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“They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. And for once, they may be right.”

We spent the reading break back at our old stomping grounds in Santa Barbara last week. It was bittersweet. We stayed with Max and Danielle and Sylvia, who were awesome and dear, we saw a bunch of our old friends from UCSB, and I met up with a few of my most favorite nurses. The air was warm and dry, the sky was piercing blue, the undergrads were out surfing in their cute little wet suits, and the Mexican food, oh my sweet baby Jesus, the Mexican food!

It's a damned shame, because, as I mentioned before, Victoria had really been growing on me. This set me back a bit. Not that it isn't nice to see the trees again, but it's possible that California will always feel just a little bit more like home than anywhere else ever will. I know there are some of you out there right now shaking your heads and saying, "Oh, but there are no seasons in California!"

Screw the seasons. I love the sun. However, in the end,it's the people you love who make a place home, of course. Anyway, here are some of my favorite pictures of the trip.

The kids were seriously adorable.

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We went back to our old hair place to (finally) get Kurt's hair cut.  The stylists in Victoria are way too timid.  He resists a little, they drop their scissors in defeat.   Not at Kid's Cuts in Santa Barbara.  Oh, no.  They'll help you hold your kid down at Kid's Cuts.  Gone are Kurt's baby curls…..

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And here is my much more mature looking little man:

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Maria met Joel!

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And looked cute.

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 And was totally in love with Tess.  I mean, not that Tess is hard to love.

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Sylvia and Maria were beautiful together.

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And Kurt remembered that people love him.

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And went swimming!  Outside!

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And played Gears on three iPhones at a time, his new record.

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Sigh.

5 thoughts on ““They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. And for once, they may be right.””

  1. Your sighs are indeed appropriate! And, the children were most definitely darling. What great smiles. So glad you were able to regroup, rejoin, revisit and remember good times/people in Santa Barbara.

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  2. What a great trip!
    I personally agree that California does always feel more like home than anywhere else, and I say that as someone who came back to visit occasionally during a 14+ year absence. And now that we’re living here, I miss our two other homes terribly. For the people, like you say.
    Your kids are adorable. 🙂

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  3. Those are wonderful pictures! I like Kurts haircut!…Maria looks like her hair is coming in good… Syvia is cute, the one picture of all three wearing the sames pjs was awesome! Thank you Thankyou for keeping us updated!…love you anne

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  4. Such a beautiful post, I am glad you had such a lovely trip and good times – and I think the timing couldn’t have been better for you guys. Love ya’s!

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