1.08.2012

Wild Times


January 5th.
I found myself celebrating a big birthday in a beautiful way.

On a whim, we headed to Memphis, Tennessee to kick off a wonderful weekend of fun.
It was so great, in fact, that if I could I would grab this weekend right up and give it a huge hug....
because it was full of all the good things in life: 
family and love and adventure and cake.

The three of us had a ball exploring the Memphis Zoo.
Hudson loved the alligators and the monkeys and the giraffes and the sea lions,
and Will & I loved watching his little face light up with joy.

I couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate my special day.

p.s. I shared some thoughts on 2012 here & here. Check 'em out!

49 comments:

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

So glad you had a special day. Love the zoo! Animals make me so happy.

Faith said...

glad you had a great time celebrating your birthday! your pictures are beautiful! happy new year and happy belated birthday! :)

Candice said...

Aww what fun! Spontaneous weekend adventures are the best! Glad you had a fantastic birthday, Ashley! :)

Lloyd Christmas said...

When does this birthday party end? Is that next January 5? Haha This was a fun quick trip over to Memphis. Hudson was so excited on the ride over. He was naming off all the animals he was hoping to see. It is always fun at the zoo and it is always fun for a birthday. Its neat to see your birthday picture from 5 years ago. I love you Swoop and I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

LOVE YOU & HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Mariel Torres said...

Such gorgeous pictures! It looks like it was the best of weekends. Oh, and of course... Happy belated birthday Ashley darling! i hope it was absolutely marvelous.

besos!

Janette said...

Oh my garsh! What a SPECTACULAR day! Time at the zoo with Hudson's hilarious narration????? I would die! So glad you had a sweet birthday, friend! Happy happy birthday! And how in the world is it possible for you to look the same AND younger after 5 years!???? Goodness! You are gorgeous! I'm loving the socks and leggings and the jacket and milkmaid braids! Gaaahhh! I'm in love! I want to copy this look! And I want to copy your whole day too...


Janette the Jongleur


Janette the Jongleur

Gwiddle said...

Happy Birthday Ashley!!! I'm glad you had such an amazing day, I love all of the photos. You look gorgeous as always!!

Jeannie said...

Welcome Back!!! I guess Hudson enjoyed seeing all the zoo animals especially the alligator. Glad you had a beautiful day for a birthday outing. The pictures are beautiful and so is sweet Hudson.

Meri said...

Looks like a great way to celebrate! Your hair looks so cute like that- it makes me miss my long hair! (although I never figured out how to do any styles like that haha)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

such beautiful pictures...happy bday!!

Alyssa said...

love your zoo pictures!!!! i'm so happy to hear you had a good time and a great birthday :)

Ana said...

Oh I love the zoo. Happy birthday to you! May all your wishes come true :)

xoxo

Gentri said...

haha! Love that he though that was Rudolph. :) My favorite pics are the giraffes (aaaaw!) and the monkey smiling. haha! Happy happy Birthday Ashley!

Andrea said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! First of all, that color lipstick??! I LOVE IT!! And those braids in your hair??! Please come be my personal hairstylist, ok? OK! :)

Awesome way to spend the day! That family picture is precious.

xoxo

Jackie said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sweet friend! Looks like you had a great time with your two boys :) May you be blessed this year and many more to come! xx

misc.alaina said...

Happy Birthday, Ashley!! Looks like an amazing weekend, and you look beautiful! Love Hudson's little hat!!

Annie said...

Aww this looks like so much fun! Great pics :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Alaythea said...

My sister's birthday is January 5th - she turned 19! Good day!

jessi ♥ said...

AMAZING photos! Seriously, your family is so gorgeous! And so are you!!

I wish we could head to the zoo! It's closed for winter though, womp womp lol!

Amanda said...

So glad you got to spend your day at the zoo! I'm beyond jealous of the fact that you got to see a panda in real life! I also love the picture of the two giraffes. I'm debating printing it out and framing it in my house :)

Amber said...

that sounds like such a fun birthday. I love going to the zoo and I bet its an even better time with kids in tow.

jessica said...

I always love your images, they are so beautiful. As is your family. And I also love your style. And I love that Hudson said "There's my alligator!" Haha. Basically I just really like this post :)

P.S. Happy Birthday!

