Charles, Charlie, and I went to Oceanside, CA for a week long Hatch family reunion. It was a blast to be with all of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and everyone! I haven't seen them all in so long.
Charlie is sporting the reunion t-shirt that they made for this year. It reads, "Oceanside Hatch Family Reunion 2012."
The water was often all the way up to the rocks which made enjoying the beach a bit hard. I think Charlie would have loved it if there wasn't a threat of a big wave coming and taking him out.
Charles on the roof of the three story beach house.
Charles enjoyed his "water time" in the hot tubs more than in the ocean.
Here is our cute family photo on the beach.
My Aunt Paula put together this poster of all those in the family that have gone on missions and where they went. Charles is on the bottom in the middle.
Colleen's little guy, almost 2 months old, is getting close to Charlie's weight. Here he is with his adorable smile. I loved photographing him.
Charles and I played in the ocean with my niece Amaya.
One morning we walked down to the pier.
Out of the windows of our beach house we often saw dolphins. There seemed to be a little family that would come right in the surf and play around for a good long time. It was the best that I have ever been able to see the dolphins.
I was randomly filming Colleen's little girl Tara when I caught the funniest thing on camera right at the end. I actually didn't know it happened until I watched it later.
We spent a day at Sea World. Charlie did great, finally learning to leave his hat on most of the time.
Of course Charlie had to soil his pants twice while in the park, but he did great with and without pants on.
We got to see the bat-rays.
Touch the feeder tubes for the seals. Ick!
We went through a tunnel with sharks swimming around.
The Shamu show was at night and we didn't want to stay that late so we visited the many Shamus during the day.
I caught one swimming by which was pretty cool.
I got my picture taken with Shamu, or at least one of the many.
While at Oceanside we made four ice cream cakes that were delicious: strawberry, lemon, chocolate-blueberry, and Oreo (pictured).
Everyone played so many games. A really fun game that we learned was Mao. I often go through game phases, and I am feeling a new phase coming on.
It was a great trip! Charlie did fabulously with all of the driving. I loved every moment of it and am glad that nothing worse than Charlie catching a little cold happened. I love spending so much time with my family, eating tons of delicious food, enjoying the beach with all my senses, and simply having a glimpse of what heaven will be like.