Monday, December 20, 2010

Garrison's Christmas program

My baby is getting so big!  I can't believe he's old enough to be in a Christmas program, but he is.  Garrison had his first program yesterday at church.  He was so stinking cute!!!  His class at church, the "Blueprints", sang and did the actions to "Away in the Manger."  He had been practicing both at home and at church, but, as you can see, he got to the front and the only action he does is the "stars" down by his side. 

The kids actually did a really good job considering that was their first time up on stage.  (they never practiced up there, only in their classroom.)  I thought, for sure, some of them were going to freak out.  The only meltdowns we had were back in the classroom before they came out.  (I was their teacher yesterday)

At the end of the video, if you listen closely, as I'm walking away with him he says, "Mom, you're back!"  He's so cute and I was so proud of him up there.  He's such a big boy! 

Now only if he'd loose the diapers....

Saturday, December 4, 2010


  Adeline, my brothers little girl, Josiah and Garrison.  
The three little amigos.
The three grand kids on the Williams side.
Three of the cutest kids.
Two boys and one girl.
Three little kids that I can't stop hugging, holding and kissing.
Three little blessings.
Three babes that make our lives happier. 
Adeline, Josiah and Garrison

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Well this Thanksgiving will be one that the Williams family will remember for a long time.

This year my whole family (my dad, brother, Tom, his wife, Dawn, and their daughter, Adeline.  My two sisters Jackie and Joanna and Joanna's husband, Shane.)  came to our house.  This was my second time doing Thanksgiving.  I'm really glad this event wasn't my first years experience. 

I got up at 5 am and prepared the turkey.  Nothing else needed to be started until around noon.

Around 12:30 I went and starting making all the side dishes.  A little while later my sisters, Jackie and Joanna, and my sister-in-law, Dawn, came to help me in the kitchen.  We were busy preparing everything. Everything was running somewhat on time.  As each side finished we would cover it so it wouldn't become cold. (this will come into play later)

At 1:15 I went to take the turkey out of the oven.

As I tried to take the pan out it became really flimsy and I noticed it was dripping grease.  I didn't want to try and pull it out by myself and ruin the main dish so I yelled for Thomas to come help.  He removed it with no problems and we replaced it with the sweet potatoes and biscuits.   My dad starting carving the turkey, Joanna started the gravy and I continued to put things into place.  Within minutes of taking the turkey out of the oven Joanna started coughing and complaining that smoke was bothering her and it was hard for her to breathe.  She has been battling a cold so none of us thought much of it.  (she was standing by the oven vent and was breathing in the smoke from the oven that I was about to discover.)

When the sweet potatoes were done I went to the oven and opened the door.  Black smoke came rolling and I mean rolling out of the oven.  My dad, Joanna and I started coughing and coughing.  My first thought was I had burned the sweet potatoes and they were smoking, but at the exact moment my brain was comprehending that the entire bottom of my oven ignited in flames.  I slammed the door close and went running for the living room where the rest of the family was.  I think I yelled the ovens on fire, but all I remember is people running into the kitchen.  By this time the house was filling with dark smoke and flames were coming out the bottom of the oven.

A few of us grabbed the kids and ran them upstairs to get them away from the smoke, a few of us starting opening windows, doors and anything else that would let smoke out and a few of us grabbed the fire extinguisher, which was in the back of the cupboard wrapped in the box (I mean, who needs a fire extinguisher.) and my brother, Tom, starting putting the fire out. 

It was so scary to see all the smoke.  Everyone was coughing so hard and gasping for air.  When my brother started putting the fire out the combination of him using the extinguisher and the smoke from the flames made my brother completely disappear from sight.  Luckily, we had just finished drying the crystal dishes to use and had left a extremely wet towel laying right next to the stove.  So my brother was able to grab that and throw it over his face.

Once the fire was out we were able to examine the damage... sweet potatoes and biscuits- no hope, the rest of the meal- great, the kitchen and anything in it including people- covered in ash.  (We were able to conclude that the turkey pan had gotten a hole in it, probably when I put it in the oven, and dripped grease the entire 7 hours.  Then at some point the aluminium foil on the bottom of the oven ignited.)

We waited for the smoke to clear, closed all the windows and doors and waited for the heat to return in the house, removed all the covers from the food and had a very nice Thanksgiving.

