Forever Young

{LISTEN: Vienna by Billy Joel}

Sometimes it's important to slow down, and drink life in with big, huge, happy gulps....to gather with your family, both immediate and extended, and enjoy a meal that's chock full of comfort food and laughter. 

Sometimes it's important to get comfortable in a creaky, wooden rocking chair and play a game of checkers with your favorite cousin.

Sometimes it's important to see the world through the eye's of a child, dancing along to a singing Valentine's dog in the middle of a crowded country store.

 Sometimes it's important to take a leisurely drive to nowhere, all the while singing loudly and out of tune to Billy Joel's greatest hits and keeping your eyes peeled for roadside excitement...then stopping to browse the likes of antique Jeepsters, life-size Shrek and Donkey, and a flock of flying pigs.

Sometimes it's important to have a picture perfect day.....the kind that lasts an entire lifetime.

Laughter. Love. Family. Fun. 

Did you get the picture yet?
I'm painting you a portrait of YOUNG.

{May God bless and keep you always. 
May your wishes all come true.
May you always do for others, and let others do for you. 
May you build a ladder to the stars, and climb on every rung. 
May you stay forever young.
-Bob Dylan}


Ashley Eliza said...

first off. that song is awesome and i love billy joel, he rocks.
hudsons hat is too cute. and you are stunning as usual! glad you got to spend time with the fam :)


kara lynn said...

how fun! and i love that you are able to enjoy outside and you don't look incredibly cold.

Alessandra said...

What a gorgeous post, Ashley: the words, the photos, the sentiment. Loved it. Oh, and love your striped cardi, too!

Alaythea said...

Love!! And where in the world did you get those boots? I want some!!! Lol!

HettyA said...

Such good points and a beautiful family :). Spending time with people you care about and just letting loose is perfect

vintch said...

you pictures are so fabulous, and oh how i adore a good cracker barrel!

Megan said...

please tell me that was cracker barrel...oh sweet heaven of a store/resturaunt...i miss thee..

The Gists said...

I love that little store in Rogersville with the Shrek out front! I can spend forever just wondering through that place.

Jeannie said...

What a fun afternoon. I love spur of the moment
activities. Loved seeing everyone especially the little guy.

alexandra grecco said...

adorable baby!



Stock Holder of Cracker Barrel said...

This was a fun little get out of the house and see the family. Everyone getting together at the spur of the moment and having a great time. Then on the way back stoping at anything we thought looked neat. GOOD FUN TIMES.


Jonathan & Ashley Slater said...

cracker barrel is one of my favorites. Can't get enough!!!

Loved these pictures!!!!!! Loved this post!!!!!

Shalyn said...

That sounds amazing! Driving around listening to Billy Joel? Heck yes!Lovely pictures- I just may pull out the checkers and go play outside! Have a great Monday, Ashley!

Becca said...

Tell me that is your mom. Am I right?
She is beautiful and looks just like you!

All of these photos are lovely :)

Anonymous said...

Looove that song!

Looks like some serious fun! :)

Sands said...

This post is beautiful! And oh my god, I so recognized your mom! You get your gorgeous eyes from her! Like mother, like daughter. Just beautiful!


bird brains said...

your blog and little family are so adorable. Love the video. love the whole feel of your blog. <3 simply divine.

herwaisechoice said...

What a beautiful blog you have and a gorgeous family (your son is the most adorable baby boy ever!). This post brought smiles to my face :)


Ashley Eliza said...

You're comment made my day! i was having not the best day to say the least and it put a smile on my face, so THANK YOU!!! :)
you are too nice.
oh and i actually did the makeup on those girls! if i were to have any job in the world, it would be a professional makeup artist. anyhow thanks again and hope you're having a good night. and you're my most favorite blog friend! the end.


kileen said...

lovely pictures (as always!) and that game of checkers looks so fun! so glad you were able to enjoy some time outside and not end up freezing!

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Cindy P said...

That sounds like a wonderful day! Yet again, any day eating at Cracker Barrel is wonderful! The closest one to us is an hour and a half to two hours away! We did just eat at one last weekend on the way home from PA though!

{av} said...

I pretty much just smiled bigger than I have all day...

Cracker Barrel and I have a sordid past. That high chair your precious little one is in? My dad {on accident of course} crushed my little fingers EVERY TIME I sat in one of those chairs.


Anywho, I obviously loved this post!
xoxo {av}