We kicked off the gathering in Mesa with the Kleck clan. Always fun to see cousins. Plus pool time and pizza.
Bahama Bucks! Even if I can get it in Bountiful now, I have to get it in Mesa. Kinda mad they removed my favorite flavor though.
Saturday - the big day! Grandparents reserved the church building, invited friends and family, smoked a ton of meat for BBQ sandwiches, and requested a musical program. Quite a feat for 65 years. Not a lot of people will ever reach that.
My dad is standing up in the middle here.
Dad was the emcee for the afternoon. I had to do a couple musical numbers, a little sing-a-long and a trio with Sarah and Laura on the violin and flute. I found that out about a week before. Here's a link to a sort of painful video with dad and his cousins singing....
And here's what mostly happens at Carpenter/Williams reunions:
They cut a cake.
All of the cousins made it, except Taylor's whole family and Julie's husband. Courtney stayed home with the new baby and other kiddos. Too hard for a short trip.
Kimber took pro family photos for us.
Sunday before we headed out, we broke the Sabbath for La Pinata. This is the Tia Carlotta dish - a green corn tamale topped with chicken and cheeses and it's so dang good.
Adios, AZ. Til next time!