Oct 15, 2007

This is a repost of our first blog post. For those who may be joining up for the first time (long-lost cousins :) - here we are....

History Lesson 1:
for beginners; those who don't already know the story

This family of ours all started 10 years ago (acutally 11, but as Greg and I just celebrated our 10th anniversary, we will start then).

Greg was 26 .... I was 19. My mom, his mom and a family friend thought we should meet. Admitedly, I was not impressed with him at first . . . he arrived for our date 15 minutes early. Anyone who knows my family knows that we were never on time for anything (Greg changed that attribute of mine in a hurry). Well, he really was the perfect one for me so we decided to get married. Ten short years and here we are!

Okay, moving on

History Lesson 2:

Two years after we were married, Calvin Luke was born. Shall I toot my own horn and let you all know that Calvin came into this world weighing 10 lbs, 5 oz. He was BIG. And so was I. I gained 41 pounds with that pregnancy (though to confess, I was a tad underweight to begin with - so I don't feel guilty about that weight gain at all).

Three years after that, Joshua Lynnel was born. Rivaling Calvin in weight, Josh weighed 10 lbs, 2 oz.

Five long years after that, Olivia Marie was born. This May, our petite little thing broke our line-backer tradition by weighing only 8 lbs, 11 oz. I gained 16 pounds with her, and lost it very quickly after she was born . . . but I think I might be putting some of it back on already! Yikes.

History Lesson 3:

We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our ministry is a lay ministry, which means that our leaders do not get paid for their time. Our Sunday School teachers, pianists, organists, etc . . . all volunteer time. That being said, Greg is in the bishopric (leadership of our congregation), and will probably be there for another few years. That keeps him busy . . . which wouldn't be so bad, but Greg is also a firefighter and is gone quite a bit. THAT wouldn't be so bad, but he also has a second job (during the summer when he also cuts grass, he has three jobs). We see him on rare occassion. Being a single mom is interesting. More stories to follow.
I am involved with PTA (not as much as I was last year, but still involved), am room parent for both boy's classes at school, coordinate Visiting Teaching for church, teach Sunday School (though that will change soon, I think), am taking Spanish lessons, am learning how to make bracelets, and am far too behind on my scrapbooking to even think about it. I shuttle Calvin to Scouts, take Josh to soccer practice and to his games. Now that I am blogging, I have yet another project on my plate. What am I thinking? Needless to say, we stay busy. All by choice. :)

Now that you are up-to-speed on our life, we can begin with the fun stuff...


pookybabs said...

You are too cute!!!!! Well....Now I am waiting for the fun to begin!!!!! LOL, Just kidding. Wow Oliva is so darn cute...and growing fast!Our school here doesn't do 'Room Parents" In fact they totally discourage parents in the classrooms at all. Tere are NO celebrations...including birthdays.....it is really sad. And then there are the school uniforms......ARGHHH!!!
I miss GA.

pookybabs said...

By the way, this is holly....aka pookybabs!

Scooter & Emi: said...

THIS IS SO GREAT! I love the pictures. And I loved the history lesson. :D

kelbird said...

Jill...Thanks for the "shout-out", and don't think that I haven't been thinking about doing this myself. I just didn't want to let you know yet! Cute pics! Thanks for giving me something to do during the day (read more blogs)! I am predicting that you don't keep this up as often as I need to read something new though. You are waaaay too busy!

Julie said...

Okay, Jill, I think that a few dating memories should appear in the history. What about the one where you decorated Gregory's room with chocolate Hershey kisses? And let me tell you we were all a little worried about him before you came along! So glad you set this up. Boy, do I wish I was disciplined enough to do something like this. :-) Miss you all and can't wait to see Lady Olivia! Hannah took it upon herself to call Granddaddy and Nanna to stay with them over her fall break this weekend, so I'm sure she'll want to visit with you all. She and Rebecca loved the videos of the boys.

Rucker Family said...

Julie, you are right about the dating memories. I can't believe you remembered those. When Greg read the blog entry, he said, "That's it?" I think he excpected more, too. lol I'll see what I can come up with. :) Can't wait to see Hannah (and the rest of you next month)!