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Welcome to our family blog, we are Roxanne, Jesse, Ashton, Jackson, and Thomas-Jensen. Jesse and I have been happily married since 2001, we live in Appleton, Wisconsin. We have been blessed with three beautiful boys; Ashton, Jackson, and TJ. Thanks for looking in on us from time to time.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

4th of July Ball Game: Rockies Vs. Iron City Miners

The Mellen tradition is to have both city teams play against each other. The game generally goes either way, often very close, very heated, and a lot of fun! Jesse pitched, caught, and played the field. The final score . . . Rockies lost 5-8. This year was fun to watch because Jesse and Brett played for the Rockies, while our nephew James played for the Iron City Miners.

The lovely fireworks, we were able to get some really lovely pictures.

Some fun pictures of everyone at the fireworks. Thank you to my neice Arianna who brought me out some birthday cake! Delicious!

4th of July Parade!

Getting ready for the 4th is always an exciting thing for the boys! There are so many activities for families in Mellen to enjoy during the 4th. There is the duck races, the parade, the games by the bank, the big baseball game, food being sold everywhere!
The boys in their 4th of July shirts! Jack found these for us and they were perfect since they symbolized what our summer focus was . . . BASEBALL!

We stayed with Grandpa during the 4th. It's nice that he lives in between Ashland and Mellen! I can go the same amount of miles to see my family or watch Jesse play ball in Mellen!
Standing in front of the first truck with their cousin Zory.
The boys had so much fun riding on top of the fire truck during the parade. This was the second year they were able to do this! It was crazy wierd watching the fourth with only adults!

Ashland Carnival Fun

The family and I headed up north for the 4th of July festivities. Our first stop was in Ashland, we were able to enjoy the carnival!
On your mark, get set . . . GOOOOO!
Ashton took the lead with Jack and TJ closely behind!
Ashton and Jack braved the swings.
Thomas did not. Lol!
This maze did not look that difficult . . .
2 seconds later and they were out! I guess it wasn't that hard!

Skeet ball!
Fun and rewarding!

Goodbye Dear Hometown

On June 22nd we said goodbye to our home, friends, and family. Ashland will always be in our hearts and in our history. I never thought we would leave my beloved hometown, however God had a change in plans for us. Our family's relocation to Appleton has been positive and proactive. Appleton is busier and we have no shortage of activities. While the boys had to forego summer sports, they were still active playing baseball in the park across the street.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 20, 2012 Piano Recital

The boys had the final piano recital as Colene Bolt's students. She is moving to Duluth, MN at the end of the school year. We will miss her terribly, she has taught the boys so much more than simply playing the piano. She taught them music appreciation, expression, and technic. We are hoping to continue lessons in the fall somewhere in Appleton. We can only hope that whoever we find can continue to cultivate the love of piano Ms. Bolt has shared with my boys.

Jackson preforming his solo, Indians.

Jackson and Ms. Colene Bolt's Duet, I've Got Music.

Ashton performing his solo, Maleguena.

Ashton performing his second solo, Medieval Pageant.

Jackson's First Communion

Jackson's Baptism First Communion
Jackson celebrated his First Communion, an event he has been looking forward to for many years. Prior to his Communion, he would pout and fuss about "wishing" he could take communion with his family. His wish finally came true, and he was one excited kiddo. He enjoyed every aspect of this religious tradition, from the clothing, to the prayers, carrying his book of prayers and rosary, as well as a pin Grandma Jane brought him to wear. Ashton wanted to share in Jack's special day by serving in the Mass. His prayers were answered when one of the boys scheduled allowed Ashton to take his place. Ashton hopes he will be able to share in TJ's special day too!
We are so proud of you Jackson! I remember his Baptism, every time the priest would say Jesus our baby Jack would coo and giggle, we knew then God had special plans for you. My prayer for you will be to continue to grow in God's grace, peace, and mercy. May your special bond continue and carry you forward in this life, my son.

