My sister Brianne and her Husband Brandon finally got a chance to come up North and visit us!! We were able to get a beach house in Monterey Bay for Halloween weekend, due to some trade work John did with Chiropractic! After a long week of school and work we were so excited for this weekend, we left around 10 p.m and arrived around 12. Bri and Brandon got in about 2:30 and of course I was to excited to sleep I waited up for them!!!
Since we only had 48 hours before we had to get back in the car and drive home, we packed in as much as we possibly could. Friday afternoon we went to a little deli for lunch and then walked around these beautiful gardens. Look at these AMAZING flowers. They are called passion flowers and grow on a passion fruit vine. We could not believe they were real because we had never seen anything like it before. The gardens were so fragrant and the architecture of the buildings around it were so neat. Perfect place for a photo shoot. We went to the beach because the waves were at least 15 feet and watched some professional surfers in action.
Later that night we went for a LONG bike ride. Half of it was literally on the beach (which didn't work out so well) the other half was on a bike trail surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Since not all the bikes were in working condition, Brandon had to ride a bike like a scooter because it had no chain! I guess it was better than the alternative above. After really working up an appetite we looked up a highly rated pizza joint and had some really yummy dinner. This restaurant was in a large out door mall that you would never know was in Monterey because it is completely hidden from the road by huge trees. It took us a little while to find it but the scavenger hunt was half the fun.
Saturday morning we woke up and went to the most beautiful state park. We hiked for over 2 hours and saw some of the most gorgeous landscape ever. It was the PERFECT hiking weather.
This might be one of the only places you can be hiking through the forest and along the coast.
Look at this chubby little seal. Of course Brandon threw something at the entire family before we could get a picture of all of them. This guy was too slow so I caught him before he hid in the water.
3 WORDS: gorgeous, amazing, beautiful!Same 3 words as above.
Nothing like a "PHAT BURGER" after a long hike. I know this picture turned out awful but the food tasted so yummy.
After our hike and lunch we got cleaned up and went to CARMEL. This is such a quaint little town with lots of shops and places to eat. This is a historic building but I thought this was the most beautiful RED FALL tree.
Carmel again had so many cool places you could do a photo shoot at. All the streets and building had so much character, it looked a lot like Europe.
This is a very well known FANCY restaurant called Casanova. It came highly recommended!
Next we went to the Monterey Pier and walked around the Wharf. They had it all lit up at night and it was so awesome. We didn't get any picture of the Wharf because we left Bri's camera in the car. We did take a lot of mental pictures so we could remember how fun it was!
We went home after and made some sugar cookies and watched the second half of Sherlock Holmes since we didn't finish it Friday night.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Before we said our goodbyes we had a yummy breakfast of muffins, eggs, yogurt and fruit. This weekend FLEW by, it wasn't nearly long enough but we loved EVERY minute of it. We were so glad that Bri & Brandon could come up and spend Halloween with us, we had so much fun we never wanted it to end!! We love and miss you guys so much and we can't wait to get together again!!!
3 years ago today my grandpa Grace Grace died, and I just wanted to pay tribute to him so he knows we still love & think about him all the time!! I love my Grandpa very much and he has been very missed the last 3 years. I love going to the temple and the feeling I get when I am there is truly amazing! It is truly a blessing to know that we can go to such an beautiful place and feel the love of those who have gone on before us! John and I have had some very wonderful experience's at the temple that involved Grandpa and I wouldn't give those up for anything! I love having the knowledge that if we live our lives righteously and faithfully we will be able to see him again. I know our Savior has a plan for us and it gives me so much comfort to know we are not alone, especially when we are struggling with loss and sadness. Death is not a easy thing to go through let alone try to deal with, but the only way to help us overcome the sadness and know we are going to be ok, is the love of our Heavenly father and Jesus Christ! They know pain and sorrow better then any of us and they only want us to be happy!
I just want everyone to know how much I love my family and I would be nothing without them! I love you all so much, thanks for always being there for me! Let's think of all the happy times we spent with our Grandparents and our hearts will be filled with love and joy!
Last weekend I flew out to Utah for my sister's bridal shower, it just happened to fall over Memorial weekend and it was so much fun! It was the first time in a long time that all my sisters were back together and we had a blast just hanging out with the family! We did so many fun things but the trip had to start out with... CAFE RIO of course!
My little sister Brenna is getting married, and I'm so happy I was able to be at her bridal shower! It turned out so adorable and fun as usual!
I LOVE MY FAMILY!!
After the shower we went to play on my parents new play ground with the kido's!
