Saturday, April 23, 2011

"A Brazilian Carnival"

For Tavin's Open House, we decided to throw a "Brazilian Carnival". We were a little worried about the timing ... it was Spring Break here in Vegas and it was also Easter Weekend. However, we soon found out there wasn't anything to worry about. We had over 250 show up to eat food, have some fun, and show their love and support to Tavin.

The food was AMAZING! Burritos, tacos, and quesadillas were cooked to order. Everyone had a choice of grilled chicken or carne asada and all the toppings you could imagine. We also had grilled pineapple, salads, fruit platters, grilled vegetables, Brazilian lemonade, etc. No one went away hungry!

While the young adults and adults visited, ate and enjoyed each others company ... the kids swam and played hard until late into the evening.

Late that night ... after everyone went home ... Tavin opened his "Farewell Tie". Before Tavin received his mission call, friends and family made prediction about where he would be called to serve. Whoever guessed closest, got to pick out the tie Tavin had to wear to his farewell talk. Lindsey, Tavin's cousin, was the winner. She did a good job picking out a purple tie ... with a Lakers pin. Lindsey and her family are big time Laker fans ... Tavin ... not so much. : ) Also that night, he was given the ever needed "Face Mosquito Net". This will come in handy with some good "Greenie" tricks out in Brazil.Thank you to everyone who came out and was there at the "Brazilian Carnival". Tavin was so appreciative and felt so good knowing that he has so many people behind him. And ... he will carry with him the memories and kind messages given to him for the next two years. (Especially seeing he will be sleeping with his sheets so nicely signed by everyone who came that night!) Thanks once again to everyone, for making it such a special and fun night.

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