ThanksMas Day 4

Posted December 10, 2012
Posted by Michele

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Most of the party people have gone home by now, leaving just us Williamsons behind to enjoy one last leisurely morning with our hosts at ThanksMas central.  We were so happy that we stayed when we woke up to a pleasant surprise. While Grand Rapids down south remained determinedly dry and brown, Mt. Pleasant received a beautiful dusting of snow this morning.  The kids messed up the lovely scenery in no time, and Luke learned that shovels and pails are 4 season toys!

Thanks B&E for hosting a fabulous holiday weekend!

ThanksMas Day 3

Posted December 09, 2012
Posted by Michele

Saturday, November 24, 2012

What is everybody so excited for? The Soaring Eagle Casino......

Water Park!  

This fabulous water park recently opened in Mt. Pleasant, so we knew that we had to check it out.  All of us - kids, infants, and adults - had a great time!

ThanksMas Day 2

Posted December 08, 2012
Posted by Michele

Friday, November 23, 2012

Our long-awaited Christmas celebration day has finally arrived! It's been anticipated by all for many different reasons.

For some, it was the Black Friday outlet shopping. 

The successful early birds and their treasures

For others, it was a chance to hang out with their adorable nephews.

I think the uncles are winning.

For the kids, it was definitely the presents.  Luke bought a present for Jon this year.  Choosing something for another kid turned out to be a bit more than he could handle.  After we picked out a toy at the store, Luke kept asking me all the following week when he would be allowed to open it.  I explained repeatedly that the present was for Jon, but this did not phase him. He promised me that he would share the present with Jon on Christmas day.  When this line of reasoning did not work, he insisted that Jon would want to share his present with him.  When I still didn't allow him to open it, he turned rather nasty. I was forced to hide the present in the closet in the hopes that he would forget about it.  So yeah, Luke was very excited when present time finally came.

Thankfully, Jon was happy to share his new Cars set with Luke :)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

To see pictures from ThanksMas two years ago, click here.

Thanksmas Day 1

Posted December 01, 2012
Posted by Michele

Thursday, November 22, 2012

It took a LOT of coordinating, planning, organizing, and packing, but we managed to keep our favorite family tradition alive for another holiday season! 19 of us gathered at my brother's house in Mt. Pleasant today for our biennual fun-filled ThanksMas Weekend. 

Today was of course filled with lots and lots of yummy food. I'm very impressed that we managed to all sit down at one table!

Everyone contributed to the meal, even my 7-year-old nephew, who made the cute turkey place settings. 

After a big meal, a predictable Lions loss, and nap time, everyone headed outside to blow off some energy.  Luke and Judah were happy as can be all weekend, due to the fact that so many of their favorite people were there to play with!

When I was a teacher I was told several times that I had "big interrogating blue eyes" (you can imagine how that came in handy). It looks like my son and my niece have both inherited this useful family trait. 

Another successful Thanksgiving with a great looking family! ;)

You should (not) be more like your brother

Posted November 30, 2012
Posted by Michele

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's a known fault of mothers that we compare our children.  We just can't help it, I suppose.  I told myself a long time ago that I would never let past my lips that infamous phrase, "why can't you be more like your brother!"  

So far I have stuck to my promise. I'm not even that tempted, unless its 2:00 am and my darling boy is screaming me from my beauty sleep. (However in those moments I am strongly tempted by some other very choice words, so I don't think I'm in danger of uttering this phrase anyway.)

Most of the time, though, Judah amazes me with how much more pleasant he is even than his big brother, who was a fairly easy little guy himself. This afternoon we saw another example of Judah's personality.  Two years ago, Luke began scooting backwards and getting stuck under furniture. He was 8 months old. (You can see the blog post about this here).  As you can tell from this photo, getting stuck is not much fun for anyone.

Judah however has started this little trick much earlier. We heard him crying this afternoon and walked into the family room to see what was the matter.  Sure enough, he had gotten himself stuck just like Luke used to do.  "I remember this!" Sam said. "Quick let's get a photo of him crying, just like that one of Luke!" (He's such a sensitive and considerate dad.) 

But Judah would not cooperate. As soon as Sam turned up with the camera, he started grinning at him and wouldn't stop.

Yeah, Judah, I'll never compare you to anyone.  You are totally unique and a total stud.

Ann Arbor Baptisms

Posted November 26, 2012
Posted by Michele

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Baptisms, baptisms, baptisms... if it seems to you like we've gone to a lot of baptisms lately, well, it feels like that to us, too!  We love visiting the churches of our family and friends to celebrate these special occasions. This morning, we got to witness the baptisms of two babies we love, Noah:

and Miriam!

After the service, we gathered with the Hughes family to celebrate.  Of course we had to get some shots of the June Baby Club, who have grown quite a bit in the last four months!



Noah and his cousins <3

Hanging with Ezra

Posted November 26, 2012
Posted by Michele

November 17, 2012

We hadn't been to Ann Arbor for a while, so when we found out that both Luke's cousin and his second cousin were being baptized on Sunday in the same service, we decided to visit for the weekend.

Luke's second cousin Ezra came over to play this afternoon, and these two boys were such a riot together.  They played with trains, climbed in and out of the dog door, and ran around the house together causing general mayhem. 

Do they look like little troublemakers to you? 

It's winter time now

Posted November 25, 2012
Posted by Michele

November 13, 2012

We've been teaching Luke about the different seasons recently.  When he woke up this morning and looked outside the window, he was very confused. He turned to me and asked in a troubled voice, "What is it covering the ground, Mommy?" When I explained to him that it was snow, he became very excited. He couldn't wait to get outside and check this stuff out.  He was so young last winter, and besides that we had so little snow last year, that he honestly didn't remember what snow was.

I hadn't even bought gloves for Luke yet, so he had to wear mine.  He didn't seem to mind.  

Well the snow didn't last more than a few hours before it had all melted away. But as Luke informed me, this means one thing: its Christmastime now!

Paige's Baptism

Posted November 24, 2012
Posted by Michele

November 11, 2012

As I write this post, today is November 24. That means that yes, I'm currently two weeks behind on this blog.  Don't judge me. I have long given up on achieving perfection, so you might as well stop expecting it!

I am finally filling you in with posts from our last two busy weeks. The strange thing is, I am currently sitting at Brian and Emily's house again as I write this post.  This is our second visit to Mt. Pleasant in two weeks.  I know what you're thinking, what could there possibly be to visit that often in the little town of Mt. Pleasant? Not much, honestly. 

Oh wait, except for our adorable niece Paige!

Okay, her family is pretty great too :)  

Here is the baptism princess catching some beauty sleep after her hard work getting loved on by God.

Luke and Judah had a blast playing with their cousins all day.  Luke especially loved all of the cars to be found in this house, and carried 3 or more in his arms the entire time he was here.  He can be quite the hoarder when it comes to automobiles.  So thank you, Cody and Allie, for sharing your toys with us!  And thank you Baby Paige for sharing your special day!

Cousin Bonding

Posted November 14, 2012
Posted by Michele

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

We babysat our nephew Noah this evening. It was very easy to keep the babies entertained by laying them together on the playmat.  "Playing together" is a bit of an overstatement, but they did do a lot of grabbing at each other's shirt sleeves, so that's got to count for something!