This is not the best picture, it doesn't show how many people were really there and the little stage area they had set up for the dancers. Everyone had their blankets, chairs, pillows and picnics all set up and it was fun seeing our neighbors and seeing everyone together as a family. We met up with our friends, Autumn and Tim, and sat with them while we ate.
They were handing out leis to all the kids and Mason was brave and went right up to the girl to get one. He got a green one and loved it and didn't want to take it off the whole night.
So Utah hosted the 2002 winter olympics - and as part of that big celebration there were 3 mascots made. A fox, a bear and a rabbit - I think. I guess they're trying to get their moneys worth out of the costumes they had made and so apparently you can rent out the Olympic Mascots to come to your event. So -- 3 winter animals at a summer luau? Sure! They kept announcing that the animals were available to come to your private birthday or family parties. Mason actually loved them and wanted to follow the fox around until he gave him a high five. I can't imagine how sweaty it must have been in that outfit in 95 degree heat!
They put on a little show with dancers not unlike the show you'd see at a Hawaiian luau, or the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii. They had groups perform the different styles of dances of Hawaii, Figi, New Zealand, etc. It was fun, but we had more fun joking around with our friends and watching the kids play and eat popsicles.
Mason loved his popsicle, and was content sitting in his little lawn chair to eat it while watching the show. Miles, on the other hand, wanted to be UP and DANCING and RUNNING while eating his popsicle, causing his dad to get to be UP and RUNNING around with him. It was hilarious. Such a difference a few months can make between toddler boys.
Mason wasn't completely cool with just sitting there - there was so much music it was just a matter of time before he wanted to jump up and "dance" with the other kids. See - he is a real little boy sometimes - stains on his shirt, barefoot, dancing around like a maniac. Just wait until I find the video of him dancing to post, too. It's classic.
We ended up leaving a little bit early because we had been invited over to our neighbors house to roast marshmallows in their backyard fire pit, and it was getting late already. We had to leave before the finale of fire dancers -- what we heard was the best part of the show. Oh well, there is always next year. We got to go visit with our cool neighbors and eat smores instead.