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Monday Mash-Up

I’m back! And I’m exhausted. I need a staycation to recover from my vacation. Matt and I had such a good time with our family in the Outer Banks, but there’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed again. It’s amazing how much relaxing can wear you out!But we’re back home now, me with a sweet tan and Matt with some more freckles :).

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

  • Shucking crabs is dangerous. I have three battle wounds from an evening of cracking open claws, and then the scarred memories of painful lacerations full of Old Bay seasoning.
  • Never underestimate an excitable puppy’s ability to inflict unintentional wounds with their newly-cut nails. We picked up Lily from the outdoor kennel she’d been staying at for the week and she went NUTS when she saw us. The ensuing scratches were totally worth it, though- we were just stoked to have her back!
  • On another note, if you ever want to tire your dog out, take her to an outdoor kennel where they let the dogs run around on a farm all day. Lily’s barely moved from the couch since we brought her home.
  • That whole sentiment about cloudy days can be more dangerous than sunny days? Totally true. Because the one day I was sunburned? It was overcast.
  • We found a hornet’s nest being built on the under side of one of the deck chairs at the beach house, so Matt went to war with a can of wasp killer. I did the damsel-in-distress thing REALLY well.
  • Photographing children is hard (for me)- I’m used to shooting adults with longer attention spans. Photographing children who are under the age of three and have a fever? Yeah, forget about it. UNLESS, I discovered, you have a little secret weapon I call CANDY! Our two-year-old niece Evelyn was feeling yucky on our last day of vacation and whenever I asked her to smile for me, she started to cry. But then I broke out a piece of bright red taffy and the sobs immediately turned to smiles. WIN!
  • In poking around a Christmas store, we found tree ornaments of the cast of Jersey Shore. I wept for the future of America’s youth.

A few snapshots from our beach vacation!

Matt loves mini golf. I do not, because I’m terrible at it. However, by some stroke of luck, I managed to beat him on Saturday! I think he was just having an off-day, but I’ll take it.

Before an offer of taffy… AFTER!

Happy Monday!

Karen Field - September 17, 2012 - 10:10 pm

Terrific picts of the vacation!

Matt - September 17, 2012 - 8:14 pm

I was the one that pointed out the Jersey Shore ornaments and you beat me fair and square in Mini-Golf. I love the pictures of Evelyn, I think they capture her very well!

admin - September 17, 2012 - 8:13 pm

I was the one that pointed out the Jersey Shore ornaments and you beat me fair and square in Mini-Golf. I love the pictures of Evelyn, I think they capture her very well!

Rebekah - September 17, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Ahh, the Jersey Shore ornaments. That is so disturbing.

Tori Watson - September 17, 2012 - 10:40 am

bribing children with candy and secretly loving jersey shore ornaments….sounds like a great vacation to me! ;) haha

Alicia - September 17, 2012 - 9:47 am

Those ornaments are crazy!! Your niece is beautiful! I love the pouty picture too:)

Wendy {Weswen Design} - September 17, 2012 - 9:31 am

Those crabs look DELISH! And those ornaments make me shake my head. Hahah. Looks like you had a great time!

Beach lovin and livin

This. This is why I love him. Because, despite his dislike of having his photo taken, he’ll traipse down to the beach with me in the evening to stand in front of a camera, holding a remote, taking photos of the two of us. Kissing. In front of other people. So that we can remember how it felt to be young and in love, away from work and free from worry.

Thank you, Matt. You’ll never know how much I treasure these.

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Happy Friday!

Annamarie - September 18, 2012 - 8:36 am

oh I love these! You two make a beautiful couple…you guys are super good at self portraits! Glad you had a fun trip!

Megan Guernsey - September 17, 2012 - 9:55 pm

these are amazing!! you guys are so photogenic :)

Karen Field - September 16, 2012 - 12:06 am

So beautiful! I love these photos. The one of Matt alone is the best I’ve seen of him! I want copies! Mom

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Lauren - September 14, 2012 - 2:29 pm

Love these… hope there is more to come! :)

Kelly - September 14, 2012 - 1:03 pm

These are gorgeous Abby! Lighting is amazing…illuminating!

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Serena Severtson - September 14, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Awww – you two are super sweet! Hope you both enjoyed your time at the beach! :)

molly - September 14, 2012 - 11:53 am

oh my gosh these are so sweet <3

Lindsey - September 14, 2012 - 10:51 am

Gorgeous couple :) I can feel the love!

Rebekah Hoyt - September 14, 2012 - 9:29 am

Oh wow, these are gorgeous. That first one looks so romantic and so natural! You are the queen of selfies, my friend! I can’t take self-portraits like this to save my life!!

Katie Wallis - September 14, 2012 - 9:15 am

These pictures are adorable :) hope you enjoy relaxing together!

Hannah Rancourt - September 14, 2012 - 9:07 am

LOVE! You two are adorable together!

Theresa - September 14, 2012 - 9:06 am

Love it! Great pics, guys!

Gabby Tuesday- elementary film equipment

Yes, I realize it’s Wednesday. I recorded this week’s Gabby Tuesday post last week and didn’t realize until Sunday that Tuesday was September 11th, and I wanted to hold off until the 12th.:)Sorry for any confusion!

