Post by ELLEN ELIZABETH WATSON on Jan 7, 2014 3:50:05 GMT -5
She loved how Lawson was so patient, but she also loved how protective he was as well. Perhaps she was leading the country, but he led her. Without him, she would feel broken down and lonely. Her husband truly did make her feel safe. Ellen nodded in agreement when he said Christmas was his favorite holiday. It was certainly her favorite as well."I always have it my way," she said with a wink.
Ellen snorted when Lawson said he felt his mom would go easy on her this year. "You are dreaming mister," she said. "That woman has had it out for me since the day we first met." Ellen had tried so desperately plenty of times to warm up to Mary Andrews, but it was to no avail. She was hell bent on hating her, and Ellen had gotten used to that years ago.
Soon the night was over, and it was morning. She smiled when Lawson wrapped his arms around her. Moments like these were rare, so she learned to savor them when they did happen. "You are such a flatterer," she said with a laugh. Slowly she turned around so they were facing each other and planted a kiss on his lips. "But I appreciate it," she said. "And you don't look half bad yourself Mr. Andrews."
A few moments passed before Ellen realized her daughter was missing. Where was Victoria? "I hate to interrupt this beautiful moment my love, but where is my daughter? Where is Victoria?" she asked. Natalie and Marcus were in the kitchen eating breakfast, so they were up and out of bed. Maybe they decided to hide up in their room during Christmas breakfast? If that truly was the case, Ellen would just not stand for it.
Post by VICTORIA GRACE WATSON on Jan 11, 2014 2:14:37 GMT -5
Victoria continued smiling. Most of the time Alex kept his head when something big happened, which was a perfect balance to the way Victoria got emotional over big things, but there were times when Alex just couldn't contain his excitement and Victoria loved those moments.
When Alex kissed their daughter, Victoria smiled again as her heart warmed to see the love Alex had for baby Ellen. The smile on Alex's face when Ellen said 'mama' was just adding to the joy of the day. "She's brilliant, just like her father!" She said proudly. Her eyes widened when Ellen said 'dada' and her laughter joined Alex's. "That's amazing! Two words in a row! That has to be a new record; it's like a dream come true. She's so proud of herself, too, as she should be! Just look at her smile and sparkling eyes." She beamed down at her daughter, happy to be reminded once again that her eyes were a perfect mix between Victoria's and Alex's.
She bounced Ellen up and down gently to amuse her, and it was working. As she spent this time with them, she wondered if her siblings were here yet. She glanced at the clock and knew that they were probably already downstairs eating breakfast. As much as she wanted to join them and show everyone Ellen's first words, she also wanted to stay up here for awhile longer. Her heart ached for a moment and she leaned against Alex's strong chest, kissing his cheek. That seemed to cure the ache, but baby Ellen was getting jealous as she reached for her mom to bring her closer. She did just that and held baby Ellen close to them both, a content smile on her face. "I love you, Alex," she said softly, brushing back Ellen's fine hair. "And I love our daughter."
Post by ALEXANDER EDGAR BRYANT on Jan 26, 2014 0:20:25 GMT -5
Christmas had always been his favorite holiday. All throughout his childhood and adulthood, his parents worked extra hard to make sure each Christmas topped the previous year. Unfortunately, he really didn't think anything would beat this Christmas. It was just so magical and perfect. It was funny how his best Christmas was in his older years, and the happiness he felt had nothing to do with presents under the tree. It had to do with family and being with the handful of people he loved more than his own existence. Just thinking about it got him choked up, and he knew by the end of the day he'd shed a few tears of joy.
Alexander smiled when Victoria said their daughter was brilliant. "She better be," he said teasingly. "But your side of the family is pretty smart too," he said. Perhaps it was just a father's pride, but he believed baby Ellen had the potential to be a brilliant woman someday. It was the impeccable gene pool. Looking at Vic beam at their baby made him beam as well. The happiness in the room right now was actually a bit overwhelming to him, but in a good way. "She's so precious," he said, gently brushing her cheek.
The smile didn't leave his face as he watched his daughter. But slowly, he was returning to reality. Time started registering in his mind, and he realized Vic and his presence would soon be required downstairs. "I love you too," he said. "And you too!" he said, gently tickling baby Ellen. He laughed as she cooed. "I don't want to leave this room, but we're probably going to have to join our family sooner or later." He was perfectly content spending Christmas up here with Victoria and Ellen, but he knew that wasn't acceptable.
Post by LAWSON RAYNARD ANDREWS on Jan 26, 2014 0:40:51 GMT -5
Lawson chuckled and shook his head, remembering all the times he kept quiet so Ellen could have her way or the last word. Only because he loved her; he didn't do that for many others- only his father and a few very close friends. "And again I say: she would hate any woman I chose. But this year I think even her cold heart will be melted. I can feel the happiness in the whole house and it's such a warm feeling." Okay that was a bit cheesy, but he believed it with all his heart.
