Our Banjo and Tabbie Hoffman absolutely loved her! We knew Banjo would be all over her 'cause that's just his way but Tabbie is different. Way different. He always hides under the bed when people come over. Not with Steph, though. He was out and stayed out from the first day on! That is huge for him and we were so proud!!
He fussed a lot the first night she was gone, too, like he was asking where she was.
Stephanie cooked for us EVERY NIGHT!! I cannot even express how much I enjoyed that. She cooked us things that we'd never had, like Sri Lankan Sambar and Borscht soup (Larry remembered it from his childhood but I'd never had it) as well as things like spaghetti, flat bread, stir fry, poached chicken, fish with the most delicious white sauce EVER, amazing salads made from cabbage, mustard greens, beet greens and quinoa and since she's a pastry chef, she baked fresh bread for us and made the yummiest fruit and white chocolate scones and chocolate chip cookies for us. I swear I couldn't believe all that came out of my kitchen! We attempted to make homemade butter, too, but the heavy cream I got at Kroger was heavy whipping cream so the amazing homemade thyme and sea salt butter we had planned turned out to be a Mason jar full of plain Cool Whip. No biggie, though! We just added some sugar and called it real. Ha! It was most yummy on the scones. Anybody got a cow?? I need some real cream. :)
One of the things she wanted to do when she was here was go to work with us. I had class all week but she did get to go work with Larry for the day!
Larry wrote another verse to "You Are My Sunshine" that she played and he sang to me. Awwww!
She helped him do a little Christmas shopping for me, too, and wrapped my gifts for me so she'll be with us at Christmastime, too.
We took this selfie at the airport Wednesday. We had a half hour before she had to go through security so we got some coffee and a little breakfast at Starbucks.
She posted this so long (not goodbye!) picture on Facebook for us right after she got on the plane. It still makes me cry. (BUT!! She ran into Sean Penn at the airport in Los Angeles that afternoon and he told her "cute hat"!!)
After we got back home, we found letters and goodies she'd hidden for us in the guest room. She left me a beautiful scarf that I cannot wait to wear!
We love you, Stephanie. If you ever need a place to land, you know where we are.