Late Summer 2012 – Graduations, Birthdays, and Weddings

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! :)

In my hard-earned cap and gown.

Proud husband.

Robby's as happy that I'm done with school as I am!

My sister Erin also got her master's degree the same day as me, and we shared a cake. :)

Best graduation present ever--pink champagne!

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:

Yep, that's the same dress I wore to graduation. Found it on clearance at J. Crew and I'm getting my money's worth out of it!

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!).

In memory of the late Shuttle program...

I also made the (rash?) decision to chop off my long hair. Blame it on my approaching 30th birthday, I guess!

New haircut.

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.

Lucy loved barking at the boats from our hotel room balcony!

She also claimed the hotel room couch as her own. :)

Petting rays at the aquarium.

This is how they do surgery on otters at the aquarium. :P

Robby once lost a spelling bee by mis-spelling the word "plover," so we had to document this sign...


I giggled when I saw a sign that said this was a "jackass penguin." Seriously.

More pink champagne for my 30th birthday!

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.

Tim and Kim saying their vows.

The newlyweds. Welcome to the family, Kim!

Me and my handsome husband.

The growing Stephenson family.

All the young ladies on Robby's mom's side of the family (except Kim!).

Our nephew Hudson modeling the astronaut shirt that Robby and I got him.

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.┬áStill, 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!

NASA plane.

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! :)

2 thoughts on “Late Summer 2012 – Graduations, Birthdays, and Weddings”

  1. Love your updates. What is the big bathroom makeover?
    I didn’t realize that your hair had gotten so long even though we saw you in April. Looking forward to the next time we see each other. Love you.

  2. We are planning to renovate our upstairs bathroom. At the very least, we’ll be replacing the grungy vanity and chipped countertop and mirror, but we’d really like to add a toilet and shower to the sink area off our master bedroom so that we can have two bathrooms when we have guests!

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