5.16.2011

Party Animals.

Our trip to the Birmingham Zoo was beautiful, despite damp weather and unseasonably cool temperatures. Hudson got up close and personal with lots of amazing animals: he and Dada held pretty birds in the aviary, he patted a rooster, and he touched a goat. 

We saw lots of creatures on the Trails of Africa exhibit and the Alabama Wilds Walk. My favorite part was a very personable bird, that stood as tall as me and looked curiously similar to a dinosaur's descendant. Will loved the swooping and swinging simian friends. And little Hudson? If I had to guess, I would say he loved the choo-choo train ride the best of all....followed closely by his jam session on the bongo drums. Oh, and the animals? He liked those, too.

We also witnessed one very hilarious occurrence. As we stood in the big barn, viewing owls and pigs and lots of others, I watched as a young man walked toward the Llama Stall. He peeked his head in, taking a look at the big, white llama who was munching away on a mouthful of hay. In the blink of an eye, that llama was charging towards the partition, craning it's neck toward the man. All of a sudden, I saw the llama bare his crooked yellow teeth, and then....he proceeded to SPIT all over the man's face. It was nasty and entertaining all at once. I was thanking my lucky stars it didn't happen to me, especially after the zookeeper informed me that the "spit" was actually regurgitated vomit. Eeeeew.


 I am so happy we had the opportunity to introduce lots of new and fascinating living things to our enthusiastic little animal lover.

(a little film of our adventure)

36 comments:

Cole said...

Goodness, that baby of yours is getting so big! And even cuter!
That looks like a wonderful day, I love going to the zoo!

Staley Mc said...

I haven't been to the Birmingham Zoo in forever! It looks like yall had a great time!

Kevin & Ashley said...

Looks like you had a blast! Love the zoo :)

Ashley Sloan

Virginie's Cinema said...

That looks like a particularly cool zoo Ashley! Seems like a great great family day (I many times can I tell you how much you inspire the future mother in me before you become bored?). Hudson is getting su curly and big!

And I'm glad you guys learned a stern llama life lesson, without being spitted on!

Virginie

Meredith said...

Oh my gosh, that film is soooo cute!
Haha and quite hilarious.
I love the zoo, bet ya'll had a great time!

Jeannie said...

I love this post. Such sweet pictures of Hudson in that adorable outfit and his curls. I like the picture of the sandal feet (I love yours). Looks like you three had another fun day. I think Hudson liked the bongos!!!! That little video is so cute. I LOVE YOUR TOP!!!

Natasha said...

ok I don't even know where to start on this!
First I'm jealous you have can take your child to a zoo without driving 13hrs...second I'm SO glad it wasn't you (or your beautiful family) that got a taste for llama spit...third your pictures are amazing...once again jealous of your talent...and fourth that video was also amazing!! What program do you use to edit your videos?

Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

Shalyn said...

I so love all the memories you are creating for little H (he is my bud so I can call him that;-)) Those pictures are gorgeous, that video is awesome and the story about the llama? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH

A Lost Feather said...

awesome photos! looks like such a special day :)

ah. that poor guy! bad llama! haha when my dad was about 4 years old a hippo sneezed all over him at the bronx zoo.. i guess they were separated by a chain link fence. he'll tell anyone who will listen about that experience hahaha

oh and on a side note.. loooooove your sandals!

Megan said...

so....you and hudson were in my dream last night...we were real life friends....i think i was staying at your house..

i am aware that this surprasses the realm of normal blog creep...

Pink Sun Drops said...

So I realized I need to move you up into my "read daily" folder of my reader so I stop missing your posts. Your little man is SO cute, and reminds me so much of the days when my boys were little. You are stunning, as always, and dang you have video editing skills, girl.

Gwiddle said...

I love all of the colors in this post! All of your pictures are super vibrant and interesting. Little hudson doesn't look like he is so sure about those birds! hehe. How cute! That little film is adorable! I love his little backwards wave! Your family is too cute!

Mo Pie, Please said...

What great pics - looks like a fun trip to the zoo!

Diana Smith said...

I love Hudsons outfit!! The bird is pretty cool that Will is holding!! I wish we could go to the zoo...I think we will!

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

awww it is always so much fun going to the zoo with little ones! I love how the bird matches Hudson's outfit. They can be good friends together. Love all the animal shots too.

Mimi said...

Just when I thought Hudson couldnt get any cuter!!! That video is adorable!
So glad the Llama didnt "spit" on you guys....That had to be pretty awesome to see though;)

Katie said...