Hope your Thanksgiving was less eventful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Like father, like son

Last night as Thomas was putting Garrison to bed Garrison was having a small fit.  I couldn't hear much through the monitor so I didn't know exactly what was going on.  All I knew was that Garrison was trying to tell Thomas something and Thomas was acting like are-you-kidding-me.

A few minutes later Thomas came into the bedroom and said, "He wanted his wipes put back in the basket [where it's suppose to always be put back] and not laying out on the floor."  Thomas said this with a slight annoyance in his voice.

I smiled and said, "Ahhh, now you know what it's like to live with you."  The response from Thomas was a grunt and I just laid there and smiled.  Getting a taste of his own medicine. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Choose words wisely

Sometimes I wish that I had the ability to explain things better, especially to a 2 1/2 year old.  Here's how a conversation went with Garrison yesterday:

Me:  "Garrison, lets race to see who can clean up the legos and mega blocks faster.  You clean up the legos and I'll take the mega blocks.  Ready... set... go."

I start cleaning up.  Garrison starts playing, of course.

Me:  "Garrison, I'm going to kick your butt."

Garrison stands up, turns around, sticks his butt out and says, "Here."  I almost fell over laughing.

Me:  "No, honey, I don't mean I'm actually going to kick your butt.  It means I'm going to beat you."

Garrison looks at me with a puzzled look.

Me:  "I... mean... uh... I'm not going to beat you.  It means I'm going to win."

I did win and Garrison did pick up his legos.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

He's walking

Josiah is walking!  I always told people that I knew he was going to just take off walking one day like he'd been doing it his whole life and that's exactly what happened.  He hadn't been taking many steps on his own.  He'd hold our fingers and walk around that way, but didn't really adventure out on his own.  Until the other day...  he just stood up and walked around our dining room table, even making the turns. Now he's a little walking machine.

Let the adventure begin....

another video

Here's another video of Garrison singing his favorite Casting Crowns songs "Until the whole world hears." 

Friday, November 12, 2010

These moments

Yesterday we were in Target when Garrison started singing the alphabet song.  He's so cute when he sings it.  He does really good until he gets to "g" he says "j" and gets all messed up.  Sometimes he'll stop singing and other times he'll say a few letters until xyz and then he sings the end.  Yesterday while we were shopping instead of singing "next time won't you sing with me" he said, "next time won't you sing with your Garrison."  It was so cute.

I love those cute, unexpected moments.  The ones where Garrison comes to me and says, "Mom, missed you" when I've been in another room.  Or when he says, "Mom, me need you."  Or when he squats down, holds his hands out and says, "come here, Babbers" (a name I call Josiah often) as Josiah walks to him.  I love after that when they fall over and both start giggling. 

I love those moments where Garrison and Josiah are on the floor wrestling with each other and are giggling so hard it's hard for them to move.  I love the moments at night when Josiah leans over and Garrison gives him a good night kiss.  I love the moments when the boys will share their food with each other.  I love the moments when Garrison says, "Me like Siah (Josiah)."  I love the moments where Josiah comes up to me whenever I have food and grunts until I give him some.  I love that I am living one of my dreams by staying home and experiencing these moments with my boys.  I love that I get to tell Thomas at night all the fun things the boys did and that it's not someone else telling me all the fun things they did.

I love these moments.  They help me get through the days when Garrison decides he will just walk up to Josiah and push him over when Josiah is trying so hard to walk.  Or when Garrison and Josiah can't seem to be in the same room as each other without fighting.  Or when Josiah decides he'd rather not get a diaper change and I work up a sweat just trying to accomplish the task.  Or when Satan says, "Sarah, you're not doing a very good job.  See your boys aren't even behaving the way you're trying to teach them." 

I love these moments.  There God's way of showing me that I am a good mom. I'm doing what I've been called to do.  I am an imperfect parent trying to raise imperfect children and needing God's help every step of the way.

 I love these moments.  I love these boys.  I love these days.   

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New hats

A friend of mine was nice enough to pick up Garrison and Josiah's new winter hats for me.  Aren't they the cutest?  I can't wait for it to get cold out ONLY so they can wear these hats. 

Josiah's hat is on backwards in the photo, but who cares he's not wearing it right when you look so warm, cozy and cute.   

