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we’re just moments

How often can one mention being “so busy” before it just starts to get annoying? In my opinion, it gets annoying pretty quickly. After all, everyone is busy. Well, maybe not my grandparents who live on a farm in Iowa…But then again, with well over fifty immediate descendants, even they seem to have a full calendar of birthdays, ball games, and the like, to attend. So, everyone is busy.

I work a full time job from eight to five Monday through Friday, combined with running a photography business on my own. I love it, I truly do. And I am Busy.

Today, I will head down to Dallas to second-shoot a wedding with my friend Kelly tomorrow. I will also get to do a portrait session for my dear friend Jen and her precocious, adorable daughter. Kelly and Jen are two of my closest friends in the world, and I love that my career of photography allows me to spend time with my friends.

The other day, my wonderful friend Kriea stopped by my work to get a disc of images from a wedding I had second-shot for her. {Kriea is a very successful wedding photographer, as is Kelly, and they both have families. I imagine my busy-ness doesn’t even compare to theirs.} So, when Kriea stopped by, it was a rare treat for us to be able to hang out for just a bit and catch up and chat.

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The above photo is of Kriea, me, Kelly, and Jen. It was taken at my ten year class reunion last year. Jen and I were in the same class; and Kelly and Kriea happened to be shooting a wedding together nearby on the same night as my reunion, so they stopped by. I knew I had a photo of myself with all of them, but then I realized the class reunion photos are on an old hard drive somewhere {I fill up external hard drives pretty quickly.} So I grabbed this one from one of my Facebook albums. Have I mentioned how much I love Facebook?

I realize this is a random, rambling post. When I started writing, I was tempted to tell you all about how busy I have been, to explain my lack of consistent posting this week. But then, that seemed annoying. So, I shifted my perspective and instead, I want to explain how my busy life is a blessing straight from God. And when He gives me moments with friends and family, I am truly appreciative.

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneDecember 20, 2010 - 9:29 pm

I absolutely love that we got to shoot together all day Saturday, and I appreciate all you are to me. I am so thankful that through both of our insane busy-ness we still make a way to talk or see each other, which is why you are my best friend. Love you girl!

this will make you smile

This holiday season, my heart is continuously warmed as I shoot and edit portraits for sweet little families such as this one…

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Seriously, how precious are those twin babies?? Obviously, look at their parents and you can see that they have some good genes! So adorable! Makes me smile.

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneDecember 29, 2010 - 5:58 am

PRECIOUS! Natalie is gorgeous as ever!

it’s as simple as something that nobody knows

Here are a few facts about living in Oklahoma:

1~Here in good old Oklahoma, it is not considered cheap or tacky at all to get a design on your toes when you get a pedicure. {Also okay: french mani/pedi’s–but I refrain from that.} ;)

2~Even though it might get bitterly cold here, we usually don’t get a whole lot of snow. So, you might be tempted to get a snowflake painted on your toes in order to increase the whole feeling of winter/holiday spirit.

3~In addition to the snowflake, you might want to wear your summery {and also not-at-all-tacky} toe ring year-round. Because really, today it might be 24 degrees in the morning, 60 degrees in the afternoon, and 75 degrees tomorrow. And we all know that 75 degrees is open-toed shoe weather. Perfect for showing off your pedicure design and your toe ring! ;)

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~abi~

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ashley o.December 15, 2010 - 10:54 pm

…that her eyes are as big as her bubbly toes.
You make me smile :c)

~abi~December 17, 2010 - 3:34 pm

ashley, YOU make ME smile! :)

leggings and boots, boots and leggings

As a young teen, I lived in a small town in Iowa and harbored a secret dream of maybe one day moving to New York City to be a high fashion makeup artist. But at that time, my life consisted mainly of…let’s see…church; friends; church; babysitting and then moving up to working at KMart; church; sometimes “spraying beans” or “detassling corn” {they’re real jobs–don’t be jealous}. But mostly it consisted of church. A far cry from the glamorous and maybe not so churchy life of a NYC makeup artist.

But really, as it turns out, I don’t think that being a big-time makeup artist would have ever worked out as a career for me anyway. Let’s gloss right over the facts that I never moved to New York and never even went to cosmetology school. Those are minor details. Because I think the real issue would have been my wardrobe. In my midwestern girl mind, I am quite convinced that high fashion makeup artists must always wear all black in order to be taken seriously as they are painting smudgy eye makeup onto the faces of models and celebs. And you see, therein lies the problem. I just love colorful clothing so very much!

