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

Thursday, February 23

Meghan & Tony get meer-weed!

Meghan & Tony's wedding weekend in Beaver Creek will go down in the record books as one of the best weekends with the crew. The rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception were all amazing. Beaver Creek was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous wedding. And may I just say, every bite of food that I put in my mouth was nothing short of spectacular! I guess you would expect nothing less when 2 Culinary Institute grads get married! I could go on and on for days about the weekend but I will let the pictures speak for themselves!

Lee {aka Mountain Man}, Lisha, Shannon & Mr. David at cocktail hour at the Rehearsal Dinner
Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek

Tony with the Bickley's

Rehearsal Dinner Cakes- so cute! As kids, Tony loved the Muppets and Megs loved Rainbow Bright

We weren't ready for this one we were still laughing from the first picture when Anita was taking it upside-down pushing the tripod hole thinking it was the button! Love that Anita!

Okay here we are for a normal pic...except Amanda, not sure what is going on back there :)

Shay & Geesh

My fabulous best friends....beautiful inside & out!
And Meg's dress was even MORE fabulous in person A-MAZ-ING!

Shay & Pamela

Mr. Paul and his Meghan Baby!
Elle so excited to see Megs all dressed up, in her words "she looks like a princess"

Here is Lisha placing the diamond right-hand ring on Meg's hand. Lisha wore this in her wedding {borrowed from her jeweler}, then Lee & her parents bought it for her as a gift, then I wore it, Laura Stone wore, Stephanie Shelton wore it, Lauren Turner wore it and now Meghan wore it in her wedding. It is a Phi Mu tradition! Here is a blast from the past when Lisha "ringed" me at my wedding.

Meghan walks towards the snow to meet her groom for the first time!

Beautiful Chapel, it started snowing as we were arriving.

Arriving at the chapel in our furs, we live in the south
so what better occasion to pull these out of the closet!
{This is Randa's fur, I felt so special wearing it}

Leaving the chapel we switched out the heels for the boots so we could walk
through the snow to get on the sleighs!

Sleighs Rides from the bottom of the mountain up to Beano's Cabin

Me and my date, Ledah! {our hubbies and babies couldn't come}

Mad Dogg & Quaine Dog {Madison & Lauren}

Lisha & Lee

Laura D & Matt

With the beautiful bride at the hot chocolate cafe waiting for the sleigh. Could there be a more gorgeous winter bride??

@ Beano's Cabin for the reception

Me and my roomies at the end of a WONDERFUL NIGHT!!!

Oh how I miss everyone so much, it was a much needed weekend with so many loved ones and these days those weekends come few and far between but they are so treasured!

Congratulations Meghan & Tony Lauring!
We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and exceptional food!

Wednesday, February 15

Valentine's Day

Well cupid was very good to us yesterday. When we got to Grammy and Papa's house, they had valentines waiting. An adorably decorated bag for Austin and a container of homemade Oreo Truffles for us.
Mom dropped Austin off at my office for a quick visit and then Zach and I took him to the Landing for a yummy Valentine's lunch. Austin was so tuckered from all the people chatting with him at lunch, he passed out as soon as we got in the car.
Last night Mom and Dad came over for dinner. Zach made his amazing stuffed chicken. Somehow he makes the world's most moist and delicious chicken stuffed with bacon, mozzarella, scallions, jalapeno, and cheddar. Every bite is like a party in your mouth. Then he paired it with a Caesar salad and Randa's recipe of homemade pan fried okra that is to die for. We drank wine as I told them all about Meghan's amazing wedding and finished dinner off with the Oreo truffles (made by mom) and chocolate covered fortune cookies (bought by dad).
I had promised Austin a Valentine balloon all day so here he is with his Valentine bear. He got tired after dinner and was just staring up at it.
It was a great day and I am so thankful for my adorable husband, sweet baby boy and my loving mom and dad. You guys make everyday fun!

Last night Austin had a really runny nose and every few hours he would wake up totally stopped up and coughing as he tried to breath. I would suction him and lay him back down but after a few times waking up I decided he needed to sleep elevated so around 1am I grabbed his cozy quilt and snuggled him tight and we slept together the rest of the night in his recliner. He is such a snuggle bug these days and just wraps his arms around you and nuzzles into your chest. I am now sooo thankful for that wonderful recliner that mom and dad bought's so comfortable even for an entire night. I hope he gets over this pretty quickly but I hear from other daycare moms that a runny nose and cough are pretty much a constant thing during these months. Boo!

Monday, February 13

Home Sweet Home!

(Sorry this is so fuzzy--- it was dark and all I had was my phone.)

I can't explain the feeling as I walked in Austin's classroom this afternoon to get this sweet boy after being away from him for 5 days. I seriously had to fight back tears when he saw me and started smiling as big as he could and whimpering for me to come pick him up. This little guy melts my heart.
I spent the entire night catching up on kissing those cheeks and I couldn't bring myself to put him in bed for his 5pm nap....I had to hold him. Ahhhh it's so good to be home with my boys.
Here we are having a Mohawk party before bed!

Friday, February 3

Too Tired to Eat

One more picture from the other night. Zach had a late meeting and Dad was in Texas so mom came over to spend the evening with me and Austin. I was so excited about all the new snacks I got Austin so we let him try a few of each and then fed him his meal. Looks like all that food was just too much for the little guy and mom and I watched as his head slowly got heavier and heavier and then he was out. I wish I could have gotten a picture right when he fell asleep, his arm was straight up in the air and his head was cocked all the way to the side trying to look at the microwave. It was hilarious.

When will it get easier?

No, I am not talking about parenting Austin, who quite possibly could be the easiest baby I could have wished for. I am talking about leaving him at daycare....when will this get easier for me??? This isn't rhetorical, I really NEED to know! I feel like the walk out to my car is the walk of shame. I open the door to his room and although it's super clean and the ladies in his class are so nice, I can just imagine germs jumping onto Austin. I know it is all in my imagination and I have to get over these daycare stigmas. He only goes Monday and Friday and I still have a hard time but I guess now that we have one month under our belts I should start putting on my big girl panties and dealing with it. I think it will be better when he reaches the age where he can come home and tell me all about it and how much fun he is having, but for now I assume he'd rather be at Grammy and Papa's!

Here are some pics form the week. I finally got back to running the other evening after taking a few days off after getting LASIK. Last night I took Austin on a long, wonderful and much needed jog to clear my head after a really tough work week. I could run for days in this warm February weather however it looks as though the mosquito can too. I was wearing pants and still managed to get eaten up so I was quick to put the mosquito net over the stroller so Austin didn't suffer the same fate. Let's hope he has his father's skin, he could be in the Louisiana swamps for days and not be bothered by those lil devils...I on the other hand, live in fear of contracting West Nile after grabbing the paper off of the porch.

Who is this little boy in my stroller???

I heard a saying the other day which I felt perfectly explained myself. I see life "through Mom-colored glasses". Like a lot of moms, I want everything to be perfect for this little guy and I know that one day I will have to face the fact that I cannot protect Austin from the world...but for now, while he is tiny and innocent I will live in my little happy place with A & Z!

When I look at this sweet face I cannot help but be so grateful for everything Zach and I have have been blessed with. So maybe I am seeing things a bit too rosey...but that is just me and as Zach always says..."I would LOVE to live in your world".