Saturday, July 5, 2008

Family Reunion

Kids on the beach, Troy on the Beach, Kids at the Zoo

After we spent a few days in San Diego, we headed to Tustin, CA for a Mangum family reunion. It was a ton of fun to spend time with cousins, aunts and uncles and everybody else. We met up with most of Aunt Karen's family and most of Jeremy's sisters and parents for our reunion. Jeremy's dad has one sister so the reunion was made up of the two sibling's kids and their families. We were sad that Jessica and her family couldn't come, but everyone else from the Daryl Mangum family was there. We started the reunion on Friday and met at the LA Zoo. We saw lots of animals and the kids loved playing on the playground. Thanks to the LA Zoo for having a playground! It worked out to be perfect for us. The animals were cool, but seeing our family was much better. After the zoo, we headed over to some church Institute building for dinner and talents. We loved visiting, laughing, eating and playing with everyone. It was a perfect place for fun. The next day was spent at Balboa beach where the sand annoyed Shaunie after about 2 hours, the waves crashed down while Sam chased them up and down and up and down and up and down, and Leah dug in the sand. The waves were really fun to play with because they were strong. We lost Leah once because she couldn't find her way back from the fire pit. She wandered over to the lifeguard stand and they held her until Jeremy's cousin, Paul's son took off running down the crowded beach. Stacy, Jeremy's cousin, went after him and came back with Leah too! Troy enjoyed the shade and we all enjoyed each other's company. It was a fun day! The next day was Sunday so we headed over to church with Aunt Karen. The place was full! We sang a song in Sacrament meeting and then took pictures afterwards. We got some cute family pictures, (but you'll have to see Jen's blog for those). For dinner we went out to Staci's. We ate dinner and played games. We had a great time and are very grateful to Karen and her daughters for putting this all together. It was worth the time and we all had fun getting to know each other better. We hope we can do this more often.

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