The weather was beautiful for the annual picnic at the lake. We were busy marinating the meat and poultry, cooking sticky rice, and making Kaeng Nor Mai (Lao Bamboo Shoot Soup). My siblings and I were the ones that had to grill the food on site. Other relatives were also bringing additional sticky rice, herbs and vegetables, and more Bamboo Shoot Soup, Fried Noodle, Fried Chicken, and other dishes to share at the table.

For the young kids that were born in the USA, we made sure to have grilled hot dogs for them to enjoy next to the various Lao Food dishes that they are fond of like Khua Mee. After the meal it was time for fun with various activities on land and on water until the sun went down.