Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Blog Monopolist

Not trying to corner the market on the blog, just had to share. Kate and Jake are visiting their Aunt and Uncle in Virginia with their Grandparents of the Grambo persuasion. This has resulted in Grant and Will sharing a bed for a few days. When Will isn't sleeping perpendicular to Grant they present a cute picture. (Perpendicular is Will's favorite sleeping position, the better to kick you with - I speak from sad experience - nothing like being woken up from a sound sleep by Angry Kicking Still-Asleep Boy!) Will is already anxious for his Kate and Jake to return after only 1 day.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Coolest Christmas Present Ever

Val sent me a lifetime supply of post it notes. And another post it note holder. How cool is that? I am so excited!!! THANK YOU, VAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Bliss

Lilly's supersweet expression here tells exactly how our Christmas went this year. Although this is our first Christmas without traveling to be with family in 9 years we had success finding our own way, traditions and fun!

Hands down, this was our favorite present this year! A full arsenal of NERF guns for the whole family! We built forts, we covered each others back, we even invited friends!


Believe it or not, we had the privilege of having Santa over for dinner for our second year in a row. Our kids our 100% full believers in Santa!


As you may have guessed, Brent got a new massage chair that everyone enjoyed!

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas? Nightmare!!! Bah Humbug!

Just thought you'd like to see what Grampa Doc has been doing this morning. You know you're in Utah when your Christmas guests have to stay over night because they can't get out of your driveway to get home! We're loving it!
By the way, notice the new railing on our front porch! We put it up ourselves last week! (That's so people don't fall down our ice-covered front steps!)

Hopefully, nobody will be offended by this. I think I will now quit worrying about if my voice is ok or not. Remember to turn your volume waaaay up!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Jake, Grant & Will in their new P.J. s. - shirts from Wally World, pants created by Jeannie! Will was so excited to match his brothers. He gave them both big hugs and told them he loved them.

Love you all,

The KY Watsons

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Introducing: Adalaigh Ehren Watson

OH YES HERE SHE IS. Addy Watson has joined the fray at a fighting weight of 7lbs 14 ounces.

Maria and baby are both well with a miraculous delivery, and smooth induction little Addy has arrived.

We love you all. We are tired so this is all for this post.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Birthday Presents!!!

So, here is my birthday present we did before we remembered it was my birthday


Can I tell you guys how excited I am!!!
(especially Andra and Margaret who have used these cabinets)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It must be unfortunate be born at such a "harried" time of year. I keep wondering how I am supposed to feel peace on earth and good will to men on only 2 hours of sleep a night and so many paper cuts from wrapping stuff! Not to mention the repeated shopping trips for the people I have forgotten!

Anyway - Happy Happy birthday Laila - another year closer to 40!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Even Later Than That!

Carrie and Margaret...breakfast Levi and Joshua

Games, games and games

Isn't this why we get together!

A table beautiful set by Carrie and Brooklyn

Well, we can't quite compete with the numbers you guys had there at Andra's house, but i think we equaled on fun, eating, shopping, movie watching and all out vegging here at the Stratton/Pace Thanksgiving party!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

For all of you that live closer to the ocean - we are jealous. However, we did have a really really big Thanksgiving this year! And our Christmas party will be at Amber and Jeff's and will probably be huge too!!! We missed you and wish we could already be living in our 'combine' so we could have great big dinners all the time.

Suzette and Scarlett did not fare so well with the dinner. Far too much turkey. They sure were cute while they were awake though!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Your Mom

I hope no one will be offended by this, but I just wanted to tell you of my experience with your mother. I never knew her in this life, but I look forward to meeting her in the next. I know that my own mother has already met and embraced her for me.

In some ways I feel like I do know her, however. In knowing her sons and daughters, and seeing her influence in their lives, I think I know her. And I know that on occasion, I have felt her Spirit in our home.

I was honored when, at one of the final Stake Relief Society Conferences I attended before we left Hendersonville, one of the Sisters in the Ward shared how two of her Visiting Teachers had touched her life in a meaningful way. It was myself and your Mom. I was so honored to be mentioned in connection with your mother.

Thank you for accepting me in your family and to share, in a vicarious way, your mother's influence.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Feeling Stressed?


I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives.

By following simple advice heard on the Dr. Phil show, you too can find inner peace. Dr Phil proclaimed, "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished."

