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

Saturday, September 29

Happy 34th Cory!

Happy birthday to the most fabulous  brother a girl could ask for.

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Friday, September 28

My gorgeous hubby-made entry table

As I mentioned in a previous post, Zach and I have had the creative juices flowing like crazy lately.  I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I wish we could find a large entry table that is more to scale with our foyer.  We have a wide foyer/hall with tall ceilings so it’s always a challenge to furnish the hall without making the furniture look it belongs in a doll house.  But I mention things like this all the time so I didn’t really intend for Zach to take me seriously.

So the project started while we were shopping for a new bed and started to see really awesome rustic-style sideboards and sofa tables.  They were all way over what we were willing to pay but it really didn’t matter since they weren’t large enough anyway.  So when we were unwrapping the new king bed, there were 2 giant pieces of pine protecting the headboard.   Zach and I noticed gray streaks, orange dots, and just tons of character.  Zach asked if he should make the entry table himself and use this interesting wood as the top. 

I was shocked! All of you that know Zach know that he has about 52 huge projects in the works- none of which are small, ie. Franchising one of his companies, conference call with investors that came from his Today Show mention, running a law firm, managing a slew of LLCs….in a nutshell he is the busiest person I have ever known.
So within about 9 days (only that long because we left town for the Ole Miss game), the table was complete.

Moved into house, pre-stain
1st coat of Walnut Stain
Zach stained it with Walnut stain and then sealed it with 2 coats of Poly, buffing the entire table with a high grit sandpaper between poly applications.

Here is a picture looking down from the banister. She is a beauty and even prettier than I imagined it would be.  I am about to swap the lamp shades out for larger burlap shades.  i think it will do well with the rustic table and brown in artwork. 
Next project….

A mantle and 2 rustic nightstands for the master bedroom.

Friday, September 21

Tailgater makes The Today Show!

Zach's tailgating app Tailgater has been getting a lot of fame lately in magazines and newspapers but this by far trumps the exposure it was mentioned in a tailgating segment on The Today Show.

While Zach's mom, Randa, was living she NEVER missed an opportunity to tell her kids they could do anything they wanted and there were no boundaries to their greatness.  Well Zach took her seriously and he continues to change this world everyday with innovation and compassion.

I am a very proud wife!

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Thursday, September 20

Hotty Toddy!

Austin got to experience the grove for the 2nd time and boy did he love it.  Not only did he skip his nap but he sayed up until 11pm partying. Normal bedtime is 8pm so this was a huge change in the schedule but he did great and was so happy! The town was busting at the seams and the houses on Lamar looked more beautiful than ever.  I swear everyone got together and planned to have every light in the house on, yards perfectly manicured and adorable southern families sipping sweet tea or Makers Mark on the front porch swing.  Oxford is picturesque in the fall!  Friday night a bunch of people got together at Camille's house (Jarrod's overly hospitable mom) and we made ourselves sick on Gumbo, Chicken-minis and dessert! Saturday we had a great day in the grove and got to see a lot of old faces we hadn't seen in years.  We woke up early Sunday to beat the crowds to Big Bad Breakfast and make the trek home.  We just love that town but Z and I decided we like it more without all the people because we didn't get to hit up Ajax and Two Stick like normal and that is just plain depressing.
The HORNS arrived in true Texas Fashion
Daddy and Austin people watching in the grove
What Austin did ALL DAY LONG.  EAT!  I guess when you are in the Grove that's what you do but I was worried about the amount of food this guy was putting back.
Me and Aunt Eldy at the Phi Mu house with our future Phi Mu and KA.
Franny Bean and A- Man played so well!

Pretending to nap in the wagon....never happened

Austin's "new" smile

Totally exhausted but just won't let those eyes close.  Too many cute girls to  watch.

Great sign Phi Mu!

Our walk to the car...still totally fascinated with people watching.