Where are the Watermelons?

We were looking for watermelon. As we navigated through the thick crowd of people scurrying down Jackson Avenue in downtown Russellville we saw tilt-a-whirls and tie-dye t-shirts, roasted corn and funnel cakes, antique tractors and vintage vehicles....but we didn't see any watermelon.

The three of us had taken the short drive south to Russellville, to explore the celebrated Franklin County Watermelon Festival. After a walk through the streets, we saw many interesting things, but there was no watermelon in sight. Prompted by the lack of ripe, juicy fruit and the humidity in the air, we loaded in the car and headed back towards home. We were pretty disappointed with the festival, so we decided to stop by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on the way home....to hopefully gleam some sort of fun out of our Saturday outing. Athough the museum itself was full of information regarding the Alabama music scene, our favorite part of the day was playing with the authentic Wurlitzer jukebox which was filled with music made by Alabama natives....Hudson especially loved dancing to Lionel Richie's "All Night Long".


{On the lookout for fruit!!}


{We saw corn for sale....}

{....and lots of old trucks...}

{....and tractors....}

{....and cars....}

{....and more trucks....}

{....and more tractors. But no watermelon.}

{The Alabama Music Hall of Fame}

{nice ride}

{country boys? nah.}

{highlight of our day}

{Hudson requests some music.}

{groovin' in the museum}


After my bath...

After my bath
I try, try, try
to wipe myself
till I'm dry, dry, dry.

Hands to wipe
and fingers and toes
and two wet legs
and a shiny nose.

Just think how much
less time I'd take
if I were a dog
and could shake,

-Aileen Fisher


A Day at the Farm

A couple of weeks ago, we made a little weekday escape to my family's farm, about an hour south of our home in Florence. Hudson seemed positively awestruck by all of the beautiful wide open spaces and miles of green pastures as far as the eye can see. We came on a whim, traveling down to visit for a bit with my Dad who was there doing some work on the farm that day, and we ended up having a wonderful time. There's lots of fun things for a sweet little city boy to investigate in the lovely countryside! First, Hudson got acquainted with a few of the many cows that live on the farm....brown ones, white ones, big cows, and babies. As he sat perched on a soft blanket, the docile herd grazed peacefully around him, turning their big eyes his way between munches of grass. One brave little calf came quite close, just as curious about baby Hudson, as Hudson was about the cows. After a ride through the fields, we ventured down to the barn where my Dad and I reminisced about the many hot summer days I spent on the farm as a girl, exploring the lush pastures with my horse Cinnamon. The August sun was burning brightly, and it was nearing time to head back to our city home, but first we stopped by the garden to gather some ripe, red tomatoes that served as a perfect farm fresh treat for our dinner that night. I can't wait to enjoy many more weekends at the farm with our little boy....I imagine it won't be long until he's jumping over the rushing water of the creek, playing with the friendly hound dogs, exploring hidden dirt pathways through the surrounding woods, and perhaps even riding his very own horse through the beautiful fields....what do you think, GrandDad??

{sweet baby & vintage truck}

{"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson}

{farm livin' is the life for me!}

{"Hey now, brown cow! Don't come too close!"}

{"I picked this tomato...can we take it home?"}


Words From Dad - Reflections on your 1st Year


I would like to start out by telling you how special this past year has been for your mother and I. I cannot even start to tell you how strong our love is for you, and our beautiful family. Each day is a dream come true. It is such a great honor and privilege to be your father. I cannot wait to get home from work to see you in the front yard with your mom, welcoming me home. As soon as you realize it’s me you start flapping your arms around and you give out a few welcome home screams. You are on the verge of walking any day now, but it has been so much fun carrying you around in your bjorn on our little adventures. I don’t want you to grow up so fast, but each day I see you growing and learning new things and cannot wait to see what the next day has in store for us. I must say I am looking forward to playing with cars & trucks in the dirt with you, going camping, fishing, or anything you want to do. You are an amazing person and I thank you for a great year. Happy Birthday and I look forward to many more.

Love you,

{feeding the ducks with Dad....}

{after a fun birthday lunch.}

{so many ducks!}


{Mommy with the Birthday Boy}

{fun on the carousel}

{silly Daddy!}

{sweet little Hudson on his 1st Birthday!}

Good Morning Sunshine!

Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday, sweet Hudson!
Happy Birthday to You!

On the morning of Hudson's 1st Birthday, August 12th, I woke him up by singing Happy Birthday. I sang and sang, and he laughed and laughed. I love his little face in these pictures. I'll always remember this sweet morning memory.


Rubber Ducky Party Pictures - Let Them Eat Cake!

It seems like the most important part of any 1st birthday celebration is the smashing of the cake. Everyone gathers round to watch the little one dig in, slinging cake from head to toe, and eating handfuls in the process. I was fully ready for a mess when we sat Hudson's special Ducky Smash Cake on his high chair tray. I had already opted to disrobe him of his birthday romper, changing him in to some sweet green bloomers and his birthday boy bib. We sat the cake in front of him, and sang Happy Birthday, twice. Once while he was wearing his birthday hat....very unhappily; he was so unhappy that he screamed as we all sang in unison. I requested a second serenade for him, and everyone obliged, and the second time the birthday boy was hatless and happy. Will & I helped him to blow out is single candle, and then we waited. He didn't inch his hand towards the bright yellow icing. He didn't seem interested at all. Will took a swipe of buttercream, and touched it to Hudson's mouth, and at that point he was even less interested. The closest he got to touching the cake was using his tiny finger to smear a drop of yellow frosting that had trickled onto the surface of his tray. Will decided to rotate the cake, turning the face of the duck towards Hudson's inquisitive face. That was a very bad idea, as Hudson began to shriek. No, he didn't dig into his first birthday cake. It probably wouldn't be a stretch to say that he was actually afraid of the cake. But there's no law that says a baby has to devour his celebratory dessert.....maybe he hasn't got his sweet tooth yet!

{Hudson's adorable party hat....}

{....that he didn't want to wear.}

{Happy Birthday to YOU!}

{"What is this thing?"}

{"Any ideas about what I'm supposed to do with this duck?"}

{He's not to sure about the icing.}

{taking a tiny taste.}

{"I've had enough!"}

{"Hey Dad, it's a bad idea for the duck & me to be eye to eye."}

{the cake is served!}

{birthday boy playing while the grown-ups eat cake}

{"Hey Duck! Are you following me??"}

{major mishap: duck vs. baby}

{What happened here?}


{looks like Josh has his hands full!}

{Liza & little Henri}

{"That's my hat, Mom!"}

{"WooHoo! I love parties!"}

{sharing some laughs with Summer & Brad}

{a few of the guys}

{Me & my bestie....who helped me out so much before the party. What would I do without her?}

{the sweet Newbern Family}

{hangin' out in the boat}

{row, row, row your boat}

{"Bye Bye! Thanks for coming to my party!"}

{"So this is what it feels like to be one year old."}