Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Two Birthday Girls

A couple of weeks ago, Jackson went to TWO birthday parties in one day!
 First, we went to Abbey's 1st birthday party. We had such fun!
 We gave her a "My Pretty Lamp" and it was so cute to see her watch it light up.
 Ezra and Jackson are such good buddies!
 In between the parties, we stopped at Crystal Bridges restaurant, "Eleven," for lunch. It was so good. Oh, I love him! 
 My boys are so handsome!
 Russell and I shared this heart shaped shortbread cookie for dessert.
 Jackson Randolph is such a sweet baby boy!
 Harper's 1st birthday party was next. We loved seeing everyone there.
 Susan and Susan holding Jackson and Harper. So cute!
It was so cute watching Harper open gifts as well. Thanks for the fun, Abbey and Harper! :)
When we got home, Jackson took a long nap. Going to these birthday parties was a big reminder that he will have a birthday party in a few short months...his FIRST birthday. I am in denial...just a tad! :) He will always be my baby, no matter what age.
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Jackson and Mommy's 1st Road Trip!

So my sister and her family are moving soon and Jackson and I had to come check out the city and their new house! I was pretty nervous to drive because it was, honestly, the first time I drove on a long road trip with sweet J. But, we left early in the morning and headed to OK.
 We stopped by Kelly, Eric, Logan and Lauren's new house they will move in soon. Jackson and Lauren were little buddies the whole trip. :)
 Eric was out of town when J and I were there, but we gave Kelly and Eric a special anniversary book for their 20th wedding anniversary! Logan and Lauren loved showing Kelly the book. She was so surprised.
 Before we went to dinner, we took Jackson's 9 month pictures. OMG I cannot believe he is now NINE and a half months old. How wild!
 I love this!
 Kelly and I went shopping and had such fun!
 We had lunch at one of Ree Drummond's favorite places and both had this yummy grilled cheese! It did not disappoint one bit!
 So cute!

 Jackson was such a good boy the whole day. Little boys aren't too fond of shopping, but he didn't complain at all. :)
 
 Oh, bless his heart! He really wanted that cheeseburger. HA!
 I just love them!
I love seeing my sister play with Jackson. It is the sweetest thing ever.

Aunt Kelly and Jackson's selfie! Jackson sure does know how to smile and say cheese! :)
We truly did have a wonderful time together and will definitely be back to OK very soon!
 
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Psalm 5:11

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy 31st Birthday, Russell!

Thirty-one years ago, my sweet husband, Russell, was born. Today is his birthday!!! Here are some of my favorite pictures from the past year, as 2014 was a very memorable one!
 Here we are downtown when I was in my third trimester with Jackson. Russell was so very helpful during my pregnancy. He truly was so brave with me during pregnancy and delivery with Jackson.
 Russell is the best dad to our boy! It has been the most fun and memorable 9 months watching him be a Daddy! It has and will always be a joy to me.
Russell, I love you so much. You are so wonderful and I love making memories with you. My favorite thing is watching you and Jackson laugh together. It is so joyous to me! Hope you have a great birthday!
Love, Meredith Ann
 
I urge you to live a live worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January Favorites

So, have y'all been working on your New Year's Resolutions or goals? I know it's kind of cliché to think about every January. I usually let every new year go by without thinking about big changes, because I would get too overwhelmed. Now it's 2015, and it's been different already as far as goals go. :)
Last week, I got my Young Living Essential Oils order in and I was so excited to try them. I had tried thieves and absolutely love it. It was good to use the diffuser and also use them on myself, and even Russell. :) He likes the lavender. It goes along with my goal to get healthier this year. 
I got my Erin Condren planner in the other day, and adore it so much. Every year, I order an EC planner and use it daily. It helps me to get organized!

Have y'all heard of Clean Mama? Her posts are on instagram daily and it truly encourages me to check the duty off my list for the day and get it done! I started last Sunday and have stuck with it since then. Our house really is much cleaner than it was two weeks ago. This favorite goes along with my get clean and get organized goal. :) You know, go through clutter, clean daily, keep up with laundry, etc.

Last night, I made this potato soup from the Point of Grace cookbook. It was so yummy and had a couple of ingredients you normally wouldn't think to put in potato soup. It just might become a standby in our house. So I hope I can share monthly favorites more often, which will be random finds in the current month. So, again, happy January!
 
On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

JOYFUL CHRISTMAS..Jackson's 1st..Part 2

Here's the continuation of our trip to South AR, plus a celebration at my house!
The day after Christmas, we headed to Russell's parent's house to celebrate the holiday!
We opened gifts. They were tickled to get the personalized plate and framed picture of Jackson.

The three of us! Oh, we love our son, Jackson Randolph!

The best Christmas present!

Ricky enjoyed showing Jackson how to take a "selfie." HA!

Jackson loves them!
Jackie cooked a great lunch: chicken spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad.
That night, we had the Lawson Christmas!

BJ and his little girl, Eve. What a sweet little girl!

Mamaw Lawson, Jackson, and Eve.
On the 27th, we went to Russell's grandparent's house.

Love this picture of 4 Price boys!

Papaw playing peek-a-boo with J. So cute.

Jackson enjoyed the ribbon and wrapping paper.


We stayed at KK (my mom) and BA's house and KK was so excited to read this Rudolph book to Jackson. Rudolph's nose lit up while reading the book. Too fun!

KK is so proud of her baby grandboy!
We truly enjoyed our few days in South Arkansas. It was wonderful to see many family members and a few friends. If you have read this blog even for a short time, you know family is everything to me. I cannot say enough how much fun we had!
Fast forward to January 3rd.......
Whew! That was fast! ;)

I call these cookies "New Year's cookies," because I still used a few cookie cutters from the Christmas collection, but it's still Winter, so I used snowflake, snowman, and bell cutters.
My mom's family came to our house this year to celebrate Christmas! Most of the family got to come, so we were tickled about that. We had ham, macaroni special, green beans with almonds, bread, and death by chocolate for dessert. It was our family's Christmas get together, so of course we had more munchies, like crackers and dips, and olive cheese bread. Thanks to the Pioneer Woman for many recipes, yet again! :)

Opening gifts!

My cousin, Parke and his sweet wife, Anna. This is their 1st Christmas as "Mr. and Mrs." :)

My uncle Mike, Aunt Dodie and Jackson!

My Aunt Molly!

Emily and her very tall boyfriend, Cable. They are so adorable together!

Just the 3 of us again! :)

Kathy (Mama) and Molly!

Kelly, Logan, and Lauren!

Lauren and I are two peas in a pod. She is so very special to me! We know how to have fun and be adventurous! It is so fun to watch her play with Jackson.
It was awesome spending time with MANY family members. My heart just bursts with JOY when I see any family member, but my heart almost overflows with JOY when I can celebrate Jesus' birth many times, not only at Christmastime, with my husband, Russell, and our son, Jackson.
Christmas may be over, but let's not ever forget that Jesus, the Messiah, LOVES and ADORES you!

So now, on January 7th, let's try to fly past any Winter blues that may come and think positive. I have really been thinking about how to kinda "revamp" this blog. Obviously still have J's pics, but add more. If you have any ideas, feel free to share. I have ideas, but y'all just share away! Again, have a wonderful 2015!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they my see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16