Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fun Dinner Party

 Our dearest friends from years and years back are at the MTC.  They are preparing to leave on their mission to Chili this Saturday.  We had to see them, so we picked them up and we went to dinner together at Mimi's Cafe in Provo.  We had such a wonderful time together.  When Bruce was a young man he served his mission in Mexico. There he taught a family and baptized them.  After his mission he went back to Mexico and courted and married beautiful Raquel.  They moved to the U.S.A. and have lived a good, full life.  They have 2 boys and 2 girls and lots of grandchildren.  An interesting fact is that when Bruce filled out his first mission papers, he wrote that he would like to serve in Chili.  Of course that didn't happen.  He said it took the church 38 years to fulfill his wish, and they are sooooo excited to go.  They will be serving as a mission office couple and I know they will do a great job.
 Of course seeing them just once wasn't enough so we invited them over for dinner.  We also invited the Phairs, our dear friends from our mission.  We met the Phairs a few weeks before we left on our mission because we were both going to the same mission and both waiting extra time for our visas to be cleared.  As it turned out, we flew out to Brussels on the very same airplane.  Both the Phairs and we worked with the JA's (young adults).  They were at the Center in Brussels and we opened up the Center in Lille.  We shared many things on our mission; recipes, ideas, challenges, triumphs etc.  We were also able to take a few Senior Trips with them and some of the other senior missionaries.  We have remained good friends.  I think when you work together so closely and share the same values and goals and ideals that you develop those close feelings of love and friendship.  Besides that, they are an awesome couple.  Larry served there when he was a young man and they had previously also served another mission in France several years ago.
I also invited Sharon who has been our friend forever and used to live near us in California.  By chance we now live really close to each other again.  Sharon just came back from serving a mission in Mississippi about a month or so ago.  She worked in the church employment center and was also lucky enough to go out on splits with the young sister missionaries.  She absolutely loved her mission.  Sharon was Relief Society President when John was the Bishop.    Our children were great friends together.  In fact our two daughters Lana and Lana were the bestest of friends.  They even had some matching clothes.  Those two girls had a great time together.  Each week they would go to the library together and each girl would choose many books (at least 10).  Then in the middle of the week they would meet on the corner half way between our houses and sit on the curb and exchange books and talk and talk. They were inseparable for many years.   Our Michael and their Greg spent many hours hiking, fishing, hunting, working, taking care of dogs, dating, and hanging out together.  Those two boys also liked to play tricks on me quite often and each time I fell for their stories.
 I served an avocado and shrimp appetizer.  Then I made a chicken, mushroom with sauce crepes and tossed salad.  For dessert I made more crepes and people could pick their own toppings and make theirs just the way they wanted.  We had strawberries, Nutella and whipping cream. We had sugar with squeezed lemon.  We had strawberry or  raspberry jam.  I think everyone liked the dinner.  We were so busy talking and laughing and enjoying each other's company that I forgot to take pictures.
 Raquel is the cook extraordinaire.  When we all lived near each other, everyone always loved to go to their lovely home and eat her delicious food.  A funny little story about her.  Raquel loves desserts and whenever they go out to eat, she always orders dessert.  At least she used to.  Now getting a little older I think she doesn't always do that. :)
When all of our children were young they loved playing together.  When they became teen-agers there was one day that her 2 boys and my daughter Lana needed to go to the store for us.  I later found out that   Richard put Lana in a shopping cart and strolled her through the parking lot and the store.  They were teen-agers  and thought that was sooooo funny.
Below are some photos of the cuteness that keeps me busy every day.  Here she is eating soup and not wanting to let me take a picture.


** Dre and Yoho ** said...

Looks like a fun party! I miss my talia!

Yvonne said...

Sounds like a wonderful get together. Every time I read about mission experiences, I get more and more excited about our getting to go one day.

It's so wonderful to have such great friends, eh.

Your little granddaughter is so very cute.

Head Nurse or Patient- you be the judge said...

You have been having a lot of fun socializing lately! And Talia is adorable. I have a niece named Natalia who goes by Talia- she is 12- same age as my middle.

utmommy said...

I love her!

Connie said...

You set a beautiful table and your menu sounds delicious! I love to hear the mission stories. You have really made some good friends from your mission experience.

Yes, let's get together, soon! School will be out on Thursday. WooHoo! I'll call you.