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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tahiti Village Poolside Picnic- Guting Reunion Part 2

Many of my mom's cousins were staying at the Tahiti Village (a time share in Las Vegas), and that is where we went to go meet up with the Guting clan for a full day of swimming and a delicious poolside BBQ.  Isaac and Bekah (Steve's nephew and neice) came with us. 

I also took the opportunity to talk with Aunty Leo and Uncle Greg in hopes of gathering family stories to share with our posterity. 
I could honestly do that all day long, but it isn't as easy as it looks.  For one thing, I had a sore throat and had lost my voice, so my attempts to speak were hard to interpret.  Also, Aunty Leo has poor hearing and vision, so she couldn't see when I was trying to talk to her and she couldn't hear my voice.  Eventually I started taking her by the shoulder and yelling in her ear so she would know I was trying to speak to her and she would try to make sense of my questions.  It was the only way we could communicate.  We tried using her hearing device, but the batteries or the wiring kept blipping out, so that didn't work. 

Uncle Greg was fun to talk to, and he could hear me well, but sometimes I had to work harder to understand him because his speech is different from what I'm used to hearing.  For one thing, he has a strong Hawaiian pidgin accent which can take some getting used to if you haven't been around it for very long, and another thing is his face and mouth droops on one side, thus impeding the communication flow.  Nonetheless, he sat with me on a couple occasions and answered my questions.  He reminds me of my grandpa so much.  I sure love him and Aunty Leo.  It will be a beautiful day in heaven to meet the rest of their family!

I am planning to transcribe the stories and post them on so they will be available to everyone.  The world would be a better place if everyone took some time to delve into the stories from their ancestry, both to learn from and to be inspired by.

So, my interest in matters at the pool was mostly directed to family history with my Aunty Leo and Uncle Greg.  I was happy Bekah and Issac were there to swim around with my girls.  Lily and Amara were in the pool so long that when they got out, they were not only wrinkled, but their armpits were sore and red from being in a life jacket for so long.  Steve was there to watch them too, so I could do my thing.
We swam before and after the BBQ.  Speaking of BBQ... that is one of my favoritest things in the world- outdoor eating with family!  This BBQ was awesome!  We had so many loved ones there, many that I've only seen perhaps once or twice in my life thus far.

This BBQ was another step on the journey of  celebrating the life of Uncle Aaron.  I know he was there in spirit and his poster came with us, too.

Uncle Joe photobombing!

My cousin, Lani, was there!  She is growing up.  I loved talking with her.  She is so down to earth and has a fun personality!  Wish we could see her more often!
Look at all the yummy food they provided!  Lasagne, Salad, hotdogs, grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken, grilled corn, rice, potato salad, desserts, chips, etc. etc...
Uncle Tex brought bubbles for the kids, and they loved blowing them.

My sunhat on Uncle Joe almost makes him look Mexican, eh?  I'm sure people think that about me too.
The shade was the place to be, since Las Vegas is so HOT!  We had a nice place next to the pool that was shaded by umbrellas and foliage.  We spent hours lounging, talking, and relaxing in the chairs there, while watching our family float by in the lazy river.
That's the life. 

The good, good life.

1 comment:

Amanda Lauret said...

You do such a great job of working on your family history! I am so impressed with you for taking the time to hear and write down stories.