Sunday, December 09, 2012

Missing Our Friends

Our good friends, Jeremy and Stephanie, moved to Kansas last March.  They were a big part of our lives and we have missed them very much.  Chris and I had been married for a few years when Jeremy moved to California.  Chris picked him up from the airport the first day and that was where our friendship started.  Awhile later he married Stephanie and she moved here too.  We watched just about every episode of Survior together after having a delicious dinner.  We worked with the youth with them.  We spent many, many evenings playing Catan, Killer Bunnies, Dominion, and more.  This was always followed by some delicious ice cream, brownies or Stephanie's amazing caramal corn.  Our family's have welcomed all our children into each other's homes.  They are best of friends and love each other.
We were so sad when they left.  It felt like close family had just moved across the US.  They are family to us and so we were so glad to have them visit us this last week.  We had a chance to have them over for dinner and Jermey made us his famous BBQ wings.  During one of our Bobby Crocker Cook-Offs Jeremy had made Spicy Wings with Alabama White Sauce.  I loved them!  Jeremy would not give me his secrete recipe.  What a stinker!  No amount of begging or pleading got me the recipe.  The night they told us that they were moving we were all in tears.  I told him that the only way I would let them move is if I got the recipe for the wings.  It wouldn't make it ok, but it would help.  He sent me a tiny copy, but I couldn't read it.  So when I heard he was coming to visit, I made him promise to make them for us.  So he did!! They were just as good as I remembered.

Making the finger licking wings!

Jeremy and I are very competitive.  I know just how to outwit, outplay and outlast Jeremy.  I always play cut throat with Jeremy and Stephanie and I can usually get a rise out of Jeremy.  When Chris found these shirts on line, we couldn't resist.  It says, "Catan: Destroying Friendships Since 1997".  Happy Birthday, Jeremy! 

The night before Jeremy and Stephanie flew back to Kansas, we headed out to Sonoma for dinner.  They were the only ones who had been to a cool restaurant that served Tapas.  After an hour drive we got to the restaurant.  They had the perfect table that fit all of us.  I was thrilled that they had quite a few gluten free dishes.   Everything that I tasted was amazing.  They brought lots of different dishes and everyone sampled what they wanted.  

I finally got a good picture with Stephanie.  We always forget to get pictures together since we just want to hang out.  

It was great getting to spend time with Jamie, Josh and Christine as well.  Good friends are blessings from God.  They bring smiles to our faces and joy to our hearts.  I thank God each day for all the many friends I have.

Christine doesn't like fish at all, but her favorite dish was the brick (picture below) that had crab meat in a pastry that was fried with an egg in the middle.  She actually ordered another one to eat.

We got triple chocolate moose and a caramel apple empanada for dessert.  It was so good Stephanie licked the plate.  I have the picture, but she would kill me if I posted it.

Then we braved the cold to get a few photos by a beautiful tree outside the restaurant.

On the way home, we stopped by a few beautiful homes that were all lit up.

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