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Monday Mash-Up

Since leaving my full-time corporate job, I’ve never had such a rough time returning to a Monday as I did today. This weekend was AMAZING!!! Matt and I went up to New York City for our anniversary shoot with Justin & Mary (AAAAHHHH!!!!!!!) and used Saturday to tool around Times Square while we were waiting to go see Harry Potter, The Exhibition! My heart is so incredibly full from such an impossibly wonderful weekend, and I’m humbled yet again by what a precious gift my husband is. He’s an introvert, not a fan of crowded cities, and not comfortable in front of the camera, and yet he braved all three challenges for me this weekend. Just as I knew they would, J&M brought Matt out of his shell, and he surprised me with how relaxed he became. It was such a blessing!! But more on our experience with Justin & Mary later :).

As always, lessons learned/things that happened over the weekend:

  • I learned that, under no circumstance, should I ever ask Matt to drive in New York City ever again. Especially not in Times Square. I thought northern Virginia drivers were bad…
  • If you’re going to take photos of street performers, either a) have a few dollars with you, or 2) shoot fast then run away. That’s what I did.
  • Being an extrovert and extremely outgoing person, I always assumed I’d fit in well in the city. Oh my gosh, y’all, I’ve never been so intimidated in my life being in Times Square. There were thousands upon thousands of people, I was constantly on the watch for someone to mug me, and I really had no idea where we were. I suppose if we’d spent more time there I’d have relaxed, but holy cow. Talk about stressful!
  • Harry Potter, The Exhibition = awesome. If you’re going to be in New York City between now and April, I definitely recommend going!
  • I don’t recommend NYC taxis if you’re prone to motion sickness or a general fear of dying in a high-speed journey through the city.

And because I’m about to jet off to an engagement session, I’ll leave you with one image from our weekend, taken at the Disney Store in Times Square:

Happy Monday!

Tina - November 19, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Omg you went to the Harry potter exhibit!?! We live right in nj and are planning our day to see it!! I heard you can meet buckbeak & I LOVE buckbeak! Probably the most random character to love lol. Can’t wait to see more of your trip (um, times squares Disney stores is the best!!) and your shoot with Justin and Mary!

Terry Lynn - November 19, 2012 - 10:00 pm

NYC tips:
Act like you own the city even when you have no idea where you are. If you discover you are going the wrong way, either stop and look in a shop window and then correct, or square the block to get turned back. There’s plenty to see if you do.
Keep you eyes off in the distance. You can steal glances for people watching, but don’t get caught in an eye to eye contact.
Have any valuables divided between a purse and close fitted pockets.
There, nothing to be scared of. Enjoy!

Sarah B. - November 19, 2012 - 8:09 pm

Abby, your love and devotion for (and very obvious fun with) Matt make me so excited to be married! What an example of a fun and godly couple you are!

Glad you had a chance to get away and do something with you hubby!!

Court Bay - November 19, 2012 - 6:33 pm

You were so close to me!!!!

ashley link - November 19, 2012 - 6:03 pm

so fun! i can’t wait to see more of your shoot with justin and mary!!! that’s so exciting and cool! new york is amazing!!! totally stressful,though, too haha. and yay! i love the tangled quote! :)

happy monday! :)

Cassady Adams - November 19, 2012 - 2:52 pm

NYC was intimidating when I moved up here in May but you quickly learn to fit in. And driving actually becomes pretty fun…it’s more the parking that’s a pain. Can’t wait to see J&M’s pictures!

mollystillman - November 19, 2012 - 2:24 pm

i cannot WAIT to see your J&M pics!! so glad you had a great weekend :) :)

Sarah Goodwin - November 19, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Now that’s my kinda weekend! A J&M portrait session is definitely on my to do list too. Can’t wait to see!

Sharon Elizabeth - November 19, 2012 - 12:54 pm

haha — sounds awesome! and i cannot wait to see the photos =)

Rosie Parent - November 19, 2012 - 12:17 pm

That sounds like a very full weekend! Can’t wait to see the Justin & Mary shots :)

Alicia Lacey - November 19, 2012 - 12:14 pm

You have to check out my recent FB pics from London — we went to the Harry Potter Warner Bros tour and it was amazing! I totally thought of you while we were there and how much you’d like it :)

Rebekah Hoyt - November 19, 2012 - 12:03 pm

I’m so glad you guys had a great time in the city!! I simply cannot wait to see Justin & Mary’s pictures!!

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