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)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Nothing in Particular

I can hardly believe that January is almost over. The weather up here in Hibbing has felt more like March or April. I am just a little afraid that we'll get the "real winter" in February and March. Anyway, as with most in the mid-west we are enjoying the mild winter so far.
Brock played in a basketball tournament this past Saturday in the nearby town (village) of Cotton. There were seven or eight schools involved and Hibbing 6th grade boys placed second. They lost the Championship game to Virginia. Hopefully, they'll beat them next time!!
I am sure it seems that all I talk about is basketball. I suppose that's because most of our spare time is taken up watching it! Our High School Varsity girls' team is doing so well this year. They are currently 16-0. They have a big challenge ahead of them this Tuesday night as they play Barnum. But hopefully they will rise to the challenge. Their chances of getting to state look really good.
Aside from that we have our new puppy, as you can see from previous posts. He is a Pekingese and we named him Mugsy. I just love him to pieces.
In closing, I wanted to mention that there seems to be this crazy "Blog vandal" going around leaving mean-spirited annonymous comments on people's blogs. A couple of my friends have had this happen lately and then I noticed it on mine too. So I have changed my settings to not allow annonymous comments anymore. Just thought I'd explain that. I personally think someone is just short on maturity and has way too much free time! I guess sometimes people can't play nice and we have to take their toys away!
Have a good one!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Sleeping Babies



The first day we got Mugsy, Britt fell asleep with him. He woke up when I started taking pictures, she on the other hand didn't. As you can see.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Jam the Gym!

Tomorrow night Hibbing Bluejacket Varsity team (state ranked #4) plays Hermantown Hawks (state ranked #8) at the High School! The Hibbing Girls are 15-0. Hermantown has lost only one game this season. Come on out and cheer the girls on, it promises to be a great game!!


The Results: Hibbing WON!!! They were losing at halftime and came back in the second half to win the game. The gym was packed! It was so exciting. Lady Bluejackets are now 16-0!!

AT LAST!



MUGSY

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

January 24th.

I heard yesterday on the news that today is considered the most depressing day of the year. Did you know that? I wonder who in the world determines these things. When someone makes a statement like that I try to do everything to revolt against the establishment! In this case, I say do something exciting today! Just to prove them wrong!
What will I do? mmm...maybe I'll go for a walk and take time to actually appreciate the beauty around me.
or find a new recipe and try it out on the family for dinner.
or call an old friend I haven't talked to in a long time.
or write a letter, on paper!
or just maybe I'll be able to pick up my Christmas gift finally. It's a surprise and if I do get him today I will be sure to post a picture or two. That little doggy bed might actually get filled with my long awaited Christmas present!
Find something exciting to do today! Prove them wrong!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Saturday Basketball!




Go BLUEJACKETS!
Jessie plays at the Lincoln school at 5:45 p.m.
Varsity game at 7:30 p.m. VS. Brainard
Let's make it 15-0!!!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Crazy, busy, late nights!

It's Friday, thank goodness. This week has been crazy. First of all my mouth is still sore. The pain could be from any number of things: a) my stitches are pulling-they don't dissolve and have to be taken out early next week. b) sores on my gums thanks to the metal objects thrust about in there. or c) my jaw and other teeth complaining to me about the trauma inflicted on them. Any and all of these could contribute and I hope for the day that my mouth is back to normal. Until then it's yoghurt and rice pudding! YIPPEE.
Enough about that!
Last night our Varsity girls improved their record yet again. They are now 14-0 with a win on Tuesday night in Duluth against Duluth East Greyhounds and last night they beat Duluth Central Trojans at home! This Saturday they play at home again against Brainard. We are so happy for the girls. Britt's cheer uniform is getting a work out this week! (not to mention Britt herself)
Jessie's "C" Squad lost in Duluth on Tuesday by four points! But won last night at home. Jessie got two three pointers! Way to go hon!
Randy has yet to see the specialist so we don't have any news on him, thanks for those of you who've been asking. Our family doctor called today and is setting him up with a specialist in Stillwater Minnesota. (east of Minneapolis/St. Paul right on the Wisconsin border). We'll wait to see when he can get Randy in.
I attended a parents' meeting for our High School choir last night. It seems as though next spring the Hibbing High School Choir will travel to Ireland!! It was pretty much a landslide decision. I think that there are still a couple final issues they want to clear up. After that is done, the students will start the year long journey of "fund raising". I can't really think of what that means for those of us who have two kids to send. (right Al and Becky?) We'll just have to see what happens. The important thing is that these kids might never have an opportunity like this again and it is truly exciting. As part of the trip, our choirs have been approved to sing at St. Patrick's Cathederal which is quite an honor.

Uncle Robin you will have to go to one of their performances! They will travel very close to Limerick if not make a stop right there in town. More on that later.
Well, I had better go and make sure the kids are moving around. Lots of late nights this week make for very tired kids by Friday!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Ouch!

Well, it's been an interesting year so far. To add to everything else we've had going on I was able to add "visit to the dentist" to the list. I won't bore you with the history of my teeth but yesterday I had an upper molar removed. I think the proper term is extracted. We don't have a dentist and with some help from a friend in the church, who called a dentist he knows, I got in to see this nice lady. Yes, Jenny C., it's your friend. She took an xray and found that I had an absessed tooth. This means I had a bad infection in my mouth. That would explain all the pain I was in. She had a full day and sent me away with some antibiotic. She ended up fitting me in at the end of her long day and with much trepidation on my part I had the nasty tooth removed.
This begins my journey of dental care~ouch!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Lady Bluejackets!

