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!

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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)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

How many calls can you make in fifteen minutes?

The one game Brock had this week was forfeited. The other team didn't have enough players. His coach decided they would use the time for practice. The weather has turned very cold and dreary again. Strange! Such a contrast to last week when it was like 95 degrees (hey wasn't that a boy band?) out. Now, it feels like we need to don our knit caps, sweatshirts and tuck a blanket around our legs while we take in a good football game or two. But wait a minute...it is June. If I closed my eyes I would never know.
Today I stopped into the church for a minute. Didn't take my phone with me. But as usual what was meant to be a "run-in-and-out" errand became a "hey Jenny haven't talked to you in a while" fifteen minute visit. Jenny is Randy's right hand gal at the office. She has been with us for years here in Hibbing. Before that she was with us in Detroit. We just get chatting...anyway..! When the chat session ended and I ran out to my car which was still running I looked at my phone and there on the screen it showed I had missed 24 calls! Twenty-four! Can you imagine? I had only been gone for fifteen minutes. And only one message. I dialed up the little person in my phone who keeps all my messages, and after a pause I hear this deep raspy voice complain loudly from the phone...."mom I would really like it if you would answer your phone." Twenty four calls and one message from a little man who needed to know where his hip protectors were so he could dress for a game that was cancelled.
It wasn't hip protectors Brock needed tonight, at least not after Coach C threw the ball and it hit Brock's left hand. We're at home now...swollen hand, ice bag in place, pillows plumped, rental movie ready to play, and ibuprofen on it's way.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Don't Blink

See what happens when you blink....



when did girls start calling him?....
more importantly when did he start caring?
about phone calls
and brushing his teeth
and if he smells
and sleeping in.
Two weeks today the little man turns eleven...
that means this is our eighth summer here in Hib-town..
my son is meeting "friends" at the park...
somewhere something has changed...
it happens so subtly and suddenly...
I never should have blinked.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Pictures

Well as you can imagine I took LOTS of pictures from our holiday. Here are just three.


This is the view from our "table for five" at Pebble Beach.


Jessie and Sydney walking across some rocks in front of the lower falls at Gooseberry.


Sitting at the top of the upper falls, right where the water goes over the edge.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Reality

We're back!... back to reality. If you saw my laundry room you would know what I mean!! We had a wonderful time. Tuesday night we went to Wade Stadium and checked out a Duluth Huskies game. What an inexpensive evening out. I would recommend it for baseball fans!
Wednesday was our trip to the North Shore. That was amazing! The weather was absolutely perfect and the kids and I truly enjoyed ourselves. Another inexpensive outing. We packed a picnic lunch and stopped at Split Rock State Park. A woodsy path led us to our table for five close to the shore of Lake Superior. We all agreed that it beat any restaurant ever! We climbed rocks, skipped rocks, walked the shore and headed back to the car to continue our "adventure".
Our next stop was Gooseberry State Park. If you have never been there I can't recommend it enough. Absolutely amazing. This from a Canadian girl who saw Niagra Falls on more than one occasion. Not as large or loud. But every bit as breathtaking! We took off our shoes and socks (well some of us did) and walked across the water-immersed flat rocks. I had to sit for a while and just take in the beauty of God's creation. Not many places can move a person to that kind of contemplation. Especially in our busy world.
We decided to go on an ice cream hunt. Scenic highway 61 had it's share of gift shops but no hand-dipped ice cream. We headed back to the campground (we stayed at Indian point campground which is right at the start of the Munger trail. Nothing fancy but showers and flush toilets made it a pleasant stay.) It is also very close to the Zoo.
After washing up we headed "up the hill" and right there beside our dinner choice (Taco Bell) was the Holy Grail of hand-dipped ice cream. Cold Stone Creamery. Amazing ice cream! When in Duluth you have to check it out. Just make sure your wallet is full.

