Oh boy, Oh boy! This could be a long one. I'm thinking I'll have to break this up. I'll try and keep it short, but I don't know if that's possible. ;)
In August, we had an awesome Hancock Family Reunion in Monterey California. Shawn's sister, Melanie, planned it all (and did a GREAT job of it! VERY organized) and is the only one left that's living there. But we all don't mind going back to see how things have changed.
We left Saturday morning and traveled all day. We stayed the night in a hotel somewhere by Reno. Sunday morning we traveled some more. We broke up the drive a little and drove through Cupertino where Shawn lived all his life. We went to a fun park there and saw his old house.
Monday-We all got up early and went to the beach for group pictures. BTW, our condos were right on the beach. It was pretty sweet! Then, my SIL did my family's pictures. She did a great job. It was actually pretty cold but some of the kids played at the beach for a bit before lunch, but after lunch we all headed to the heated pool. Then, we had pizza and a movie night. The kids were in one condo watching a movie, teens in another and adults in another. It's nice our baby monitor reached all the condos. :) We watched "Dan in Real Life". Always a fav.
photo blog. :)
After the Aquarium, we all met up at a nearby, AWESOME park. One of Shawn's aunts and uncle met us there along with a cousin and his family. It was REALLY cold and we didn't prepare for that, so we pretty much had dinner and left. Which was sad cuz the park had tons of climbing equipment, slides, a maze, an old train, etc.
All the grandkids!
Thursday-Was a free day. Shawn planned to see some of his old friends from Elementary to High School, Jeremy and Ryan. We went over to Ryan's house and just visited. It's fun to hear old stories. The girls loved their dog. Sadie didn't mind that it licked her all over.
Oh, Brinley and I got a little lost as we were trying to find the beach that everyone was at. I was getting really worried we wouldn't find Shawn or anyone and I didn't have my phone. Brinley said she wasn't worried cuz she prayed. So I said a little prayer and we found Shawn shortly after that. Heavenly Father is always watching out for us.
That night we came home and went in the hot tub. Oh so nice!
Saturday-The wedding day! We headed down to the San Diego Temple (both the LA and Newport Beach temples were closed and the San Diego Temple had scaffolding all over...not great planning) for the wedding. The kids played at a nearby park since they would be bored waiting at the temple. And wait we did! We waited and waited for Layne. The temple workers didn't even know where he was. After a 1/2 hour they found him. They were talking to the temple president. If I were Breanne, I would be freaking out that Layne was getting cold feet. :) The ceremony was beautiful. Waiting for them outside was not. Can you believe that we were cold in San Diego in August? It was crazy!
Sunday-A few of the Hancocks already left to go home. So a few of us went to visit Shawn's brother, Kyle. He is in a mental hospital and I've actually only visited him once. Kids can't come so they played at a (kinda scary) nearby park. (Oh, I need to back up a little bit. My gracious SIL, Jody, said she would take Sadie so we could go to Disneyland the next day without Sadie. It was SO great to go without her! Jody traveled all the way back to Utah with her! That's a real sacrifice! They left Sunday morning. It was sad leaving Sadie but I knew she was in good hands.) Anyway, Shawn parent's, Shawn's sister and BIL, another one of Shawn's sisters and BIL and us all got to take turns seeing Kyle during visiting hours. He's definitely a Hancock. I wish I could've taken a picture to show what he looks like. He seems to be doing good but it's sad. We just can't wait until he can get out of there.
That night, we just hung out in our hotel room. Melanie took the kids to the pool for a little bit...Oh! and I took some pictures of their family since we didn't get time to at the beach. The beach would've been much better, but you do what you gotta do!