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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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, November 29, 2005

OOPS! that would be my fault!

Is time going by amazingly fast or is it just me? I can't believe that December is two days away. I have been really busy lately. Life in our home is just never boring. Then you add in some crazy, snowy, rainy, slushy, icey roads and my whole world is turned topsy turvy! So why can't it just snow? Plain, normal, beautiful snow! The kids were sorely dispointed that this stuff falling from the sky didn't create enough havoc to warrent a beloved "snow day". Not even a "two hour delay" like some other schools in the area. Nope! the only thing it did do was make for dangerous driving conditions.
Here's my latest family story:
Brittany had the priviledge of meeting one of "Hibbing's finest" the other day while practicing her driving skills. As she made her way through one of the quieter areas of town she suddenly turned to her dad and asked, "why does that police car have it's lights flashing?" Her dad responded with a "you better pull over". So, at this point the inexperienced is now on the verge of tears as the officer approached the vehicle. "Do you know what you did wrong?"
MMM? let's see....NOPE! Seeing as she had done nothing wrong. "Well, your tabs are expired" So ya, the previous question was kind of dumb (with all due respect) considering you are asking a fifteen year old who doesn't even own the car and is just minding her own business. She was just practicing things like left hand turns and such. "Well, young lady, you are responsible for this vehicle" Oh really??? Since when? Dad at this point tried to help because the young lady had fallen off the verge and was officially crying now.
"Well, sir that would be my fault"
"No, she is driving, so she is the responsible party"
"I will take care of it right away, sir"
"Well, normally I would give a ticket but I guess I will let you off with just a warning"
This is what you chalk up to good experience for a new driver. And hey, now, she knows what to do when there are flashing lights behind her.
The other thing is that if I had been driving I would have for sure gotten a ticket. So we were spared. By the way, my tabs had expired in September. We had never received notice by mail as we usually do and hadn't paid attention ourselves. OOPS!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Eighteen Years

In the city of London, Ontario eighteen years ago today, a young nervous woman was gathered with a few friends in a small townhouse. Nearby, a handsome young man was preparing for the biggest most important day of his life. At eleven in the morning the woman in white made her way down the long aisle at London Gospel Temple to meet her teary eyed groom. The sanctuary was decorated for the holidays already. The quiet crowd of over four hundred witnessed the exchanging of vows between a youth pastor and his love. Close friends dressed in their finest flanked either side of the couple as the two ministers, Pastor Smith and Pastor Greg Wyton pronounced the marriage. Dave and Debbie sang. The family sat close by. The late November day was warm and sunny.
I remember it like it was yesterday!
Happy Anniversary Randy. I love you dearly.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thanksgiving 2005

I wanted to take this time while it's quiet to give thanks. Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving Day and it is customary, to think of the things we are thankful for. I hope you will forgive my lack of originality and just allow me this post to do just that.
I started to list everything for which I am thankful and realized that the list is too long. I couldn't put it all in one post. Tomorrow my children will wake to the smell of turkey. In the busyness of meal preparations I will be sure to thank God for my amazing family. Sometimes it is overwhelming to think that I live the life I do. I am so thankful for these five people God has allowed me to grow, love, live, laugh and cry with. These five faces that I wake up with and share life's journey with. I am truly thankful.
To all of our friends and family who read this I pray you have a wonderful day with your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

Monday, November 21, 2005

It's A Sign!!!

Christmas is coming. There are signs everywhere. This past weekend was one of them.......making the kids dress the same then drag them outside in front of some pretty tree or pile of snow while I begin the annual torture of Christmas Card Picture taking! A family ritual. The good thing is that this year nobody cried. Not even the photographer!! It gets easier to actually get a pretty decent photo of all four children together. I remember in years past someone would look away, blink, move or cry while I was trying to take a picture. I was often tempted to take and cut faces from one and paste them to another to achieve the "ultimate perfect Christmas Card photo"!! This year Randy and I viewed about twenty-five options on the computer, slide show style, (did I ever mention that I do love my digital camera at times like these) and believe it or not folks we actually agreed on this year's "winner".

Another sign Christmas is coming is that I am receiving notes via email or post-its with suggestions for gifts. The post-its also double for a holiday countdown on our fridge. One of my excited children (cough, cough Jessie) decided to countdown the days to Christmas on post-its on our fridge! Kind of a less subtle sign of Christmas approaching.

