Although vacation always ends up being a lot of work at home - packing and getting everything lined up (tickets, passport/id, etc.) and being a lot of work at work - making sure that everything is covered while you are out - it still generally provides a few relatively stress-free days. I am in need of some stress free days.
At my sister's wedding, my other sister let me know that her husband turns 40 this year and that she would like to throw a party for him. Since their birthdays are only a few days apart, it was also a great excuse for a big joint birthday party. I do try to come out to visit her in DC every couple of years, and this was a great excuse to do so. My parents let me know that they were also planning on going.
I really wasn't sure if I should try to go with everything going on with us with the surrogacy and on top of that - being on a rather sizable and time consuming project at work. But, I also realized that I actually probably really needed a few days away from everything for my own sanity. So....I booked it. I always enjoy my visits, so this one should be no exception.