As Viewed by Mary Elizabeth and Jakob Thomas Micole Elvis Williams
What can really be said about this year? It was one long journey, and although at times it seemed never ending here we are at the start of a new.
biggest loser (Williams’ version) begins.
Mom, Damian, Lisa Mike, T-Ann, Ben and I throw $100 into the pot –
winner takes $600 and second place gets their $100 back. Why do we do this? Because, no matter how much weight we lose
each year… we’re always fat in January. While it appeared from the beginning
that it was going to be a landslide with a win from Damian - he was definitely
given a run for his money! I signed Jakey up for
Fountain Valley Little League (I sold my soul to baseball). Jakob turns 10 on
February Jakob’s 10th birthday was celebrated in February at the Fountain Valley Bowling Alley. He invited 10 friends. One friend not to mention any names (Juan) gave him a turtle. Not a turtle stuffed animal, not a turtle blanket or towel – an actual real live turtle. While Jakob was not invited to Juan’s birthday party – I had been working on a great gift idea for that kid! How about a nice slimy boa? A furry gerbil in a rolling ball? Or, my neighbor’s cat – that one really would have been a win-win situation. Squishy the turtle made it through March – he was good little turtle and we’ll miss him.
March I set out to sixth grade camp leaving Manley, and Big Bri in charge of Jakey with help from Heather and Trish Ann. Jakey starts his first season of little league – Heather picks him up to take him to his very first game which I told her would be about an hour give or take. Only to find out that little league games are 2hours and 15min long and that the kids need to be there 45minutes early. I was a bit off on that and spent most of my life for the next four months participating in some type of baseball activity. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Jakey during his games.
April The 1st of April Jakob took a week
long trip with his dad and people from Todd’s fire department out to
My birthday month. Heather and Ben took me out to TEN for sushi and we all shared a dessert which was delicious! For Heather’s birthday we took a class on how to make sushi. We made miso soup, tofu salad, spicy tuna hand rolls, along with a couple other fun items. Heather, Ben and I attended the class and I think we drank someone else’s wine… thanks Ben!
Loser weigh in… Damian wins!! I came in
second just shy of first by three lbs!!!
Damian thinks I’m a cheater…Really I’m not… with my body type I have the
ability to look fat regardless of how much I weigh… Lucky me!!! We wrap up the school year – Jakob was able
to get on the honor roll three out of the four quarters with a high GPA of 3.9
– I was extremely proud of all his accomplishments over the year in academics
as well as the extra curricular activities. I had an extremely difficult time
with is fourth grade teacher – and had to conference with her and the principal
on the last day of school… glad 4th grade is over! The White Sox’s
came in first place for Fountain Valley Little League Champs!! Jakob received his first trophy for
baseball! Although, because we do not
The family reunites and we celebrate the 4th
of July. Everyone has a pleasant time
cleaning up before going home to pack for our long trip to
August I’m not going to lie the road trip was in July but… nothing really happened in August and July is just getting too long… so I’ll tell you about our crazy road trip. Fist, Jakob and Georgia invented the game “Wacky McDevitts”. In this game they talk like one or several of the wacky McDevitt kids… generally the talk consists of what cartoon character is on whose chonies… I know, it’s not the best game… but, it definitely was a nice break from the “I’m not touching you”… We saw the peachoid water tower, the largest can of spinach water tower, the leaning water tower, a double decker outhouse, the worlds largest cross, Cadillac ranch, the National Civil Rights museum, GRACELAND, and the survivor tree (sight in Oklahoma City where it was bombed). In addition, we ate at the Big Texan where Mikey tried his best to eat a 72oz steak with a dinner salad, baked potato, shrimp cocktail, and a dinner roll within 60 minutes. If he was able to handle this task – it would have been free – alas, alas, he did not… but, he sure did make a lot of friends… He was somewhat of a star after his attempt (he ate 50oz of the steak and everything else) – it was very funny. We are planning to take another trip out there and have Pat show us how it’s done. We made it to AZ where we ran into an ostrich farm… this was quite comical because whenever the kids would get rowdy Mikey would say hey kids look out the window at the ostrich farm… and when they’d say where? Mikey would say you must have missed it – of course there was no ostrich farm… but, I wasn’t going to tell them - and low and behold we find one in AZ. We actually pulled off the road for a photo opportunity… when we saw the sign that said we were at an ostrich farm… Of course we had to stop in and feed the birds..scary! We stayed with Tom for two days and then made our last 6 hour drive to CA. It was a fun trip. Mike and I were slightly addicted to a bit O honey by the time we got to CA and had to go through slight withdrawals... we’re doing ok now.
September I spent the end of August and beginning of September setting up my class for the new school year. I went down to mom’s school because she had moved from teaching 4th to 2nd and needed help moving things in her classroom. We cleaned it up and made new bulletin boards and got her classroom ready too. I had signed Jakey up for soccer again – his new team is called Dirty Laundry (because they have white uniforms). Jakey started 5th grade in Mrs. Robinson’s class – he is having a great time. Mom, Kathi, Kristen, Mikey, Tom, Trish Ann, Heather and I went to LA to see John Edwards from Crossing Over. Dad came through at the end of the reading which was beautiful and difficult all at the same time.
October Once October comes around it is time to find a Halloween costume. Kathi and Kristen promised to come out and help set up for the party and to play too! I never knew Kathi had skills at spider webs – she put up three rooms of webs which transformed the house - giving it an even spookier setting. I loved it! The party went over quite smoothly for the most part. I did have to replace the shower rod and toilet paper holder in the guest bathroom though. Jakey’s soccer team has won every game except one so far, and it looks like they are headed to the playoffs. Jakey also made honor roll this quarter – good job Jakey!
November Dad’s one year anniversary came around and while it was a difficult day/year to get through I felt the love and support of my family and friends. Thanksgiving was completely different than normal – Tom and Kathi were unable to come out and Mikey went to WI. So, we had to hold down the fort without them at mom’s house. Damian, Autumn, and Chris met Jakob and me at to start making the rolls. This year I put too much butter in the first batch… Three times too much… But, I think Mikey is right, you can never have too much butter. We shopped and shopped the day after Thanksgiving, even Heather rallied and came out – and that is a rare occasion!
December It was Jakey’s first year being away on Christmas Day. Although it was different and a bit difficult I think it is important for Jakey to know what the holidays are like with his siblings. We had our traditional viewing of the lights and white elephant gift exchange. I think the gift most people avoided was the gift certificate to have the McDevitt kids stay at your place… it never expires… go figure! Jakey made the silver All-Stars team which means he will be playing in three additional soccer tournaments – the first being December 30th and 31st. I just found out that I need to volunteer four hours in that tournament… I missed the class and so when I show up I’ll just have to find out exactly what a Field Marshall does! Jakey’s soccer team Dirty Laundry became the regional champs for Fountain Valley and will be playing in a tournament in February of 2007. In addition, he is starting up baseball again in January. Lucky me – it looks like I will have my hands full next year!