We are digging out all our Christmas CD's. Have to say that the old Bing Crosby classics are still my favorite!
Even nature is whispering "Christmas is coming" . My Christmas cactus has blossomed with beautiful red and white peppermint looking flowers. All around me are signs. I absolutely love this time of year. Don't you?

Friday, November 18, 2005

The sign of a good man???



One who sits and watches "Little Women" with you!

It's truly a dog's life!!

Happy day-off-of-school-day!! I used to love having days off of school in the middle of semester for no apparent reason. This is one of those days. I mean I am sure there is a reason, but it really doesn't matter what it is. All that matters is that we can all sleep in and sit around in our jammies and watch chick flicks and not do our hair or put on make-up. It's so liberating! I love days like this. No alarm clocks (although I still woke up at 5:30 am), no rushing around, no backpacks to trip over and no early morning runs into town. Just us. Out here in our country sanctuary. Gotta love it.
So, our mommy german shorthair decided yesterday that she wants to be a housedog. Well who could deny her? First of all, she has no hair. Okay she has some but it is really short! (thus her breed name). Also, she worked darn hard pushing those eight puppies out back a couple months ago. She is very thin right now, cuz I don't know she has to share a dog bowl with our male. (you know what pigs guys can be) And she has this injury to her left leg/arm. So all things considered I think she deserves to come inside and sit by my dirty laundry piles by the back door. Don't you?
I have to say that Nanny seems a little jealous but if I brought her in she would only drool and pant like she is dying. She likes to be by us but she cannot take the heat inside the house. So she just sits at the back door and looks in the window. I talk to her and assure her that I still love her. Aren't pets wonderful?

"you aren't going to make me go back out there are you?"

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Let it Snow!


In the early morning hours I stepped out onto our front porch. I closed my eyes and could hear the snow falling. The first snow of the season visited today. We are blessed to have a postcard outside our front door.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

HOOPLA


The Basketball Cheerleaders. Britt is the first on the right.


The 2005/2006 Girls Basketball Coaches. Randy is third from the left.


The "C" squad. Jessie is second from the left. They have a big team! They might end up moving some up to the "B" squad like they did last year.

So tonight was the official kick-off to the girls' season. HOOPLA!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Breathe it all in!

This Monday feels like the calm before the storm. I feel a sudden anxiousness that I try to supress. I know it is the realization that life will not be the same for a while.
For this is the official start to Basketball season. I don't know if I mentioned yet that Randy will be coaching our High School Girls' "C" team. This involves practice five days a week, unless there is a game. Jessica has had what they call Captain's Practices for two weeks already but coaches weren't required to be there until today! Their first game is away on November 29th. And so it begins.
At the same time Brittany is starting official practices for Winter Cheerleading. She cheers for the Girls' Varsity Basketball team. This involves practices and travelling with the girls to all their games. Britt is excited about it. She has also been busy with helping with the fall school play. Our high school is performing "Arsenic and Old Lace". The performances are this weekend on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This last week of practice will involve many hours. She probably won't be home from morning til 8:30 or 9:00 pm every night.
Tonight is also Sydney's Cross Country Banquet. This is where they give out awards and recognize the team members. I will be there to be a part of that while Randy is at a Board meeting at church. Tomorrow night we have a big event at school that will involve our whole family. "Hoopla" is the kick-off event for the Girls' Basketball season and all coaches, players and cheerleaders have a part in it!
Brock will start Basketball too very soon. His practices are three to four evenings a week, with games and Saturday morning time with the High school boys' team. He also has a Junior Bible Quiz meet in Duluth this weekend and practice starts for the Christmas production in which he got the part of the town Sherriff. AHHH!
I won't even go into my personal schedule with church and holiday activities.
So as you can see our family is gearing up....I have to say though that I am so grateful that we live in a town where we can be so involved in our school and community. I truly am. I am also grateful that I have four healthy children who are able to participate in so many activities that build their minds, bodies and self-esteems. We have so much to be thankful for.
I hope I am never so busy that I don't take time to breathe it all in.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Sunday morning

