Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Random Picture Update

It has been a while since I have posted anything (because I have been just laying around being lazy-HA, I wish). This having a new baby and trying to get ready for Christmas thing has kept me on my toes I feel like I have been going non- stop for a straight six weeks now!

Anyway, I haven't posted in so long that I didn't really know what I wanted to write about so I just decided to do a random picture update to get you up to speed on what has been happening at the Watson house.First, our poor seven year old cat is going through some stress over adding Jaxton to the family. He has completely licked his belly bald. I took him to the vet yesterday and he got a couple of shots to hopefully help him calm down. If that doesn't work we will have to get him on kitty cat Prozac. I say if I can't have any Prozac my cat shouldn't be able to have any either! Ha-seriously I hope he gets adjusted to having Jaxton around soon. Ty (the cat) has been my baby for along time and I hate to see him upset.
Here is Jaxton stuffed into his stocking. I think you can tell by looking at him what he thought of it, but I just had to do it! When Ashlynn was born it was right before Easter so I stuffed her in an Easter basket. I felt like it was only fair to treat both children equally. Marshal and I are sooooo not into letting our children sleep with us. However, this adjusting to a newborns sleep schedule has made us a little desperate at times. Here is Marshal and Jaxton taking a little nap in Branson (I also think or hotel neighbors probably appreciated us not letting our baby scream at 4:00 a.m.). I am sure Marshal will love that I put this picture on here, but I think it is too cute how Jaxton is cuddled up to him.
Our mall is so pretty during the holidays. Marshal and I decided to take our new fancy camera out and take a few pictures of Ashlynn by the Christmas decorations. Ashlynn is into posing these days and would let you take pictures of her all day. I would have loved to have had her dressed in some of her cute Christmas clothes but the weather never seemed to corporate when we want it to so we just decided to take the pictures one day when we were out and about. Ashlynn's Christmas program at Mother's Day Out. I love this one because she is just like her momma-talking to her friends when she so should not be!

We took Ashlynn and Jaxton on the Polar Express Train ride in Branson. The train took us to the North Pole to pick up Santa and then served us hot chocolate and cookies. It was very neat. We had a great time.
They also came by to punch your ticket with your initial. Jaxton is cuddled up in the sling so you can't see him.
Thank you for letting me share. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!







Sunday, December 6, 2009

Can't Believe I did that

So any one that knows me is going to be completely shocked by what I did yesterday. I still can't actually believe it myself.

Yesterday Marshal and I were out and about finishing our Christmas shopping for Ashlynn. We were getting hungry, but needed to eat something quick because our time was running out and I still had yet to find the Barbie Three Musketeer movie that Ashlynn had to have. We decided to run into Wendy's in front of the Roger's Walmart. Well I am not sure if you have ever been there on a Saturday, but there are some real interesting people in there let me tell you.

So Marshal and Jaxton find a seat while I finish getting the food. Just about the time I sit down Jaxton started to get a little fussy and I was feeling like a bad mom, because he had been in his car seat all day, so I decided to take him out and hold him while I ate. Big mistake. The lady behind me starts just having a fit. "Oh he is sooooo cute! Oh my I just have to hold him. My grand baby is two years old and I haven't held a baby in two years. I just have to. Please. I mean can I please." In my mind I am screaming heck no you can't hold my baby you crazy woman!

Let me just say, with Ashlynn I told anyone that came within 10 feet of her "Don't touch the baby". I seriously considered creating a sign to hang from her car seat that said "Please keep your hands off". I am not even joking.

Well, Marshal had gone to refill his drink and I honestly didn't know what to do or say so I whipped out my germx and squirted her hands and let her hold him. I know! I thought I was going to yank him out of her hands the second I let go. The whole time (which was probably a total of three minutes) I was completely freaking out! I kept thinking about what kind of germs she had on her, what if she all the sudden stood up and tried to run away with him, what if she dropped him, what if I don't even know what if.

Anyway, she handed him back and we all was just fine plus I think that I made her day. But beware other crazy ladies that are thinking about asking to hold my baby because I am pretty sure I will not be that nice again!

Aren't second babies fun! I don't know whether to feel sorry for the first child for being so overly protective or sorry for the second child for being so relaxed.... Mother hood I guess you can probably never "get it right"!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Two Little Turkeys

My heart is full. I have so much to be thankful for; in fact I am not even going to attempt to create a list . I am however going to tell you my top two.

