Tuesday, February 26

Carter, party of three.

Girl meets Boy.

Girl stalks Boy until he starts dating her.

Girl & Boy fall in love & get married. They have lots of fun together. Then, they realize something is missing. A puppy is missing. They get a puppy girl.

 And call her Libby.

They have more fun together.  Life is pretty perfect.
Then, they realize something is missing again. A baby is missing. Easy enough, right?
Wrong. Wrong again.
And, wrong again.

Girl is sad.  She doesn't like to be sad. But, she can't help it. She is surrounded by her cute pregnant friends, & cuddly, chubby faced babies. Pink & blue.  Blue & pink. In fuzzy, footed pajamas. She tries to be happy for them. And, she is happy for them. But she also feels like a knife is digging into her heart.
The Girl and the Boy are confused because they are good at everything.
They are good at being married. They are good at teaching.  They are not good at this.

So, she cries. She wonders why.
Sometimes she yells at the Boy for no reason. She didn't mean it, Boy.  But, Boy doesn't care.

He is good at hiding his sadness.

He doesn't want the Girl to feel more sadness if he shows he is sad too.  It's ok, Boy.

Then, Boy & Girl remember that someone else is controlling their path. They aren't.
He has been leading them down it all along.

To adoption.

They will adopt a baby & love that baby with every part of their being.

Like they love each other.

If you followed that Dick & Jane version of my life, then you know...
we have started the process to adopt a BABY!

 So, in true Carter fashion, we celebrated.

And then, we bought our own fuzzy footed pajamas.  In blue AND pink.  

Friday, February 22

C.D.F. (coffee date friday)

Coffee dates are fun.  
You can talk about life, love, & the latest happenings on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  
Man oh man, is Brandi nuts.  

Virtual coffee dates can be fun, too!  So, let's have one!

If we were having a CDF (coffee date Friday), these are 5 things I would tell you...

1.  Devin tried to be nice & update my iphone so that my music was more organized.  Because Nelly needs his own playlist, people.  Priorities.  Well...he must have decided to ruin my life too because the updates erased ALL of my contacts, email set-up, 500+ pictures, everything.  Tears were shed.  Names were called.  Feet were stomped.  More tears were shed.  

2.  I went to the movies this week on a school night (gasp!) with a pretty little lady as my date.  We decided to forego skittles & smuggle in sushi instead.  Pure genius.  The sushi man even packed the rolls in their smallest air tight containers as to help with optimal smuggling.  Not genius though...sitting in front a bunch of tweens who giggled the whole time.  As I was thinking about getting the manager, I remembered they were me, just 10 years younger.  #gettingold

3.  The Bachelor is awesome.  I love the mansion, the girls, the fantasy suites, the most dramatic rose ceremony ever, etc.  This year's bachelor also happens to look EXACTLY like my high school AP Physics teacher, Mr. Walker.  Yes, I said AP Physics.  I only took the class because I had a mad crush on him.  Me & the 12 other boys that were in there with me.  If you're reading this....heeeeey Mr. Walker.  
Thanks for the C minus.

4.  These delicious muffins were made last week.  They would go perfectly with our coffee date.  
Thank you, Skinnytaste.  I love you.

5.  I had a real CDF scheduled with the man below this morning.  My daddy.  He always pays.  
I always do the talking.  It's a win-win.  Buuuut...Indiana decided to freeze over last night and it was canceled.  CDF Plan B: Matt Lauer & The Today Show.  Another win-win.

What 5 things would you tell me if we had a coffee date?
Happy CDF to you!

Monday, February 18

Weekend happies.

I follow several other blogs for different reasons. Some are just because they are fun to read, some are inspiring, & a some give me good ideas on crafting, cooking & everything in between. I have mentioned my favorite blog, Enjoying The Small Things, before & this blog encompasses all of the above things and more. ETST's writer, Kelle Hampton, is the definition of happiness and her blog is nothing short of amazing (at least her 20,000+ followers think so). She always finds happiness in the smallest of things. I know that whenever I read her blog, I will log off feeling happy, inspired, and just have a general fuzzy feeling about life. She will be the first to tell you her life isn't all puppies & rainbows, & that is ok. But, she will be darned if she doesn't find happiness in something each day.