6: 53-58
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son
of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh
and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my
flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent
me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live
because of me. ...
The service is starting. Ashton is leading with Mathew.
Partaking of the Body and Blood of our Savior.
Family pictures.
Silly pictures, what monumental day isn't complete without goofy pics!
GodMommy and GodSon
Godparents and Godchild

May 4, 2012: The OLL Spring Concert

What a biggersweet day for the Parker boys. They had their final Our Lady of the Lake performance. It was truly lovely to see all the boys sing together, I don't think they will in their next school, so this was a rare treat for us and them. Following the Spring Concert was the O.L.L art show, both Ashton and Jackson had peices in the show. They did a nice job! I am very proud of my boys!
The Spring Concert

The Art Show

Ashton playing with the O.L.L. Band

Ashton, Jackson, and Thomas-Jensen singing together

Ashton and Jackson singing together

Brewers Game: 5-23-12

It was an exciting day for the Parker family! We had fourth row seats to the Brewers v Giants game at Miller Park. This was the boys very first baseball game and everyone was very excited! At the field the boys played on the playground, they were able to hit some balls in the batting cages, race the sausages, sit in a giant glove, and even got Tim Dillard's autograph! Talk about an exciting start to the game! wire reports

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Brewers 8, Giants 5
Put Barry Zito in Miller Park, and he struggles.    Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run double in a six-run first inning, Lucroy added a two-run homer in the second and the Milwaukee Brewers rocked Barry Zito again at Miller Park in an 8-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.    Lucroy has batted everywhere but first, third and ninth in the batting order this year, settling in the fifth spot on Wednesday. He homered in the second inning and doubled in the fourth. He's 6 for 15 in the No. 5 hole.    "He's so hot that he doesn't care where he is," manager Ron Roenicke said.
Emerging as one of the top hitting catchers in the NL, Lucroy is batting .349 with five homers and 29 RBI in 40 games.    "He likes everywhere I put him," Roenicke said. "I hope I don't mess him up by putting him in too many different spots."    Zito (3-2) allowed his first six batters to reach as Milwaukee batted around in a 40-pitch first inning. He wound up giving up eight runs -- four earned -- five hits and four walks in three innings. Zito dropped to 0-4 with a 7.67 ERA in eight starts at Miller Park and his ERA this year rose from 3.00 to 3.53.    "It's been weird at this yard," Zito said. "I haven't had many games where I felt like I was on my game."    Jose Veras (3-1) struck out three over two hitless innings in relief of Marco Estrada, who left after injuring his right hip while running out a first-inning double. John Axford pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
Veras, Francisco Rodriguez and Axford combined for four scoreless innings.
Zito walked Corey Hart leading off the bottom of the first, then threw high to first for an error on Norichika Aoki's sacrifice. Ramirez drove Zito's 14th pitch of the game to the left-center field wall for a 3-0 lead.    Lucroy reached when shortstop Brandon Crawford booted a hard grounder for San Francisco's major league-leading 46th error, and a walk to Weeks reloaded the bases.    After Carlos Gomez struck out, Cesar Izturis hit a run-scoring groundout. Estrada, who had been 0 for 8 at the plate this season, lined the ball down the left-field line for a two-run double and his first RBI in 22 at-bats over five major league seasons. He jogged gingerly to second and, after meeting with trainers and Roenicke, slowly walked off the field with an injury to his right hip flexor or quad.
The team said Estrada will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
"I still don't know what happened or why," he said. "I felt a pop in my quad. I hope it's nothing serious."    After Estrada was removed from the game, Hart fouled out.    Aoki singled starting the second and scored with two outs on Lucroy's fifth home run of the year.    Lucroy also doubled, and is batting .417 (30-for-72) with three home runs and 21 RBI in his last 20 games.    "I'm just trying to have good at bats and hit the ball hard," he said. "I'm not a big guy. I'm not going to hit a lot of home runs."    Hector Sanchez had a three-run double in the third inning for San Francisco, which closed in the fourth when Brandon Crawford hit an RBI single and scored on Melky Cabrera's double. With runners on second and third, and two outs, Kameron Loe struck out Sanchez.

Love is . . .

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Postal Parker's

The boys love going to the before school program, especially when Ms. Paula changes the theme, this week can you guess what the theme is? Postal Thomas and Postal Jack, at your service!

Kiwanis Pancake Feed ~ February 5, 2012

Our bi-annual tradition, The Kiwanis Pancake feed.

Birthday, Birthday, BIRTHDAY

March is our big month of birthdays! Thomas turned SIX, I can't even believe it! Time has flown by way too fast. My little baby is now a big, independent Kindergartner. Ashton turned a DECADE, the big ten. Ten years ago he made me a mom, and I have loved every minute of it.