Number 1: I am thankful that God has shown me his unconditional love and his ever ready presence in my life. This year, more than any other, I tried very hard to push him away. I felt like he had let me down. I am so thankful for his grace and mercy and the patience he gave me throughout my struggle.

Number 2: I am thankful for my wonderful family! I have been blessed beyond measure with a wonderful husband and two precious little turkeys!



This Thanksgiving was the first Holiday I didn't get to be with my mom and dad. It was difficult to be out of the normal tradition. However, Marshal and I got "adopted" this year by a very special friend to join their family for Thanksgiving. A big big Thank you to them. We felt so welcomed and loved!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Lord is so Great

This has been one of those moments in my life where I can so clearly feel the presence of God. I am sure every woman is nervous as the delivery of her baby draws closer. I am no exception to that. I have to admit I was pretty scared. I thought it would be easier having already gone through it with Ashlynn, but it really only made me more nervous about going through it again.
I prayed a thousand times for God to be with me during the delivery and that he keep my baby boy healthy and safe. Those prayers were 100% answered and then some; as the nurse said "this has to be the easiest and quickest delivery I have ever seen". I can truly say that I felt God holding me through the entire process. He also brought my Grandmother, an angel in heaven, to be right by my side as well.
Well enough of that...here are some pictures! I promise to get some better ones soon. As you can imagine we are going through the adjusting process of have a new baby and trying to get as much rest as we can. Jaxton is a very sweet little boy and very laid back. I feel like my family is perfectly complete!
Didn't really mean to put this last one of me and my 30 minutes after delivery beauty, but I am too dumb to figure out how to delete it off of the post and don't want to have to re-do it for one silly little picture. Sorry you all have to see this!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sweet vs Not so Sweet

My husband is the perfect mix between sweet and not so sweet. I guess I should be thankful for the sweet times, but oh those not so sweet seem to really stick out! Then again if he was sweet all the time it would probably get on my nerves, honestly.

So yesterday he brought the mobile command post (a traveling emergency operation center...in even simpler terms a mobile 911 center) to school to show my kids. We have been studying community helpers this week and I thought it would be a fun Friday afternoon activity to have a community helper come and share. Well long story short the kids loved it, especially the fact that it had a bathroom in it. So the sweet part was that along with his mobile command post he also brought me orange rolls from Crumpet! YUM!!! All of this seems pretty sweet, right? Well for the not so sweet part...he brought me four orange rolls (man I hope the girls from school are not reading this I would be in so much trouble for not sharing!). I get home with the left overs (no I didn't eat them all at school even though the thought did cross my mind). I have my hands completely full and Marshal doesn't bother to come out and help me unload the car, because he is waaaaaayyyy to busy watching television. Yep you guessed it I drop the box with the orange rolls in it and the two left over rolls promptly go rolling across the grass! Well, I was so upset and of course very angry with him.
To make up for this he decides this morning to take me to my favorite bakery in the world for breakfast/lunch (sorry Juli). When we go to Rick's on Saturday morning we always get there right around 11:00 so we can have donuts for breakfast and finish that off with sandwiches for lunch. They have the absolute best food ever especially now that they serve a free dessert with every lunch order! And don't even think for a minute that that free dessert keeps me from getting a dessert to take home with me before we leave. So sweeet made my day!
Now,I wish I could leave this post with a sweet husband , but no. Today at Walmart I was buying some face lotion and I was trying to find something cheaper than the $14 lotion I always buy. That's when I get the comment "What's $14 when you are trying to take care of your face for a lifetime, you might need that $14 lotion after having two kids"......Thanks Marshal you and your comments are oh so sweet!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fabulous Fall Day

Today Marshal and I took Ashlynn to the Right Choice Pumpkin Patch in Missouri. It was the absolute perfect fall day! The weather was beautiful and we had a wonderful fun filled family day.

Ashlynn picking her pumpkin.

Looking Cute in front of the cave.
Tire swing fun.
The hay tunnel.
Walking to the barn. Cow train ride.Hay ride by the Elk River. Ashlynn and mommy (wow my face is soooo swollen...)
Going down the sack slide.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thank You

I have to admit that I did not know that today was National Miscarriage Awareness day until this evening. It is kind of interesting to me because I rarely get time in the car by myself. Today on the way to pick up Ashlynn from school I really wanted to listen to Avril Lavine's song Slipped Away. It is one of those songs that just explains how I felt when I lost my baby. I am coming up to the one year anniversary of our loss and I tell you I feel like it happened yesterday.

