It’s been a busy summer, with lots to celebrate! Warning–lots of pictures below…
The fun started in late July, when I FINALLY graduated with my MBA, 5 1/2 years after I began the program. It’s such a huge relief to be done, and it even got me a promotion at work!
Next up was my cousin Jonathan’s wedding to his sweet bride, Cassie. Unfortunately, we missed most of the ceremony due to stupid SoCal traffic, but we do have one photo documenting our attendance:
Our next summer celebration was Robby’s birthday in late August. I made him his favorite cheesecake brownies, decorated with space toys (in honor of the MSL landing, of course!).
I also made the (rash?) decision to chop off my long hair. Blame it on my approaching 30th birthday, I guess!
A few weeks after Robby’s birthday, it was time to celebrate mine–the big 3-0! My sweet husband planned a fun weekend for the two of us (and Lucy!) at a pet-friendly hotel in Long Beach. We had a great time relaxing by the pool, taking Lucy on walks by the marina, and visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific.
A week after our trip to Long Beach, we were off again–this time, to Chattanooga, TN to see Robby’s brother Tim marry his lovely wife Kim (yes, there are now two Kim Stephensons in the family!). The wedding was beautiful, and we enjoyed getting to see so many relatives.
The only bad part of the trip came in the form of a nasty spider bite on my leg. Unfortunately, the bite swelled up to the size of a softball and got infected, and I had to go on antibiotics as soon as we got back to Pasadena. Ugh. Still, we had a great time in Chattanooga, and are so happy to have a new sister-in-law! Oh, and we also got a fun surprise when we landed at LAX…we saw the plane that NASA used to fly the retired Space Shuttle over LA!
All in all, it’s been a busy and fun summer. I’m looking forward to fall (assuming the temperature ever drops below 90° here in LA!), especially since Robby and I are tentatively planning a big bathroom remodel!