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Monday Mash-Up

It’s November! I had this theory when I was a kid that the odd years passed more quickly than the even years, so ’97, ’99, ’01 etc. were a blur. But now that I’m a bit older, it feels like EVERY year passes in a blur. And from listening to friends of mine with newborns, I know that feeling will only be exacerbated with even more time. Isn’t that crazy how it works out? As a child, you spend your days wishing for time to pass faster, but it trudges on slow as molasses. But then when you’re finally old enough to appreciate time for what it is, it slips away, a flighty thing never to be held still. Infuriating.

Friday was our first Halloween in the new house and we had so much fun! My last-minute costume idea was to be black-turtle-neck-clad Taylor Swift from the Shake It Off video, and Matt bought a “Rufferee” costume for Lily and then donned his high school football jersey to match. A ragtag bunch of costumes, but we had fun sitting out of the stoop watching the neighborhood kids trudge door-to-door.

As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week:

  • Maybe this makes me a crotchety old person, but kids these days need to learn what a proper costume is. Throwing on a Scream mask without even changing out of what you wore to school that day is NOT a costume. Neither is simply spraying your hair with pink temporary dye. Go home, get a real costume, and then come back and ask me for free candy.
  • Also, Trick-Or-Treating etiquette mandates that you SAY “Trick-Or-Treat!” in order to receive your sweet reward. Simply sticking your bag in my face isn’t going to cut it, buddy.
  • If I say “you can pick four pieces of candy,” don’t whine. Take the dang candy and get off my porch, you ungrateful child. And next year? You’ll be limited to THREE Krabby Patties.
  • Clearly, I’m pretty self-righteous about Halloween. I should probably get over that.
  • There’s this group of kids in our neighborhood who enjoys cussing loudly while they play outside in the afternoons. And I mean serious cussing. So when the ringleader came to our door in costume with his cronies in tow, I jokingly said “Hey, are you the kid who keeps dropping the F-bomb around the neighborhood?” Never, ever ask that. The response I got was “What’s an F-bomb?” and then, of course, I had to backpedal, and explain that it’s not an incendiary device, and that I was just kidding and to please forget it. Oh, and then I realized their parents were standing off to the side. Whoops!

Our costumes!

Taylor Swift Halloween costume- Abby Grace

And in case you were wondering, nope, I didn’t cut my hair! Just some well-placed bobby pins and lotsa hair spray. Happy Monday, friends!

Abbey - November 4, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Abby!!!! When I saw the diet coke, I knew you were my kinda gal. Great minds think alike!!! :)

Dad - November 4, 2014 - 9:11 am

Taylor Swift ain’t got nothin’ on you….except maybe 5 inches in height

Janine A. Enold - November 3, 2014 - 10:12 am

Totally agree with points 1,2 & 3!

Tiffany Heidenthal - November 3, 2014 - 9:59 am

Haha! I just posted my blog post about Halloween and ungrateful children, so I’m totally with you. I had one kid try to TAKE THE CANDY BOWL from me because he didn’t like the candy I’d given him. And then others who were throwing leaves at our flaming pumpkin to try to start a bigger fire… KIDS THESE DAYS.

PS, your costumes are adorable.

Terri Baskin - November 3, 2014 - 8:48 am

Love the recap!! Thanks for confirming that you didn’t cut your hair! I agree with these “lazy” costumes kids had on this year!

Morgan Danner - November 3, 2014 - 8:41 am

This is HILARIOUS! I feel the same way about Halloween! Say Trick-or-Treat, please and thank you! Kids these days!!

Jae - November 3, 2014 - 8:28 am

I wouldn’t have backpedaled, ESPECIALLY since their parents were there. Better their parents know how disturbing their language is to the neighbours. When I was a kid, that kind of thing was never tolerated, and even if we weren’t the hug-your-every-neighbour type of neighbourhood, parents found out pretty quickly what kind of crap their kids got up to! Also I think I’m with you on the proper costumes and no complaining about candy amount thing. But as TSwift would say…Shake it off, right?

Jean - November 3, 2014 - 8:24 am

i had to laugh out loud at this one and read it to your pawpaw. You have definitely crossed over the adult threshold with this one.

Jacob & Courtney- an elegant fall wedding at Hendry House

Has there ever been this much laughter on a wedding day before? I doubt it. Jacob & Courtney are fun enough on their own, but when you added in their best friends and closest family, it was a day of joy from beginning to end. The phrase I kept hearing over and over was “He is so in love with her!” To be held close, cherished and adored in the way that he does with his bride is the stuff of every girl’s dreams. Perfectly in love, always laughing, this bride & this groom are idyllic in every way.

Jacob & Courtney, thank you. To be present with you both on your wedding day, documenting your parents’ joy and your friends’ heartfelt excitement, it was an honor. Thank you for trusting me with such important memories! I hope Punta Cana was as wonderful as I imagine!

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Details-

Venue: Hendry House
Catering: Root & Stem
Coordination/Design: A Sweet Soiree
Dress: Hayley Paige
Shoes: Menbur, via BHLDN
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo
Groom + groomsmen: Calvin Klein
Rentals: A Vintage Affair
DJ: Black Tie Entertainment

ashley mitchell - November 3, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Oooo love this Abby! The guys blue suits are perfect and that reception decor is SOOO pretty – they look so happy!

Tara - November 1, 2014 - 7:55 am

These are stunning Abby! And that venue!

Tracey Gapol - October 31, 2014 - 9:23 pm

i love EVERYTHING about this!! But the editing has me, I love your style! May I ask… Do you use film or are you a VSCO editor?

