Friday, January 28, 2011

Hasta la vista California!

Today we are selling our car, it's Matthews last day at school, and we are packing up to go back to England tomorrow.
Well here is my list of the things I am going to miss and not miss about California. It feels like I've been on vacation for the last 4 and a half years sometimes the vacation was from hell but mostly our dear friends helped us through, but now it's time for us to go home, enjoy my list.

All the good friends we have made.
Saying awesome in every sentance, people in England will just think you are a wack job if you did.
Beautiful eucalyptus trees on the walk to Matthews school.
Great sunshine most of the year round.
Being able to wear flip flops 80% of the year. 
Swimming pools and spas at our disposal.
Beautiful snow capped mountains that are just 2 hours away from a sunny Beach
Trader Joes.
Target (I know sad!)
Starbucks on every corner
Drive through ATM's
Being close to great alternative therapies and doctors for Annabelle.
Cheaper gas.
Car pool lane
Great friends oh said that one I guess going to really miss them!

Won't MISS
The medical system
LA haze that you can't even see the mountains.
CCS (California children services)
Regional centre
Being so far away from family.
Having to be an advocate for my child having to fight for every thing you get from the state.
Santa Ana winds
Earthquakes (we experienced about 5 small ones, thank goodness no bigggies)
California wild fires
Not having a back yard.
Scary seven lane freeways
Medical system oh I said that already I guess I really won't miss it!
Not owning our own home, this our new home in England. I am going to be seeing it for the first time on Sunday I can't wait.


  1. Good luck with your move back, I miss grocery shopping online, M&S food, Next and shopping from the UK xxx are you continuing ABR? Your new home looks lovely Sandi, love Mel xxx

  2. Hi Mel I am so glad you found us Oatie is looking great I am glad you shared you blog, yes we will diffintly be continuing ABR love Sandi

  3. What a beautiful home! Congrats to be moving 'home' Brabhams! We are so happy for you!

  4. We have you only on the MISS list. But you will be with us everyday. I Thank God for you being our friends. I am sure your adventures will be many and amazing!!! Can't wait to see more posts!

  5. The home is lovely! I can relate to being away from family - but only across the expanse of the US. Coming home 13 years ago was a good decision but there is a (short) list of drawbacks.

    Looks like you will blog again after you arrive and I will look forward to reading more on your lovely family. Safe travel! Barbara