?!? That is really nice. And cute that she put the fern on it for the summer. You and your family seem so happy and always look like you have the best times together.

  2. Your friend's outdoor patio is just awesome! Her husband did a great job with the fireplace...impressive!

    Steve's sister and mom look so much alike! Glad you had a good day!

  3. Your friend sounds like she has a beautiful patio...and that outdoor!!

    Have fun at your cookout!!

  4. Glad you had a great time! YAY for good friends, love that fireplace! You look so cute in your pink dress, love it!

  5. Old friends are the BEST!! I love that outdoor fireplace. Very impressive!

    Have a great Sunday.

  6. Wow! That outside fireplace is incredible!!


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