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Garrison and Josiah were our little milk and cookies this year.  I saw this in one of my Parents magazines and had to make it.  It was a lot of fun making them, but I think that next year I'm going to be buying their costumes.  Unless, of course, I see another really cute idea and can't pass it up.  Plus, it was super cheap and I think they turned out really cute.  We got lots of compliments on them. 

 Went with our friends Andrea and Avery Dickinson to the hospital that Garrison and Josiah were born at and the hospital that Andrea works at and went trick-or-treating there for a little bit.  Then we went back to the Dickinson's house and Tom and Ryan took Avery and Garrison out and went around the block.  We took these pictures between places and that's why Garrison is having a "slight" melt down.  He didn't want to put his costume back on and take his picture or go back out trick-or-treating, but as soon as he knew more candy was involved he was off and running.  Kids and candy!

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010


These two crack me up.  We've been a little lazy lately with sicknesses and schedules being out of wack so they've been watching lots of PBS.  I saw these two watching tv together and had to grab the camera.  Of course as soon as I do they have to look away from the tv or at me (which is why Josiah is squinting at the bright flash.) 

On somewhat of a side note:  Doesn't Josiah look huge in this picture?  He's getting to be such a big boy.  What happened to my baby?  He can get from sitting to standing without the help of anything and is trying to take a few steps on his own.  In no time he'll be running after his brother or running the other direction.  Then life will be fun! 

Ohhhh... my two sweet Bush boys.

Monday, October 11, 2010

I'm a cowboy

Garrison came up to me one day with this hat on his head and said, "Mom, I'm a cowboy."  "Are you sure you're not a fisherman?"  "Nope, me cowboy. Yeeeeehaaaaaw."  And off he went. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

birthday videos

Josiah turned one of September 24.  We celebrated with just the four of us.  I made ice cream cone cupcakes for his "cake".  I wanted to do something different since our family isn't a big cake family.  We shot a few videos of Josiah getting sung to and eating cake.  Enjoy!

I love to match them. Thomas hates it.

"What Santa doesn't bring me... Grandma will"
Is it too early for Christmas pajamas or sending requests to Grandma?  Hee Hee.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, Josiah!

Today is Josiah's first birthday!  My little boy is one already.  Lots of things happen in a year.  It was a year ago that I looked like this...  Yikes!
A year ago I could hardly contain myself as I waited to meet Josiah.  A year ago I was filled with excitement, fear, pain (physically and emotionally), concerns, worries, happiness, tears and exhaustion.  A year ago I was used to taking care of one small boy, but never dreamed how two would be so much better.  A year ago I didn't know how much joy Josiah was about to bestow.  A year ago I was about to meet someone that I would fall madly in love with and who would change my life forever.  A year ago I was blessed again.

Josiah Thomas,
 You are one of the many loves of my life.  You light up our lives every morning.  You are not the happiest camper when you wake up, but that is just like your daddy.  I love that God chose you to be part of our family.  You've brought such a different perspective to us.  You are nothing like your brother and I love that.  From the moment you entered the world you proved that you were going to be your own self.  When you were born the doctors placed you up on my belly and I remember grabbing a hold of you so hard.  I never got to experience that with Garrison as they had to take him away right away so they could suction his mouth and nose. As soon as I grabbed a hold of you I didn't want to let go.  For one I was so scared you were going to fall on the floor, but more importantly I was in love with you already and I wanted to hold you and kiss you and get to know you.  

 Since then you've been such a joy.  You've pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me a better person and mom.  You've shown me that what I thought I knew I don't.  What I had down with Garrison is not how you like things done.  For the first 3 months of your life you cried a lot.  Daddy and I tried lots of different things to help you, but nothing seemed to work.  We used to say you hated life, but then one day you stopped crying and you've been the happiest, flirtiest, cutest little kid ever.  We get lots of compliments about you and, of course, you then play it up for them.  You like things done a certain way, but are also good at going with the flow.  You can stick up for yourself, somewhat, when Garrison tries to beat you up.  You love to copy what Garrison does and follow where he goes.  You are a picky eater, but if anyone has food you want some of it, even if you've just got done inhaling your own.  When you are hungry you want food NOW, just like your uncle James.  You crawl everywhere.  Can stand on your own, walk along furniture and every now and then you get brave and try to take a few steps.  One of your favorite things to do is push the buttons on the tv, which Garrison just loves when you do.  You take two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Your bedtime is anywhere between 6 and 7.  Mostly 7.  You have started to carry around a little froggy blanket.  Which I think is so cute.  You can say mama, dada, hi.  You clap, wave, play peek-a-boo and climb stairs (but not that often).  You also like to empty cupboards and pull cords out of the wall.  Yep, your a regular little boy.  We love you, Josiah and are so glad God blessed us with you.  Happy First Birthday my Little Babbers. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Garrison's debut

