When Tami called me up to say that she was heading down here to spend a few days with us, and that Joe would also be able to join her for the weekend, it was all I could do to contain my excitement. These are old, dear friends that we’ve cherished since our college days but haven’t lived by for nearly 10 years. Needless to say, we miss them profoundly. The world always seems better when they’re around.
Tami and I share a birthday month and I could think of no better way to honor our special days than by eating as much good food as time would allow and talking way too late into the night. That’s exactly what we did. For the few days that we had her to ourselves, we took every opportunity to catch up, share ideas, and just enjoy being together again. She even shared her amazing photography talents with us as she took our long overdue family pictures. (Post with examples to follow. She’s brilliant.)
When Joe arrived Friday evening, it was just like old times. Conversation you never want to end that is the perfect combination of serious discussion and hearty laughter. The four of us hung out in the kitchen, dining on fantastic cheese and making the best-ever chocolate cake in preparation for Tami’s birthday on Saturday.
We celebrated big.
Monkey bread and fruit salad for breakfast.
A relaxing day at Haskell’s Beach where we picnicked on pasta salad and watermelon.
And dinner outside which consisted of fish tacos and green rice followed by the special birthday dessert.
Love. this. cake. And you can tell because between the four of us (Warren and Maddie only had a tiny portion each, so they don’t count toward the gluttony) we polished off half the cake in one sitting!
It was a glorious weekend. We hated to see them go but feel grateful to know that whenever we see them again, it will be just as delightful.
We love you guys! Come back again soon, and next time bring your kids, too!
P.S. Thanks again, Tam, for letting me steal your camera so I could practice on a real one for a change! (All photos taken by me unless otherwise noted.)