On Monday I returned from 19 days in California and it is wonderful to be back in my own house with my husband once again.
As always, going to California for me is more like a "working vacation," with tons of events and obligations crammed into just a few days.
It was a very busy 19 days...
I arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 21st. I traveled alone because my hubby had to work on Christmas and on New Year's. It was an experiment, spending the holidays apart like this, but I don't know if I would do that again.
|Two little cuties!|
The next day we started getting ready for Christmas Eve and also looked at furniture. My mom just finished a huge remodel on half of her house. Some items are going to be replaced and some are going to be reupholstered. A lot of decisions yet to be made!
Christmas Eve rolled around a couple of days later and it was a huge success, despite the noticeable absences of a few military cousins and my hubby. My family has been readjusting for 5 Christmases since my grandparents died in 2008, and I think this was the best Christmas Eve yet since their passing. It has been a slow process. Strangely, I attribute a lot of this year's success to the fact that my mom's new family room looks a lot like my grandparents' did, and she is using their furniture in it. We were back in our comfort zone, and we needed it.
|Divine's Furniture in Monterey Park, CA. An absolute treasure trove.|
On New Year's Eve we returned again to the Glendale Centre Theatre and watched their New Year's play, called Heaven Can Wait. It was cute, and there were goody bags with tiaras and noisemakers for everyone, plus "free" refreshments.
On New Year's Day my mom went to the Rose Parade, as she does every single year. Rain or shine, alone or in a group, she goes. I opted out this year. It was just too cold. I stayed and did laundry instead. Tedious, but productive. She came home around noon and we ended up going to see Lincoln, then out to dinner at a diner in Alhambra. Lincoln asks a lot of the viewer, and it was my second time to see it, but it was still better than Les Miz.
|Eric calls this picture "Panorama Grandma"|
|Me and my friend, Cathy. Friends since kindergarten. If you're counting, that's 37 years. I love that whenever we see each, we just pick up where we left off.|
|Gorgeous! Welcome home you beauty!|
|Hooray for Mark and Necia!!!|
|Downton Abbey--the best show there is!|
I arrived home the next afternoon after a tiring morning and a bumpy flight. The tired traveler, seeing my hubby after nearly 3 weeks, was a wonderful thing. I find that the longer we are married, the harder it is to be apart. We went for dinner and then drove the 40 miles home. The pets were happy to see me, especially by very devoted dog, and it was and is extremely nice to be home.
Did I mention how nice it is to be home?
|This is my hunk of adorableness that was waiting for me.|