Thomas' favorite song is "Until the Whole World Hears" by Casting Crowns. So, of course, whenever it comes on the radio we have to blast it. The other day I was driving the boys around when out of nowhere Garrison started singing this song. It was so cool to hear him sing it. I couldn't stop smiling at how cute it was. I can only imagine what God was doing at that moment, as well. Listening to his little child sing to him with his small, sweet little voice.  It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. 

And now, ladies and gentleman, here is Garrison's debut. The words are... "Whoa oh oh sing it 'til the whole world hears"  He does a better job singing it in person, but this is as good as we could get him to do it on camera. 

And here is Casting Crowns singing it...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nine years

Today marks Thomas and my nine year anniversary.  Well, our nine year dating anniversary.  Yep, NINE years ago today we were talking on the phone around midnight when we started asking each other what we should tell people when they ask us, "Are you guys dating or what?"  See Thomas and I had been friends for many, many years before we started dating... ok here's our story.

Thomas and I met up at Flaming Pine Youth Camp when we were about 13 and 14 years old.  We only saw each other for two weeks out of the whole year.  We never really talked to each other much, but we were in the same friends group so you hear about each other from time to time. 

When I was 17 or so I found out that Thomas liked me (I didn't like him because my eyes were set on someone else... anyway).  Over the next couple of years it would end up where he would like me, but I didn't like him and I would like him, but then he didn't like me. 

Then the summer after my freshman year of college we started talking.  I didn't want to go back to the school I had attended and didn't know what to do.  So I prayed everyday that whole summer for God to show me where he wanted me to go.  I prayed that he would bring someone into my life that would help me with this decision and guess who he brought?  Yep, you guessed it... Thomas!  The first day I arrived at camp Thomas came up to me and started talking to me about college and said that I should go to York (the college that he was attending).  For the rest of the summer we talked a lot.  On the last day that I would be at camp Thomas came up to me and handed me a letter.  In it he said how much he wanted me to come to York because he wanted to get to know me better and hang out.  Believe me, by this time I was floating and falling for this guy.

Two weeks later I was driving to York and one week later we were on the phone saying, "I guess we can tell people we're dating."  A month later we were sitting at a park talking about what we wanted in life and I fell in love.  (that's where we both knew we were going to get married)  And now 9 years later I'm sitting in a house with our two boys and one dog and he is on a bus filled with 60+ students heading to the Mall of America and Valleyfair.  Aaahhh, so romantic... not even in the same area.  Wait!  We're not even in the SAME STATE.

Happy nine years, Thomas.  I love you SO much.  You're my best friend, my support, my love, my favorite.  Thank you for being a great husband and father.  Thank you for the last nine years and the many more to come.  Ride steel venom for me. 

* The song that is playing is "our" song.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

If you give a mom a muffin

If You Give a Mom a Muffin
by Kathy Fictorie

If you give a mom a muffin,
She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She'll pour herself some.
The coffee will get spilled by her three-year-old.
She'll wipe it up.
 Wiping the floor, she will find some dirty socks.
She'll remember she has to do some laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She'll trip over some snow boots and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper for tonight.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
 She'll look for her cookbook. (101 Things to Make with a Pound of Hamburger.)
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two-year-old.
She'll smell something funny.
She'll change the two-year-old.
While she is changing the two-year-old the phone will ring. (Of course!)
Her five-year-old will answer it and hang up.
She remembers that she wants to phone a friend to come for coffee on Friday.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself some.
And chances are,
If she has a cup of coffee,
Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

I thought this was so cute and true.  This is what happens to me every day.  I'm always going from one thing to the next.  I've been trying to change that because I notice that Garrison has a hard time staying focused on one thing too.  I'm not sure if it's because he sees me going from one thing to the next or his age, but whatever it is I don't want him to continue this pattern or myself for that matter.  I'm learning and trying to teach both of us to slow down and focus on one thing.  It's going to be a long process... I think it runs through our blood. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Shane came over last night and fixed our computer.  Now I'm able to see our videos again.  Here are a few videos I took of the boys a couple of weeks ago.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

She's really gone

Today I said good bye to an old friend. A wonderful companion, a trusted confidant and a reliable pal.  I was hoping this day would never come, but she's gone... really gone. 

