Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My family

I love my little family. I did an impromptu photo shoot with them and it seems that these pictures always turn out better than "professional" pictures.

Preston got a "new" coat from kid 2 kid. I always get winter clothes at least 2 sizes too big so they can wear them for more than one season.

Ashleigh got a hula hoop for her birthday. She loves it and has gotten really good at it. She can stand up, then sit down on her knees, then stand back up again all while the hula hoop is going. Pretty impressive!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Married 10 years....together 14-ish years!

It all started at EFY (Especially For Youth), a church camp for teens in July of 1996. Megan was 16 and Nick was 17. For Megan, it was completely love at first sight...Nick came around a day or so later and realized he loved Megan too!
Our first picture taken together

Inseparable at EFY from then on.....

These two are a couple of my favorite pics of us.

After EFY was done, Nick came to visit Megan in her town 6 hours away about once a month

And Megan went to see Nick for his 18th birthday in November.

We had "professional" pictures taken and we exchanged promise rings.

A couple of years went by and we were still just as in love as the day we met and we began making plans to get married....

We were married at Nick's grandparents home in Spokane WA on November 18, 2000. It was small, intimate, and perfect.

Our official wedding picture for the newspapers. :-)
Married life began wonderfully...we were both unemployed, living in the basement of Nick's uncles house and found out only a month later that we were pregnant....

We moved from Spokane to Vancouver and that summer, on August 30, 2001 at 7:55pm our son, Christian Nicholas Call, was born asleep weighing 9 lb.

Less than 2 weeks later the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened....While we mourned the loss of our son, everyone else in the country mourned the death of thousands of Americans. It was a hard time for everyone.

We went that September to Seaside for a family reunion. It seemed very fitting to be surrounded by family during such a hard time.
We still found ways to have fun though...

A few months later we got a dog--Howie. We got him as a puppy and found that it's really hard to potty train a puppy when you live in an apartment! but we survived and absolutely loved our little "baby".

On what would have been Christian's 1st birthday-August 30, 2002-Nick and Megan were sealed in the Spokane temple. Megan was 7+ months pregnant with Ashleigh.

This picture is a joke between us--a true depiction of our married life--Megan is holding everything and nick is holding nothing!

Then the night came to have Ashleigh. She was born on November 5, 2002 at 8:31pm weighing 8 lb 6 oz.

While we lived in Vancouver we took many trips every year to Spokane so Nick's family could see and spend time with their first/only grandchild at that point.

Living in Vancouver meant that we were only 1.5 hours away from the ocean and so we took many trips each year to see Astoria, Seaside, Tillamook, Cannon Beach, etc.

A week before Ashleigh turned 2 years old we bought our very first house! It was an incredibly exciting and scary day. We were officially "grown-ups" with responsibilities and a mortgage!

With a baby and jobs and a mortgage, we occasionally found time to go on dates. Those were cherished moments that were always way too infrequent....

Early in the morning on December 25, 2005, we had to put our little "baby" Howie to sleep. After being hit by a car with a full bladder--it burst his bladder--he was suffering too much. That was a sad day for us all--especially Ashleigh as she had known Howie since birth and they were the best of friends.

In February of 2006 we found out we were pregnant again and on September 14, 2006 at 8:15pm our baby boy Preston was born weighing 8 lb 14 oz.

A short 6 months later brought a life change for us when we moved from Vancouver, WA to Midvale, UT...and finally buying a house 1 year later (March 2008) in Eagle Mountain Utah.

Now it's been 10 years since we were married...we have each other, 3 beautiful kids, a home we love, cars that are paid off, clothes to wear, food to eat, jobs to keep us busy, and life to keep us entertained. We've had high highs and low lows during our time together, but through it all we've stuck together--for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.....we'll be together--loving each other, supporting each other--for always! I know we are both looking forward to 10 more, and then 10 more, and then 10 more years together, at least! :-)

Our gorgeous children:

Christian Nicholas Call
August 30, 2001

Ashleigh Elizabeth Call
November 5, 2002

Ashleigh-8 years old
November 5, 2010

Preston Adam Call
September 14, 2006

Preston-almost age 4
July 2010

And finally....Us. 10 years later. My, oh my, how we've changed!
But still just as in love as the day we met! ;-)