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Catch Up With GRAMMY Wish As it Happens

The 2013 GRAMMY® Awards are just days away. Four wish kids and their families are in Los Angeles right now. They’re enjoying the events that lead up to the big day.

Wish kid Kellie has set up a blog all about her experience. She’s published a few post since we last checked in on her. Here are the highlights of her past few days. To read a full post, visit her blog.

kellie GrammyJan. 19

Well, tomorrow is the big day. I finally get to leave for this amazing trip of a lifetime and I couldn’t be more excited! 

Before the New Year, I was shopping at the mall and found the perfect GRAMMY dress.  Can’t wait for you to see it! Then, a few days ago, I had so much fun shopping again with  Leah & Megan (two of the people working on my Make-A-Wish).  We shopped for 2 1/2 hours and found the perfect earrings and bracelet. I enjoyed getting to spend time with them and having the opportunity for some girl talk (this season’s “The Bachelor” was a big subject!).  Speeding up to the last few days, my family and I have been feverishly packing.  It’s 7:45 on Saturday night, and I’d say we were finally about 98% done.  

Jan. 20

My day started yesterday with a 3:00 am wake up call. This was hard, because if you know me at all…you know I value my sleep. But for once I was excited to get out of bed and get started. In fact, even though the driver was scheduled to arrive at 4:15, we were remarkably all ready to go when he showed up 15 minutes early!  We quickly got our luggage loaded up and headed to Birmingham, Michigan, where our train left at 6am. It was a five hour train ride to Chicago, which wasn’t bad at all. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and the conductor even came to take a picture with me. We had a 4 hour lay-over in Chicago, where we changed to a train with sleeper cars. 

kellie GrammyToday we woke up and found ourselves in Colorado. What a different, yet beautiful landscape I saw out the window. We even saw the snow covered tip of some of the Rockies!  In addition to beautiful scenery, we saw elk, deer, and buffalo. By mid-day we were in New Mexico, where the landscape got even more rugged. This is really a beautiful part of the country! We are stopped right now in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I am amazed at the different architecture of the buildings around here.

Jan. 21

Yay!!!  We finally made it to Los Angeles! It’s too early in the morning to do a blog post for today (its 6 am), so I will use this time in another way. Some of you have asked me why I didn’t take my Make-A-Wish trip when I was much younger. The primary answer to that is that I am horrible at making decisions!  I vacillated between multiple wishes for several years before choosing this wonderful wish.

Jan. 22

It’s safe to say that Los Angeles is amazing! On our way in to the city, we caught a glimpse of the famous Hollywood sign up on the hill. What an awesome sight that is! I plan to drive around tomorrow to find a place to stop and get a picture! 

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