Since my sister Brittany and her family are moving to North Carolina this summer, my family decided we needed to have a reunion of our immediate family before some of our number leave this coast for the other. So we all (15 kids and 12 adults) went back to the Bay Area over the Memorial Day weekend and had an absolute blast!
The first order of business on Saturday morning was to practice our musical number for Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. Shelley had a nice choral arrangement of "Savior, Redeemer of My Soul" so Mom signed all of us up to sing it in our home ward, the Clayton Valley 1st Ward. It was so much fun to sing with all of my siblings and my Dad again (with Mom at the piano). After that, we had a picnic at Mitchell Canyon where we used to hike as kids. The kids enjoyed playing in the little creek and the adults (mainly me) watched them anxiously to make sure they didn't slip and hit their heads on rocks.
We went to church on Sunday and spent most of Sacrament Meeting corralling the kids. They did pretty well under the circumstances. Then we sang our musical number and people said it was great to hear all of the Christensens sing together again. We took pictures outside the church building until the kids could bear it no longer :).
|All the kids (minus 8 month old Madden) in birth order. My nieces and nephews are the cutest!|
Our home ward has a Memorial Day Breakfast every year at Newhall Park. I'm so glad I got to be there this year! It's such a great tradition!
|Ocean Beach - San Francisco, CA|
|"This is the best day ever!"|
|Polly Ann Ice Cream|
|Moraga Steps - or, as I like to call them, the Stairway to Heaven|
|Mom and I at Grandview Park|
|San Francisco is a beautiful city!|
|Kiel and Melissa's Family at Grandview Park|
|Leaving the beautiful Bay Area|