He laughed with her. "I only speak the truth." He savored her kiss and then winked at her compliment. "I know. I always looked good in the morning." He blinked when Ellen questioned the whereabouts of Victoria, bringing reality back into the moment. "Oh yeah, I don't know where she is." He wanted to stay in this moment a while longer, but he knew they had to continue on with the day. Now that Ellen was president he hardly got alone time with her and he missed holding her in his arms like this.
A mischievous grin grew on his face. "Maybe she's hiding from us. It's Christmas so I won't make any innuendos." He chuckled before continuing. "I think we need to head upstairs and drag them all down to breakfast. I'd race you to hold baby Ellen, but I'm a charitable man so I'll let you hold her first."
Post by ELLEN ELIZABETH WATSON on Jan 26, 2014 20:02:20 GMT -5
Ellen could only smile at Lawson's words. They were incredibly cheesy, but over the years she had grown to love that about him. Sure, it pissed her off from time to time when she was feeling cynical or grumpy. But for the most part, she adored his cheesiness. This time was a little different though. They were still cheesy, but there was so much truth to them. The happiness flowing through the rooms was undeniable. "Yeah," she said, still smiling brightly. "I think you might be right," she said. At least she hoped he was right. She also hoped the happiness and love in the house was strong enough to thaw her mother's heart.
She giggled when he claimed he only spoke the truth. "It may be the truth to you. Thankfully, your opinion is the only one I care about," she said sincerely. Ellen hit his arm playfully. "You are so full of it!" In the 10+ years she had known Lawson, that part of him had not changed. "Well that just won't do. We'll have to find her," she said before moving away from Lawson.
When Lawson nearly made an innuendo, she shook her head. "You essentially just made one by saying that," she said sarcastically. "Aren't you kind?" Ellen quipped in response. She made her way upstairs, checking back every so often to make sure Lawson was behind her. When she got to Victoria and Alex's bedroom door, she nearly opened it without knocking. Thankfully she stopped herself and knocked. "Victoria," she said in a sing-song voice.
Post by VICTORIA GRACE WATSON on Feb 2, 2014 17:31:31 GMT -5
"Oh why thank you," she said playfully when Alex said her side of the family was also pretty smart. During her years of fighting her disease of alcoholism, Victoria never thought she'd be this happy again. If she'd been told that she'd be spending Christmas with her mother who was the President of the United States and her uncle who was more like her father than her real one, and she'd also have a brilliant husband and daughter with another baby on the way, Victoria would have laughed. But her dreams had come true and it was better than she could have ever hoped for. "She really is…" Victoria agreed with a soft smile. Their daughter just continued to look up at them with her gorgeous, alert eyes.
She laughed when Alex tickled baby Ellen and she nodded at his next words. "That is true…" But a thought soon made her excited to go downstairs. Because the sooner they went downstairs, the sooner they could open presents! Victoria's eyes lit up and she kissed Alex on the cheek. She was just about to put baby Ellen back in her crib so she could get dressed, but a knock on the door stopped her. She smiled at her mom's voice and she cracked the door open slightly, holding baby Ellen securely at her hip. "Good morning and Merry Christmas!" Her smile was bright.
Post by ALEXANDER EDGAR BRYANT on Feb 2, 2014 20:11:20 GMT -5
"No thanks are in order my dear," he said. His mother-in-law graduated from Yale, his father-in-law from Harvard, and Victoria was a lot smarter than she gave herself credit for. The Watson-Andrews clan was definitely a smart family. Now, his family was full of smart people and not so smart people. His father was a brilliant man. His mother, though...well, the elevator didn't exactly go to the top floor. The same went for his older sister. He knew Ellen would be smart though. She already showed signs of being a little genius. "I can't believe she's our little girl. If someone told me even three years ago I'd be married to the girl of my dreams with a child, I wouldn't believe it,"
Almost as if his mother-in-law had been listening in on their conversation, she asked them to join the family. "You have got to ask her to stop doing that. It's super creepy. It's like she knows," he said, fake fear all over his face. But he took this as his cue to get out of bed and go downstairs. He helped Vic out of bed and put on his bathrobe. Then he opened the door and offered Ellen a sleepy smile. "Merry Christmas," he said before holding the door open for Vic and the baby.
Post by LAWSON RAYNARD ANDREWS on Feb 9, 2014 1:39:33 GMT -5
"Of course I'm right. I'm always right," he said with a smirk. He almost always let Ellen be right in the relationship, though, unless it was something that would put a wedge in it. But that hadn't happened for awhile, thankfully.
He shook his head but continued smiling. Like a good husband he'd done some googling of Ellen to see how people perceived her, and many people said how beautiful she was. She just didn't realize how beautiful she really was, but at least she was humble. Her giggle was endearing. "And you love me for it!"