The two oldest girls went to Youth group at Hermantown Community Church. They walked out with two boys! Dolton and Colton....seriously! Jessie wondered why I repeated their names back just to make sure. I thought maybe it was some schtick they were pulling."ya mom, this is Colton, and this is Dolton" I tried to wipe the smile off my face as I said "hello, nice to meet you". Let's just say that it is always a good thing to see other places so that you appreciate what you have at home all the more.
Anyway, Thursday was so incredibly hot and humid. A reported 95 degrees! So we headed to the only place a sane woman would! The airconditioned mall! YA! I love nature and all but after paying homage to that for a couple days it was good to smell some food court quisine and check out the clearance racks!!
I headed home early. You see we have this zoo of our own and one of our burdens is the big moose named Nanny who has a dog version of a panic attack at the first smell of storms. (this goes for fireworks and gunshots as well) So with a severe thunderstorm closing in on us and the keys to the locked garage and house in our possession, I decided to rush home and save our house from any Saint Bernard damage. Brock, Sydney and I arrived just in time. Randy, Britt and Jessie pulled in at seven this morning!
Here ends the adventure of the Williamson family impromptu vacation! Of course pictures are forthcoming.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Pebble Beach



Wednesday June 22nd.
Pebble Beach at Split Rock State Park. The day couldn't have been more beautiful! One of those moments you want to sit and savor because you know it will pass too quickly. Much like their youth.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Time to Get Away!

Happy First Day of Summer!!!
There comes a time when a person just has to get away. With no real plan. Just a bag of clothes and the kids! Today is that day! Little League ties us down to old Hib-town the first half of the summer. But this week's game was cancelled so an opportunity for a road trip presented itself. Without much thought the open window has been pushed wide open and we are jumping on through. (that's fancy talk for we are heading out of town for a few days )
There isn't really a plan. Just a few days camping in an area just north of Duluth. Hopefully, we can explore the North Shore a little and if the weather gets bad the lights of Duluth shine just to the south of us. I am following Randy and the fifth wheel up at noon today and he will have to return home and work. Thursday, he will join us for a night as a family. Until then it'll be just me and the four kids. We have everything we need, good reading material, Hershey's chocolate/marshmallows and grahams, some board games and swimsuits!
You can be sure after a three day silence on the blog that I will be back with pictures and stories!

The mosquitos are buzzing, the sun is shining, the road crews are waiting to flag us by, this Minnesota summer is a wasting. We had better be going.....time to enjoy our journey!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Thanks



what is a good friend? someone who goes out of their way for another.
Craig and Britt.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Summer=Baseball

Happy Saturday morning to you all! What a gorgeous summer morning. I've been outside taking care of my plants and walking with the Saint and Cocker. It seems as though we might actually have a decent summer on our hands! This is officially the fourth day of sun and warm weather. Hallelujah!
Last evening the three girls and I went and watched Brock's game. It was a close one. But Erickson's pulled it off and beat Lions Club 10-8. Last Brock heard those two teams were tied for first. Randy was in a golf tournament so missed the match. Today at noon the two men in my life will head south! To Minneapolis. Coach Carruth got Twins tickets and is treating the team to a game. Randy is going along to help....someone has to carry all those hotdogs!
As for the Williamson women...well we have a few ideas in mind. All involve being outside in the sun. Beach? Land of the Loons? Who knows...we'll see where we end up. We do have an open house to attend later this afternoon.
This coming week is open for us....amazing! Brock's one game is cancelled for some reason. So we might just go hook up the fifth wheel somewhere and have a little impromptu vacation. HOPE SO.
I hear the little man...I better go and see what's up. Remember to enjoy the journey today.







Just a few pics from last night's game.
Brock winding up. Another win for Erickson's. Jessie, Sydney and Jennie Reini at the game.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Inside pictures.

This is what you do in the morning when everyone else is asleep and you've been up for at least an hour. You find time to take pictures of the only part of the house that 1. nobody's sleeping in
2. is clean enough to take a picture of


Standing in the kitchen looking at the living room. Nice thing about living out in the country. I haven't had to put curtains up....yet!


The reverse view...now I am in the living room looking into the kitchen/dining area. I liked the openness of this living space. I can prepare dinner and still be a part of the conversation in the living room.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Those who know the least, sometimes have the most to say.