I thought I'd relay a story about Brock. I think it might give you some insight to his personality and it was very entertaining for me....the mother.
Last Sunday I took Brock, Syd and Jessie over to McDonalds for lunch while Britt was having her drum lesson at the church. After we finished eating I had to go back to the counter to get Britt something. Brock came with me. Nice son.
The kid in front of us turned around and said, "oh hey Brock". Brock didn't say anything just nodded his head. This, by the way is his greeting of choice. A slight nod of the head. Not too much just enough to acknowledge the person. The other kid then said, "nice shirt, you wear stuff like that all the time" Brock just looked at the kid and then said, "Ya, I was at church" Because of course this explains why he is wearing a shirt with a collar. The kid then laughed and said "you go to church?". Because of course that is now ammunition for this kid. You can see it all over his chubby face. Brock didn't miss a beat and replied, "Well, it's better than anything you got going on, on a Sunday morning!". The chubby-faced-once-laughing kid had no reply. Good thing his food was ready so he could walk away.
Had this same thing happened to Britt ....she would have cried.
Had this same thing happened to Jessie....she would have told the kid to shut up and threaten to beat him up. Then threaten to beat up his friends.
Had this same thing happened to Sydney.... she would have kicked the kid in the shin and never looked back!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The dreaded BLUE SCREEN

Well, if you've wondered where I've been all week, the title of this post might explain it. I had no idea that a blue screen with a bunch of computer lingo on it means that basically your hard drive has died. On Monday, I experienced the trauma. Today, our friendly neighborhood youth pastor/computer doctor came by and spent two hours getting it up and running! Let's hear it for computer nerds. (with all due respect).
I had eighteen emails waiting for me although aside from a handful of meaningful ones (esp. you R.M.C. gal!) they were mainly junk. I do, however now know the price of sweaters at American Eagle!! My kids still need their turns on here so I will have to keep this short. If you've been writing and wondered where we were, this post explains it.
To make up for our communication lull I will post another Cali pic! I dedicate this to all the female bloggers who frequent this blog.

SO CAL boys! This was my girls fav pic of the over fifty I took! (I wonder why) Just a reminder that there are plenty of fish in the sea!!! I think that some of you need to remember that!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

California dreamin'

I have wanted to go to California ever since I was about fifteen and fell in love with Beach Boys' music. After years of having this infatuation with a state I'd never been to, I got to see if reality measured up to the image I had created. Well, I have to say that it did! Everything that I thought Southern California would be, it was.
My overall impression was that it is a great place to visit but I probably wouldn't want to live there. I love the four seasons of the mid-west and my conservative nature is way more at home here. However, I have to say that there is this part of me that feels right at home in California. The sun and water loving, beach going, casual living me!

We had some interesting experiences while in Laguna Beach and no we didn't see anyone famous! We did eat fish tacos at Wahoo's (delicious) and sat at the ocean's edge watching surfers ride the somewhat pathetic waves. We didn't rent a car because everything was right there near our hotel. We did do a lot of walking which was great in the seventy plus degree sunshine! Just about everybody was beautiful, fit, friendly, laid back and owned a dog. The streets were full of expensive vehicles and surf shops. If you own a business and you don't open when your hours say you should it's "chill". No big deal.
Despite being a very affluent area people were very friendly and unprecocious. Everyone had a smile and a "hi". On the downside everything was very expensive. I looked at buying some fruit snacks at Ralph's, the local grocers. They were $3.59 a box, here at Wmart they are $1.98! I couldn't bring myself to pay that much. You know it's expensive when things at the airport are cheaper than in the town you visit!
I had a great, relaxing time! I have some funny, frightening and fond memories of this trip. I would love to go back to California some day. It is a favorite.
"Let's pack up and move to California, she's got lots of friends out there. You'll never get bored cuz we can go boarding. Just let the sunshine take us there" (lyrics by Hawk Nelson)

Saturday, November 05, 2005

I'm back!

This morning I was waiting in a hotel lobby in Laguna Beach and now I am sitting here at my computer in Hibbing! Amazing! I have so much to tell but it will have to wait. I just wanted to post a couple of my favorite pictures. I am so glad to be back with my family! I did think that nothing could be more unnerving than my plane ride, then I was introduced to shuttle drivers in California. 80 miles an hour in a 40 zone around a curvy, canyon road!


The shore line by Heisler Park.


Sunset over the Pacific, Friday November 4th.