Bocce Ball, Burgers, and American Pride.

Memorial Day
in the South
is the unofficial 
kick-off to summer fun.

So today, we celebrated accordingly,
with laid-back family time,
grilled burgers, baked beans and watermelon,
and some friendly competition via a few of our favorite lawn games.
These are my favorite kinds of days.

But as we enjoyed ourselves,
the sacrifices that so many Americans have made
were not far from my mind.
Today I remembered the many heroes that have died for our freedom,
and give special thanks for the men and women who are out there 
defending our great United States.

Hope you all had a wonderful lonnnnng weekend!
It's back to reality now....
if you are in need of an easy and delicious dinner
to whip up tomorrow night,
I'm sharing the recipe of
one of my favorite yummy Mexican meals
at my sweet friend Kyna's blog. 
Go check it out! 
Your tummy will thank you. 


THE COOK'S said...

love this post. and you are beautiful!!! :)

Janette said...

Oh my gosh! Your husband's game face is CLASSIC!! You guys are a hoot! I've never played lawn darts? Anything with the word "darts" in it kind of scares me... Know what I mean? Haha! And I love your milk maid braid parade action! Sooo cute!

Janette the Jongleur

kyna... said...

I LOVE bocce ball! Looks like a great day! Thank you again for sharing your recipe with me! You are the best Ashley!!
♥ Kyna

Kaili Clark said...

Summer. I am so glad that is finally here! Also, you guys are adorable! :)

jeannie said...

Ashley, we had so much fun yesterday. Grilling and yard games are the best. I think little Hudson had fun also.

Susan said...

You always have the best pictures! Looks like a great day!!!

Virginie Bélanger said...

Oh how I love love yard games too! And that is one fantastic yard my friend!

Seems like you had a wonderful Memorial Day full of love and smiles. Yay for Summer being there for you, here in Québec the official start to Summer is on Saint-Jean-Baptiste, our version of 4th of July, which is only on June 24th... Yikes!

Me want some warmth too :)

Virginie xo

Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

I haven't played bocce in AGES. Looks like a blast! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Amy @ AGirlCalledBeloved said...

That looks wonderful! I need to learn that game! So glad you had a great holiday!

Faith said...

ahhh, looks like a wonderful weekend.

glad you enjoyed!

Happy Monday.

p.s. i will have to check out that meal. you had me at Mexican.

Chelsea said...

What sweet photos :) And LOVE that game face!

A Free And Happy American Man said...

Yesterday was filled with lots of fun. It is always fun to get out in the yard and spend time with family. How could you forget starting the day of wright with some good ole dounuts. Served by Hudson Gregory Beadle The Great him self. Lets never forget those who protect us so that we can have these wonderful days.


Courtney B said...

PERFECT way to celebrate the weekend!! And I love your pretty hair braid! I need to learn how to do that :)

Amber said...

that is one serious game face. I think he means business!

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My Journey With Candida said...

I have not played bocce ball in years. I think we gave our bocce set to one of our daughters.

Looks like you all had a great time. Beautiful day wasn't it.

Amanda said...

Game face = AMAZING! Glad you had a wonderful time in the backyard :)

yours truly, melissa said...

so fun! happy summer, it's my favorite time of year

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

hi! stopping by your blog because i saw that you lived in florence. i'm in huntsville! hello neighbor. :)

Shauna Klippel said...

I love Bocce Ball, super fun!!!! I always look forward to your posts and your pictures. Glad you were able to spend time with family and friends. I also love the sound of your recipe, it's on my list of things to make. Take care pretty lady, have a happy week friend!


Meri said...

mmm we had the first watermelon of the year carved up this weekend too- It was so good I could not stop eating it!

sweet harvest moon said...

Sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I agree, Memorial Day is the first un-official summer day. That's why we were so disappointed the temperature was back in the 60's. :-(

I love your hairdo! PRETTY :)

larisaa said...

Your photography is lovely! Our memorial day was rainy and gross. Not very summery or BBQ-y. I'll live vicariously through your pictures!

jorjiapeach said...

hi. i really dig your hair. cute blog.

Cara-Mia said...

I've never played bocce ball but it looks like fun! Glad you enjoyed your Memorial Day and it really does seem like summer is upon us.

jennifer blair said...

Yes, Memorial day is the unofficial kickoff for summer fun! Hehe. Hudson is looking so big!

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

I haven't played those games in SO long! What a really sweet time!