My mom is the oldest of eight kids.  Growing up with a big family, we are used to large gatherings.  Thanksgiving typically has 40-50 people.  Everything is done well.

Last night, my Uncle Marty and Aunt Melissa hosted a party.  It was extra special because some relatives were in town from Florida visiting and my brother came up from Virginia.  Marty and Melissa always go above and beyond when hosting events.

This was the Smoketember Fest.  The food included pulled pork, baked beans, homemade pumpkin salsa, homemade chips, macaroni salad and a plethora of desserts.  It was quite the spread and was very tasty.


My uncle, brother, and cousin are talented musicians and play in The Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band.  The band performed on this stage in the back yard. Despite the rain, the show went on.  An awesome concert pianist, Tat, was their opening act. Despite having cold hands, he was great!  This is my brother’s girlfriend and my sister.  It’s a great picture of both of them.


Sally loved hearing the music.  Nick and she danced and jumped around lots.  When Sally wasn’t dancing, she enjoyed Aunt Carol time.


There were 3 fire rings going in the yard.  Many people came equipped with chairs and rain gear.


Here’s a photo of me with my Aunt Melissa with my new ready for Hawaii haircut!


We left around 9PM to head home with the kids.  I’m sure the party went on for a few more hours.  We had a great time and it was nice to leave before we had any meltdowns.