Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Addition

December 18th we adopted a new member into the family.

Six week old, Chocolate Lab, Frank, Franklin, Frankus, Frankie, Frank the Tank, our neighbor even calls him Frankfurter.
It took days to finally name this sweet puppy.
Having picked him up graduation weekend, several names were thrown out there. Several ISU related - Cy, Geoffroy, Freddy, some were not - Sheldon, Walter, Buddy (the elf - it was Christmas time!), Leonard, and Moose.
We finally went with the original thought from Allison when we sent her a text photo as we were picking him out, "He looks like a Frank" :-) Coincidentally, Kris had a professor named Dr. Frank, so this name fit the bill of both ISU related, and not really because we didn't think about that till later.
Needless to say, our Christmas has been a lot of fun, running around after a now 8 week old puppy.
I haven't had much time to blog, or read, but I've had a great time playing with this bouncing, biting, chewing, brown cyclone of happiness! :-)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Monumental Day!

Kristopher Patrick and Allison Kasey
Sitting in the auditorium today, it struck me what a monumental day today was! Kris and Allison were both on the floor, waiting to hear their names be called so they could walk across the stage and become Iowa State University Alumni. (for Kris, this was his second ceremony in a year and a half!)

Kevin and I are so blessed to have such wonderful children, and we are so proud of all their accomplishments, especially this latest endeavor - graduating from ISU!
Kristopher and Dr. Stone - Tebow Style

Kristopher and Melinda Watts

A proud daddy!

Allison walking across the stage.

Hi Allison!

Hi Kris!

Two down, two to go! ISU cousins.

Kris, Melinda and the "rents"

Allison and Juan

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Whirl Wind of a Month!

What have we done since Thanksgiving?
Well, what haven't we done may be an easier question to answer.

Each weekend we have been somewhere other than home, and each weeknight we have been preparing for the next weekend...Whew!

Thanksgiving was great.

Jingle on Main was so much fun with the fireworks, shopping, music, and visiting with friends and family downtown!

The VanRheenens and my mom came for a short visit.

The Watts Family Christmas Bash - 36 of us there this year- babies everywhere!

Move Allison's stuff to the downstairs bedroom, bring the reading chairs upstairs
move Allison's stuff from DesMoines home - she will be here after this weekend!

Oh, our washer finally died, it's been getting louder and louder and sounded like a jet engine - then nothing- let's go shopping in our free time.

We got the tree up (last night - that is like the latest we have had it up in many, many years).

Start Christmas cards.

This weekend, is Allison and Kris's graduation.
Yes, they are both graduating! Allison with her Bachelors, and Kris with his Masters.
What an exciting time in their lives!

Help Kris and Melinda move their things into a storage unit, and then over the new year, get them moved to Illinois so they can begin their next, new chapter in their lives!

Oh, and update blog. :-)

Ready or Not Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!

allison trayton dalton

melinda and kris swinging connor allison holding leah

diana holding leah

moving allison

old dog brin

kevin and allison - moving

kevin and allison loading the truck

allison dina and brin loading the truck :-)

movin' out

following kevin home on the hour and a half drive - i got a little bored and started taking photos, is that legal?

wild turkeys in our back yard - wild!

kevin can park pretty well!

having loads of fun with our new washer and dryer

putting up the tree

Friday, November 25, 2011

Over the river and through the state, to Kris and Melinda's we go...

Thanksgiving 2011 was a little different this year.

Not bad different, but

my family is growing up, good different.

We headed over to Kris and Melinda's around 9:00 10:00 and enjoyed a day of looking through ads, checking out Melinda's new car, cooking, eating, cleaning, eating, visiting, and putting a puzzle together.

What a fun day. We headed home around 7:00, and by the time we got home we only had an hour and a half till Wal-Mart's black Thursday Friday began.

There was not a thing I wanted, no 2 dollar waffle maker, no dollar fifty movie, but we went anyway. We went inside and made a not-so-quick trip into the madness -and promplty left!

I had never seen anything like that in all my black Friday shopping! Wall to wall people! You couldn't move!

