exciting trip around the calendar at the Williams house.
We left off last December with Jennifer’s 19th
birthday. Along with the ladies ornament
exchange, the WGA party, Metrocall party, Myford PTO party and New Year’s Eve at Mike & Sheila’s
we added a new tradition this year.
Following the Fountain Valley Christmas lights viewing, Mary hosted a
white-elephant gift exchange. Julie had
the right idea by throwing all of her junk into one bag and giving it
away. Big prizes included a 3-foot high
bottle of Heineken, a Blues Clues piñata and a framed picture of Mary. Then, the BIG DAY. We had church and dinner at our house on
Christmas Eve. Then, Santa presents in
the morning and all day at Mom and Dad Williams – opening one . . . present . . . at . . . a . . .
In January Chris went on his
first overnight camping trip, 5th grade outdoor education/science
camp, and they saw snow! We helped
Georgia and Jake celebrate their 5th and 8th birthday
parties. In Kim’s Rainbow organization,
she was nominated to the position of Patriotism and sewed her own red, white
and blue dress.
February started with Superbowl at our house. Damian’s beloved Tivo received its biggest workout during the half time
wardrobe malfunction fiasco. To steal a
quote from the movie Scrooged, “You can hardly see them nipples” and the guys in the garage were really
looking! Lisa visited Seattle for a business trip. Big surprise – it rained. For Brownies’ International Day Autumn’s
troop performed the Chinese Dragon dance and she played the head of the
dragon. Since the Girl Scout
International day was held at Damian’s Elks Lodge he offered to chaperone the
girls with some of the other moms. Two
hours into the function Damian went looking for soft drinks for the
parents. Once outside of the Girl Scout
function he was quickly accosted by lodge members requesting to see his
membership card. Damian’s first response
was to get angry then it turned into determination to start attending every
meeting and find out what the heck is going on at his lodge. Kim was invited by her friends Sarah and
Stephanie to see the ship The Lady Washington in Huntington Beach. The girls even took a tour aboard around the
bay and Kim immediately got sick. Dramamine
was invented for people like Kim. Lisa started classes at Cal State Fullerton.
Much of March was spent
selling and delivering Girl Scout cookies.
While Autumn did not sell as many this year the
family was also grateful that we did not have as many boxes lying around the
house. Kim participated in a ritual
contest in Rainbow and she placed second in her age group for the local
region. Chris and Damian attended Myford’s “guy stuff” program. There is nothing like sitting in a room
filled with 5th graders snickering and laughing every time the word
breast is uttered. Jennifer, Danny and Haylee moved to a new townhouse in Anaheim this month.
In April Chris has his birthday at LaserQuest
with pizza at Angelo & Vinci’s.
Damian’s cousin Meji, his daughter Ranae, and his son Reese came out for a visit. Damian, Meji and
all the kids went to Disneyland and California
Adventure. Somehow the children seem to
have so much more energy than the adults do, but everyone had a great
time. For Easter, we took the kids to
hunt eggs at St. Thomas More and color eggs with all the cousins at our
home. It is hard to imagine how many
colors the table would be if it was not for the invention of plastic backed
paper table cloths. We celebrated Mike
and Sheila’s birthday at our friends, Danny and Beth’s house. I am sure of two things, one that everyone
had a great time and two that we went through an awful lot of wine. Kim attended
Rainbow’s Grand Assembly and won second place in the sewing contest. She almost did not enter the contest because
Lisa had ironed the fabric before Kim started it and the rules stated Kim
needed to do everything herself. Once
the advisors saw the dress and found out why Kim had not entered it they made
calls to get her and the dress entered into the contest. After attending every lodge meeting since
February one of the officers asked if Damian if he could give them a hand. Damian said sure and next thing you know he
is has now taken on the responsibilities of Assistant Esquire.
Birthday celebrations continued in May with Rebecca’s
second birthday and Mary’s surprise 30th birthday bash, complete
with a two-hour “Something About Mary” video. Mike did a great job putting it together and
Mary made a big mistake by not destroying her old videos years ago. If you have not had a chance to see it you
should see if any copies are still floating around on ebay
or get in touch with us and we will see about getting you a copy. Kim’s new position in Rainbow is
Chaplain. The night before Mother’s Day
Chris dropped a knife on his foot.
Damian was trying to explain to Chris that he just needed to walk it off
but Lisa, being the mom, wisely suggest it might need a bit more than that,
sending us to the walk-in clinic. Damian
went up to the Elks state convention in Ontario. As the Assistant Esquire one of his new
responsibilities was to host the hospitality suite. His bartending (and cookies) were a big hit.
School ends in June.
Kim was promoted from Pioneer
Middle School with an
MTV-style party at school, wearing another dress she
made. Chris was promoted from Myford Elementary and the 5th graders celebrated
at Wild Rivers. Autumn finished third
grade at Myford and Lisa, well, she just keeps going
to school. Kim has already moved into her
high school role. She is on the high
school frosh-soph cheer squad and she attended her
first Life-Teen retreat – on a houseboat, no less. Damian was awarded Elk of the Month (we think
it was the cookies!). And then, there
was the highlight of our year, our 15th anniversary party 50’s
Of course, July starts with the Keelson Avenue July 4th block
party. This year, cousin
Richie along with his wife, Roberta and their
daughter Alexandria came down from Sacramento for the
party. We brought it to a new level
this year – the fire department showed up.
