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Thursday Thoughts

It's been almost a week since my last post, and so much has happened in the time frame.  I had a birthday, we went to Lexington, attended TWO showers, picked out my bridemaids dress, and have had some great success at the gym.  I'll update you on those things soon enough, but for today a short little're about to see why: 1. I'm Exhausted!!  Between Ellie's growth spurt last week and cutting teeth this week, I'm not getting a ton of rest. 2. That's right, my THREE month old is getting a tooth.  I guess she's gonna be an overachiever. Ha! 3.  I've been in the weirdest mood all week, and in the wee hours of the morning I realized that sleep deprivation is to blame.  Imagine that! 4. Actually, some prayers would be greatly appreciated.  I'm by no means depressed, but I can feel the downward spiral starting.  (if you're new to this blog, I suffered from postpartum depression that was induced by a severe lack of sleep. At least t

Motivation Monday

I've discovered something about myself - I'm an all or nothing kinda gal.  Meaning, I'm not going to go to the gym for a workout if I only have time to run.  If I can't run, lift weight, and do abs, I'm out.  If I don't go to the gym, I'm gonna throw in the towel on healthy eating.  It's a vicious cycle I tell you! That being said, I wanted to be very cautious when setting my goals for this weight loss journey.  I have one ultimate goal, followed by three smaller ones. The Big Picture:  I would like to lose 40 lbs over the next eight months.  To be more precise, I would like to lose 40 lbs by Ellie's birthday.  That's a manageable 5 lbs per month.  I know March 4th seems like such a weird deadline, but it's so important to me.  I can remember Eli's first birthday and the feeling of dread when the cameras came out.  I remember wondering how on Earth I had let myself get to that point.  I can remember the self conscientiousness I felt

Dear Miss Kentucky Contestant

Dear Miss Kentucky Contestant (s), You probably don't know me, and that's okay because my glory days are over, although I'm not sure they were ever here.  Anyway, my name is Morgan Watson, formerly, Morgan White.  I competed in Miss Kentucky twice.  The years aren't important, but if you're really good with your pageant trivia I'll tell you that Maria Maldonado and Kaitlynne Postel won the years I was there.  Okay, moving on.... I was sitting on my couch at three this morning, feeding my baby and scrolling through Facebook when I saw your tan, shiny, skinny faces smiling back at me. With greasy hair, spit up stained jammies, and baggy, sleepy eyes,  I clicked on the link in which your pretty little head-shots were attached, and it appears you'll be checking into the dorms this weekend for Miss Kentucky festivities.  Good for you!  Really.  What an exciting time in your lives. Of course I couldn't help but take a trip down memory lane.  I would

Cake Walk

Does something ever strike you funny, and you have no earthly idea why?  Even worse, you get a serious case of the giggles and look like a complete lunatic because you're laughing so hard you can't explain yourself.  Even worse, when you finally regain your composure and try to let everyone else in on this little culprit of the giggle fest, they look at you like you are indeed, insane!  NO?  Okay, me either.... Actually, that happens to me all time...usually at church.  Ugh.  That's the worst place ever to get the giggles because not only do you have to be quiet, you usually end up shaking the entire pew in an effort to exhibit self control. I'm not at church today, but I did have one of those moments.  It's started with this very simple conversation: Coworker: Hey, do you know what a cakewalk is? Me : Are you talking about the game? Coworker: Yeah, I guess. Me:  Oh, it's sorta like Musical Chairs, only the winner gets cake. That's wh

A Wordy Wedensday

Well, I thought I would update you on my totally boring, yet always eventful life. 1. Eli and Ellie have both taken growth spurts this week.  Eli has been up with cramping legs and Ellie has been up eating us out of house and home.  I'm glad they're growing, but I sure will be happy to get some rest again. 2. Actually, I shouldn't complain.  I got a lot of rest this morning thanks to a stomach bug that forced me to call in sick. I'm not 100% yet, but I'm not hanging over a toilet puking my guts out.  I'd say that's an improvement. 3. My sister's wedding shower is this weekend, and I am so excited!  I've been planning for a while, so I'm ready for it to all come together!  As soon as I'm done with this post I'm gonna get busy finalizing the menu. 4. I should probably make losts of lists too.  A "To Do" List, Grocery List, and Packing List. Sometimes getting away is more work than just staying home.  Oh well, I can't w

Bragging Rights

I have to brag on my husband a bit, because he really is amazing.  He takes such good care of me, and he's the best daddy in the whole world.  I really should dedicate an entire post to him, but I just don't have the time to write it.  Gosh, ya'll are getting off easy this week with short posts...lucky you! One of Eric's amazing talents his is photoshopping skills.  Really, he's amazing.  He does posters, pictures, invitations, fliers, a little bit of everything.  One day I'll show you some of his work, but today I want to show you a little something he did for me. Last week I told him I was tired of the "Story Time With Eli" graphic I had attempted to make a few years back, and today he surprised me with a new one. Here's The Original My Sad Attempt At Creativity Eric's Super-Awesome Creation A Little Comparison...LOVE THIS MAN!!!

