Wait until the sunlight is sparkling perfectly through the changing leaves, and the shadows of the trees stretch like giants across the lawn. Step outside. Feel the brisk air. Smile. Marvel at the Autumn beauty that surrounds you. Enjoy as the sky slowly turns from blue, to orange, to fading pink. Be amazed. Savor every moment. Keep dreaming.
You make me so happy.
I hope I never forget the cute little things
you are doing....at 2 years and 1 month old.
--the way you crawl up in my lap, and snuggle in, then look up at me and say: "Mama's baby."
--the way you have a bedtime checklist of your favorite toys, and call out to them as you walk to your room: "Oh Blumpy (blanket)? Where are you?" You love sleeping with 2 or 3 trains, your blanket, a monkey, dog, bunny, and Scooby-Doo.
--the way you sing so sweetly.
--the way you always say "It's ready!" if you hear the oven or microwave beep.
--the way you put your fingers to my mouth, and stretch it into a smiling position and say: "Happy, Mama?"
--the way you lay on your beanbag by the back door, kicking your feet on the glass and yelling at the dogs: "Kota! Lulu!"
--the way you kiss your stuffed animals.
--the way you say "Sorry!" and mean it.
--the way you do "this little piggy...wee wee wee" to your little cousin's ticklish feet.
--the way you say: "Oh! Daddy's heeya (here)" when you hear the back door open.
--the way you like to make me pretend sleep. You always say: "close eyes, Mama!" "sweet dreams!" in a sing-song voice. Then you get really quiet and poke my face until I open my eyes.
Thank you for making me smile.
I love you,
1. Feeling very vintage in my Anthro cloche!
2. Such a little boy...stashing treasures in his overall pockets.
3. Friday night lights. My high school vs. Will's high school....
4. .....See my happy face? My high school won!
5. Sweet boy all ready for church. He loves going to see "Baby's friends".
6. Date Night!
7. Cirque de Soleil Dralion
8. Lettuce Wraps. So delicious.
9. Hudson and his hippo.
10. Someone is about to make a big mess.
11. Some of my Missoni buys. Can't wait to wear them!
12. Currently reading The Night Circus.
13. Hudson wears vintage Mickey Mouse while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. (That was my tee as a baby!)
15. Look at that face!
16. My snuggly boy loves to watch movies with Mama! This weeks favorites: Yogi Bear and Sturat Little.
17. Pretty pink and a touch of glitter.
19. Dinner at Umi. Sushi for Mama, Spicy Chicken for Daddy, Rice and Balloon Animal for Hudson.
20. Sleepy baby.
21. Yummy. Birthday Cake Fro-Yo with Heath Bar and Gummy Bears.
22. Hudson loves "greenbluereds!"...otherwise known as M&M's.
23. Look who I found sitting in the toy basket.
24. Our crazy dog Lulu prefers to sleep on top of her dog house.
25. Climbing Monkey Hudson.
26. My little photographer....teaching him early!
Autumn is almost here. Gone are the days of slapping on sunscreen at the pool, and I'm totally okay with that. I'm barreling head first into Fall, bidding farewell to flip-flops and picnics and backyard barbecues, and saying hello to cozy sweaters, football games, and pumpkin spice candles.
I love this time of year.
We ventured out, on the first crisp, cool night of September, to the quaint corner bookstore to browse the shelves, and left with warm vanilla lattes and white chocolate mochas in hand. Sweet Hudson had easily fallen asleep in his stroller to the sounds of whispering bookworms, faint sounds of Van Morrison on the overhead stereo, and the comforting hum of the Espresso machine.
Afterwards, we walked down by Cold Water Falls to enjoy the moonlight and the first taste of glorious Autumn.
Hudson and I went to Spring Park to enjoy some fun at the Oka Kapassa Festival. This special weekend marked the return of over twelve different Native American tribes to Tuscumbia, Alabama, where many of their ancestors once lived before they were forcibly removed from the area.
We saw an intertribal friendship dance. We heard traditional drum music. We saw demonstrations of pottery and basket making. I got hairstyle ideas from all the pretty braids I saw on the pretty Cherokee girls. And, I bought an adorable, beaded necklace from the sweetest, elderly Chickasaw lady for only five dollars.
A little bit of culture in the late summer sunshine with my favorite little guy AND a unique addition to my jewelry collection? That's my idea of a good time.
This is clearly the most ridiculously perfect drawing ever.
Just before Hudson's birthday, I submitted a photo of the two of us to the hilarious website Free Crappy Portraits...and a few days ago, I received this little gem in my inbox.
I love that they captured my love for Elvis, Italy, Willy Wonka, and Elizabeth Taylor...while simultaneously portraying Hudson as a camel-riding, baby genius. Awesome.
It's pretty darn amazing if you ask me.
"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
photos from The Parthenon, Centennial Park, Nashville
Martha Stewart called the breakfast she ate there the "best she ever had."
Celebrities and dignitaries from around the world stop by to enjoy the world's greatest made from scratch biscuits and country suppers.
It's the Loveless Cafe. A Nashville Landmark since 1951, when Lon and Annie Loveless began selling their delicious fried chicken and biscuits from their front door to travelers on Highway 100. While updates have been made to the original restaurant, and the beautiful grounds that surround the cafe, one thing hasn't changed: their penchant for creating the most mouth-watering Southern-style food.
We waited over an hour for a seat, along with lots of other folks. We sat in wooden rockers that were gathered on the green grass, a circle of strangers with hungry tummies. At a quiet moment, to my surprise, Hudson approached the center of the chair formation, stood tall, and suddenly began singing his ABC's, very loudly with a proud smile. A true Leo...he loves to be the center of attention, and took delight in performing for the waiting Loveless guests.
And then we ate. And ate & ate & ate some more. There was homemade creamed corn, country green beans, fluffy mashed potatoes with gravy and fried green tomatoes. There was crispy fried chicken. And last, but certainly not least, there were delicious, buttery biscuits with homemade peach, strawberry, and blackberry preserves.
It was just about the best Southern meal I've ever eaten.