Kewish 2009

Our family reunion kicked off at the Newport Beach Temple friday morning.

There was a family “talent show” where the Lesue family sang the Cougar Fight Song,

and Gwen had absolutely no stage fright, singing the ABCs.
I think she was hoping for an encore.


There was also a little revival of “The Boy from New York City” that James, Jon, and I used to perform for family and neighbor kids about 20 years ago. This time I had a little help on lead vocals, a wandering helper and the best/funniest backup singers any lip syncher could ask for!

Some cousins met for the first time,

and others had fun “helping” animals—domesticated as well as wild. I’m pretty sure there is a lizard somewhere in Oceanside that is scarred for life. Luckily Uncle Jon freed it from it’s “habitat” that the kids had created for it.

Day 2 consisted of a day at Buccaneer Beach. It was cloudy and a bit on the chilly side, but fun nonetheless.



Gwen had one minor wipeout and was done with the water.

but extremely content to play for hours in the sand with the other two-year-olds.

Inez on the otherhand, had a few wipeouts throughout the day. But each time she eventually got over them and went back to play in the water. She was fearless!


Before and after she realized one hand was sandy and the other was clean


I cannot tell you how much sand was all over this girl. That roll in the front of her bathing suit is pure sand. OUCH!

Dad and his A&W

Uncle Joe always builds his giant sea turtle every time he goes to the beach

This 6′6″ cop did a little bit of surfing.


Baby Jon felt the ocean for the first time. It seemed to soothe him—the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Poor Joey had a gnarly wipeout, we all laughed and his mom got it all on video.

We had fun hanging out with everyone!

















Sunday the reunion wrapped up with the baby blessing of little Izzie. We were so glad to be a part of that special occasion! Thanks for sharing that with us, James & Nat!

We look forward to the next one in 2011!

  1. Denice

    that looks so fun – you do it every other year? who does all the planning and arrangements? isn't family great – most of the time :)

  2. Joe

    Great pics of all the stuff. We had such a fun time seeing everyone and Joey has been asking to go back to the beach non-stop. When I told him that there wasn't any beach in Indiana he said, "well can't we just MOVE to the beach in five days?"

  3. Holly

    i think he's onto something there, joe.

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