Later that night we had a bonfire at my dad's horse barn!
For memorial day we went down to my Grandpa's grave and had donuts in his honor!
G man could not get enough donuts..
Or whip cream!
Brenna is moving into her apt and she needed help fixing it up, I think we did more damage then good but I know it will be so cute when we finish it all up!
We had so much fun hanging out by the pool with the kids, they are so cute!
We ended our trip with the BEST shaved ice ever! We ate there 3 times and my sister is having them come cater apart of their wedding! I'm so excited
We had such a great weekend and I can't wait to go back for the wedding, Its going to be a awesome event!
I know it has been awhile since I have blogged and yes I have a lot of catching up to do! So here is what's been going on for the last couple of weeks! Besides being super sick the sun has come out and it is feeling more like summer so I'm working on our patio to make it a little more approachable! Thanks to my cousin Carol-lyn she got us these really cute pots and chairs to help spice up our very boring patio. Its still a working progress, but I'll post more pictures if I ever get it finished!
The Babcocks invited us to go to the A's game with them the other day and we had so much fun! We had V.I.P seating and it was Colby's first baseball game, It was really exciting he got a game ball and made it on the jumbo screen!
You can't go to a baseball game and not get some nachos
Or pizza and a churro (to bad it was the grossest churro EVER)
We got very exciting news Last Thursday that we have been waiting FOREVER for! John and Brent passed their national boards! We were all so excited, a big weight is lifted off our shoulders! Good Job boys!
We've been planning a trip to So Cal for the last few weeks to attend a wedding for one of John's mission companions, the wedding was in San Diego and it worked out nicely we were able to visit Brianne and Brandon while we were there!
We had the best beach day ever! John was able to surf for a couple of hours and I finally got a video of him.. Pretty hot stuff!
While I was with Bri we got a very unexpected package from Lester, Can you believe this.. our mother sent us a mothers day package! ha ha she is adorable! My mother is the best.. look how cute this package is..
It was full of yummy treats and very cute pair of earrings!
Later that night we stayed at the Hilton Hotel for a night, we were treated like kings! We were giving a wedding gift basket when we arrived and we had such a nice room!
This was the view from our room the swimming pool was awesome as well as tennis, golf, etc.
We just want to say Thank you to Adam's parents for treating us so nicely, the wedding was wonderful and we are so happy for Adam and Sheridan Paulson! We love you guys!
While we were in So. Cal we had many events take place, my sweet little baby girl Avery turned the BIG 1 years old! She is so sweet and we wish we could have been there to help her celebrate! We love you Avery Sue!
Another big event took place It was Mother's Day, and we just wanted to say how much we love our Mother's! My mom as well as John's mom has been so inspiring and such wonderful role models to both of us! We love our Mother's more then words could ever express! They are such great women and we would not be the people we are today without them! We hope you had a great day and just know how much we love and admire you! Thanks for everything you do for us, we can't thank you enough! We are so lucky to have such great mothers in our lives to always help us when we need them, as well as just to be there for a good laugh! We are truly blessed and once again we LOVE YOU!
It was Eli's birthday day as well as my Grandma's Birthday on Mother's day! So my family threw one massive party for Mother's day, Grandma, Eli and Avery's B-Day! Once again we just want to wish you a Happy Birthday and hope you had a great day! We love you guys so much and can't wait to see you all!
John and I had a great Easter this year, It was very relaxing which was a great change from our usually very busy schedule! We started out the holiday by coloring Easter eggs with our BF's the Babcocks (as you can see from the picture we were very creative) ha ha! We also received yet another awesome brown package from Utah, this one I was a little hesitant to open since it came on April fools day, but once again Lester has out done her self AGAIN with a Easter basket filled with real Easter grass and yummy treats! Thanks we really loved the package. On Easter morning John and I woke up and saw what the Easter bunny brought us then we enjoyed watching conference and spending the day with the Hatch family, Thank you Liz for all the great food!
I really love this holiday, Easter is such a wonderful time of year, I'm so grateful for my Savior and all the sacrifices he has made for me! We are so truly blessed and we always need to remember that! We love my families so much and we just want to say thank you for all your love and support! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!
MR. HATCH: John is the most loving, kind, generous, giving, outgoing, funny, smart, spiritual, and ruggedly handsome person i know! John loves his family and friends, chiropractic school, surfing, and especially Becky!
MRS. HATCH: Becky is extremely sweet, nice, funny, caring, thoughtful, sensitive, happy, fun and the most beautiful girl in the world. Becky loves her family, friends, movies, parties, eating and especially John!