Bowen and Madeley

If that picture doesn’t make you smile on a Monday, I don’t think anything will.  🙂

It’s no secret the second Bowen and Ashby Shull met they became fast friends.  The same has been true when it comes to Bowen’s relationship with Madeley.  If you remember one of the first names she began saying was, “Bobo” for “Bowen”.  Partly because she’s a big Bowen fan and partly because she learned if she screams his name he’ll give her a little more personal space.  I can’t blame her one bit.  To say it mildly, Bowen is a little Madeley-obsessed.  If you’ve seen a picture of Madeley then you’ve probably had the same thoughts Bowen has had.  He “just wants to squeeze her cheeks” because “she’s just so cute”.  Those are DIRECT quotes from four-year-old Bowen.  He’s had to learn a tough lesson in self-control over the last few months.  We definitely aren’t there yet-he’s a work in progress, but it must be noted he’s showing Madeley ALL THE LOVE out of the goodness of his heart.  He genuinely loves that girl.  

A few months ago,  (I’m sure after telling Bowen to get back) Shay and I talked about what a blog post this would make.  I’ve been saving some pictures for this day.
A little progression…getting close to her, kissing her, and touching her cheek.  Luckily, Madeley was focused on that game!

The three amigos 🙂

They were dancing their little hearts out at the valentine dance.

He has no idea what personal space is when it comes to this girl.  He’s told me before he “just wants to smell her cheek”.

One of our first lunch dates…a fun little friendship was brewing.

I’m pretty sure in the pictures above he decided to share his Gatorade and that was the way to her heart.


He “just wanted to touch her cheek”.

He loves this girl so much.  And I think it’s cute how he views her as so little.  To him, she’s a baby and he’s such a big boy.  🙂

I think (for the most part) the feeling is totally mutual.

It’s safe to say Bowen isn’t the only Slaughter boy with a little Madeley obsession.  🙂

And we make sure we spread out all the love.  This girl is on the receiving end too.

What do you think?  Is Bowen mildly obsessed or what?!  ha!  Trust me-I’m a grown woman who has to practice all the self-control when I’m around Madeley (and her cheeks) as well.  Can we really blame him?!


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  1. 4.24.17
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    I am laughing so hard! Sweet Bowen is PRECIOUS with both of my girls…but his obsession with Madeley's cheeks is HYSTERICAL! I really don't know what my girls would do during the day without Bowen. He's their VERY favorite person :).

  2. 4.24.17
    Unknown said:

    They are so adorable together!
    Xo, Elizabeth

  3. 4.24.17
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Well, this made me so happy! He just wanted to smell her cheek? That is PRICELESS and so incredibly sweet. I've witnessed Bowen's lack of self control before with Miss M (it's hysterical!), and I think it's just precious how much he loves those Shull girls. You've got such a sweet boy!

  4. 4.24.17
    Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    I laughed out loud at the first set of pictures!!! He's just doing what the rest of us want to do! Baby cheeks are the cutest and I love that he's noticed haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  5. 4.24.17
    Julie C. said:

    These pics crack me up…I just wanna touch her cheek!!! HAHAHA!!! These pics also just melt my heart. I don't know you guys personally, but I can see the love Bowen has for those Shull girls 🙂

  6. 4.24.17
    Meagan Ruse said:

    He is so sweet with her! I could kiss on her cheeks all day long! I get it 🙂

  7. 4.24.17
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    These are the CUTEST pics. What a sweet boy you have!

  8. 4.24.17
    Britt Hensley said:

    She's so cute..can you blame him?! 😉 This was such a cute post to read!!

  9. 4.24.17
    Narci said:

    I mean, who can blame Bowen! Her cheeks are all kinds of kiss-able. I love all these cute pictures of those three!! So sweet!

  10. 4.24.17
    Elaine Welte said:

    This is so sweet! I laughed when you said that he just wanted to smell her cheek!" 😂

  11. 4.24.17
    Karlene said:

    This is so sweet. The connections kids can make. It really just melts your heart. The kids are all adorable!

  12. 4.24.17
    Whitney Pegram said:

    "He just wants to smell/touch her cheek." Hahah! How stinkin' cute are they!?!

  13. 4.24.17
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams said:

    Omg how adorable is this?! Bowen is such a cutie himself, but add in his two bffs and this post is too much 🙂

  14. 4.24.17
    Unknown said:

    This is hilarious.I just want to squish her cheeks as well! My daughter has long hair and a boy at school is obsessed with her and her hair! Kids are so cute.

  15. 4.24.17
    Laci said:

    I honestly can't blame the boy!! Those cheeks are just too much for one person to handle. What a sweet boy you have.

  16. 4.24.17 said:

    This is just the absolute sweetest

  17. 4.24.17
    Katy Tarbutton said:

    This is the sweetest! Too much cuteness!!!!

  18. 4.24.17
    Beck said:

    I have to say this is just the best thing ever. Is Bowen naturally a lover or does he just have a special thing for the Shull girls? He is so precious and I don't blame him one bit; I don't even know those girls and every time I see their pics it just makes me smile. He is a precious boy!!

  19. 4.24.17
    Kara said:

    I know you said that Ashby "gets some love" as well, but does she ever get jealous?

    What a sweet boy. One of my favorite pictures is when Madely came home and Bowen had a sign for Ashby…the smile on her face was priceless.

  20. 4.24.17
    brookerichardson said:

    I mean…..Bowen is just so sweet and he loves BIG!!!!

  21. 4.24.17
    Marshall Madness said:

    This is so cute! I loved hearing about Bowen's love for Ashby and now Madeley too! How has Ashby taken to Bowen's attention always being on Madeley? I think it's so cute to watch these little friendships blossom! What a sweetheart!

  22. 4.24.17
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    I laughed the whole way through this!! It is just SO TRUE!! And so precious! I have to sneak in some cheek squeezing too whenever I'm around her! Watching Bowen with her is the cutest thing ever…he just can't help himself!

    That Inspired Chick

  23. 4.24.17
    Mrs W said:

    This is the cutest post ever!! Thank you for sharing it on a Monday! 🙂

  24. 4.24.17
    Alexis deZayas said:

    Probably my favorite post ever!

  25. 4.24.17
    Amber Barrett said:

    BEST POST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. 4.24.17
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    This is so stinking sweet! He has heart of gold, Erika. What a sweet boy you're raising!

  27. 4.24.17
    Michelle said:

    Oh my goodness, laughing at he just wants to smell her cheek!! How sweet!!

  28. 4.24.17
    Heather said:

    How cute are they together?! It will be so fun to show them these pictures when they are older!

  29. 4.24.17
    Unknown said:

    That is the cutest – it brought tears to my eyes watching how sweet Bowen is with his 2 little friends. Bless his sweet little heart 🙂

  30. 4.24.17
    Megan said:

    Oh my goodness!!! Sweet Bowen!! I love this!!! And I don't really blame him!! Those cheeks are pretty irresistible

  31. 4.25.17
    Kristen said:

    Absolutely precious!!! This made my day!

  32. 4.25.17
    Carly Heideger said:

    Best. Post. Ever. Madeleys cheeks are the best. What a sweet sister Ashby is to share her BFF. It is too cute how Bowen loves Madeleys checks and then she loves Samuels cheeks. What a blessed corner of the world you guys have 🙂

  33. 5.11.17
    Unknown said:

    This is precious!! I love his obsession with her cheeks, and I don't blame him one bit!! SO CUTE. All of them. 🙂