I don't want to focus on my loss though. I pray that no woman ever goes through it, but I know it is a very real part of life. So I pray, that those women that do experience the loss of a baby through miscarriage, can find the support that they need to carry them through. I can say it was a life changing experience. I know I will never be the same person I was a year ago.

I want to take this day to thank all of the people that did not give up on me even though I had completely given up on myself. I pushed God away and I pushed away everyone I knew and loved. Most people let me push and lefted me alone, but there were several friends that never gave up on me no matter how hard I pushed. They are the reason I am changed for the better. They saved me in a way that I don't think I could ever re-pay. I truly believe God sent me my own personal angel in human form. So today I want to not only take a moment to think about and pray for all of the women and that have experienced this kind of loss, but I want to take a moment to offer up a pray of thanks. Thank you God for sending your love to us in ways we never expected. Thank you God for never giving up on us even when we turn our back on you. Thank you God for the friends you send us. Thank you friends for allowing God to use you to help others. Thank you.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Nothing to Say

I have to admit that I am writing this blog post with absolutely nothing to say. I am so not good with this whole blog thing. I love having it and love being able to just say what I need to say when I need to say it. Most of the time I use it for myself more than for others; kind of like a personal journal. However, I always find myself saying I just don't have time to blog and so I go weeks and weeks without a post. Well now that I am on bed rest and have time to do one daily I don't have a thing to say. Nothing exciting happens when you stay home in bed all day.


I did have a good day with Ashlynn today. My mom has been coming to get her everyday because a four year old really doesn't understand why mommy is laying in bed and not playing fun stuff with her. Today though Ashlynn stayed home with me. She has had the flu this weekend and I just wanted to keep her here. She put on a little puppet show for me so I am including a picture of her and her sock puppet. It is days like today that help you remember it really is the simple moments in life that make your heart full!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Demonstrating God's Love

Two Sundays ago my Sunday School class decided to challenge each other to find ways that we could demonstrate God's love to others in random acts. Ok, I'll be honest in case anyone from Sunday school is reading this...I decided to make everyone challenge each other. I was nice about it and gave it as a mere suggestion, but I am pretty sure everyone in my Sunday school class thinks I am a crazy girl that can't sit quietly for more than five minutes. Oh well I love them any ways and they at least put up with me!

I really hesitate to put this on here because I am not the type of person that wants or needs recognition for things. I also have found it to be a really neat feeling to have done them without any one else knowing about them. However, I decided that I would share with you the few random things that I have done in hopes that it might inspire someone else to do something to demonstrate God's love.

First, last week I put something in another teachers box just to make her smile. I am not going to go into a lot of details about this one because I really don't want anyone at school to figure out what and who. I will tell you that I made a point to pick someone that I rarely talk to and really honestly don't know that well. I do know enough about her to know that she probably really benifited from a little unexpected "happy".

Next, Marshal and I were out of town this past weekend. When we went out to eat we picked another couple and asked their waitress to bring us their ticket and give them a note that we wrote instead. The note said..."We hope you have a great day. We hope you will accept our kindness and share it with someone else in some small way". After the couple had left the waitress came over and told us how truly excited they were about our gesture and how they said they were definitly going to "pass it on". What I thought was so cool about it was how many people it affected. I expected it to affect the people we choose, but I didn't expect their waitress to be so excited about it. I could hear her telling the other restraunt staff about it and they all just thought it was so neat. Hopefully they will all decide on a small way they can make someones day!

I have two more things that will have to wait unitl my bed rest is over to do.....so I will let you know how those go later. I am also always looking for new ideas. If you decide to do something to share God's love with others let me know. I would love to hear your ideas!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Walk to Defeat ALS

