Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A year ago today...

...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????)

10 comments:

Michelle said...

It does look windy in those pics! Ahh, spring on the central coast is sometimes not so fun, ha ha. SLO was VERY windy yesterday...and i hear it's supposed to be almost as bad today. But on a good note, Jalisco's has the BEST mexican food ever. Oh my gosh, now i want some & it's barely 8:30am!

Jeannett Gibson said...

Funny you mention the wind...yesterday was RIDICULOUS windy...like, you couldn't even be outside you might blow away (good thing I'm so fat or I might have!!!)...and I actually said to someone "If we ever move out of Santa Maria, the one thing I won't miss is the wind!" Miss you guys, glad you are happy in Denver! :)

Brianna Heldt said...

haha!!! i ALWAYS hated the wind at our house...every day it was really windy at some point. it's funny here when someone makes a big deal about the wind. i want to say, you have NO idea what you're talking about! you never lived in northwest santa maria!

miss you guys too! got your email and still need to write back. i'm a slacker.

Joanie said...

That's funny, I was just thinking of you, knowing that April was the month, but I didn't know the exact day. Wow! Time flies. I miss you, but I'm also so excited for you and your adventure. (Less an adventure now that you're settled in and all, I know.)

Congrats on your Denver-year-anniversary!

Amber said...

Moves are always hard. But, from your posts you love where you are so cheers to that!!!

I am Katy, said...

Yep, it's April in Santa Maria. Windy! I'm not sure why we even tried going to the park today.

this is us said...

I think I miss your house too - it looks so pretty!!! :) My brother-in-law's family are here on their way home to Minnesota from a California road trip (where they lived for many years) - all sporting their new In-n-Out shirts - makes me so hungry!

Christy said...

It has been totally windy in Santa Barbara this week!!!!!!!!!!

JaneeNoel said...

I just shopped at Food Maxx today and thought about how much I miss Sunflower Market. So I guess the grass really is always greener on the other side. =)

Brianna Heldt said...

janee haha, food maxx is cheap...but you DO have to bag your own stuff. AND listen to the song. oh the tradeoffs in life...:) i miss you by the way!!!

 

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