Undefeated!!
Hibbing's Girls' Varsity team is 12-0 after Friday night's victory over Grand Rapids. Congrats girls. They are so fun to watch play and an inspiration to all the young girls who dream of playing ball! Next game is on Tuesday night in Duluth.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Family pictures


The Robert Williamson family: from left to right, Rebecca, Raelene, Mom, Rhett, Dad and Randy.




The kids after many hours in the back of the truck! Doesn't Brock look happy?

Thursday, January 12, 2006

is it really Friday tomorrow?

this is one of those weeks where I have no idea what day it is. On Monday, we went from Jessie's game in Duluth (which they lost by the way, only by two points tho') to early morning hours in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We slept a bit, woke, showered, dressed and headed to the church for Grandpa's funeral.
It was nice to see all the relatives and family friends even though it was for a funeral. The kids hung in there but it was an emotional day, obviously.
Randy got a call from our doctor later that day informing him that his shoulder is damaged. I don't know the name of the injury. All I know is that it will require surgery. Next step is to talk to a specialist and take it from there. I don't know all the medical terms but basically he has blown out the cartiledge in the back part of his shoulder joint. Our family doctor made it known that he has NEVER seen an injury like Randy's. mmm....that doesn't sound too good.
Anyway, we travelled part way home yesterday and then needed to stop because of extreme exhaustion caused by lack of sleep and emotional overdrive. We came the rest of the way today and are now safely at home.
The washer and dryer are running constantly and the kids are finishing up homework. Tomorrow is back to school! Jessie has a game at home and we will stay and watch the Varsity team play Grand Rapids. Funny how life goes on with or without you.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Wherever the road leads....

Certain things call you home, usually weddings or funerals. After Jessie's team plays their game tonight in Duluth we will pack into the truck and make the ten hour journey...home. Kenosha, Wisconsin is in the exact opposite corner of the state than Superior. Through the night hours Randy will drive across Wisconsin, arriving in Kenosha with enough time to shower and head to the funeral home.
Grandpa Floyd was diagnosed with lung cancer in December. The doctor gave him about six months. Grandpa decided that he would take the six week option. He was surronded by his children and did not linger in pain too long. We make the trek home to honor a man who lived a long, full life. The children are looking forward to seeing all their cousins and aunts and uncles whom they rarely see.
Obviously, I won't be posting for a few days but I'll be back later this week. If you think of us please pray that the journey is smooth and that our lives are used to minister to those around us. Also, say a prayer for Randy as he has his procedure this morning at our local hospital. I was told it is actually called an MRA when dye is injected. Either way, a large needle is involved the technical term really doesn't matter. Thanks for all of you who have expressed your love to us. I have to say thanks to Jeffrey and Gibby for holding down "the zoo" in our absence. You are true friends.
...and so the journey begins.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Floyd Williamson
August 6th, 1916-January 7th, 2006

Friday, January 06, 2006

Waiting

As the world waits and prays for a middleeastern leader to recover in a Jerusalem hospital.
The country waits for a young father to show signs of promise and life after spending hours underground.
So this family waits. For the inevitable phone call. Floyd Williamson has decided that he is ready to go and meet Jesus. His three children sit at his bedside wiping his unresponsive face. The grandchildren and greatgrandchildren pray that he does not suffer. We will miss you Grandpa, thanks for being a man of dignity even in death.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Go USC!

I wonder how many people stayed up to watch the game last night? I didn't. Triple overtime for Penn State to win. I sure hope it doesn't take USC as long to dominate over Texas tonight. I have to say I like both teams but am cheering for USC Trojans!
In other news, Randy will have an MRI next Monday morning. If you think of him you can be praying. Apparently, they are going to inject dye into the joint. Randy and needles don't really get along so he is not looking forward to this procedure at all. We won't have results til next Tuesday. Then the decisions will be made from there. Our family doctor's opinion was not real favorable. But, obviously we wait for all the tests results to come back.
That's it from this end for now.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New year, back to school and flu outbreak rumors!

Happy New Years!! Whew, I had to say that first. Here's to a adventure filled, healthy, joyous and succesful new year. Our family looks forward to whatever 2006 has for us. In times of, challenge and change we embrace it all! Brock will enter youth group, highschool and the hunter's club! Randy's already talking about picking out a gun for him. Britt will start driving and working. Jessie will get her permit and Sydney will enter the official age of "teen"! It's gonna be great.
Next I have to clear up something. Seems that people got the impression that we had some major outbreak of flu at our house. This is not the case. I will set the record straight. Randy has injured his right shoulder. Seriously. He will see a doctor today. Anyone who knows him will realize that the fact he made a doctor's appointment without a gun being held to his head is a sign that he is:
1. In pain
2. without answers himself
3. desperate

So you can be praying for him as he now will enter the land of tests, specialists and possible needles!! AHHHH! (he's not a big fan of the latter) He cannot raise his right arm above chest level and is in constant pain. The stomach issues he had were related to the immense pain he was in.
I had some kind of stomach issues that were totally unrelated. Perhaps had more to do with the chinese food I ate in Duluth on Saturday. Unfortunately, because we have no drivers in our home yet, our whole family missed out on the first service of the new year.
So no need to worrry, we are all fine!
Today it is back to school for the kids. We all agreed that the break was too short this year. It's back to basketball for Jessie and Brock and more cheerleading for Britt. The Lady Bluejackets could make it a 10-0 season tonight. Let's hope so!
I am working my way through the house removing all things Christmas with a dust rag in hand.
Thanks to those who have called asking if we need food, medicine, rides for kids and the like. We are blessed with great friends and church family.