AZBBQ (aka sunshine part 2)

ahhhh….the AZBBQ. (arizona barbecue just fyi :) ) each year, our friends mike and rosalia logan (rosalia just passed her citizenship test! yay!) throw a giant crawfish boil bash in their backyard. originally from louisiana, mike sure knows how to boil up some delish seafood. (please don’t ask me to justify my vegetarianism at the moment…just go with it…)

the logans overnighted 200 POUNDS of crawfish straight from the bayou and boiled it up savory and fresh for any and all guests. served along side homemade cornbread, potatoes, corn on the cob, and handmade beignets with french pressed coffee….i mean…. COME. ON. delicious is not even close to describing this meal.

in addition to fabulous food, we enjoyed an afternoon in the sun, 3 different bands played, and we got to catch up with fellow t-birds..some of whom we hadn’t seen since graduation. it was pure bliss on every level.

here are just a few of the pics from that day. i’ll post more as friends send me their photos…

thank you mike and rosalia! it was a truly memorable day for all of our senses! :) this day reminded me of how thankful i am for our time at thunderbird. not only did it allow pauly to get a job he loves now, but we made some amazing friends, grew in our faith, and grew so much as a couple. — i do always feel a little…what’s the word…. under qualified?  to be hanging out with t-birds though…they are all business talk and growth and economics and i’m all ‘yeah… i mean..preschoolers…right?!….’ i try to nod along and say things like ‘ah yes….conference room B’…..but i think they are on to me :)

anyway…we hope to someday fly mike and rosalia up to MN in the summer and host a boil of our very own! everyone should experience this…

holy close up! my giant melon and the bbq in the background..if you can see around my head...

holy close up! my giant melon and the bbq in the background..if you can see around my head…

all of these t-birds traveled with pauly to south africa during his time a t-bird.

all of these friends traveled with pauly to south africa during his time at t-bird.

paul, mike, and tracy. so thankful for thunderbird and the amazing friends we have made

pauly, mike, and tracy. so thankful for thunderbird and the amazing friends we have made…sorry it’s blurry..the sun was setting and i’m an idiot at my phone.

so this HUGE pile of goodness was spread across 4 tables, 3 times that day. we ate to our hearts content..to say the least!

so this HUGE pile of goodness was spread across 4 tables, 3 times that day. we ate to our hearts content..to say the least!

thunderbirds!

thunderbirds!

the 100 gallon pot mike used to boil the crawfish

the 100 gallon pot mike used to boil the crawfish

a perfect day and a beautiful backyard!

a perfect day and a beautiful backyard!

lovin' us some crawfish!

lovin’ us some crawfish!

our good friend tracy joined us for the BBQ! she just got back from work in afghanistan..so it was really great to catch up.

our good friend tracy joined us for the BBQ! she just got back from work in afghanistan..so it was really great to catch up.

mike (in the purple apron) played with his band "medicine tent" for part of the day. so fun and SO talented.

mike (in the purple apron) played with his band “medicine tent” for part of the day. so fun and SO talented.