Last Saturday, October 8th, was Ammon's BIG first birthday luau! We are all still recovering :) It was a huge success and an amazing time! As most of you know, Joey's family is from the Pacific Island of Guam. Its been a tradition for Joey's parents to throw the grandkids an authentic luau for their very first birthday. The amount of time, work and money they put into this is wow. I still can't believe how many of these his parents have done-they are such awesome and generous people! Thank you again for everything!
So, we decided instead of having the luau in Corpus like we have in the past, to have it here in the DFW area this time around. We feel like this is definitely home now:) I'm so glad we did, it was so so so fun to share it with our friends here! And I truly appreciate the family that came up just for this event. We had probably around 175 people we figured by the end of the night. Massive. And awesome. Ammon had lots of fun getting lots of attention. We had tons of delicious food & great hula dancers. We had the famous roasted pig that everyone got a kick out of. Can't have a real luau without the pig! We also had yummy shaved ice, candy leis, and lavalavas handmade by Joey's mom. And of course we couldn't end the night without the traditional biba money throw-its always fun to watch the kids scramble for some dough:)
We had a miracle occur that night-it didn't rain. Towards the end of the evening, storm clouds rolled in. The radar showed we were about to get hammered with rain and storms, but nothing. We ended the luau with not a drop and it didn't start to rain until literally Joey and his dad were bringing the very last thing to the car hours later. Our prayers were answered:) I really feel like it didn't rain just for us! We were very grateful. So much work was put into this and I would've been crushed for us to have been rained out!
I will not forget the help given from family and friends to help pull this event off. So many people were so generous to help-my parents and sibs helped lots-friends came over late nights and even into the day. But most of all I won't forget the countless hours Joey's parents put into this. They were on their feet from sunup to sundown (and much much longer) for days.
My wonderful friend, Susan, took pictures while she was there. I'm so glad she did because we were just so busy with everything. It was really nice not to have to worry about taking pictures this time! And she did a fantastic job. Thanks Susan!
So, its been really hard for me to narrow down the ones I want to post here! (for more, check out my facebook wall:) but here are a some of my favorites...