Monday, August 31, 2009

Harvest is here!

Jake and daddy were in the vineyard this afternoon making sure that everything is ready for harvest this week. The first load of grapes will come in tomorrow (Sept 1). We are set to harvest Arista's estate vineyards on Thursday, so of course, Jake will be there to help supervise! Come back for some more pictures. Jake LOVES being in the vineyard. He is his daddy's little clone!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Isn't She Lovely?

This post is dedicated to my best friend, my sister. Seriously, isn't she gorgeous?!? I'm incredibly proud to be her big sister. AND I get the utmost honor of standing by her side in just 7 months at her wedding- a day that I have dreamed about! Bethany and I are 16 months apart and I can't remember a time when we were not friends. Well, maybe a few times :) I think our friendship really solidified when we both "liked" the same boy. Seriously, we both had crushes on the SAME boy! You would have thought that would make us hate each other but just the opposite happened. Very weird, I know.

Some of the things that I admire and love most about my sister are her loyalty, compassion, honesty and trustworthiness. Bethany has some really special friends that she would drop anything in a second to go be with them. She has a giant heart - even to the few patients that she would like to wring the necks of at 2 am in the ER. Bethany has an incredible sense of style (I try to NOT be jealous every time I look in her closet!) She loves being an ER nurse. I don't know why but if I ever have to be in the ER, I hope my nurse loves her job too! She is a perfectionist. She likes everything to be a certain way and if they are not, look out! I can only imagine how unbelievably perfect April 17th will be!

I miss her like crazy. She had the opportunity last year to come live in CA and work and it was the best summer ever! I got to see her everyday and spend just some special time with her.

Bethany, like all of us, has gone through her share of hardships but she always emerges a stronger person full of grace and love.

I can't wait to continue to watch her grow as an individual and now in 7 months as a wife and hopefully as a mom one day. It is an honor to be her sister and she has been one of the biggest blessings in my life and know that she will always be. I love you buddy!

Luke, you better take care of my little sister or you will have me to deal with... and a few others!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Well, here we go!

I never thought the day would come... the day that I have a blog! I never thought that my life would be at all interesting to other people other than my parents. I mean, who else wants to know what Jake ate for breakfast? But I just had the greatest weekend with Wendi and Ashley and thanks to them they basically made this blog for me so I have no choice now. They promised it would be so easy so here we go! We shall see just how easy this is! Bear with me, k?

I can't promise that I will post often or that my posts will be interesting but I will try my hardest.

In the mean time, a little update on what's going on in the McWilliams Family:
Jake is 21 months old and is the absolute light of my life (despite the whiny stage he is in currently!). We are expecting our 2nd boy sometime the beginning of October. I think we have decided on a name... Pierce Harold McWilliams. Pierce, because we like it. Harold, after my daddy. Mark is gearing up for harvest at Arista, our family's winery. We won't see much of him the next couple of months but he is doing what he was born to do and he loves it! I, Jennifer, am busy chasing after my little guy, and trying to be a good mommy and wife. I am doing what I was born to do and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

See, I told you, not that interesting. Maybe next time!