What's not gone, and never will be, are the memories.  The first time we met, the first time I failed, the ups and downs, the frustrations and the people.  Oh how many people have shared in our friendship, from all my walks of life. 

We first met right before I turned sixteen.  I was so excited.  My parents had found her and told me all about her.  What she was like, where she was from and how soon we'd meet.  It was love at first sight. 

She's been with me through so much.  She was there when the drivers ed trainer told me I failed my first drivers test.  She was reliable all the way home as I cried and cried and yelled and freaked my mom out.  She was also there when I went back a month later to take my test again and passed. 

She was with me as I gave rides to my brother and sisters, drove to my jobs, hung out with my friends and went on dates.  She was always there and ready at a moments notice.

How many times had I cried with her, prayed with her, got mad at her, hated her, but it didn't matter.  She was my friend.

We've been on trips together.  She carried me through to California, Michigan, Oklahoma and Nebraska.  She was with me as I went to camp, friends houses, colleges, interviews, dates, doctors appointments, jobs, family gatherings.  She was there when I got into my first accident.

She's carried many important people in my life and always had their safety in mind. 

She's heard me answer a hundred times the question "Why does one seat belt automatically slide and the other one doesn't?"  She's heard my mom tell me "The only drug that is allowed inside is Midol."

She was with me through the years of me wanting to be cool.  I'd sit with my seat leaned back a little, music turned up and one hand on the steering wheel.  She never made fun of me or laughed at me.  She just went with the flow.

She was there when I got engaged.  She brought along the light so that I could see my ring in the dark December night.  She always knew what I needed.

She was there for me when I needed to carry very precious cargo around (babies).  I always felt safe with her.

She was never fast or showy.  She never made people jealous or envious and that was ok.  She was my friend.

As I watch them carry her away I think of all the memories and how she'll always hold a special place in my heart.  As I watch her fade away and wipe away the tears I think of all the others that she will now touch.  How many others she'll get to share her gifts with.  Good bye old friend.  Thanks for the memories.   

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tall Ships and mini golf

Thomas' brother, Nate, his wife, Kathy and their three boys, Brody, Andrew and Elliot came for a visit this past Thursday and Friday.  They came up to watch the Tall Ships come in and spend some time with us.  (Check out these pictures of Canal Park over the weekend.  Canal Park is where the Tall Ships were.  There was an estimated 120,000 people that came to watch the ships come in.  We were going to brave the mess with Nate and Kathy, but decided against it after hearing how many people would be down there.  One radio station, that was set up in Canal Park, said that a car in front of their booth had only moved 1/2 block in 45 minutes.  Yuck!)  We're glad Nate, Kathy and the boys had a good time.  Maybe next year we'll brave it with them... maybe.

Before Nate and Kathy left on Friday we went over to Barkers Island where the boys played on the playground and had a fun game of mini golf.  None of us had ever played mini golf at this course before.  (Thomas and I were going to one time for a date, but I got sick and ruined those plans.)  Nate, Brody, Andrew and Garrison were the only ones who actually golfed.  Thomas spent most of his time teaching Garrison how to hit the golf ball with his club and not pick the golf ball up and throw it.  Aahh, the life of a two year old.

They all had a really nice time.  Nate and Brody were even able to score a few holes-in-one. 

We're really glad that Nate, Kathy and the boys were able to come up for a visit.  We had a really fun time and I know Garrison and Josiah enjoyed playing with their cousins.

From Left to right: Brody, Nate, Andrew, Josiah, Garrison and Thomas 
Garrison does not seem interested in anything Thomas is trying to teach him.
At least he's not using his hands.
I love this picture.  Look at Garrison's golf stance.  He looks like he's got some bowling moves and not golf ones.
Garrison is a little scared in this one.  I think he might be thinking the ball is coming back for him.  (Do you see the green ball?)
This hole was more of a hurdle than just one.  You can barely see it, but looked at Andrew and Josiah.  I didn't notice until I put them on the computer that Andrew is talking to Josiah.  So cute!
Nate with two of his boys, Brody and Andrew.
The 6th little Bush baby just chillin'.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

flower bed

I was able to plant my flowers last night in the flower bed that my dad built for us.  It looks super nice.  Way better than what was there before.  The lady before us had the lawn professionally landscaped.  We were told that she had 7 (yes, I said SEVEN) people come every week and weed, water and whatever else you do with flowers.  Can you imagine what our yard looked like after 2 years of neglect?  Then I come in and don't know a thing about flowers or bushes or weeds or trees.  So guess what Thomas and I have been doing for the last two summers?...  Yep, mowing all of it over.