Motivation Monday

I decided not to do weekly pictures because they get boring. You can thank me later! I'm thinking that once a month I'll take pictures to compare to the starting one...which I really need to just go ahead and do already. I'm dreading it like the plague.  I mean who really wants to see a super horrible picture of themselves?  Not this girl!! Anyway, last week went ok.  It was neither good nor bad.  I wasn't really pushing myself a lot either.  I was just testing the waters to see how best to manage my time, how to set my goals, and so on.  I spent a lot of time reading success stories, and just preparing myself mentally for the journey. Next week I'll talk more about my goals, but with a birthday this week (that's right, I'll be 27 on Friday) I'm thinking about spending some of my money on new workout gear. Considering all but one pair of my athletic pants have holes in them, this is more of a necessity.  I'm not really wanting to spend a lot

Happy Father's Day

I want to get all sappy on you, but I'm too busy making memories with my babies today.  Guess you get off the hook this year!  I would like to give a big shout out to the men in my life who have shaped, me, my husband and now our kiddos.  To be short, sweet and to the point, I would like to tell Eric, my dad, and my father in law, Ronnie.... HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!

Story Time With Eli

I swear, there are days when I expect to hear Eli say, "Hey, Mister Wilson," at any moment.  Ha!  Please tell me you know that's a reference to "Dennis The Menace." I'm not even lying.  This kid can get himself into a lurch in about five seconds flat.  I'll never forget the week I realized that we a little Dennis on our hands.  It was the summer before Eli turned one, and he was crawling everywhere.  I actually put him in the dryer (turned off and not running) while I was folding laundry.  Ha!  No worries, I used to play in the dyer too, and I turned out fine.  Still questioning my parenting skills?  Last year a dryer saved a kid's life when he got in it to escape a tornado. Moving on - that week Eli had been into everything (including the dryer). Baby gates don't work with our floor plan, so I was letting Eli crawl around while I folded laundry.  During that ten minutes he managed to unroll a thing of toilet paper, discover the water in

A Little Catch Me Up

Good Morning My Faithful Readers...Oh how I've missed you!  Really, I have.  I'm just busy, you know?  Having two kids has a way sucking time, oh but they joy of sweet faces!! I thought I would catch you up on life in the Watson home.  Let's just do a little top ten, okay?  Ok, here we go.... 1. Everyone is sleeping well.  Can I get a Hallelujah?  Ellie is hit or miss as far as sleeping through the night goes, but when she's up it's short, sweet and to the point-"change me, feed me, let me sleep."  I'll take it!! 2. I attribute Eli's successful sleep to swimming.  Goodness, I love swimming!! 3. I've arranged it to where I can start  leaving work early two days a week. This gives me time to pick up the kids before nap time.  Crazy?  Maybe, but well worth it for the extra time with them!  Yesterday was our first attempt at this, and it was great!  4. Tomorrow I have a little something else up my sleeve which includes some Father&

Happy Birthday

These two sweet kiddos would like to wish their Aunt Emily... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

I'm Losing It

Well ya'll, I decided to take the plunge. I'm losing...or at least trying!  That's right, attempt number 370 million to shed some pounds.  I'm not trying to be super sexy mom or anything, but I'd like to at least get rid of the double chin.  Anyone with me? I know our outward appearances don't matter.  I know that "charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting." I know I'm "fearfully and wonderfully made."  I know all of that, yet I'm not happy with myself. Obviously, I struggle with my weight and how I feel about my appearance.  I've tried to convince myself that it doesn't matter, that I'm in a busy season, that I'm a working mom, that I'm putting too much pressure on myself.  I've tried to convince myself of those things, but I've failed. The truth is -I don't like the way I look, but that's only part of the problem.  It's somehow deeper than that.  I don't like being out of control.  I

That Awkward Moment When...

So, yesterday I had one of those totally, horrible, awkward moments when you wonder how in the name of Betsy  you've survived a quarter of a century on this planet, and further more, how on earth you've been entrusted with raising two little humans. Last Friday I got one of those automated calls from the doctor's office reminding me of an appointment.  Can I stop right there and give a big, enthusiastic shout out to the now billionaire who's little invention has saved me from missing a few dozen doctor's appointments in my day.  I imagine the now laughing billionaire is a mom who once missed an important appointment and now wants to save other mommas the hassle of having to wait six months for the doctor to have another opening or from having to make up an illness to get a "sick visit."  Not that I've ever done that.  She's also probably used her new found fortune to trade in the minivan for a tricked out Escalade and has hired both a personal as

Happy Birthday, Clay

Today my "baby" brother turns 23.  I can hardly believe it!  I mean how is it possible that the same little guy who wore giant goggles at the swimming pool, loved the blue power ranger and aggravated the living daylights out of me is now a married, college graduate, homeowner.  It blows my mind! I'm so proud of the man Clay is today, and I cherish all the memories we've made.  We've transitioned from bother and sister to friends, and that's a blessed journey.   Here he is with Eli on August 9th, 2009. And with Ellie on March 4th, 2013 Clay, thanks for always being there for biggest moments of my life.  I pray you and Mandi have a blessed year making memories of your own and cherishing this time together!

Weekend Recap

We had a great weekend doing a bunch of nothing, and sometimes that's just what you need!  I woke up early with the kids on Saturday, and spent some time planning for a future trip.  I don't want to talk too much about it now, but I know it will be "magical."  ;) While I was working on the details, Eli played Monster Trucks and watched TV.  When Eric got up we played around the house before running to a greenhouse down the road for plants.  We grabbed lunch at McDonald's, ran a few errands, and cooked a country breakfast for dinner.   This morning we went to church.  I wish taking pictures of everyone dressed up was as easy as actually getting them dressed. My goodness, it never works out!  Eli hates taking pictures and Eric hates making them with the camera. What you're seeing is the best I can get.  I have to remind myself that it's not about having perfect pictures, it's about documenting our life, and right now this pretty