This week’s video blog is all about my film gear! Mind you, that list of gear is pretty limited as I’m still learning to get comfortable with film, but there you go.

  • I recorded this video blog four times before I was satisfied with it- the first time, it was seven minutes long. The second time, it was still too long and Lily was laying on the floor next to my tripod so you could hear steady, heavy breathing in the background, and I decided that was creepy if you didn’t know I have a dog.
  • Also, how RAD are these red skinny jeans? Target! Wooo. Their sizing is totally wack, but if you can get over that small detail, life is good.
  • In case y’all were wondering, the intro/extro (extro?) song I use is called “Daftpunk Is Playing At My House” by LCD Soundsystem. You should go listen to it right away. After you watch this video blog.

As always, drop questions/comments/concerns in the comments section!



Happy Wednesday!

Justin - September 12, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Great post! I love film! And also I love the strap on your 35mm Film Camera. Is that a dreamer strap I see? Awesome. Oh and being musical, I must correct your extro for a replacement of the word “outro”

ali w - September 12, 2012 - 11:01 am

i think the biggest thing I fear is how to load it! I got the 35 mm down, but i have a holga at home that I have no idea if it is loaded right. I don’t want to ruin the film, but I’m clueless as to how that little guy works :) thanks for the post girl!

Stephen - September 12, 2012 - 10:28 am

Elementary my dear Gracie!

Hannah Rancourt - September 12, 2012 - 10:22 am

You are the cutest and I LOVE your pants!!!! You make film sound so tempting to try. I don’t need any more expensive hobbies so I am going to enjoy watching you learn instead!:-)

Something beautiful

They say you’ll never forget where you were when something especially tragic happens, and that sentiment is true of my experience on September 11, 2001. I was in my 8th grade Civics class with Mrs. Zablotney. I couldn’t tell you what were learning about or who was sitting next to me, but I remember another teacher hurrying through the door and rushing over to my teacher, whispering in her ear, telling her what had just happened. I remember how her face went from smiling to grave as she processed what the other teacher was saying, and then she crossed the room to flick on the TV. After that, the day turned into a blur of kids being pulled out of school by their parents (we were less than 30 miles from the Pentagon), discussions of what would happen next, and in between it all, wondering what the heck a “world trade center” was. None of it made sense.

And then I remember the footage- that one clip they played over and over of a person trapped on an upper floor of one of the Twin Towers, so overcome with fear at the thought of burning alive that they jumped. I remember the juxtaposition of seeing a peaceful, beautiful piece of architecture suddenly ripped apart by an unexpected aircraft barreling into the side of it. I remember being scared for the people of New York, terrified for the people inside that building, and heartbroken for the families left wandering the streets looking for loved ones.

But the United States of America is not one to take things sittings down. And out of something so ugly, so abhorrent, there rose something beautiful- we banded together, leaning on one another, drawing strength from each other. The star spangled banner flew high and proud, we all sang our national anthem a bit louder, and both of my brothers, and countless others, pledged their commitment to the United States military. We became ONE nation again.

Today is a day that we remember our sorrow, but it’s also a day that I remember as the one that lit a fire under our butts, causing us to rise up with one voice and a flag flying high behind us, promising to defend our nation from those who would wish to crush our hopes and dreams. As many issues concerning the state of our country that we may see on FOX news or CNN, I will always look back on post-September 11 America with an enormous sense of pride. This was the time when I learned what it means to be an American.

God bless you all, and don’t forget to thank a police officer, firefighter or member of the military today.

Karen Field - September 11, 2012 - 11:39 pm

Wow. It was good to hear your remembrances of that day. While you were in school seeing kids pulled from classes, I was at your old elementary school bringing kids to the front office to reunite with their parents. That was a really memorable day. School was off the next day and I remember all 5 of us sitting in front of the tv and being mystified by what was happening. It will be a part of my memory for the rest of my life.

Shauna - September 11, 2012 - 6:36 pm

We will never forget!

Jean - September 11, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Abby, this brought tears to my eyes. It was such an emotional time and it still is hard for me to think of all the devastation, all the lives lost. Thank you for this tribute to our military, firemen and police officers.

Shalese - September 11, 2012 - 3:37 pm

This post gave me goosebumps! What a beautiful way to put such a mix of emotions into words.

Alicia - September 11, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Beautiful post Abby & so very true. For me that horrible event and those that followed marked the understanding of what “Proud to Be an American” meant. It still gives me chills to think about it.

molly - September 11, 2012 - 10:40 am

amen, abby. so well put. i know ill never forget where i was <3

Monday Mash-Up

Forgive this short and sweet post- I’m on vacation! Blogging will be light this week so I apologize in advance- I’m taking time off to spend the week with family. Enjoy this teaser from Phil & Megan’s wedding this past Saturday- their day will be on the blog next week!

Happy Monday!

Rici - September 12, 2012 - 4:47 am

Such a sweet preview! Can´t wait to see more!!
Have a great vacation! Saluti.

mollystillman - September 10, 2012 - 12:50 pm

AH GORGEOUS! have a GREAT vacation! you deserve it, girl!

Jean - September 10, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Beautiful picture! Have a great vacation.