If you haven't checked her out, go NOW. You will be inspired too.

This weekend we didn't do much, which was perfectly fine & often needed at the right time. So, I decided to grab my camera and take pictures of things that made me happy.

A date night out, a date night in, my favorite boots, brunch with friends, candy hearts, a Valentine package in the mail, & a puppy who never can keep both of her bows in, all fell into the weekend happy list.

Happy President's Day. I'm honoring the presidents by still being in my pj's at noon.
Maybe I will add in singing the National Anthem while doing the dishes or something.

Hope you are enjoying the small things, too.

Saturday, February 16

Remember when...

Almost every Saturday in the Carter house involves this:

Thank you, MTV.
Thank you also MTV for TRL, Singled Out, Teen Mom, & their latest trashy fun show - Catfish.

Saved By The Bell. Zack, Kelly, Lisa, Jesse, Slater, Screech & Mr. Belding. And the occasional Violet Bickerstaff, Leon Carosi, & let's not forget college boy Jeff from UCLA who broke up Zack & Kelly. My 10 year old brother ran to his room (fruit roll-up in hand) in tears after we watched that episode. Heartwrenching.

Saved By The Bell taught us about life, love, friendship, teen romance, drug abuse, homelessness, popularity, feminism, & how to dance The Sprain.

Watching Zack & his high-tech cell phone made me remember other fun things from the 90s.

What fun things do you remember from the 90s?
Happy Weekending to you.

Monday, February 11



Seven years ago I didn't take a leap of faith. I knew exactly what I was doing.

Seven years ago I walked down the aisle with a man who still calls me his little girl.

Seven years ago I hugged 26 little children. They were my very first class of students.

Seven years ago I was surrounded by friends who would walk through fire for me. Ditto.

Seven years ago I danced with my baby brother. And then danced some more. And some more.

Seven years ago I said yes. And, I've never looked back.

Happy seven to A&D.

Tuesday, February 5

Devin's thoughts on Life.

Let's set the scene.

Tuesday night. Abigail cooking dinner. Devin frantically running around collecting trash.
It's trash night, obviously. We get craaaazy 'round these parts.

Abigail: I'm doing a new blog tonight with a guest blogger.
Devin: Cool. Aka - I don't really care. It's trash night.
Abigail: The guest blogger is you.
Devin: Frozen. Trash bag in hand. Panic in eyes. "What?!"

And, so we begin.
His first thought is that everyone should drink out of a pineapple.

Or, when you are in Hawaii & your wife wants to drink out of a pineapple, you fork over the $30 to make her happy. Thanks, honey. XOXO.

Back to his thoughts. It's pretty simple. I said a word, he said the first thing that came to his mind.
Here we go!

Rap Music: Tupac.
I thought he would mention his outstanding impersonation of Flava Flav at my 30th birthday last year.
Everybody get your roll on.

Movie: The Fugitive.
I can see that. He could have easily helped Richard Kimble escape the Subways of NYC.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Thinking, thinking...finally: plastic.
Have to agree on that one. But plastic faces sure can produce some good drama.

Libby: Hairy
Their chests are both covered in hair, so I can see that association. Oops. I'll probably get looked down upon for that comment.

Underdressed: Jeans
Yes, yes. Often our dates involve DC underdressing & Abs overdressing. Otherwise known as opposites attract. Otherwise known as Abs likes to wear heels & feel pretty & Dev likes to wear sweatshirts. To each their own.

Michael Vick: The greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Said while smiling VERY smugly.
There are few things in this world that I despise, & MV is one of them. After the threat of a knuckle sandwich, he changed his answer to thug. That's better.

Sports: Football. Said while glued to ESPN, naturally.
No surprise there. But, maybe he should work on his golf game too? Yikes.

Working Out: Needed. (And then followed by, "ow. My hip hurts.")
Working out is required to look like this, ladies.

Britney Spears: Dirty look. Getting annoyed with this game. Wrap it up, Abs. Schoolgirl.
No picture needed. Y'all know exactly what that outfit looked like. Down to the puffy pink balls in her pigtails.

This blog: Thinking, staring, what should I say, thinking. Creative.
I'll take it.

Happy Tuesday. Not to be associated with Friday. Best day ever.