Monday Mash-Up

Oi. I woke up this morning feeling as though I’d aged 60 years overnight. You’d think, after running a marathon, that it’d be the best sleep you’ll ever have, right? Nope. Instead, you wake up every couple of hours with your hips aching, wondering why, for the hundredth time that weekend, you ever decided upon such a drawn-out form of self-inflicted torture?

It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong! There’s nothing that gives me that feeling of accomplishment like crossing this finish line after 26.2 miles of running. When you’re physically exhausted, emotionally spent, and you can say “I DID IT!!” That makes it worth it. After finishing you proceed on to receive your finisher’s medal, and this year I intentionally picked the line with the only female Marine in sight handing out medals. When she read my shirt (see below), she hugged me and told me to thank my brother and then thanked ME for running, and I cried. It was one of those moments that didn’t really make sense- here she was, serving her country, and all I did was run a dumb race. But of the past three marathons I’ve run, that was my single most favorite moment!

As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the last week weekend:

  • I saw Samwise Gamgee aka Rudy!! Sean Astin ran the marathon this year and he was at the finish line, talking with the announcer guy. And like an idiot, as I’m running the last 1/10th of a mile, I found myself shouting “RUUUUDY!” It worked- he looked over at me, gave me a sarcastic smile, then kept on talking. You know, as if he hadn’t heard that exact same thing shouted at him every day since 1993.
  • Also a high point: finding $60 between miles 8 and 9. I saw a $20 on the ground, picked it up with a smile, then opened it to find it was actually three $20 bills. I felt really bad for whoever dropped it, but since I didn’t see whoever dropped it, there was no way to return it to its owner aside from shouting “HEY! WHO JUST LOST SIXTY DOLLARS?” So I just bought lunch for me, Matt, and my parents afterwards. Win!
  • We finished 15 minutes faster than our previous marathon! Yaaay for PRs!
  • There comes a point during marathons when some people hit what we refer to as “the wall.” Totally devoid of energy, completely spent. I hit it the first year, my dad hit it this year at around mile 25. I asked “do you want me to talk to you? Or just shut up?” “Just shut up.” Duly noted, Dad.:)
  • I’ve discovered the best race-course snack for when you just need a shot of sugar: Starburst! Specifically, the watermelon ones from the FaveReds bag.

Hey look! Some iPhone pictures!

Marine Corps Marathon 2014- Abby Grace

Right before the race began, several Marine paratroopers (I think that’s the right term?) jumped out of planes overhead, and as they were falling back to Earth, unrolled a ginormous flag. It was awesome!

Marine Corps Marathon 2014- Abby Grace

Aaand this was pretty much our view for the entirety of the race. Running through Georgetown is always one of my favorite parts :).

Marine Corps Marathon 2014- Abby Grace

DONE. Or, as Fat Amy would say, “Crushed it.”

Marine Corps Marathon 2014- Abby GraceHappy Monday, folks!

Karen Field-aka Mom - October 28, 2014 - 12:50 am

I’m so proud of both of you! And Personal Bests by 15 minutes! you both rock!

Alicia - October 27, 2014 - 11:18 am

This is pretty incredible, Abby! So proud of you and your dad — and of course, thank you to your brother for serving!! But what was more exciting… finding $60 or finishing with a PR?! hahah

Tiffany Heidenthal - October 27, 2014 - 10:48 am

Your dad’s blog comment is the best haha. Congratulations!

Dad - October 27, 2014 - 10:29 am

The best part was being done

Sarah Bradshaw - October 27, 2014 - 10:08 am

I was driving over the 395 bridge on my way to a shoot when the flag was descending. I stopped and prayed for you guys. :) Pretty spectacular way to start the morning!!!

Morgan Danner - October 27, 2014 - 9:13 am

You guys are AMAZING!!! Congratulations!! Crushed it :)

Shalese - October 27, 2014 - 8:37 am

I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT!!!! You and your dad are amazing!

Jean - October 27, 2014 - 8:23 am

you and my son-in-law are just so awesome!

Mary - October 27, 2014 - 8:20 am

Way to go, girl!!! Such an amazing accomplishment and so sweet that you did it with your Dad!! Your brother must be so proud. :) Rest up!! xo

Georgina- a New York City ballerina session in Central Park

I’ve been hoping for a chance to shoot a ballerina session in New York ever since beginning my ballerina series last year, and when my most recent Manhattan travel date approached I knew this was the time to make it happen! Georgina and I both danced at Conservatory Ballet growing up, so when I learned that she’s currently living and dancing in the city, I knew we had to make a session happen. Fortunately for me, things worked out, and I left Central Park that day walking on cloud nine- everything about this session was perfect! Enjoy this gorgeous ballerina in one of my favorite New York spots.

Georgina, thank you thank you thank you for bringing my vision to life! You are STUNNING and it was a joy to photograph you, girl!

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Wendy Byrd - November 19, 2014 - 11:51 am

Ahhh I love these. Is drooling inappropriate? Gawking?

Kathryn Grace - October 27, 2014 - 8:29 am

Wow! Gorgeous!

Jenny - October 24, 2014 - 1:01 pm

These are breathtaking. So glad you’re sharing these!

Lindsey LaRue - October 24, 2014 - 10:59 am

I’m in love with these! Probably my favorite of your ballet sessions to date!

Melissa - October 24, 2014 - 10:41 am

These are AMAZING!!!

Lelia Marie - October 24, 2014 - 10:22 am

Wow Abby! This is my favorite ballerina session yet! Beautiful :-)