His grinned mischievously at Ellen's comments about his remarks. He loved messing with her like that. It was all in good fun. He followed her upstairs and smiled at Victoria and Alex when the door opened. "Merry Christmas!" He exclaimed cheerfully. He saw baby Ellen and waved at her, causing the baby to give a wondering smile. He kept to his word, though, and he would let Ellen take their granddaughter first from Victoria. He followed them downstairs and made sure everyone else was seated before he sat down, too.
Post by ELLEN ELIZABETH WATSON on Jul 22, 2014 22:50:14 GMT -5
After Ellen finally married Lawson, she found herself mellowing out quite a bit. No longer did she argue about silly, little things that didn't really matter. "Oh, sure. I'll let you believe that for today because it's Christmas," she said to her husband teasingly. Ellen looked at him, curious as to what was causing him to shake his head and smile. "After so many years, I still can't manage to read you when you're acting coy," Ellen said, laughing. For now, she'd let it slide. "Darling, if I didn't find your overconfidence sexy, I fear our relationship might have been doomed," Ellen said, patting him on the back.
When they got upstairs to the guest bedroom, Ellen had a smile from ear to ear when she saw her granddaughter. "Merry Christmas!" Ellen exclaimed along with Lawson. "Sleep well last night?" Ellen asked, her face completely innocent. She took a step into the bedroom and planted a kiss on baby Ellen's forehead. "And how's my beautiful granddaughter today?" Ellen asked the baby, watching as the child's little hands reached up for her. "Gam!" the baby said, giggling. Ellen looked up, her eyes wide. "Did she just talk to me?" Ellen asked, her smile widening even further.
Post by VICTORIA GRACE WATSON on Jul 23, 2014 0:19:51 GMT -5
Victoria smiled wistfully and nodded. "I know what you mean. I often thought about my future in recovery and I could see all of my dreams, but I was never sure if they would come true. But they did." She kissed Alex sweetly. When he commented on Ellen's voice on the other side of the door, Victoria laughed. "I'll have a talk with her," she said playfully. Hey, at least he'd said "our" family; Victoria was so happy that the families had accepted each other. All she'd ever wanted was a happy family, and she had it. Of course it was hard work sometimes, but it was all worth it.
She smiled at her mom. "Merry Christmas!" At her mom's question, Victoria couldn't help but blush lightly. But her mom's face looked genuine so Victoria relaxed. "Yes, thanks. I'd ask you the same but I know you stayed up all night and didn't let Lawson sleep." She chuckled when Lawson pretended to fall asleep. When baby Ellen spoke to her grandmother, Victoria gasped. "She did! Last night she said 'mama' and 'dada'!" Victoria was beaming with a mother's pride. "I'll let you hold her while I go put on a robe." She smiled knowingly at her mother before handing her baby Ellen. Then she hurried into the closet and slipped on a green robe with red cuffs and hems. She knew she looked like a Christmas tree, but it was Christmas Day so why not?
ELLEN ELIZABETH WATSON: That sounds familiar. I used to be that way. I still am, but I've learned to let go a little.
Sept 18, 2013 22:33:39 GMT -5
EMMA GRACE DANVERS (GOODMAN): Alec is too good to me, how did I deserve him. I'm such a perfectionist that I am afraid to screw up
Sept 18, 2013 22:30:10 GMT -5
ELLEN ELIZABETH WATSON: Everyone screws up. I've screwed up so many times I can't even keep track, but you just have to pick yourself up and learn to forgive yourself which can be the hardest thing to do
Sept 18, 2013 22:28:38 GMT -5
EMMA GRACE DANVERS (GOODMAN): Thank you so much Ellen. I know Alec is there to encourage me, but sometimes I feel he's put me on this great mother pedestal. I'm afraid of screwing up.
Sept 18, 2013 22:25:29 GMT -5
ELLEN ELIZABETH WATSON: I wouldn't worry too much Emma. You're very maternal, something I never was, and I managed to do it alone. If you ever need to talk about parenting, I'm always here
Sept 18, 2013 22:10:52 GMT -5
EMMA GRACE DANVERS (GOODMAN): I'm just worried about being a good mother. Since my own mother is no longer here to advice me. I just want to do her proud *nervous look*
Sept 18, 2013 22:09:25 GMT -5
EMMA GRACE DANVERS (GOODMAN): well I think Alec will be worried when it comes to that age. He'll probably buy a shotgun and ward off any boy who comes a courting.
Sept 18, 2013 22:08:32 GMT -5
ELLEN ELIZABETH WATSON: -laughs- you don't have to worry about that for a while. I told Victoria when she was going into sixth grade, but I think it also depends on the child
Sept 18, 2013 22:07:23 GMT -5