Today Marshal, Ashlynn, and I walked in the Walk to Defeat ALS at the Arvest ball park. Marshal's former boss has ALS and we participated to honor him. Travis is one of those people who you just can't help but look up to. Marshal and I have a great respect for him and were so honored to be able to give back to him and his family in this small way. I have to hand it to all of the sponsors of this event. We had a great time. They had so many kid friendly events and such a fun family atmosphere we all truly enjoyed ourselves. Ashlynn was so cute! She made many new friends and fans! Me being pregnant and all I told Marshal I was going to try the 1.5 mile walk, but was planning to take it fairly slow. Well, Ashlynn had completely different ideas about the "walk". About a 1/4 mile into the walk she decides she wants to run so she can win the race. So me being the fabulous mom that I am tell Marshal sure let her go for it;thinking that she won't go very far and probably will tire out of running quickly. So after she gets at least 1/2 a mile in front of us and I can no longer see her Marshal goes running after her having to cut through the parking lot to catch up with her. She was very upset with him because he had slowed her down and "now she wasn't going to win"! I ended up waddling my happy self as fast as I could to catch up with them so I am sure we were a funny sight for everyone. Marshal and Ashlynn were among the first few people to cross the finish line so Ashlynn was pleased with herself.

On a completely random note I can't believe I am about to do this, but I am posting a preggo picture of me from today so that all my out of towners can see me in all my pregnancy glory! You know there are some people that are such cute pregnant people and they go get maternity pictures of themselves so they can remember these moments forever. Well that is so not for me. I don't feel the slightest bit "cute". Honestly I feel like a elephant and feel like instead of walking everywhere I should just lay on the ground and let someone roll me! Anyway here it is. Laugh and enjoy because if I have anything to do with it this will be the only preggo picture there is.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Bed Rest Day

Well I guess I was needing a little extra attention these days. Ha! Tuesday morning I started feeling all of this pressure in my lower abdomen and it didn't seem to let up. So long story short went to the doctor on Wednesday and found out that I was already dilated and having some irregular contractions. He gave me a shot to stop everything and sent me on my way for a 24 hour bed rest.

I am thinking that any normal person would be thrilled to be told that they must lay around for 24 hours , I would have thought I would love it myself, but it is driving me crazy!!! I just don't do laying around very well. My mind just keeps going to all the things I could be getting done around the house.


Oh well I have gotten a few things done that needed to be done. I ordered Jaxton's baby bedding and I am updating my blog! Yea!



Monday, August 31, 2009

Daddy's Babies

So I am feeling a little left out. Ok not really, but my children are sooo their daddy. This weekend we were outside working in the yard and Ashlynn couldn't wait to help her daddy. What about me...don't you want to help your mommy.
Honestly, I think it is the sweetest thing ever. I don't think anything could make me love Marshal more than seeing him with our daughter. He is such a good little daddy and Ashlynn just adores him.

And then there is Jaxton. We got our 3-D ultrasound done today and I swear the boy looks just like his daddy! What's up with this. At least Jaxton does have a couple of months to change and grow and maybe come out looking more like his momma! Ha-Just Kidding. I feel so blessed to have such a sweet family!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Surprised Myself....

Today Ashlynn and I completed a little project! I have to admit that I am very proud of how it turned out. I am so not artsy and usually all projects I try turn out looking like crap, but this one I think turned out super cute! I really wanted something new to go over Ashlynn’s bed so we made these. Now I am just waiting on Marshal to get home from work to help me hang them.
I am including a couple of other pictures from our weekend adventure to Petit Jean Mountain. I will be honest and say it was not my “cup of tea” , but it was nice hanging out with my beautiful family!

Friday, July 31, 2009

One Hard Week

I don't know really where to begin....and I am not even going to try to explain everything that has happened this week. This has just been one hard week! (I will throw in there that for those of you that are getting worried-everyone is physically fine, and the baby is fine-no worries).
I can say that I am not sure there has ever been a time in my life that I have truly felt the prayers surrounding my family, before this week. The events of this past weekend should have been enough to throw me into full blown panic attack. I will be the first one to admit that I am a HUGE worrier and I get extremely stressed out. But this time it was different and that is the whole purpose of this post.

You might remember ( or not) about two months ago I posted about a book that a fabulous friend brought me, Rain on Me, well I have been reading it and truly praying about the message it shares and for me it has made all of the difference in the world. I, for the first time, realize that it is not about me and what I do or do not deserve it's about God and his everlasting love for me. I can not control the situations that arise in my life. All I can do is turn them over to him and know that he is right beside me through it all. The book stated that " God doesn't promise us no pain, he promises to never leave us".

Because of this understanding, I know that everything is going to be fine. Things are getting better. Thank you for all of your prayers and your friendship!

Now just for smiles, here are some of our vacation pictures! We had a fabulous time!