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October 3, 2016

Breaking the Routine

William Graves

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Staci and I tend to stick to a pretty consistent routine, and I don’t think it is a bad thing.  It’s more of a necessity in order for us to be effective as parents, spouses, and employees in our two-jobbing, business-owning, princess-raising lifestyle.  But every now and then, we do something seemingly outlandish and break the routine in an extreme way.  Last week was an example of this.

I am something called a Google Top Contributor (if you want to learn more, you can – um – Google it), and as a result, Google flew me to their Californian headquarters for a few days last week.  Not to let a vacation opportunity slip us by, Staci and I turned these few days into a week-long parental escape that included Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, and of course, Google.  Some of the best memories Staci and I have ever made have been during somewhat impromptu vacations, and this trip was no exception.  While there, we did something atypical and had photos taken.  No, really – there was a camera and I was in front of it.   The photos (by the exceptional Marilee) are incredible, and it reminded me of just how lucky I am to make a living capturing photographs for the precious families who trust me to do so.

If you read this blog with any degree of regularity, by now you’re expecting some deep, probably cheesy “life lesson” with some very thin tie-in to photography.  I don’t have one.  I think I’m still digesting just how great last week with my best friend really was.  I will have more to say about the specifics of the trip, particularly Yosemite (wow!) at a later date.

But in the mean time, and in closing..  get out there and make larger than life memories.  The greatest stories aren’t just told; they are written.

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