Case in point, my outfit today…
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As it gets chilly outside, many girls turn to the comfortable, easy, and cute outfit solution of leggings and boots, boots and leggings. So, in order to not blend in with the masses, I choose color. Sure, I have my black leggings that I love. But how fun are these bright blue ones?? So much more fun!

Think I could rock ’em in the back of a runway tent during fashion week while applying smudgy eye makeup to models??

~abi~

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Bethany LarieDecember 10, 2010 - 1:52 am

Your fabulous!! yes you are!! God is blessing you in so many ways!!! Your beautiful and i love you… did i read write.. your working at kmart? call me we need to catch up!!! LUV U

ashley o.December 10, 2010 - 4:46 pm

i love you abi. and can say that my living wouldn't look as beautiful if you were making over faces in New York Ciy instead of creating beautiful images at my wedding. enough said :c)

~abi~December 10, 2010 - 6:02 pm

haha, bethany! you are crazy, lady! i said when i was a TEEN i worked at kmart! ;)

and ashley, totally agreed! things turned out exactly as they should have in my life! :) thanks! <3

Kelly BeaneDecember 10, 2010 - 9:47 pm

i'm so glad you didn't end up in new york, as i would have never met my very best friend! ;) i also have to say wedding photographers must wear black (haha), and thankfully you stray from the norm to bring color into all of our lives! i am so thankful for my bright, colorful, crazy, sweet, beautiful and VERY fashionable best friend!

social media addict

Every morning, one of the very first things I do is get on Facebook. And then, throughout the day, I proceed to check it about seventy-five…thousand…times. Same with Twitter. Although, I do get all my @ replies and direct messages as texts, so that cuts down some on the checking of Twitter.

Awhile back, I got so convicted about my addiction to Twitter/Facebook/blogs, that I actually changed my home page to YouVersion. That way, the first thing I end up doing when I get on my computer is reading scripture instead of going straight to wasting time catching up on everyone and everything.

But still, I have a problem and I feel that it should be addressed. See, here’s the thing: I can’t imagine what it would be like were some disaster to strike and somehow wipe out social media. I am serious. The very thought makes me shudder. I mean, how would I know what is going on with the boy I like my friends?? How could I show off my cute outfits? What would be the point of even wearing cute clothes if they would never end up in a photo online…that someone could comment on?? {On a sort of related side note: it always baffles me when clients rave about loving their photos by me and then they never post them on Facebook. I mean, don’t they want people to be able to comment about how great they look?}

It has occurred to me often that we now live in a world where there is a whole other realm called virtual reality. I know, I am stating the obvious here. But think about it. There are so many things that I really feel like I would be missing out on if I didn’t see them on Twitter or Facebook. And I can’t even think of how I would ever obtain this info if it weren’t available to me via the aforementioned sites.

I know, everyone is all about less Facebook, more face time. But come on, people. Let’s just admit what a wonderful, helpful, informative thing the internet is! And when I say internet, I mostly mean social networking.

Am I the only one who feels like this? Am I alone in my problem? Should I pretend to be more anti-internet??

~abi~

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Steve RDecember 8, 2010 - 4:42 pm

nope…ur not alone. I admit I'm an addict too! I love seeing/hearing what's going on with people. I love learning how they think.

For me, Soc Med is a tool to building stronger, more personal relationships with those I love and some that I would never meet. Because of Soc Med, I have friends who I know by name on six of the seven continents.

It's a wonderful world to me and allows me to interact with neat people. I read a book recently and commented on the authors' FB page. Within days, both authors had personally responded to my comment. This type of interaction would have never happened even 10 years ago.

Anyway…I'm preachin to the choir. All that to say "ur not alone!" Indulge yourself! (We love to read your mind, Abi!)

BrittDecember 8, 2010 - 5:08 pm

I'm the same way! I'm completely addicted to Facebook and Twitter! My mom still thinks that Facebook is evil and pointless, but she is just crazy. I mainly use Facebook to keep in touch with friends that I would other wise never get to talk to or see in person. So you are not alone! :)

Brandi SueDecember 13, 2010 - 6:40 am

Nope! You're not alone! I love being able to see what my friends and family are up too and look at their pictures! The other day someone mentioned that they enjoyed looking at my pictures and then re-commented and said that that sounded a little stalker-ish. I replied saying that the reason I post them is so people can look at them haha. Face time is great but it's not always possible with friends and family who live so far away, so facebook is sometimes the only way I will get to see or visit with some of them on a more frequent basis! and the internet in general is great!!