Gardner Grand began with a Taco Fiesta with a Mariachi band at Brick Canvas. Then we checked into the Hyatt Place by the Outlets (since everything this year was nearby) and went swimming until late.
Saturday morning, we served during Courage Days at Courage Reins. Sterling and Ashton gave hay rides; Shelby, Stella, and Phoebe did glitter tattoos; and the rest of us were in charge of concessions. Seth and Zach made snow cones, Sam and Olivia made cotton candy, Kona and Cooper were in charge of popcorn, and Makai (his first year, and he did so well!) and I sold the hot dogs, chips, and drinks. It was a long morning, but everyone was positive and worked hard. It was definitely the longest service project we’ve ever done at Gardner Grand! Thankfully we had time to play afterwards before everything was cleaned up.
Then we went to the Outlets and gave everyone cash to spend on what they wanted to buy and sent them away in groups to search. The older four left after only an hour and went to a fireside with a few Church general authorities, including Elder Holland. They said it was awesome! The rest of us went swimming again and then over to the Storytelling Festival at Thanksgiving Point for Laughin’ Night. It was a unique experience, and it’s always good to be together.
Sunday morning we enjoyed Music and the Spoken Word and went to the buffet at the Grand America. Seth and Zach had been reminiscing about years past, so we thought we ought to let the other grands experience the buffet—our last time!
Overall, we felt like it was a good weekend. The thing I love to watch is the interaction between the cousins, especially the older ones with the younger ones. It’s so sweet and probably the thing that makes me want to do it every year!