NorCal Sights

Home was everything I wanted it to be, and then some. We mostly hung out with family but we managed to sneak in a few fun outdoor adventures. I never knew how much I could miss the mountains, but it has absolutely become one of the things I miss most about living at home. No matter where you are in the valley, it’s beautiful. New York has its own special views, but nothing like the ones at home. Exhibit A:

california{The sun shining through the trees at the Christmas Tree Farm easily wins the Best View Ever Award}

family{My Dad got this great photo of everyone being goons right when we got to the farm}

{In Alviso overlooking the marsh lands and the Bay}

los gatos lexington reservoir
{The location for our engagement photos: Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos. You can see where the water is supposed to be and where it actually is – the drought is crazy}

california backyard
{This barely counts – but my favorite outdoor spot is our backyard!}

I still can’t believe that this was my first time going home all year long. I’ve seen my family multiple times throughout 2014, but being able to go home is a truly wonderful feeling for me. I was driving down El Camino listening to Sublime on my way to a reunion dance class with my old dance team when I came to a realization: I am so stinking happy. My heart is filled with such an embarrassing amount of gratitude for my life and the wonderful people in it. Before leaving I was incredibly stressed at work (I have over 800 emails in my inbox that I’m dreading!) but this vacation was everything I needed it to be and more. I am refreshed, thankful for life, and ready for what the end of the year brings.