I have the cutest nephew ever. Period.
I know it’s not even Halloween but I hand carried the Chanamus presents I have already bought on the plane, and now after wrapping them I am sooooooo beyond excited for the holidays! This is just the beginning of the shopping!
My mom and I bought matching sneaks. So fun.
You know you are home in Santa Barbara when in December it’s 70 degrees and you have lunch at the beach. Ahhhhhhhh California.
Than hearing my post-ankle-surgery Mama laughing in the other room. A few of her friends came by today to cheer her up and I think they have successfully made her forget the pain temporarily.
I am a very happy nurse daughter.
Today is the best day ever - B and I just booked a horseback riding trail ride when we are in Santa Barbara visiting my fam in December! This is a big deal as it means B is skipping golf one day to do this with me!
I love living in a city - and all the awesome things that go with it like theater, and fine dining, and going out. But a gorgeous trail ride from the mountains to the beach? There are some things you can only do in Santa Barbara, which is why I will always love home.
*Photo of me and Tuesday on a trail ride in Tahoe
Just your average Thursday morning in Santa Barbara. I love being home!
Oh, you didn’t have a mimosa bar at your wedding shower? Well that’s because you didn’t ask me to plan it for you.
After 23.5 hours of traveling, I finally made it to California! It shouldn’t have taken that long, but I had mad delays everything including some crazy So Cal fires in LA, so we couldn’t take the 405 where we needed to - so we had to drive up to Oxnard to get on the 101 to Santa Barbara (if any of you are from CA you will know how drama that was - dumb LA traffic)
But I made it home!
Today my mom, my nephew, my brother and myself all went to visit my grandma. Even though she has dementia, I can still see flickers of her old self in there, and every time I do my heart is warmed, as my grandma and I were besties for a very very long time.
*My mom and my nephew walking to see my grandma
Also tonight we got to celebrate my brother’s birthday which is next week. I haven’t celebrated with him on his birthday in basically 8 years - since I moved to New York. I made him a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream from scratch!
Seeing my family for the first time in almost 6 months, made every minute of that commute from Asia worth it.
So happy to be home!
*My brother and I have called each other Sinks for basically our entire lives.
10/2 AMMENDMENT -
Apparently the rumour was false. So sad. BOOOOOOOOOOO.
I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS! My hometown!
Plus SB is filled with crazies, so you know it will be soooooo good!
Shea is booked on the plane in December! My baby’s first airline trip!
Cannot wait to take him running on the beach!!!
Santa Barbara or bust!!!!!!
(please imagine Green Day’s Holiday playing in the background while reading this post)
Going home to Santa Barbara for a week! FOR A WEEK!!!!!!!
And Shea is coming on the plane with us! Hopefully I can sneak him out of the bag and onto our laps to have the entire flight to snuggle! HOORAY!
So beyond excited, these last three hours of work feel like three months!
Only in Santa Barbara in December will the lemon tree in the backyard still be blooming.
Sometimes you have a moment - like at the beach last night - when life just seems perfect.