This past weekend was the first event we organized as parent coordinators for the LA Chapter of the LPA - a parent BBQ potluck at the Dino residence in Arcadia. We had around 30 people in attendance, including the kids! Everybody had a really great time. The weather was absolutely perfect - nice and sunny, plenty warm, but with a cool breeze and plenty of shade to hang out in. There were more than enough hot dogs and hamburgers to go around, with homemade pasta salad and mac 'n cheese for the kids. Chips, cookies and lots of drinks rounded out the menu. Oh, and I can't forget Joe's fantastic homemade clam chowder!
We had families from all over the Los Angeles area, and Alex and Jeff Bray, with Sam and little Anais, drove all the way from Las Vegas to join us! The kids had a blast playing on the slide, with the balls, and in a large pirate ship playhouse in the Dinos' huge backyard, although at some point the boys all ended up indoors reassembling cars and watching Spongebob :-) Near the end of the day, the chapter president was able to join us after representing LPs from around the world at the Santa Monica Public Library's Living Library experiment!
Many thanks to everyone who showed up, but especially to Joe and Sandra Dino for hosting, and to Joe's parents for opening their backyard to us! The location was so perfect that we're working on a backyard campout at their home in June!