Merry Christmas 2018 and Some Exciting Family News

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from the Watsons

Merry Christmas from the Watsons: Jenna, Christa, Jason, Jason Jr. and Ryan

This month has seen a lot of excitement for our family, with the decision to buy a new home, and now some amazing news about our son Ryan! He has chosen to serve a church mission for the next 2 years and we just got the notice that his assignment will be in Hong, Kong, China!

For those of you that our curious, all young adults of our faith (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints) are encouraged to serve for 2 years after they graduate from high school. Young men can choose to serve once they turn 18 and young women when they turn 19. They can submit their applications any time before they reach the age of 26.

Missionary Calling

Ryan received his call the same day we traveled to visit family for the holidays. It was so special to gather together and share the exciting news with them.

It’s a very special time when a missionary decides to make this huge sacrifice and they never know ahead of time where they will be called. For example, some of my kids’ friends have recently gone to such diverse places such as Liberia, South Africa; Rome, Italy; Auckland, New Zealand, Kansas City, Missouri; and Salt Lake City, Utah. So it can really be anywhere in the world. As you can guess it will be quite an adventure!

They first travel to the missionary training center in Provo, Utah for a few weeks to prepare before they head out to their assignment. Those that will be learning a foreign language will stay at the MTC longer so that that they can begin to learn the language. It’s always amazing to see a young adult not know how to speak a particular language and then come back fluent in that language 2 years later.

Missionary Letter

Ryan will be speaking Mandarin Chinese on his mission and he’s up for the adventure!!

Ryan leaves in February which will be here before we know it! When he first applied, I was a little worried that his leaving date would coincide with my busy teaching schedule which picks up again in February. Fortunately, he leaves about a week before I go to QuiltCon, so thank goodness the timing works out!

The coolest thing is that at the end of his mission, we have the option to fly to China to visit him and bring him home.  I’ve already told the kids we’ll plan a family trip in 2021. I’m not sure if there are many quilters in Hong Kong, but if you know of any – please them know I’m coming!

Needless to say our family will have a busy 2019 but I’m ready to bring it on!

Christmas with Cousins!

Christmas with cousins is the best! Even though they are much older, my children love hanging out with my sister’s kids: Jacob, Katelyn, and Ethan. And as moms out there already know – it sure is hard it is to get pictures of kids with everyone’s eyes open and looking at the camera, LOL!! 

Here’s to a fabulous 2019!!

Merry Christmas from The Watsons

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! We’ve had a busy 2016, full of life’s ups and downs. But overall, it’s been fantastic, thanks to the support of so many of you! Pictured here are me and my husband Jason, our 3 wonderful children, my supportive mom and awesome aunt, all of whom support our crazy quilting endeavors, day in and day out!

christmas-2016

Picture was taken at The Magical Forest, a fundraiser for Opportunity Village of Las Vegas.

Guest Posting at Quilt Story – Log Cabin Wreath Holiday Tutorial

Today I’m excited to share a holiday tutorial over at Quilt Story with Heather and Megan! Learn how to make my log cabin wreath wallhanging – or turn it into a pillow. 🙂

Log Cabin Wreath, Pieced and Quilted by Christa Wason 18" x 18"

Log Cabin Wreath, Pieced and Quilted by Christa Watson, 18″ x 18″

I made my Log Cabin Wreath last year for Christmas and I’ve re-created the instructions so that they all fit in one post. Pop on over to check it out!

Holiday Tutorials

Here’s the complete Holiday Tutorial Series. Enjoy!

WIP Wednesday – Christmas Edition

Today I am just going to share a little bit of the work in progress that’s been happening this week. I can’t believe Christmas is so soon! It really is the most wonderful time of the year. 🙂

I have finished the design for my next quilting tutorial, which I’m calling “Sea of Squares.” I love the combo of crisp blue and white – especially in the winter. Now that I’ve finally gotten the hang of EQ7, I plan on designing all my quilts this way – the possibilities are endless!

Sea of Squares

I will post the supply list next week, right after Christmas, so you will have something to look forward to after your holiday festivities are over!

Next, we’ve been like busy little elves around here wrapping presents as soon as we get them. The kids helped me wrap for the first time this year and they quite enjoyed it. We made pretty good timing of it too, as we are usually doing this the night before, LOL!!

Christmas Wrapping

And finally, I just had to share a picture of  this adorable Nativity Scene that my daughter made with her girls’ activity days group (sort of like girl scouts at church). It helps remind me of the reason for the season. 🙂

Nativity

Yes – it’s made from graham crackers and candy and is quite edible – though she won’t dare let us think of it! (My favorites are the animal crackers and the licorice shepherds’ canes.)