Kaitlyn said...

awww! looks like you had a great birthday! I love going to the zoo.. These pictures are beautiful!!

In our sea of love

Cindy P said...

Happy Birthday Ashley! I'm so glad you had a great day!

That zoo looks like so much fun! I love going to the zoo. Maybe I can go for my birthday at the end of the month! Hopefully it won't be too cold! =D

Pink Sun Drops said...

How is it possible you are more gorgeous now than you were five years ago?!

Happy birthday on a big birthday!! Would that be that you have joined me in 'the club', as they say?

Hudson thinking that little guy was Rudolph seriously made my heart melt into a giant puddle of sweetness. This post in it's entirety melts my heart as one of our favorite things to do when our guys were little was go to the zoo. Heck, it still is a favorite with my youngest and I am crossing my fingers always will be. Crossing fingers that better yet, he'll own one or be running one!

Taylor Morgan said...

love your photos! looks like a lot of fun :) happy belated birthday! love your blog!

My Journey With Candida said...

5 years... In the picture, you don't look like you have aged at all. That is all the good clean living.

Katie said...

you've got a cute little family. and, I love the zoo! the giraffe's are my favorite :) how cute that he said "there's my alligator".

good thing his pet alligator has a nice home in memphis, right?

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday!! You are gorgeous as ever and I LOVE your hairstyle!! Braids look great on you:)

Amylou said...

How fun! We recently went to the zoo too! And those penguins! Gosh they are so cute!

blazebratcher said...

Fun! SO cute that rudolph was there! :)

Susan said...

How fun! I love the "smile" pic..... so funny!

Nicole said...

you are a beautiful mama. and what a lovely lovely trip.

xoxo

Lula said...

LOOOOVE your outfit, you need to do a post explaining it!!!

Chelsea said...

How fun! Love all the animal photos and captions!

Kira said...

I love his little Carhartt overalls!

Paislea Elyse said...

i love these pictures!!! it looks like you had tons of fun!!

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Judy said...

That zoo looks awesome. But your family looks even more awesome. Hope you had a great birthday weekend!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Sounds like you had a wonderfully blessed birthday!! Looks like you all were having so much fun!

Eva Marie said...

happy birthday ashley you look lovely as always..
The zoo is so much better with kids in tow.. love he was thinking of rudolph too lol I could see liv doing this :)

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

The Memphis zoo is great! I grew up going to it all the time and I still enjoy going from time to time. :) Glad it was such a great day for you, lady!

Haley K said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ASHLEY!!! you, my friend, are one hot smokin' wife and momma :) Along with fantastic hair, and a incredible dress, your smile is just gleaming! What a happy day, celebrating you, with your two boys at the zoo! (whoa, that rhymed;) You caught amazing pictures of those amazing animals...I'm sure Hudson just soaked it all up!

Lots of sweet (belated) birthday wishes coming your way!

xo
Haley

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

oh goodness, happy belated birthday to you! I love going to the zoo with my little boys so I am sure that you were so happy and your life felt so blessed to see how Hudson reacted to the animals. aww.

Shalyn said...

Happy belated sweet friend! I never thought I would want to go to a zoo when visiting Memphis but it looks like so much fun! You looked great!

Emma Frances said...

Your birthday looks like it was a blast!! :] The zoo is always a good choice. And your hair and outfit are wonderful! Happy Belated Birthday!

Courtney B said...

Ashley!
Oh what a horrible friend I've been... all caught up in the stresses of my life. Not even coming up for air to note the happy things going on in my friend's lives :(
Happy belated Birthday! I am so sorry I missed it. But it looks like you had the funnest day! And your hair looks adorrrable like this!

Whitney said...

Happy late birthday sweet, beautiful Ashley! Looks like you had the best birthday Ev.ER!

jennifer blair said...

What fun! So glad you had a great birthday! PS: you guys are the cutest fam ever.

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

oh boy, i missed wishing you the happiests!!!! well, i want to now, cheers Ashley and a high held one at that, to you and all the goodness in your beautiful heart! wishing you much joy the whole year long (and for always). happy belated birthday!!!!!

great way to celebrate things too, your photographs leave me speechless they are so good and you are the loveliest! xo ♥