Of course, the reason I went home is because my grandma passed away. Here she is a little girl. So adorable. I got to see lots of old photos of her. My grandma and grandpa met at a USO dance in Southern California. I like that because Josh and I met at a dance club. Pretty similar! It was strange not having her in the house. I was expecting to hear her voice or see her walking down the hall. But I think my family is moving on in a really healthy way. My grandma was a light hoarder so there was lots of work to do -- and still do -- while I was there.
The weather in Santa Barbara was amazing; consistently sunny and in the 70s. One day my mom, Tita, and I had lunch on the patio and opened my grandma's last bottle of Meridian Chardonnay, which was her favorite. I hope to share some more pictures of her later on the blog.
My BFF since age 8 was also home for the holidays. She currently lives in Argentina, and I hadn't seen her since last Christmas. It was so wonderful spending time with her. Her little brother Steve works at a bar in our neighborhood, so we went over a couple time for FREE DRANKS.
It was great hanging out with THE PETS. There are four pets living at my grandparents' house right now: My mom's dogs, Sabrina who is below (my grandma's cat), and the newest member to the team is Milo, who my brother rescued. He is one feisty little demon, but so adorable.
I pretty much fell in love with Sabrina. Isn't she so pretty? She's got a really loud meow that always sounds like she's angry, but I don't think she is. She's also a good snuggler. My grandpa told me I could have her when I move back to the States, haha.
New Year's Eve was completely tame, and I was completely ok with that. My uncles, grandpa, and mom and I went to Outback Steakhouse. Hadn't been there in quite awhile! It wasn't bad, for a chain restaurant. Then we went home and I fell asleep at 9:30 p.m. Happy New Year!