Ty and the team are back and headed for Tennessee in a special holiday edition of our favorite feel-good show!
Daniel and Mandy Watson are the proud adoptive parents of three adorable, fun-loving kids. They created the Restoration House, a non-profit organization that provides single mothers with housing at a local apartment complex in Knoxville.
The Watsons adopted Atley (6) and Ava (5) as newborns from single mothers in the Knoxville area, as well as baby Silas (1) from Ethiopia. Both Ava and Silas were at-risk adoptions, as Ava tested cocaine positive when she was born, and Silas was found abandoned in the bushes at two days old, suffering from neonatal tetanus and on the verge of death.
Now all three children are healthy and playful, brimming with joy and mischief. But the Watson home is in such bad shape that it threatens to take them away from their non-profit and imperils their dreams of expanding the program to help even more single moms. This family needs some help. Well, help is on the way!
The Watson family is whisked away on a dream vacation to Florida while special guest team leader Jenny McCarthy and the EM: HE team of designers -- Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, John Littlefield and Jillian Harris -- along with Grace Construction and community volunteers, build their new home. This particular episode also features a visit to the Wipeout set and an appearance by UFC Champion fighter Jon "Bones" Jones.
The family comes home early to take part in a Thanksgiving feast involving all the people who help make their program possible. The Watsons are then told that their kids will be receiving full ride scholarships to Johnson University. The school has also set up an education fund for all the children at Restoration House. Now it's time to see the new home and MOVE THAT BUS!
Here's a breakdown of the new digs:
• The new house is amazing with a beautiful brick walkway leading up to a stunning two-story structure that puts the old house to shame.
• There's a solar panel field set off to the side that will create income for the family and a brand new car in the driveway that'll take the place of the old one with the busted transmission.
• The spacious interior features a beautiful brick fireplace in the main room with a sign that reads "Faith Will See Us Through" above it and a special fortune cookie message just below that.
• An old walnut tree that used to be outside is repurposed as wall art featuring pictures of the family.
• The kitchen features a large table in the middle and features other essentials provided by Sears.
• Johnny went to town on the adventure room for Atley, who takes a seat in his imagination portal. He can turn the wheel to go from a space adventure to a wilderness trip where he can through beanbags at the various targets in the room.
• The trip to the Wipeout course truly inspired Jillian as evidenced by the Wipeout sweeper ceiling fan she put up for Silas in his room. In fact, the entire room is a tribute to the show with a picture of the little guy bouncing along the big balls on his wall. He'll get lots of exercise in his own personal obstacle course complete with a cool slide and ball pit.
• Paul made sure Ava's room was a little girl's dream home with a teacher's desk so she can play schoolhouse with all of her dolls.
• Daniel and Mandy are in awe of their master bedroom (it used to be in the dining room). There are his and her sinks in the bathroom.
• We're a little surprised nobody mentioned the elephant in the room since the new playroom has a total safari theme. There's a pretty big giraffe there, too. The kids love the bird's eye view they get from the loft. They also enjoy driving through the elephant's legs in their cool little cars.
• There a beautiful courtyard behind the Watson's house that serves as their "village." There's a play area for the kids and long table that's big enough for all the Restoration House families can gather. Speaking of those families, there's a beautiful duplex out back that serves as their new home.
The Watson family vows to show their gratitude by remaining completely committed to their mission of helping single mother families. They believe the real heroes are the Restoration House families. We think Daniel and Mandy fall into the "hero" category, too. Welcome home, Watson family. Welcome home.