Another July has come and another opportunity to celebrate the life of my nephew Jameson and to raise funds for the lending library that is in his name at the ARC (which you can make a donation to if you'd like).
He was lovely and special and he touched lives where ever he went and he lived a full life in his short five years.
Now he's gone and all we have are memories so once a year we get together to celebrate his life.
We write messages to Jameson on paper and attach them to balloons to send up to Heaven.
Messages written and awaiting the countdown for release.
3, 2, 1, let 'em go!
My cousin Cheryl and Elias get to have a one-on-one about future grandbabies (mostly, how hard it is to wait for them - the conversation was somewhat one sided).
Gideon's favorite thing to do is bury cars in gravel and find them again.
Zion would probably be hard pressed to decide if her favorite part is access to a bunch of sweets or...
...playing with one of her best friends, Abby.
There was also live entertainment this year. Besides karaoke and Rock Band that is. May Palmer, the Queen of Soul has an amazing spirit and an even better voice.
She provided lots of opportunity for laughter and dancing.
Gideon wasn't sure what to think of the volume but he couldn't hold out and started drumming the table.
Elias, on the other hand, pretty much slept the whole time.
Gabe found a friend there named Luke who also had short blond hair and a grey shirt and I kept mixing the two up all day. Gideon has found a different patch of gravel to bury toys in.
Elias and I found a nice place to hunker down (he's under the blanket - the blanket that I knit for him) toward the end to just listen to the music and watch everybody have fun.
Oooo, Jessa's got a boyfriend. ;)
A good friend of the family is Billy. My kids adore him. Gabe especially because Billy saved the day when they were staying at my sister's when Elias was born and her Wii wouldn't play her new game. A game that Gabe had been chomping at the bit to play. So Billy brought his Wii over along with a black controller (super cool in Gabe's mind) and made it work.
At the end, donning pajamas and a very sleepy stare, Zion can still get some hip action going. The funniest thing is, I didn't even know she had hip action.
And there ends another perfect celebration of a perfect life.