Friday, September 16, 2011

A Magical Place Out West

What a wild week this has been! I’m happy to say that things are finally settling down a bit on the grad school front, where I’m starting to get the hang of basic XML coding and also didn’t score as poorly as I thought I had on my copyright law quiz. Fortunately for myself and my other classmates, the professor agreed to throw out a couple questions that were inaccurately worded.

Nevertheless, I’m very glad to see the week draw to a close, mostly because Stephen and I are heading to our happy place, California, for a few quick days of visits with family and friends. Now, I’m usually not one to make travel plans during the semester, and may not have arranged this trip had I known just what a bear my classes would end up being this time around. But in the end, I'm glad I did, since this brief journey actually marks a very special occasion – the 90th birthday of Stephen’s grandfather.

Grandpa Les at our wedding last year. Courtesy of Alex Neumann Photography. 
That alone is an exciting life milestone to celebrate, but the timing also works out so that my younger sister will turn 21 just a couple days later. So, after joining Stephen’s family in Dana Point for the weekend, we’ll head a couple hours north to my hometown, where we’re got plans to visit Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle for a fun evening of drinks, dinner and shows by several fabulous magicians. Though this venue is usually restricted to members only, Castle photographer Damien Smith – my friend and one of our wedding pros – was awesomely able to get us passes for the night. (Thanks, Damien!)

Birthday girl & maid of honor Kellie. Courtesy of Alex Neumann Photography.
Image Source: magiccastle.com
I know I’ll still have some work to do throughout the trip and some extra catch-up once I get back, but really, this mini-break is just what I need to help keep the important things – family, friends and sharing life’s big moments – in perspective. I hope you all have a great weekend, and I'll try to stop in with a post or two later next week once I have a chance to get settled in back at home! 

What helps you unwind and keep things in perspective when things get stressful? 

14 comments:

  1. Have an amazing time! You definitely deserve a break! Glad to hear that things are looking up at school :)

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  2. Have a great weekend, and happy birthday to your hubby's grandfather! My grandpa just turned 95 which is crazy and awesome at the same time. :)

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  3. Have a safe trip and a wonderful time visiting with friends and family!

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  4. Hope you have a fantastic time, and I'm glad to hear things are getting a little better with your school workload!

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  5. oh yes a much deserved break! Have fun!!!

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  6. Have a wonderful time with family darling! Breaks are such a great way to realign ourselves and get back to the important stuff!

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  7. Sounds like a great trip. Have fun!

    I'm in definite need of some unwinding. Wine will have to do for now. Lol.

    Enjoy. Happy Birthday to Grandpa and sister!!

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  8. Happy 90th birthday to the birthday boy!!! You look totally beautiful. :) I love your hair.

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  9. Have a great time and California and with all those special celebrations!!!

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  10. This post is getting me excited for our own trip out west at the end of the month. Safe travels and have a great time!

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  11. sounds like so much fun! Hope it was a great weekend and happy 90th birthday to Stephen's Grandfather!

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  12. What an adorable photo of your husbands grandfather, Happy 90th Birthday!! And it must have been such a fun visit to celebrate your sisters 21st birthday!! That sounds like a fun time at the Magic Castle! We actually went to a comedy club last night and it was a blast, lots of laughter!

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  13. yay to grandpa's bday and yay to magic castle! :)

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