My FABULOUS friend arrived late last night from Australia where she had been serving an LDS mission! Yay for her! Laura and I have been friends since we were toddlers and even now our parents still live next door to each other! I have many fond memories with this special person... playing pirates on the playground in my backyard, sitting next to the fire hydrant that divides our yards and talking late into the night, joking about the "snake" that lived in the weeds on the side of our house (which is now cement & we tease my dad that the snake is gone now since he killed it with his weed whacker), saving up nickels to buy gum cigarettes (which I'm sure was my bad influence ;)), being totally jealous of any other friends that took her attention away from me, helping her plant flowers in their garden in spring, and so on. I am so proud of the hard work she did and so happy to have her home! Of course, I'm trying to talk her into a trip back so she can show us girls around now!! For the time being, though, she decided to share a little treat that's real popular down under... a TIM TAM SLAM! You take this Milo drink (like our hot chocolate but bitter... not so yummy for me and even she admits it took her a few months to start liking it). After you mix the mix with a bit of sugar, milk, and boiling water, you get a Tim Tam cookie, bite off a corner from each end, then suck the Milo through the cookie like a straw. It was a lot of fun, the cookie melts really quick, so you have to catch it and eat it before it falls into the drink! WHAT A HOOT! So happy to have my friend, Laura, home!!!