I was hoping to hang some window boxes on the fence, but after looking at some boxes and our fence I'm not sure that the fence will be sturdy enough.  So I bought some hanging plants instead, but the wind kept blowing them and being by the lake it can get pretty windy.  So we decided that wasn't a good idea either.  If anyone wants to suggest something that would attract your eye higher than the flower bed just let me know.   

Enough of me rambling on about my lack of knowledge (with flowers, that is). 

Thanks dad for all your hard work.  I know that you did this on one of the hottest weekends yet here by the icebox.  Now, hopefully, I can keep it looking nice.

Sorry about the mess of toys in the background.  We're in the middle of landscaping an area that I would eventually like to put them.  (to be done next summer.)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

the new do

I got my haircut a couple of weeks ago and I know some of you have been asking for pictures.  Sorry that I made you wait so long.  I completely forgot to post the pictures. 


We've been busy lately with company and outdoor projects.  It's been so nice outside that we've been spending all our time outdoors.  We normally don't get this spoiled up here by the icebox (aka. Lake Superior) so we've been taking every advantage we can to enjoy it before it disappears.

My mom came for a visit the end of June for a couple of days.  It was really nice having her here.  We haven't seen my mom since February so it was a long, overdue visit.  The boys got lots of Grammy time (as Garrison likes to call her). 

Then 3 days after she left my dad and sister Jackie came for the 4th.  My dad has been helping me with a flower bed that I've been trying to do built a flower bed for me by our front entry way.  It looks so nice.  When I get flowers planted (hopefully this weekend) I'll post pictures of the before and after. 

Jackie and dad spent the 4th with us and we had our "Williams" whiffle ball tournament.  Which Thomas won... again.  The championship was between him and I.  He kicked my butt... of course.  But I'd like to think that I gave him a little challenge.

We went and saw the Superiors 4th of July parade.  It was SO hot outside, but we still enjoyed it.  Garrison actually picked up candy this year that they threw at us.  He came home with a whole bag full.  Josiah just sat on the curb and watched with amazement and clapped every now and then.

We kept the boys up that night so we could go watch the Superior's fireworks, but the mosquitoes were so bad that it almost wasn't worth it.  Garrison got bit by something on his temple because the next day he woke up and his eyebrow and temple was swollen.  As the day went on it gradually got worse until the whole side of his face was puffy.  A little Tylenol and he was good as new.

Then this past weekend my sister Jackie was up again visiting.  We watched the first two movies of the Twilight saga. (hence the music on my blog.)  I'm in the middle of reading the third book right now.  I was interested in seeing what all the hype was about. 

It's been a fun, crazy summer and I can't believe it's already July 13th!!!!  Hopefully summer will start to slow down soon. 

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thomas' graduation

As most of you know Thomas graduated earlier this month from Bethel Seminary.  I didn't have any pictures downloaded earlier, but now I do.  So enjoy. 

Our church also put together this really great video for him and played it the following Sunday.  If you'd like to watch it click here and it will take you right to it. 

This is at John and Sharon's (Thomas' parents) condo.  It was beautiful.
centerpieces... different pictures of Thomas
my sister, Jackie, and Josiah
people at the party... not pictured in any, but were there was my dad, Shane, Nate, most of the kids, Jennifer
Josiah and Adeline (I love this picture of them.  Adeline looks like she wants to help and Josiah just looks so cute crying.)
Garrison actually did try and bonk their heads together shortly after this picture.
Adeline showing Garrison love.  While Josiah is still unhappy.
Jackie and I trying to take a picture of Garrison and Josiah in their somewhat matching outfits.  They had on the same shorts and shirts only the shirts were a different color.  I did that for Jackie.  She hates when I dress them in the same thing.  She would much rather see them in something similar, but NOT the same.
Congratulations, babe!  We love you!