from the beginning the date was set for july 14. those that could make it would be there. those that couldn't we would see them next time. we communicated via facebook. claudia made sure that everyone was invited, had the information and just like that the first palacio family reunion was born.
the location was perfect. spanish landing in the port of san diego. we had picnic tables, a play area and water for the kids to play in.
for lunch we grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. then everyone brought something to share. there was crab ceviche tostadas, my aunt's famous potato salad and lots of chips.
there was also a plan to take family photos of all who attended.
we have lots of family members that gather at occasions like this. lots of stories to tell. a few new family members to meet. and some that we won't see again but are remembered (and missed) in these moments.
i know it made me feel nostalgic. remembering the summers spent with my cousins, going shopping, on trips and listening to music. the jokes, lots of love, and some fighting thrown in. it's all part of being a family.
i love what claudia said during the picnic, through tear filled eyes, "i want my children to know my family." it's that simple and true for so many of us.
we are a big family, growing every year, and that is a blessing.
thank you claudia for your hard work to bring us all together. this will happen every year. we will make sure of that.