So exciting to be creating family traditions! I bought a bunch of Christmas decorations yesterday - over 20 small items from snowglobes to mini trees - and instead of putting them all up at once, I thought it'd be fun to debut a new piece every other day starting today! Then it gets more and more Christmasy as we get to the actual holiday! This was the first one up! http://instagram.com/p/g5er5Soaof/#
The brunette shared a sweet photo with her former flame and penned a heartbreaking caption in his memory.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
"My deepest love goes out to those who saw jose as more than an athlete, but as a passionate, raw human being. The heart break is unbearable. There was so much more to him than anyone could even begin to understand. I'm fortunate enough to have loved and be loved by jose, and his family, for over 3 crazy beautiful years."
Miz Mendoza admitted she will always love the 24-year-old, and told her followers to never take moments with their loved ones for granted, adding: