Williamson Family Zone

Welcome friends and family. We have now officially entered the twenty-first century. Hope you all enjoy catching up with our busy family online. Enjoy!

Location: Wisconsin

this first question is tough! I am a wife and mother of four kids whom you will probably tire of hearing about in the following posts. But that won't stop me!! My best friend and I follow God and live life try to walk our journey with joy, peace and lots of laughing! This is a blog about my family for my family (and friends too)

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Has Summer really arrived?

I want to believe it is true. Today's weather definitely screamed "summer is here". Unfortunately, in this neck of the woods that doesn't mean a whole lot. I am going to think positively though and believe that the weather has finally caught up to our calendar date. It was a great day to go and watch a baseball game. Which is exactly what Randy, Britt and I did. Brock played at 4:45 p.m. today and his team beat Chisholm 3-0. Brock hit a double that brought the three runs home! All in all he had his best game yet. It was so great to sit there in the stands, munching sunflower seeds and cheering him on. Across the park Hibbing High School baseball team was playing a section play-off game against Duluth Central. They ended up winning that game 2-1. They are now on a nine game winning streak. Go Bluejackets!!!
Last night was a rough one. Can't really remember the last time I was up in the night with a sick kid. But Jessie woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating ear pain. I gave her some medicine but it didn't touch the pain. I ended up driving into town to the Emergency Room at 1:00 a.m. Everything was so peaceful as I prayed my way into town. She was in such agony, it was hard to take. After an hour (only) we were sent home with a diagnosis (which is always good) and some medicines. She is still in pain today but hopefully tonight she will rest a lot better.
Well-it is the last day of May.
Two more days of school. Final exams! Yearbooks being signed. Pictures being taken. Friends to hug. Phone numbers to get. Seniors sad good-byes! Another school year through.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Sydney Joan

This is our spitfire Sydney. She did such a great job last week at her school play. She had two solos. She truly impressed everyone with her voice. This coming Wednesday she will start youth group. Hard to believe. Pastor Aaron said he might put her on "Security" duty. They could be fooled by her size but watch out!!! This picture makes her look all grown up. I took it yesterday at the wedding.

Wedding Day Blues

Well, I have to say of all the things that can go wrong on your wedding day a power outage would have to be right up there with the worst of them. Yesterday in the mid afternoon as we are just starting to get ready to head to a big wedding at our church, the power goes off! Something that was simply an inconvenience for us was probably a cause for chaos for the bride and wedding party who were getting ready at the church. Panicked phone calls ensued. After about an hour the lights came back on and the day was saved.
Abby Gray and Chad Dietrich were wed in a beautiful ceremony yesterday evening at six. These two young adults have been a very important part of our church. I remember Abby when we first moved here. She was very enthusiastic teen who talked so fast I could barely understand her (seriously). Chad was a young man who was off at college but soon after moved home and we grew to love him dearly. Both of them are a very intergral part of our worship ministry here in Hibbing. Our family was touched to see them finally find each other.
What is it about weddings that make you think back to your own...and dream of the ones ahead for your own children. The personalities of each of my children come out at such times. Brittany, our hyper-romantic at fifteen sighed "I can't wait to get married". Jessie, our pracitcal one answered back "that's a scary thought". Sydney, our fireball disguised as a princess simply stated "I hope they are happy." And Brock the man child complained "how long is this gonna be?". Funny. I love my kids. They make life so fun.
The grey skies of yesterday have broken. This is an absolutely gorgeous Sunday morning! Slight breeze, sun shining, birds singing outside my office window. Happy Sunday!!
It's off to church for us.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Beautiful State

I thought I would share some more pictures from the field trip to the North Shore of Minnesota.

This is at one of the seven Temperance River Look-outs.

This picture is of Gooseberry Falls taken from along the hiking trail at the side of the falls.

These are my three boys that I was responsible for during our trip. Brock (in front), Tyler(yellow hat) and Mitch(dark blue hat). Other classmates follow behind as they climb a steep hill at Temperance River trail.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Field Trip to North Shore

This is Brock walking by Lake Superior.

Yesterday, Wednesday May 25th. I went with Brock's fifth grade class on a field trip up the North Shore of Minnesota. It struck me how much we take our beautiful state for granted. Honestly, it was just magnificent! The rain held off til after we ate lunch which was good. But then it poured down and we put our cheap $1.00 rain ponchos on. Well, really they were more like a transparent Hefty bag but whatever! It did the job of keeping the rain off. Despite the weather we did enjoy the hiking part of the field trip.

Who can figure?

