...we left our home in California and started a new chapter in our lives. I remember taking these pictures and being so sad to leave our house, the first house we ever owned (okay we've still got it but someone else is living there so it hardly counts), the house where I brought my girls home from the hospital and my boys home from Ethiopia. So many memories.
I remember being excited though about the beginning of a new adventure. I'd never lived farther than 2 hours from my hometown before. The thought of trying something new and doing it on our own was pretty thrilling.
A year away and Santa Maria, California feels a little like a different planet. I do miss all the familiar places, we have yet to replace our beloved China Wok and Jaliscos, I don't get to hear the "Food Maxx" theme song anymore while shopping for groceries. Sniff.
Sometimes I still feel really homesick for our house. I wonder if that will ever go away. We were there for over 5 years.
And, one final picture I just had to share: a year ago today, we stopped for lunch for one last time at In N Out. Note the trademark palm trees behind me. Oh In N Out, how I miss thee. (This was in Santa Barbara, which is where we lived the first year we got married. I still miss our familiar places there too. Maybe that never goes away?)
So, here's to Santa Maria and many happy memories. (Not missing the weather so much however. Did you notice the crazy wind in the above pictures????)