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