I thought I would give it another try and figure out this picture posting thing. What do you know??? The picture of Brock appeared! So seeing as that happened for no apparent reason(definately not cuz I suddenly became computer savy) then I thought I would give another one a try.

"Shattered Assembly" at the Pearson's home before the POPS concert last Thursday night.
This is before they got all dressed up for their debut performance. From left to right: Jennie, Jessie, Brittany, Natalie and Brookie (ha ha, it just seemed to fit better that way Brooke)

Monday, May 23, 2005

Happy Birthday Randy!

Today is Monday May 23rd. Randy's 42nd birthday. The sun is shinning. The kids woke Randy up before they went to school with a card and gift.
Today Randy and I will go and get his gift downtown. Then I think he might golf for a while. Something he really enjoys. This evening Randy and I will go out for dinner together. Just kind of a quieter birthday. Anne made Randy his annual "birthday Banana Cream Pie" (thanks Annie). I suppose some sort of cake is in order although he much prefers pie! For the sake of the kids and tradition I will get a cake for later! Gotta have candles to blow out.
Happy Birthay to a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, friend and pastor.
(the comment section is for your wishes, I will make sure he reads them all)

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Blogger Frustration!

Ok. So just when I think I have this blog thing down, I realize how totally computer unfriendly I am. My ever faithful teacher is out of town til Tuesday. So this morning I will have to be satisfied with words only and no pictures. Frustrating but that is my plight this dreary Saturday morning.
Anyway, a recap of the busy week...Brock's team lost two out of their three games. He pitched well on Monday but they did loose that one. We had noticed that the photographer from our local paper was there that night. Didn't think much of it. Yesterday we got a call from our good friend Leroy asking if we had seen the paper. I ran to town to buy a paper, as I unfolded the paper there he was!! Full page color photo of Brock pitching with the title "Youth Sports" over his head. Needless to say I bought up six papers yesterday. I am going to buy a large frame today and put it up on Brock's bedroom wall. It will be a great keepsake!
The other big event of the week was the highly anticipated Pops Concert in the HHS auditorium.
The girls were nervous but they did a great job. The "tech" crew needed to work on getting the mics turned on but after that was sorted out Jennie and Jessie belted it out.
Great job girls! In the midst of an evening of scantily clad teenage girls you guys brought it with dignity and grace. My hope for you is that you will continue to be a positive voice to your generation! I am so proud of all of you!
The concert was over three hours long-with many uncomfortable moments. I guess I know how Simon feels. Anyway, it was a memory. And that is what life is about.
Mrs. Giombetti talked to the girls Friday morning about perhaps participating in a benefit concert next winter with some other local bands so we will see what happens with that. For right now they are going to work on some more songs and we will encourage them to follow their dreams.
This coming week, it is Sydney's turn. The Lincoln Elementary School play is Tuesday night. Another exciting week!
So that is the Saturday morning wrap up. Wish I could have shared a couple pics with you but maybe next time. To all our family and friends in Canada, overseas and across the U.S. we love you and miss you all!

Monday, May 16, 2005

First Game of the Season!

Well this is it. Monday May 16th. The beginning of another crazy busy week for our household. Tonight is the official start of Little League Season. Brock got his new uniform at practice last night and is all ready to go. He also informed me that he is the starting pitcher for the game tonight. Pretty cool. We wonder how many other ten year olds are the starting pitchers for their teams! His proud father told me to make sure I charged up our video camera battery. So that is all ready to go. Tonight is the first of three games Brock has this week! Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!!
On top of that Brittany starts cheerleading practice. For those of you who don't know she tried out earlier this spring and made both Fall and Winter cheerleading. She will cheer for Junior Varsity football in the fall (also, soccer and girls' volleyball if they go to state again) and Girls' Varsity Basketball in the winter. They decided to start practice earlier this year. She is happy about that, but will miss Brock's game.

Sydney has play practice all week as the performance date is next Tuesday!
As you know from my previous post, Thursday night is the big POPS concert at the High School! Today the "five-nervous-teen-girls" show Mrs. G their stuff!
So anyone who wonders what I do with my days doesn't need to wonder any more.
As I sit here this morning in the quiet I am watching two Bluejays fly around the birch trees just outside the office window. It is actually a perfect way to start a busy week for me. I am so glad that we have these quiet moments to collect ourselves before life pushes us out the door!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Girl Band!

