Monday, March 10, 2008

Jeff & Leslie's First Family Blog

Hi Everybody,

Okay, for the latest and greatest. We had dinner the other day with Linda and Steve Evans, and we've planned a Cunningham family reunion for the end of July and beginning of August. People are going to start coming in around July 31st, a Thursday and then head back home around the 3rd, a Sunday. On Friday and Saturday we're going to get together at Leslie's family cabin in Fairview, Utah. It is about 1 hour southeast of our home. There's plenty of room at the cabin, but we're suspecting that some people will sleep in motorhomes, tents, or out on the deck. You can go swimming, water-sliding, 9 holes of golf, ride 4-wheelers, go fishing, sight-seeing to some of the most scenic areas of central Utah. It's lots of fun there. Not fancy, but fun, convenient, clean, and lots to do for everyone. Let us know when you'll be coming in. We'll figure out how to accomodate everyone so no one needs to rent hotels.

Jake and Nicole are doing great. You won't believe it but they go out climbing. Nicole is 5 months along. They're due in August. We're really excited to have another grandbaby. We don't know what it is, so it will be a surprise. Jake is creating metal projects pretty regularly, plus on call with a lock-smith in Cedar City. Nicole works at the daycare at Gold's Gym. Nicole goes to SUU and has a couple classes with Courtney (we think?) Jake took a break from George Wythe this semester to work and get ready for the next big push.

Lindsi is living up by the UofU going to school full time and working for a research group that is developing artificial hearts. She'll have to explain it to you. It's along the lines of discovering new galaxies. You know, that simple-minded boring stuff. Pyper takes ice skating lessons at the arena by the U, and has tons of energy. I put her hair in a pony tail Saturday and when I saw her running through the pasture I thought it was Lindsi (20 years ago). Amazing how time flies.

Krissi is going to UVSU, I think? She's decided to go ahead and get her bachelors degree from SUU, and then continue on with her education at UVSU. It was just made into a university. She's studying video digital editing. She's dating a lot, goes to the singles ward, and never seems to take a break.

Courtney is confined to SUU, since she doesn't have a car. We've tried to talk her into hitch-hiking home, but she thinks she needs a limo. She's studying music, plays in bands and orchestras, plays with the Southern Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, blogs, texts, and IMs. She's got lots of friends there, and can't wait until next year when her friends from up here move to Cedar to go to school.

Kinsie is having the time of her life at Riverton High as a senior. Can't believe it. She's graduating in just a couple of months, and is totally immersed in her friends, art, and music. If you need a cartoon done, she's the best. Give her a subject or idea, and she can put it into drawings with expressions. Amazing!


Leslie has been working at home the last few months doing fulfillment jobs for a printer in Orem. She likes not having to be out on the road all day, or in front of the computer editing photos all night. This new job gives her plenty of flexibility. She spends all of her spare time helping the kids with things, visiting neighbors, or serving some way.

I'm still at the Buckner Co working on growing my insurance business. This will be an interesting year. If businesses build or sell less, their insurance will go down accordingly. So, we're going to have to work extra hard to find more clients. Leslie and I were called as Ward missionaries in December, and we've been out visiting our neighbors regularly. It was kind of a scary calling, but everyone has been so nice, and we are really enjoying the opportunities.

Well, everyone take care, and be healthy, and please respond.

Love, Jeff and Leslie and the family


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Wendy Kaye said...

Do you think you could talk my parents into the blogging world? I must say you two are pretty hip to be taking chances on the blog dealio! Welcome.

Kinsie said...

well geez daddy aren't you the technologically advanced one? I ARE LEAVING TEH FIRSTEST FAMILY COMMENT ON OUR FAMILY BLOG oh geez i'm excited *passes out*

Aaron said...

Jeff, that was a great blog (that word sounds like you just puked or something, "blloooggg"). I laughed out loud twice and I don't do that very often. You got a knack for writing!

LeutasMom said...

It is March 11 and it is sunny outside. My dog is whining because he wants to go play with the other dogs and Keily is outside playing on her slides. Pal is going to the gym and I am working, oops, blogging. It is so great to learn what your family is up to. We love you! If you are on Bebo, look up LeutasMom or Fyrwlkr for our profiles and request to be our friend. Love to you all!

Deb said...

Too kewl!! This is the greatest way to keep informed! Loved the pic's of the fam and so happy to hear that everyone is doing swimmingly! Jesse told me about Nicole and Jake and we are so thrilled and excited for them...congratulations! Isn't it all wonderful? I love my new grandbaby and she likes me too! We bonded! She is doing pretty well practicing sitting up, she'' have it pretty soon.

You have such talented kids! I think mine are pretty darn talented too. We are so lucky to have the families we do. Humor, talented, fun people. I love you guys and happy to know you have a blog now. I guess I'll have to update mine someday...
Love D

me said...

I don't know exactly how to blog,, but I commend you, my dear cousin Jeff, for creating this for all us family, I am honored to be included, and I must say, I do not know why, but I am so in love with all of you and honored to communicate with you, my family, love always, Michelle (Edwards)

Deb said...

The thing with me is that I look at everyone's blog everyday. I just love to look at the pictures over and over and I love reading the comments. I have to get my daily dose of Brooklynn, Garrick & Stef. And my co-worker say "oh my gosh, are you looking at that baby again?" I don't care what they think, I love and miss everyone to the point of heartache, so this blogging phenom has become a wonderful tool for keeping in touch. So this morning as I was checking it out and came across Michelle's comment, my heart leapt and I started to cry. I love her so much and have not known how she was or anything about her for years - I haven't seen her since Grandma's funeral, so Michelle please email me at: I would love to get in touch with you.
I love you and your family Jeff & Leslie. Such genuine, loving and kind hearted people. You're fun to be with too!
Have a great weekend!
Love you all

Heather White said...

I love the blog its a great idea to keep every one posted. I miss all of you, and I think that this blog is a great way to see how all of you are doing. well keep it up
love you all

Keli and Jacob Langston said...

It is great to see that everyone is doing is crazy how grown up we are all becoming! Love you guys!

The Hutton Family said...

Nice blog you guys! You need to post more often so that we all know what's going on with your family, since we don't get together enough. Hope you're still doing great! Love you guys!

T.Ray and Ashlee Garn said...

HOLY PAJAMAS! THE COOLEST COUSINS IN THE WHOLE FAMILY! LOL HEY Christiansens! I miss you INCREDIBLY! How are you all!? Good gracious Krissi's hair is long! Will you tell her hi for me? I miss her beautiful face and haven't seen her since before the mission! I happened to run into Court the other day at Target, she looks great! I hope you all are well! Let me know how you all are! I'm in Riverton...I need to remember how to get to your house and come say hi! :)

Andersonarchives said...

THANKS FOR SHARING!!! we love you all!