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Where in the World are the Mann’s?

Our summer has been just as busy as always, and we have had a lot of fun along the way. Our summer technically started with our trip to Israel and Jordan. However, I’ve already blogged about that trip, so I’ll start right after! First, we had a nice visit from my Aunt Marie (my mom’s sister) and Uncle Glenn Claire. They were in England for a cruise and a trip to Europe, and were able to spend some time with us.

Then we found out we are expecting our first child, along with celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary! Timothy and I are so thankful for 8 wonderful years of marriage and almost 12 years of being best friends.

Then the traveling began (with some English day trips in between)…

First trip: Just Timothy! Timothy went to RLDM (Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making Conference) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and presented a paper with our good friend Dan Mankowitz from the Technion (Israel). This was Timothy’s first time in Edmonton, and was shocked at how similar Alberta was to College Station!

Second trip: Another conference! We are so blessed that I (Laura) am able to travel with Timothy on business trips. Both of us went to Lille, France for ICML (International Conference of Machine Learning)! Timothy had another paper he wrote with some other friends from the Technion to present! It was a really fun week, because we got to see so many friends from Israel- in France! We also did a lot of site seeing in Lille, including their zoo!

Third trip: Both of us went on a last minute trip to Mountain View, California! Thankfully, Google (Alphabet) HQ is about 35 minute drive from my dad’s place (in good traffic)! It was awesome to be back in the U.S. of A, spend time with my dad, and eat lots and lots of food! Timothy went to his first Raider’s Game, and we both had our first Pro-Football tailgate! It was a great game, and the best part was the RAIDERS WON! Then I got to go to two Oakland A’s games (vs. L.A. Dodger game & Tampa Bay Rays), and Timothy got to go to his first Oakland A game (vs. the Rays)! Even though the A’s lost against Tampa Bay, we had a great time! It was Star War’s themed, with lots of characters and the best part was the Star Wars Firework show!!  In addition to our weekend fun, during the week Timothy had a great time at Google HQ. He really enjoyed geeking out with all the Mountain View people, working on projects at HQ, and checking out the awesome facilities.

End of Summer: As our summer winds down, we have lots of family visiting us in England! Timothy’s mom will be here for about 2 ½ weeks, Christopher (Tim’s youngest brother) will be here as well for a couple of days, and then Timothy’s dad will be here for a week!

Baby Update: We will be 20 weeks on Saturday, August 29th! We are 1/2 way there! We have a couple of appointments this week and should know the baby’s gender soon!!! We will post a baby post soon!

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