We went home and looked through ads again, and then Allison and I went to Yonkers. Only a 15 minute, or so, line. I can handle that.

We went back to Wal-Mart around 1:00. Made a quick loop, found nothing we wanted, so bought some eggs, beets, cream cheese, and rice. We were tired and giggly as we waited behind one person (we could have done a self check out without waiting, but wanted to purchase our goofy order with a real person).

Off to Target, where once again, there was nothing we wanted, but we were right there so why not..

They were more organized then Wal-Mart had been, but wow! The line went back and forth through every isle. All the way to the back of the store! What smart planning! There were people buying TV's, and cat litter! At 2 in the morning!

We had a great "experience" laughing at the crazies!

In bed by 2:45. Whew! What a day!


Monday, November 21, 2011

6 Weeks

There are only 6 weeks left until 2011 will be history.

We think we are doing pretty well so far in the holiday preparations department...

Thanksgiving Pies are on the agenda this week...

Thanksgiving will be different this year. (just like every year I guess :-).
Kris and Melinda are hosting! How fun that will be!

Outside decorations are in place, and waiting for the weekend to be lit.
The last of the leaves have been collected, and the trees are bare, waiting for the snow to fall.

The Christmas lists are being made and just as quickly checked off. (We are trying to get everything bought and done early this year. So far so good.)

Wait, only 6 weeks?

Black Friday this week?

Holiday Hoopla downtown Friday night.

A quick work trip to Florida for Kevin.

Boxes of Christmas Cards stacked on the end table in the living room, a constant reminder to get busy!

Christmas Cookies to make,

House to decorate,

Christmas parties to attend, and even host.

Squeeze in an out-of-town Family Christmas Gathering. (my ugly sweater is no where ugly enough....yet)

A work "team building" get together.

Kris and Allison will both graduate in one short month!!

Allison has to move by the 31st.

All in 6 short weeks!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Kind of Snow

2.5 inches of wet, sloppy snow.

A few small snowmen sprinkle the lawns

but now that snow is

all but gone...
That's my kind of snow!
The here today and gone tomorrow kind!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

11-9-11 SNOW!

Wet, Slushy, First snow of the Season!
Ready or Not, here IT comes!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


New Pictures above the Piano

While taking a walk, we saw this "Cross" on a house. So cool!

My first hand at reupholstering a chair.

The finished product.

My new tablecloth. :-)

Friday, October 21, 2011

I hate being sick!

I          icky

H         hot

A         absent

T         tired

E         energy gone

B         blankets

E         eating? yuck!

I          icky

N         nauseous

G         g (i can't think of anything. i'm sick)

S          sick

I           icky (imagination is gone. i'm sick)

C          cranky

K         kindly leave me virus. it's almost the weekend!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


With a packed car, and a full tank of gas, Friday was a busy day. After work, we headed out of town to visit our long time friends. A long 6 hour drive put us into their driveway at 10:00 at night. Allison and Sho arrived around midnight, we visited for a while and turned in around 1:00. It was a short nights sleep.

I heard the first rousings of the fans around 4:45. We wanted to be on the road at 6:30 to get a parking spot and be able to find a good viewing spot for the parade.

It was the Mizzou 100th Homecoming!

A pancake breakfast, four lone red shirted fans among an entire gymnasium of yellow and black!
A parade, no red shirts anywhere other then ours.
Tailgating with Mizzou fans - friends who were good sports.

Off to the game, where at least there were a few other ISU fans cheering on the Cyclones.

What a humiliating game, I don't even want to talk about the score (52-17).
We finished up the day with dinner at an Irish pub.
What a fun Saturday!

We visited till 1:00 this afternoon, and then headed home.
What a great weekend!
Thanks Stephanie and Jason!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Leafy Sunday Stroll

Indian Summer In Iowa.
This week we have seen temperatures into the mid 80's, quite warm for October.
Kevin and I enjoyed a nice walk today, enjoying the last of the warm weather. The temperatures will begin to fall this week, by Wednesday it will be in the low 70's and  by Saturday they say the high will be only 58!

Ahh, Fall.

The leaves are really beginning to change now, and I love the way they smell and sound as I walk along the path.