Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94
Tuesday, May 31
Friday, May 27
Monday, May 23
Friday, Mom and Dad came to town to open accounts, visit their new house (Dad’s first time to see it), and to celebrate my birthday. What an awesome weekend and I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the thought of having them here for good. I feel like the luckiest gal in the world just knowing they will be 0.7 miles away especially since I have not lived less than 6 hours away from them since l left for college 11 years ago. We found this awesome end table for the nursery at an estate sale for.....get this... $20! SCORE!
Here I am this weekend....told you I'm getting LARGE!
Sunday I turned 29, and it was a wonderful day. Church, brunch at the Castle, relaxing, a yummy home cooked dinner and cake. I couldn’t imagine a better day especially @ 32 weeks pregnant. I had a few hours of pretty uncomfortable Braxton Hicks contractions that afternoon and for a minute there I thought Austin might think it was his birthday instead of Mommy’s. As we count down weeks until Austin’s birthday, I have a new appreciation for birthdays altogether.I always thought of it as MY special day but yesterday I thought, May 22nd was a day that Mom & Dad (and others) looked forward to for months just as Zach and I anxiously await July 15th. A birthday is a yearly reminder to all involved of the excitement, preparation, prayers, sacrifice, discomfort and extreme joy that lead up to that one day... that birth day.
We have an exciting week ahead as we leave Thursday for Jackson to see my amazingly gifted brother-in-law, Kellen, graduate from Medical School. Then we head for the beach to celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary/babymoon to soak up some sun. Well, let me clarify…I will be lathered in SPF 80, under an umbrella wearing a ridiculously large maternity swimsuit and Zach plans to go commando. As in no sunscreen…he will be wearing a swimsuit. You can all predict how this week will play out… I have a feeling he will be joining my SPF 80/umbrella club by day 2. I promise to take lots of pics however don’t plan on seeing another blog for a while… I have some major relaxing to do since it might be the last time I get to in a long time!
Friday, May 13
Tuesday, May 10
Saturday, May 7
Monday, May 2
The square greeted us with the sounds of live bands and the smell of BBQ, Fried Catfish, and funnel cakes. We made our way to City Grocery where the girls had a baby shower and lunch planned. The shrimp and grits were amazing but nothing in comparison to the company of my girls. They showered me with awesome gifts for Austin and then we hit the square for shopping. I picked up this Larry Wamble print for Austin's bathroom. This artist is special to us and the Oxford print is hanging in our guest room and we gave the College Station print to Cory for his A&M graduation. I picked up a few other pieces of art and then we headed to Frank and Marlee's to sit on the deck and enjoy the day.
It was such a fabulous weekend filled with amazing food, side cramping belly laughs, and some much needed girl time. It was so hard to say goodbye to my girls and think that the next time I see all of them life will be very different- I'll be a mommy. As Farris Bueller says, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." I am so grateful for weekends like this because as the years go by they are harder and harder to come by. The 8 of us are spread out over 6 states however when we get together it's like a day hasn't passed and we all fall back into finishing each others sentences. We missed Meghan, Kathryn, and Laura who are spread all over the country and couldn't make it. Kathryn was supposed to come but she gave us a pretty legit excuse, she lost everything including the diaper cake in Tuscaloosa's F5 Tornado. Our thoughts and prayers have been going out to her and Alex as they try to start over. This is her house and car after the storm, it's hard to believe it until you see the pics. We are so glad they are alive!She sent me this picture of what the diaper cake looked like pre-tornado....
And here it is after the tornado...We thought the weekend couldn't get any better until I returned home to see the news of Bin Laden. Not that is what I call a PERFECT weekend!