.....this family blog has been useful for updating friends and family on our lives because we know people in places such as Ireland, Chile, Canada, England, Iceland and Australia.
I have refrained from sharing personal views. I am not sure that this is the forum for it. I have toyed with the idea of having a personal blog just for me....Mrs. W. But I know myself too well....it might get me into trouble. I have a tendancy to sometimes say things I later regret. Anyone relate????
(reminds me of RelientK lyrics:
"stop right there, that's exactly where I lost it, see that line, well I never should have crossed it. Stop right there, well I never should have said that, It's the very moment that I wish that I could take back")
I have had moments in my life that I wish I could take back. I'm sure we all have.
And is it not wonderful when those moments unfortunately happen that you find grace and forgiveness on the other side? Rather than grudges, judgement and slander.
So can I just say that when life finds you on the receiving end of someone else crossing a line with you...have grace. For as much grace as you show others will be shown back to you someday. Nobody is perfect and chances are that eventually you will need the forgiveness and understanding of people at some point in your life.
If you are the one who has crossed the line...ask forgiveness, forgive yourself and move on. Even when stones are being thrown your way or people are misrepresenting you. What matters is that you and those closest to you know the truth of your character and life. Don't mind what "those who know the least" say. I have found that sometimes people cover up their ignorance with hurtful words.
A great book that I can recommend if you find yourself on the receiving end of rumors and misrepresentations is called "The Tale of Three Kings" by Gene Edwards. A must read for anyone.
Well, I have broken with tradition of this infant blog and shared some personal views. I hope that someone draws encouragement from it.
This post is dedicated to C.W., S. W., B. W. and A.S.

The Old Homestead.



This is our home from the front view which faces the road. Sorry it took so long Marie. I will take some of the inside as well. Look for those soon.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Our Place!

Well, I know that some of you have been asking to see where we moved to. This arial photo is courtesy our good friend Tim Leaupple.



From this picture you can see our house on the left and the garage on the right. The other smaller structure to the right and front of the garage is our storage unit that still hold some of our household items. You can see the white poplars at the back edge of our home. I am not sure where our property line is but our land is in a pie shape with the longest piece running along the road in the front.
Directly across the road is property owned by the airport. One of the landing strips is actually visible from our front window.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

One week down....

We have survived the first week of summer vacation. It has been eventful. Amazing how easy it is for the kids to get into a new routine of staying up late and sleeping in!!! A lot easier of an adjustment than September is, that's for sure.
Rhett and Grandpa Bob came to visit over the weekend so the kids spent time with them jumping on the trampoline and playing games. It was great to see them.
We have also entered the Graduation Open House season which keeps the weekends pretty busy. We had only one last Sunday but have three this coming weekend. Congratulations to Jake, Amber, Bobbi, Brianna and Thomas. We are proud of you guys. It is so sad to see them move away. We have lived here long enough to have known these kids since elementary age and to have watched them now graduate highschool is bittersweet.
The weather has decided to change daily. We are never sure if we need a jacket or shorts. Today it was jacket weather.
Just to explain the previous post and picture...Trevor is the brother of Britt's good friend Chelsea and they have a little inside joke going...so I told Trevor I would blog him to tease him about their little "joke".
I am including a picture on this post of Britt and Jess with their good friends, Amber and Brooke. They were all dressed up for Abby's wedding!

Trevor and Britt

What time do you have to be home tonight Trevor????

Friday, June 03, 2005

The Strangest Baseball Game Ever


The Pitcher/Third Baseman

Thought you all might find this a little funny!
Yesterday at 4:45 I sat down in the stands at Bennett Park to watch another of Brock's games. Britt and Syd came too. Normal summer fare for our family. Well that game was anything but normal.
It ended at 6:30 p.m. being called on account of the next game starting. It ran two innings. That's right; TWO innings! The score: 23-7! (Brock's team won). The scoreboard read 3-7 because apparently they don't have the number two in the machine for a first digit score option.
Things were looking interesting as Brock was pulled in to relief pitch at the top of the second inning. At the bottom of the second inning was were this Little League game took it's turn..into some sort of Chinese water torture for the fans. The opposing team went through at least four pitchers some of whom needed actual "coaching-on-the-spot". It went something like this. Erickson Lumber was up. They loaded the bases mainly on "walked" players. Then when the next guy came up to bat and was walked also, it sent the player on third base home to score. This went on for quite a while. (As you can tell from the score)
Anyway, with Randy out of town I was thinking that of all the games for him to miss that was definately a good choice. Never have I watched such a painful inning of baseball.
Thanks to Matt, Opey, Craig, Ruth, Faye, and Anne for coming to cheer the boy on. Brock summed it up afterwards. "We didn't deserve to win that, we didn't even play". There's always next time.

Schools Out!



last day of school 2005!