Today takes us back to February 2004. It was my first year away from home and I took every opportunity I could to go back to Santa Barbara to see my family. I got home sick a lot and was always missing them. Thankfully I always had friends that wanted to go with me. It is the best of both worlds for me. Being with my friends AND family is Santa Barbara. Love it. Thankfully my family loves it too. That is something that I love about my family. The more the merrier! The picture says it all. My parents were in a small house and it doesn't matter.... we pack it full and still have a blast and make it work. That is something I want to do in my future home too. Open door policy. :) This trip home.... my Minnesota friends Abby and Monica came with me, plus Logan (Dan's mission companion from the MTC who became a very good family friend) and John Tracy, who served his mission in the Santa Barbara singles ward.