5.22.2011

Little Boys

A boy is Truth with dirt on it's face,
Beauty with a cut on its finger,
Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,
and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.
-- Author Unknown


















Hudson and Easton are great buddies, just like their moms. The four of us had a ball on a sunny afternoon: playing in the park with the ducks, riding the train through the green trees, and strolling through historic downtown Tuscumbia. We meandered into little boutiques, smiling as friendly faces complimented our beautiful boys, and laughing as little Easton shocked his Auburn fan Mom by secretly grabbing a houndstooth Alabama baby gown from a store shelf and attempting to roll out the door with it tucked safely into his stroller. 

After we had explored the city streets, we stopped into The Palace for grilled cheese and ice cream. Dining inside the building, originally built in the 1800's and still outfitted with a vintage soda fountain, it is easy to feel like you are in perfectly idyllic small-town America. The Palace's "Harvey" Milkshake is even featured on "The 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die". Yum Yum. 

This was the perfect kind of day...the kind where I find myself reflecting on how much I love being the mother of a sweet little boy. I love that he has his very own special personality...loving and kind and joyful. I love watching him interact with his tiny little friends, hugging and laughing and playing. 

This little boy of mine is such a blessing in my life. I wake up every morning so happy to spend every second with him. I can't wait to see what we get into tomorrow. 

33 comments:

Raven said...

l.o.v.e. having two little boys myself, you know I LOVE this post! I can only imagine if we lived in the same town and I got to push my boys around in a stroller with you :) now THAT would be some fun times.

and since I commented first, I will have to come back later and see what "the artist" has to say :)

Liz said...

Boys are so wonderful, aren't they?
Love love love the photo of the boys on the brick walkway with your sweet boy looking up. It's just fantastic.
Blessings :)

Cara-Mia said...

Such cute photos. It must be great to have kids around the same time as your friends. :)

Meri said...

What a great quote! This is another great series of "day in the life" of a little one. You guys are the cutest!

A Lost Feather said...

aww little buddies :) they're so cute together! grilled cheese and ice cream sounds amazing right now.. mmmm

Diana Smith said...

I love how you have so many photos in each of your posts!! It feels like I am almost there with you in your company. Your little Hudson is always so much fun to see. I love little lunch dates with friends. Its a great part of mommyhood!! Btw-love your orange scarf!

Katie said...

This post is so sweet :) I love your love for him! Plus, his mom dresses him so fashionably :)

Cindy P said...

I love this! Sounds like you guys had a great day. =) I love the picture of Hudson sitting on the ground looking up to the sky with a huge smile on his face!

Icecream Man said...

I want to go over to The Palace and have a "Harvey Milkshake". Looks like our little guy had some fun. You know Daddy Jim was happy his son went for the Bama gear rather than who ever that other school is. Looks like Hudson was exploring every little thing. These guys are going to be good friends! Great pictures Swoop!

LOVE YOU!!!

Courtney B said...

I can't wait until I have a baby, hopefully one as cute as yours, and we get to have play dates with friends! Sounds like the perfect day :)

Andrea Neudorf said...

Aw your such a loving momma, I love the quote in the beginning and all the pictures are just so beautiful! mmm now I want grilled cheese...

Amylou said...

You both have gorgeous kiddos. What a fun afternoon! So sweet!

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

lovely photos!!! hooray for little boys and them being so very cute!

Jeannie said...

Sweet pictures of the boys. They are so cute together. Hudson sure does loves babies, always a hug for them. Easton is so cute with that blond hair and really growing. Glad you had a fun day.

The Gists said...

You make it much more exciting that I"m having a boy! I just love little Hudson, and I am so glad you brought him Saturday!!!!

Haley K said...

a sweet afternoon indeed :) and you did a fantastic job of capturing such adorable moments Ashley :) How fun that you and your friend both have boys the same age!...i love mommy-kiddo double-dates ;) And what's a Harvey milkshake?? to be on a list that you must try before you die, it's gonna be stellar :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend Ashley!!!

PS - that last paragraph made me melt. i'm a puddle on the floor :)

Haley K said...

oops, meant to say hope you have a wonderful MONDAY ;)

Trashy Decor said...

I love days like that! Children are AMAZING! Always keeping things in perspective and keeping us in the present! Such fabulous little creatures they are. And of course- I adore your outfit and his. Have a beautiful week!

Amanda* said...

GORGEOUS photos! And cute kids :)

Eva Marie said...

What a blessing is right! It is wonderful to have friends you can count on and have fun with, and what a special bond for both Hudson and Easton

Petchie said...

Aww how cute are these too! I don't have any children yet but I'm really hoping for boys when I finally do!

xoxo
Petchie
http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

Claire said...

so great that you two are friends and have kids the same age! it's such a wonderful thing! those are the most adorable pictures, especially the one with the trains!

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Brooke said...

How stinkin' cute. I love the one where hudson has is grabbing Easton's head! ha

Belly B said...

Ahhhh!!! SOooo cuteeee!!!! Love their chubby little arms and legs haha.

<3 Belly B

~ Kelly Ann ♥ said...

LOVED ALL YOUR PICS- SOOOO CUTE! HAVE A GREAT NIGHT-
KEL

Shalyn said...

Grilled cheese and the cutest boys EVER make a perfect Monday! Hope you are well!

Janette said...

The Hud just keeps getting cuter and cuter Ashley...At this rate you shall have to fend off the girls with a broom bash on the head by the time he's 13...lol I love that picture where he's squeezing Baby Easton's head..Made me laugh out loud!
Janette, the Jongleur
PS. I think it's awesome you get to stay home with your little one..I'm a firm believer in that. They need their mommas!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Aw how adorable they are together! Sounds like the perfect day! And the eatery sounds like the perfect place. I am a huge history nerd :)

Victoria said...

Oh My God your boys are the cutest kids ever !! Such lovely pictures and they look so happy ! :)

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

how adorable, these two look inseparable.

Rach said...

What?? I was in Tuscumbia this weekend! Well, briefly. We were in Florence for my cousin's wedding so we drove through Tuscumbia. Anyway, small world! Those boys are too cute!

Rachel Emma (Daydream Frenzy) said...

I love Hudson's striped pants and your cute braids!! So cute! :)

xx

Raven said...

ok so I came back and found it. except this time, his name is icecream man. LOVE that he comments. it takes me putting the computer on my husband's lap with a beer to get him to read mine :)