Sure, we didn’t start the fire, but we did make them stay around for
pictures. This was just another
opportunity for Damian and the kids to sucker some poor family to go with them
to Disneyland and California Adventure. Our cousins from the north looked to have a
great time and Autumn just about adopted Alexandria as her sister
as the two of them became inseparable.
On July 11, 2004 Grandma Peggy passed from this life to the next. Dad Williams was in South Carolina with the rest of his siblings
when she passed. Damian with his Mom and
siblings went to be with Dad at this sad time.
There was a beautiful ceremony held at the mansion. After which she was laid to rest next to her
husband, Grandpa Tom, who had passed away 24 years to the day earlier. Continuing the circle of life Sarah had her
first birthday party as Pat and Trisha’s youngest. She better enjoy it while it lasts, because
she won’t be the baby much longer. We
attended Lisa’s 20-year CMHS reunion at the Hard Rock Café and a family picnic
Park. It’s always good to see old friends (not that
we’re old!). Lisa and Autumn attended a week of Girl
Scout Twilight camp. Damian and Mike
helped their friend Jody Chow put up an awning in his backyard. Though it came out really nice, it was a
brave move for Jody as the last time he invited the boys up to help put in a
microwave they had screwed a pocket door open permanently.
During Lisa’s brief school break, she went on a
business trip to Virginia. Kim was at camp pretty much all month – first
cheer camp, then camping with Stephanie then Life-Teen retreat. Lisa, Kim and Autumn
had a girls’ day out to see the Princess Diaries 2 and have a princess tea in Hollywood. While the girls were out Damian had Chris
install a ceiling light fixture and no one got shocked. They then went to BJ’s
Brew House for a burger and root beer, then off to see Spiderman II. You could almost smell the testosterone. We had Haylee’s
first birthday party at our house. It’s
hard to believe she’s a year old – walking, talking and everything! Everyone started school in September: Lisa in her senior year at CSUF; Jennifer
started child development classes at Santa Ana college; Kim went into 9th
grade at the brand-spanking-new Beckman high school; Chris began 6th
grade at Pioneer and Autumn is in 4th grade at Myford. Lisa is still with Myford’s
PTO, this year as historian. Taking
pictures and making a scrapbook is much better than auditing the financials!
In September, Autumn
continued with her Girl Scout troop. She
moved up from Brownies to Juniors this year. Chris returned to AYSO soccer on the Knights
team. The family attended an Angels’
game with the Elks on the eleventh and there was wonderful tribute during the 7th
inning stretch to those in the military fighting so far from home. Kim’s new position in Rainbow is drill
leader. Lisa and Autumn
went to Sea World’s adventure camp with the girl scout troop for a
weekend. Cake week starts with Autumn’s 9th birthday, which she celebrated with
friends at Boomer’s, followed by a slumber party. For Kim’s 14th birthday she had a
house-full of girls over for a movie night sleepover, with more popcorn and
candy than you’ve ever seen outside of a movie theater. Somewhere in there Damian turned 39 (or 40 if
he’s at the Elks’).
Lisa spent her birthday watching Kim and her cheer
squad at the Tiller Days parade, then to Rainbow installation and Chris’ AYSO
soccer pictures and kick-a-thon. Kim’s
squad placed second in the parade (of two squads in their category). The cheer squad also sponsored a clinic for
younger girls, which Autumn attended and enjoyed. At Mary’s Halloween party we went as Fred and
Wilma, complete with Fred’s water buffalo lodge hat. The kids trick-or-treated as a devil (Kim),
Dracula (Chris) and a vampiress (Autumn). We did not do a haunted house this year, so
it was a pretty slow night for trick-or-treaters.
In November Autumn went to Camp Scherman for the
weekend. While she was gone, we got a
new car – a Toyota Prius. That same weekend Damian left for a business
trip in Hawaii
(it was terrible, really) and Lisa volunteered at the Dino Dash at 4:30
a.m. Damian has been promoted to Esquire
at the Elks (somewhat against his will).
Once again Chris was in the walk-in clinic, then the emergency room
because his chest hurt. We still don’t
know if it was his heart or an injury from falling off his bike. Mom Williams had her birthday at a Chinese
restaurant and Nick had a party for his 4th birthday. His new baby sister (his third little
sister), Alex, arrived just a few days earlier.
After seeing her first quarter grades, Kim made the tough decision to
quit cheer. Three nights a week of
practice, plus games along with Rainbow and confirmation class was just too
much to do along with homework. Lisa’s
company completed a merger this month and is now called USA Mobility. No, they don’t sell wheelchairs. For Thanksgiving, Damian “only” made a
turkey, two pies, a cake and sweet potato soufflé. Kathi’s and Tom’s
families made the trek from Arizona
to join us for the eating, Trivial Pursuit (girls won!) and after-Thanksgiving shopping.
For December we plan on
Alex’s baptism and the ornament exchange at Knotts,
on the same day. And in the middle of
Jennifer’s 20th birthday, the parties for WGA, PTO and Mary’s white
elephant, Lisa has to make a business trip to Denver.
We are prepared for the white elephant exchange. We have been hunting and gathering all year
for the perfect gifts.
We wish everyone wonderful
holiday celebrations and an exciting year to come. God bless you and yours all the year long.
P.S.: The annual reminder . . . If you received
this by snail mail and prefer to access it via the web (complete with pictures)
at www.williamsfamily.org, or vice-versa, just email and let us know. Damianwilliams@cox.net or Lisawilliams@cox.net.
Damian, Lisa, Kimberly,
Jennifer & Haylee