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French Relatives

Posted by Bryce Wend on August 6, 2009

Our French relatives, Phillipe & Francois Dirand and their two boys were here visiting us this week.  They ended their 3-week long Western US vacation in beautiful Northern California and we were so glad to receive them. 

The week started off with Sunday Night dinner at Aunt Judy’s house with the entire Leguillon clan. 

So here’s the thing about Leguillon family gatherings, they are starting to get a lot louder than they used to be.  Truth be told they weren’t that quiet to begin with. 

We’ve added four babies to the family in a little over 2-years which has certainly changed the environment of family dinners.  It’s more chaotic, loud and as confusing as ever. 

They probably think we are crazy and it’s hard to argue that we’re not. 

They stayed with my parents in Brookdale all week and on Tuesday night we had them over to our house. 

Tomas, Phillipe and Ron after dinner.

Casey and Francois

Mom, Natalie, Casey and Francois after dinner.

Casey explained American Baseball to Tomas and Phillipe.  They went to their first baseball game a few days later in San Francisco.   

It was so nice to connect with the French side of the family in person again.  Their English was excellent which allowed us to have some great discussions.  

The history of our family visits go back a few decades now.  Phillipe’s parents Marie-Therese and Jean-Louis were even able to time their last visit during our wedding in 2005!  My immediate family has been over to Europe a few times as well.  

Now it’s time for Casey and I to plan a trip over there!

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One Response to “French Relatives”

  1. Hello Wend Family-
    I came across you blog when searching for “Leguillon” and “Santa Cruz”. I’m doing family history research, and my Leguillon ancestors are hard to trace, probably because census takers spelled the name in a variety of ways. I’m wondering if your Leguillons come from Ernest and Annette Leguillon, who came from France about 1873 and were in Woonsocket RI in the 1880’s. My ancestor is their daughter Josephine, who came to California (ending up in San Jose) about 1898. I know she had some relatives in Santa Cruz, but I don’t know exactly what their relationship was. Please let me know if we are distant cousins or if you know anything about other Santa Cruz Leguillons.

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