Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Vacation pictures + a giveaway!!

Holy potatoes, friends. I just can't seem to get back on a blog schedule! But I'm here now. And guess what? I love you! I love you! I looooove youuuu! (ok... maybe creepy... but it's a quote from Elf :)

Well, it's already been 20 days since we got back, but I thought I'd finally share my vacation pictures and tell you a bit about our trip! In case you don't remember, me and my little sister Anna took off for about a week to New Jersey to visit our aunt, uncle, cousins, and the ocean. :)
As with any good vacation, we ate a LOT. You just can't get that east coast pizza here in the midwest, so we made sure to get it the first day we were there. We also had fried oreos (I wasn't a huge fan, but Anna loves them), a couple funnel cakes, and lots of ice cream. :)
We saw the many moods of the ocean -- one day was stormy and there was lightning over the water, other days were so perfect I didn't know how I would ever leave. And we did our traditional sunrise morning trip to the beach.
Maybe my favorite part of the trip was one of the cloudy mornings when me and Anna walked down the shore and looked at shells and stuff. It was cool and calm and pretty wonderful.

We also took some obligatory pictures in front of the ocean:

And, on our last night, we saw a double rainbow over the ocean!

Oh, and we did one other thing while we were there...

We shopped for you guys!

I'd like to announce/attempt my first ever giveaway! 

One lucky winner will get a small bag of saltwater taffy, a Target gift card, and these pretty bangles

(I have a matching set :)

They were very difficult to take a picture of, but I promise they're lovely! And even if you don't like the bangles or the taffy, hey, who doesn't love Target??

Enter using the Rafflecopter below! It'll be open till midnight next Wednesday/Thursday. Winner must live in the US and not be related to me :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to all and I hope you enter! :)


Tristan said...

More giveaways! :)

I'm trying to get into doing a few of those too.

But I love seeing just everyday life plus book reviews! I'm always looking for a great new book!

Kate said...

I love you're "I'm a runner" shirt :P
And those pictures made me want to be at the beach like. Right now. Gah.

Hope the new job and Pat being back has been wonderful!

Sammantha said...

how beautiful! looks like a great vacation :)

Anash said...

i like new recipes always
Thanks for a super giveaway!
My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Alyx said...

How cool is that - the double rainbow over the ocean?! I mean, really. Pretty dang awesome.
And you look great, Abbey!!
Glad you're back from your vacay, and don't worry about getting a perfect blogging schedule right away - spend some quality time with Pat!

Ooooh, and thanks for the super generous giveaway! :)

Katrin said...

So glad you had a great time!
And the pictures are awesome! I want more great pictures! And I have never seen a double rainbow! Wow!
What an awesome giveaway! So exciting!

Genna said...

Those bangles are to die for. I'll probably die if I don't win! But I'm so glad you had fun :)

Anonymous said...

love the photos. You do look great. I also love the bangles--glad you're back!

Anonymous said...

I love that the slice of pizza is bigger than Anna's head. I love the different moods of the ocean--that's how it is--different every day. Bangles rock.

Sara said...

1.) I love your pictures.
2.) That slice of pizza seriously looks like heaven.
3.) You look awesomely tan. I would look like Casper compared to you. ;-)
4.) You are amazing for have this giveaway! :-)

Cassy said...

Oh I just love the beach! I'm super jealous of your vacation.

Amy said...

Yay for pictures!
It looks like y'all had so much fun, and you can definitely see the family resemblance between you and your sister! Gorgeous girls!
I think one of my favorite things about vacation is the eating....gah, i love eating. :)

Breenah said...

Looks like you had fun! I love the pictures of the ocean!

Sar said...

I love your whole blog, but I'd love to hear more about grad school as it goes along!

Tamara said...

Beach photos - so jealous!
Also, I want your shirt. Like, you may want to watch your back because I'll steal if off of you - want. :)

And Yay for your first giveaway!

Tamara said...

Oh, also, I'm with Sar - I love your blog! I'd like to hear more about your higher education experiences with people [because I've been working for 7 years and sometimes I'm amazed at how people act!]

Anna said...

haha, 'winner must be not related to me' made me laugh. I had that problem with my very first giveaway too. :) Those bangles are WAY cute! (awesome job picking out prizes)
What i'd like to see on your blog?
I'm always interested in reading product reviews of what other bloggers love. OH! and book recommendations!

Sarah Grace said...

those bangles are soooo pretty!

Junk Loving Girl said...

I love book reviews, I have been burnt too many times by a fancy cover and so a good book review is priceless!

Shauna said...

Looks like an awesome time!! I've been MIA for a week because of jury duty, but I'm back!

KSCoffeeGirl said...

I love that slice of pizza in front of Anna! Totally kicks Papa Keno's tush! And you and Anna are both adorable!

I love the everyday life updates! :) And I really enjoy your book reviews...I'm finally starting to read for fun again!


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