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Monday, September 3, 2012

Life :: Labor Day Weekend in NorCal!









I made a to-do list last week and as a reward for finishing, I planned to treat myself to a shopping spree (including some of these items) or a weekend trip for Labor Day. I ended up doing a little bit of both (I'll show you what I purchased once it arrives), even though I didn't complete everything on the list. I honestly feel as if there aren't enough hours in a day, or days in a week. However, I think it's healthy to give ourselves a break and realize that we aren't perfect. We aren't superheroes. It's not always possible to do everything that we need to by a certain time. It's like Aunt Eva says: "Some people call me disorganized, but I call it smelling the roses. I try to get the big things right, and I don't sweat the small stuff."

I had the pleasure of visiting her and my cousin Frank this past weekend. If you're wondering -- because I always do, about these things -- she is the mother and he is the brother of Nikki, whom I saw recently. Eva is in the Air Force and currently stationed in Vacaville, six hours north of where I live. I'd never been past Santa Barbara before, so I was really excited for something new, and I love road trips. Plus, I hadn't seen Frank in five years! My relatives have always been spread out over the United States -- and the world, for that matter -- but whenever we reunite, it's as if no time has passed. If we all lived in the same town, I'm sure it would be an absolute riot. We have so much fun together, and this past weekend was no exception!

This is just a small sample of photos. I'll be sharing two LOOKS and a LUNCH rounding up all of our delicious meals, but for now, all you need to know is this: We started off my visit with authentic Polish beers, staying true to our heritage. We cracked them open as soon as I arrived -- at 2am, on Saturday morning -- in honor of my mom's birthday. :) It was special.




9 comments:

  1. Great photos! Miss you guys! Love you all. -Mama Shar

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  2. My family is the same way. It doesn't matter if I saw them a week ago or a year ago, we always have a great time when we're together.

    Awesome photos, Steph! Can't wait to see more from your trip.

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  3. Those grapes look delicious and that shot of the bride is fantastic! Looks like you had a great Labor Day weekend! I agree that the big stuff is important and the rest shouldn't be worried about too much.

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  4. Family is one of the most important things to me and I love to see how close other people are with theirs :) Glad you had such a great time!

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  5. Yay! Travel photos- those mists are beautiful! Love seeing some of CA!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Awww, so that's where you were this weekend! Sounds like it was a lot of fun! And I love San Fran! I wish I could go back there, explore, eat of course, and take pics! And I LOVE road trips too! Can't wait to see the rest of your pics (and eats)! -Jess

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  7. i loveeee san francisco. i see a mini road trip in my future!

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  8. pretty photos! I love road trips! Also, I'm totally keeping your aunt's wisdom in mind. That's just simple good advice to live by:)

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  9. It's like Aunt Eva says: "Some people call me disorganized, but I call it smelling the roses. I try to get the big things right, and I don't sweat the small stuff."
    I like that! -Aunt Eva's sister.

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