His outfit is SO zoo appropriate.
I can't believe the llama spit at the guy! I guess the llama wanted some privacy haha!

Raven said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures Ashley! I love these!! and Hudson's sandals, LOVE LOVE. that llama story? I would have laughed my youknowwhat off.

You are SO cute in your casual zoo visit clothes, as if Hudson, but that goes without saying. Your family is SO SO gorgeous!!

again, where is the hubs comment??

Sarah Frills4Thrills said...

so cute! I can't wait to have a little one to take to the zoo!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

what a wonderful time, Hudson is so brave my kids dont like touching animals.

Meri said...

Looks like he had a great time, well, that you all did! I love the picture of Hudson right above the Elephant, he looks a bit freaked out and then a few rows down he's having a great time again haha. The monkeys are my favorite!

Claire said...

okay, Hudson is so cute in that little knitted jumper he's wearing! and you guys look like you had such a lovely time. my girls enjoy the zoo though i always get tired out going there because it's so huge and hilly and they don't like to walk :)

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Cindy P said...

Looks like you guys had a fun day! I'm glad you were able to introduce Hudson to lots of new animals. He looks so happy!

I love your yellow jacket! It's so cute!

Amylou said...

Loved all of the photos, but especially the parrots from the first photos! The zoo is one of my favorite places!

thisitalianfamily said...

Euuuuuuuuuw! That story is awful!! Glad you guys had fun, though! :)

Ashley Slater said...

I really, really love that carousel picture! AWESOME shot!
Also, I have the necklace you have on, twinners!

(I thought I would say something different today other than "you guys are soo cute, hudson is soooooo adorable!" :)

Zoo Keeper said...

What a fun weekend we had. The start of a The Birmingham Zoo that I had to talk you into. I promise we will go to the Memphis Zoo soon. I had a great time and it seemed like Hudson was really into the animals and the drums. I wish I could have seen the guy get spit on. It was so neat watching Hudson watching the birds flying around and landing on us. Although he did not like the bird landing on his back. I9 also enjoyed him wanting to touch all the animals in the Alabama Barn. I enjoyed the movie and look forward to the second movie at the Memphis Zoo.

LOVE YOU

The picture of Hudson in the outhouse is so funny to me!

From Suns To Moons said...

Your son has such a beautifully expressive face.

Haley K said...

Thanks for taking us with your on your trip to the zoo!!!! Looking at all of the gorgeous, colorful photos made it feel like I was there :) And that movie...goodness that was icing on the cake!!! You. Are. Awesome. Ashely. I still remember that darling video you made at the lake... :)

And I squirmed and giggled as I read about the spitting (er, puking;) llama...yowza!

Get's me excited to plan a little zoo trip for our fam! :)

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Aaawww, it looks like you all had a wonderful time! I'm so glad for you :)

www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

Gentri said...

That is an AMAZING zoo!! I want to go! I need to say that I am sooo glad that it wasn't you or your family that got... spit on. :P poor kid... hahaha! Funny though! :) Those photos are all amazing and what a fun experience for your little boy!

Zoo Keeper said...

Oh and I forgot to mention what a wonderful day to share with Hudson. The date of Mom and Dads first date. Pasta Night at Turtle Point!

LOVE YOU Swoopie!!!

Mrs. Biscuit said...

Spit vomit sounds horrifying! ICK!!! I think I would have probably had a hard time stifling a laugh, but if it happened to me you better believe I'd have cried! Haha, I can be such a wimp!

Your pictures are amazing, the animals are all so pretty and cute... but forget the animals, your family is the cutest! Those sandals and your sweet little boy make me swoon!

<3 Mrs.Biscuit

Courtney B said...

Oh my...NASTY! Hahaha that poor man! Oh that would be the WORST!
It looks like you guys had so much FUN!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

OKAY! HOL' UP, WAIT UP AND STOP THE WORLD ON IT'S SPINNING TURNS!!!!!!!! THIS IS ALL CAPS, ALL THE TIME WORTHY! I AM FLABBERGASTED LADES, HOW EVER DID YOU CREATE THIS MASTERPIECE? IMPRESSED DOESN'T EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE MY FEELINGS. STOP THE PRESSES - HUDSON'S COMING TO A THEATER NEAR US ALL SOON!!!!!!!!!! ♥

(um, thank goodness that llama spew didn't happen to you - omg how awful! poor fella, glad that one got edited out on the cutting room floor ; )

Jennifer said...

Very cool trailer! You guys are so stinkin cute!