Bowling for the Blind ~ March 2012

The boys participated in The Lion's Club: Bowling for the Blind. They wanted to bowl without the guards and did very well. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the boys were at bowling. While they did not receive a trophy for their scores, they did raise a nice sum of money to assist the Lion's Club. Until next year, I definitely plan on taking them bowling more often.

Ashton's Basketball Season

Ashton had such a great basketball season. We were really proud of how hard he worked! He became more comfortable on the floor, took chances with making baskets, and played a remarkable defender.

O.L.L. Talent Show

Thomas and his kindergarten class presented a reader's theater of Jan Brett's The Mitten. Thomas was the little boy who was responsible for the mitten Grandma knitted. They did such a nice job! Jack and his friend Ross were Aliens Who Made a PB & J sandwich. Ashton and his friend Dylan made oragami art. Jack and Ashton also ended the show with piano solos.

Jackson's piano solo

Ashton's piano solo

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Packer Party

The boys decided to throw a little Packer party: they made cupcakes, nachoes, and pizza! We sat and enjoyed a BIG win for the Packers!

A Reminder of Life and Appreciation

New Year's Day brought several reminders of how blessed we are.

Jesse wanted to bring Arianna and Zory back to their home, which was about 25 miles from our home. It had been snowing the night before and the roads were very slushy, he didn't want them driving by themselves. About ten miles from our house another driver lost control of her car and hit Jesse and the kids. They flipped end over end twice and then landed in the ditch. They were transported to our local ER via ambulance. Arianna suffered a severe concussion that kept her from school for nearly three weeks. Zory was guarded closely by angels, he walked away from the accident with only minor scratches. Jesse suffered a concussion and severe shoulder separation. He has been out of work for four weeks. He goes to physical therapy three times a week. He has very little strength in his arm, is in pain almost constantly, and is not sleeping. We were told it can take several months to heal from a shoulder separation. This been a very slow process.

In all this, we know we are blessed to still have Jesse, Arianna, and Zory here with us. The accident deployed both their air bags. The young lady in the other car, walked away, shaken but not injured.

We are so thankful that God has given us more time with our family. We know how close they came to losing their lives and are so thankful they are okay. Hug your family, enjoy every minute of both the good and bad times.

Happy New Years: 2012

We had a nice low-key New Years! Arianna, Christopher, Arianna, and Grandpa helped us welcome in the year 2012! We ate, laughed, watched some terrible tv, and goofed off well into the New Year! Once again, Thomas did not make it to see midnight, he curled up on the couch and was O U T! Everyone else was wired and ready. The boys were up til nearly one with all their energy!

Christmas Magic

Christmas Eve Children's Mass at Our Lady of the Lake. The boys were chosen to carry Baby Jesus to the manager. While Jesse and I were especially nervous, terrified our boys would be the ones who dismembered the Christ child. They did great! Baby Jesus arrived to his appointed manager in one piece! Prayers answered!

Christmas arrived full force early the next morning! We made the boys wait for Grandpa before they were allowed to open their gifts! They were excited with all their new treasures! The next two days were spent assembling the gifts! Christmas Eve dinner was shared with Jesse's siblings, while Christmas brunch was spent with mine. Overall, it was a lovely Christmas holiday!

Meeting Ronald McDonald

Do you believe in magic? We do! Ronald McDonald had a very special treat for those who popped over to the Ashland McDonalds. The boys loved his magic tricks, sparkling personality, and bright red hair! Thanks Ronald McDonald, it was a true pleasure to meet you!

2011 Bentlyville

A new tradition has started for the Parker family. This year my mom, sister, the boys and I made our way to the ever popular Bentlyville in Duluth, Minnesota. Bentlyville is a celebration of Christmas lights, music, Santa, cocoa and cookies, and a whole lot more! Bentlyville is free to the public and extremely popular. We braved the very cold wind and weather to stand in line for three hours so that our family to meet Santa. It was well worth the wait! This is a tradition that will continue for as long as possible. Thank you, Nana and Auntie Heather for making our evening even more special!

Walter Wedding

Our dear friends, Jodi and Tom, reunited in matrimony December, 2011. The wedding was at the Hotel Chequamegon, Jesse officiated. Mollie made the wedding cake, which was both beautiful and delicious! We had an amazing time and are so thankful to have friends like the Walter's family.