So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished and before leaving the house this morning, I finished a package of Oreos, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, and a box of chocolates. You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Couple of Little Watsons

For years I lived under the delusion that Elaina would maybe turn out to be a Smith. With Carter it was obvious since birth that he looked like Jeff...but Elaina, the older she gets, the more she looks like a Watson, too!

Anyway, I thought I'd share some recent pictures.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Tribute to Mom

I don't usually think a lot about mom. After 11 years I am used to her not being a part of my every day life like she was before she died. But I've been thinking about her a lot lately.

After mom died we sisters looked at each other and rejoiced in the things that we could see in each other that were like her. Andra loves babies like she did. Laila looks so much like Mom when she was young. Margaret is loving like Mom was. I actually felt quite left out in this listing of characteristics--we all know that I am so much like Dad. It took a lot of searching on my part before I found some of Mom in me; I love working with numbers, and I am (almost) always late. I know that is not a good characteristic to have, but I was just so excited to know that some part of me was like Mom.

I wonder if we can ever truly appreciate our loved ones while we still have them. That probably sounds like a terrible thing to say--but let's be real. Even the most compatible people clash from time to time, and it's easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life and forget what a remarkable thing it is to have a life filled with loving family and friends.

I know I never appreciated Mom enough while she was alive. She was one of my closest friends and I talked to her almost every day--which was a big deal back in the days of expensive long distance charges. But how could I, the mother of young children, appreciate yet the mother she had been to me as a teenager? How would I really understand how amazing it was that one year 5 of her children were teenagers and she didn't kill anyone? Each new stage that I experience as a mother brings me a new appreciation for the woman that our mother was.

Nothing about mom's background predicted success. She came from a poor family and married a young man from an almost-as-poor family. They both worked harder than I can conceive of to provide for their family.

I read a quote the other day that reminded me of Mom. I spent a lot of my teenage years noticing all of the things that she didn't do well, and thinking about how I would have done better. As a young mom I made sure to not repeat faults that I had seen in her mothering. It probably wasn't until a couple of years before she died that I realized how unimportant those particular characteristics were. I saw then that Mom excelled at the truly important virtues.

Maya Angelou said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Mom made me feel amazing. I would rather have had her for 31 years than any other mom for a lifetime. She sent me off to college at financially stressful time and never told me how bad things were. She talked to me like I was the smartest, most wonderful person in the world. She asked my opinion often and never gave hers in a condescending or patronizing way. I could go on and on--I now have a list of things I wish I could thank her for, and an even longer list of things I would apologize about.

I wish I were more like Mom. I think she had the gift of true charity--the gift to be able to love others as Christ loves them. That's not a gift that I have--at least not right now. But I am resolved to try to do better. In this thing I would love for people to be able to remember that I was like my mother.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

the things that pass for art these days

Somehow, ByuIddaho has kept both me and my woman
down... Kept down by the F.A. MAN i tell you!
F. A. of course, is Fine Arts. The rounding out all Ricks
students have gotten to provide a group
(read: captive audience) for the performers to... yeah.

Honestly, there are some events that i have quite enjoyed.
Since we are down here in utah, BYU Idaho has agreed to let Emily finish with a college level event here. Enjoy some of what we saw, and for more, see our blog.

Read it. it's worth it. and after all, it's art! they said so.

Yeah Weber State Faculty Art Show!

Something to brighten your day!

Thought you might get a chuckle out of these two clips!

First, click on the link below (if it doesn't work, cut and past into your browser.)


Now watch the video below. (And these people elected our new president!)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Because Aunt Pam has declared it has been too long...

We're having a Watson New Year's party! It will be at Aunt Pam's house, 4:00 in the afternoon until whenever on New Year's Eve. She would like everyone to bring food to share, whatever snacks or finger foods you would like.

Tell any aunts, uncles, and cousins who might be in the area around this time, too!

Christmas Party?

Just wondered if a date has been set yet for the Family Christmas Party? We are free on Monday night, Dec 22nd. Anyone else?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

'Aight- anyone who will be in the vicinity of Pleasant Grove for Christmas, say "Aye"!

So...how 'bout a Watson Christmas dinner at our house one of these days? Who will be around, and what days/times would work best for everyone? Let me know and we'll schedule something! I mean look, we got the house all decorated and everything!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Scarlet's Blessing

Scarlet's blessing will be this Sunday at 9:00AM at our church on 200 North, 1050 East in Orem, UT. We won't be having festivities or food afterwards, but anyone interested is welcomed to come to the house after.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Cindy!

I am going to get a little jump on Jeffro and his handy electronic equipment and say

"Happy Birthday Cindy!!!!"