Monday, September 24, 2007

A Perfect Way to Welcome Fall:



The last time I saw sweet Stephanie she wasn't married and didn't have four adorable children. I was a senior, she was a freshman, we were in student government together. It was pure delight watching her in her element. First of all, "her element" is every bit as charming as the pictures show and she worked magic with Sunday dinner. They have salmon every Sunday for dinner. This one was grilled out of doors with alder wood chips, the scent it gave paired nicely with the cooler-than-we-were-used-to air that evening. We filled our taste-buds and the air with perfection: food and conversation. We dined in yellow (table and flowers) under candlelit ambiance dangling from the tree. These two Nielson's know how to do it right and didn't miss a trick.

The kids got along swimmingly and Lucy even warmed up to Jimmy (though she somehow ended up in only her diaper by the evening's close). Claire had me complete some pretty complicated "homework" she had drawn up whilst the Salmon smoked away under Mr. Nielson's care. Jane told me all about everything and called Hazel, "Basil". Stephanie and I caught up on happenings since 1996 and I was glad to have found her again in 2007. They are all gentleness and charm. Thank you "Nienie".


9 comments:

Rebecca said...

I just talked to Page yesterday and she said she hoped you two would get together! Sounds like a wonderful evening--even a cool breeze! Whoopee!

Amy said...

What a lovely time. Love that picture of you two at the bottom.

Michelle said...

looks like such a great dinner and atmosphere! I bet you are loving the change in weather.

Jill said...

Sounds like a great outing. It cracks me up that Lucy always ends up without clothes on.

amy m said...

How wonderful to be able to reconnect with a friend. Adam just brought home a ton of salmon from his Alaskan trip, how did they cook it? I need help.

rebecca said...

Oh, fun night. 11 years to catch up on... Love the candles!

Katy said...

I can't believe the kids actually ate on that beautiful quilt! Quite the evening, sounds like!

michelle said...

How delightful to re-discover an old friend. With smoked salmon, and candles, and a quilt/trampoline picnic. It all looks wonderful!

Tasha said...

So fun to see old friends! Love the picture of the two of you together!