Jessie and Britt are trying to put together a "girl band". They have opportunity to play at an upcoming concert at Hibbing High School. Jessie and her friend Jennie Reini have performed a Barlow Girl song called "Surrender" for their choir teacher and apparently she was pretty impressed. Mrs. Giombetti asked that they would perform the song for their school. She offered to provide them with some extra instrumentalists. Jessie and Jennie were pretty excited to inform the teacher that they have a "band" of their own and were sure the girls would love to accompany them.
Here is the band!

From left to right: Jennie Reini-keyboard and vocals, Brittany Williamson-drums, Jessie Williamson-vocals, Brooke Devine-bass, Natalie Pearson-guitar and vocals.

As of today the band remains nameless but they are working on that.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Humidity and Heredity

I just love trying to think of titles for these posts.
Today's title is courtesy of the humid weather and our two teen daughters and their hair traumas. For those of you without the daily enjoyment that teen girls can bring, let me enlighten you. They spend half an hour straightening their hair in the morning, give or take. In the winter months this ritual is worth the effort I suppose. But today was a very humid day here in Hibbing. Who knows when but at some point into their days they realized that they now sported a halo of frizz much like a bad 1980's hair day!! What can I say? It is in the genes. They will learn that straighteners hibernate in the summer months. You can't fight nature, but we sure will try with the $50.00 worth of defrizz potions and lotions from the local Wal*mart.
As for the little man of the house, he has been busy lately with the official start of Little League. Brock has been practicing for a couple weeks now. Next Monday is his first game of the season followed by two more games, Tuesday and Wednesday. Nothing like jumping into it. The coaches have had him pitching a lot at practices so I guess we will see if he will continue doing that in the games. He is also third baseman.
He came home from practice last night and told me very boldly that he absolutely had to have a 'nutcup'.(what an expression) I think that tonight he was regretting the purchase. But rules are rules.
So the endless hours at the ballpark (or in the concession stand) begin! Gotta love summer. Boys are just so much fun...and not once today did our little man complain about the humidity or his hair!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Pictures At Last

Well, I am going to give this a try. Thanks Aaron for your help.
These are photos from Prom Alternative,

This is a picture of the whole group that attended the evening. Britt is down in the very front row on your right in the pink dress.

This is a picture of the girls at midnight bowling. Prom dresses and bowling shoes!

This picture is of Brittany and some of her friends. Christina, Natalie, Chelsea, Tracy and Britt.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Father of the Year!

We have a new addition to our home. It's a noisy one...but much desired and never expected.
Today, Randy told me to keep Brittany busy for about an hour and a half. He wouldn't tell me why though. I had my suspicions and they proved to be correct. Brittany came into the house and while I fixed a late supper she headed down to her room. Pretty soon I heard the loudest, shrillest screaming I have heard this side of a Hawk Nelson concert! A drum set none the less...Used but new for her.
For those of you who didn't know Brittany started playing drums last summer. She has been playing for our youth group worship team and sometimes she plays on Sundays for our main services. We felt that it was wise to get her some official lessons and she has those once a week. She has improved greatly. So a man in our church was buying a new set and offered his old set to us for a good price. So the father-of-the-year told me. (this will be "his" name for a while around this place, so please refer to his as such)
I will be checking out the current price of ear plugs tomorrow. I will be asking why we didn't sound-proof the basement....tomorrow. I will remember to be grateful that our nearest neighbour is a quarter mile away...tomorrow.
I will be spending more time outdoors...starting tomorrow. Tomorrow is looking busy for me.
Well, that is the update on this side of the Williamson zone.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

A Night to Remember!

Well, it is over. Seven months of planning for one night of fun for the kids. Prom Alternative was last Saturday night and I have to say despite a few "glitches" everything went really well. The fact that it was snowing and girls were running around in sleevless attire and no shoes was perhaps not ideal....but this is Minnesota and even on April 30th one cannot count on the weather. Next year perhaps it would be wise to have all activities indoors. By five in the morning the back building was full of kids sleeping. I think that maybe a handful stayed awake the whole time. I was one of them. Although, this body is rebeling now! I started sneezing about midnight and it got worse through the night. Almost like I am allergic to lack of sleep! I am sure I will be fine soon. It was so worth it though.
The kids seemed to have a lot of fun.

I know that when I was a kid things like Prom were special memories and I wanted to create a fun and safe night for the kids so that they will have a great memory of their prom.
I entitled the evening after a Switchfoot song that asks..."this is your life, are you who you want to be". I figure that life is too short and I want teens today to make the most of every opportunity. And live lives that are not marred with bad choices but live with grace, purity, love and have fun doing it!
It was certainly a night I won't soon forget!
check out the Rev blog for pictures (www.therevblog.blogspot.com) and I will have some of my own here soon!