Monday, December 31, 2012

A Little Piece of My Family's History

Here, my dad is shown posing with the restored Civil War flag of the 122nd Illinois Infantry, dedicated today at the Macoupin County Courthouse on the 150th anniversary of one of the regiment’s shining moments, a victory over Confederate forces under the notorious Nathan Bedford Forrest at the battle of Parker’s Crossroads, Tenn., Dec. 31, 1862. Benjamin Griffith, my dad's great grandfather, served in the 122nd.

Mom, Dad and I took a little family trip to Carlinville to attend the ceremony. My aunts Ginny and Donna were there, as well as my cousin Sandy. I took some photos and video (which I need to try and throw together before too long).

Ginny's late husband, my uncle Dick Griffith, was really interested in genealogy before he died. He took vacations centered around finding information about our ancestry. Ginny read the article in The Telegraph about the flag dedication, and recognized the infantry number. Somewhere, she said, she had a photo of Benjamin Griffith - but she didn't know where it was. My dad really wished he could see it.

A while back, David and I were able to trace both of our family trees back super far in one night using an trial membership, but we only found names - not the kind of stories and photos Dick was uncovering. Still, I figured there'd be no harm in Googling. So I hopped on my tree (once you build it, it's a part of your free membership), grabbed Benjamin Griffith's birth year and went for it.

Voila! I found the above photo of the very same Benjamin Griffith on a Find a Grave memorial website. I sent it to my dad and he thought it was really neat. Genealogy is fun. Maybe one of these days I'll do some more digging :)

Our First Married Christmas

Our first Christmas as a married couple didn't go exactly as we had planned (due to lack of sleep and other stresses), but in the end, we were together and that's all that matters. And the weeks and days leading up to the big day were pretty eventful as well.

Earlier in the month, we attended an ugly sweater Christmas party with my friends from high school, which was a lot of fun.

Next, we went to a bowling party with David's coworkers from Domino's. 

I am usually terrible at bowling but for some reason I was super awesome that night, and peaked at around a 160.

We usually don't print photo cards professionally, but since we had so many great pictures from the wedding this year, I didn't want to miss the opportunity. I got some from CVS, and then when I realized I didn't have enough, I went to Walgreens and printed some in store. Both were pretty nice actually - I preferred the look of the CVS design, but appreciated the convenience of using Walgreens. Photos to be loaded later on.

We had our usual party on Dec. 23 at my parents' house, and although James came down with something nasty (sneezing and itching and swelling eyelids - we think possibly a reaction to the ink in a new pair of pants he put on without washing) and had to leave early, it was nice.


And our ornament this year was a snowglobe with our wedding picture on it. :)

Well, that's all for now.

Friday, December 21, 2012