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

Wednesday, August 7

Austin at 2 years old

Austin is our meticulous little architect that loves putting things together and figuring things out.  He remembers everything you tell don't make him an empty promise, he will hold you to it even if it's days later. He enjoys many "boy" toys like trucks, cars, tractors, balls, bats, etc. but his favorite hobby is music.  Singing, dancing, playing guitar (both real and air)...the kid can rock.  His favorite songs to play with Daddy are "Trows" (Black Crowes), "Ho Hey" (Hey Ho by The Lumineers), "Horses Song" (The General Specific by Band of Horses).  He is fascinated with golf, golfers, golf carts due to the fact that mom and did live on a green and he always watches golfers play. He is extremely affectionate but also very tender hearted.  If he sees anyone kiss, he wants one. If he sees someone sad or hurt, he immediately pokes out his lip and in a sad voice says "Austin's sad". He is the most empathetic person I have ever known, I swear he feels other's pain so deeply I think he thinks he is hurt or sad.  He hates being left out and that is actually how we trick him into doing a lot of thing like going to bed--- "Bonny and Clyde {his stuffed animals} are going to bed, let me read to them and tuck them in". Immediately he climbs up in his bed and right in-between them to go to bed. He adores his Grammy, and we have all come to terms with the fact that she is the favorite. He loves swimming and has become very confident jumping into the pool. He bosses the dogs around.  He jumps at any opportunity to "hold" his sister or "help" with her. His favorite place to go is "Dwammy-Papa's House". He thinks he is invisible when he wears sunglasses. He loves taking medicine and getting his diaper changed.  He doesn't like eat ice cream, cake, french fries, or PBJ.  He loves edamame and "om-burgrrrs" (hamburgers). He craves the outdoors and it is often really hard to get him to come inside.  He puts everything in it's place and it bothers him if something is out of place.  His different foods can't mix or touch. He is a creature of habit and does not like deviating from a routine. He has slept through the night and like a rock pretty much since he was 7 weeks old. He sleeps in a big boy bed with Bonny (a chick), Clyde (a donkey), and his blankey but leaves them in the bed, that is where they stay...don't move them, he will notice. He loves reading books, especially with Daddy or Papa.  His favorites are If you give a Mouse a Cookie and Dr. Suesses Oh the Thinks You Can Think. He loves jumping and running. When you laugh, he laughs.  If anyone has a band-aid, he needs one immediately.  You'll be his best friend if you bring him raisins, bubbles, fruit snacks, vitamins, or anything Mickey Mouse.  He pretty much freaks with excitement when he spots a big truck, tractor, or ambulance. He often uses a french accent when saying words like diaper, Mickey, and juice.  He loves stools and ladders.  He will constantly move his 2 white chairs into configurations and they have to be exactly right before he sits down. He loves Jim Hinson's movie, Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas, year-round. He is shy upon meeting you, but warms up with a smile.  He loves when it rains. He is full of life and hilarious. The boy makes us laugh...hard.  We have never loved so much or so deeply until we knew Austin.

Nightly jam sessions with Daddy

Our confident swimmer

Savvy with technology
Invisible Austin
Loves "Baby Sister"

Roadtrip with Bonny & Clyde

Helping with "Maa-win"

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