About Kelly K Anderson
I am excited to use this site.. I heard about it from a neighbor and thought it would be fun to trace myself and Dave.... Daves family is HUGE so what a fun way to remember where everyone is from!!!! I also want to use this to keep track of my cousins and aunts and uncles... Hopefully they will enjoy this as much as I am enjoying it...
So, I was born on Oct. 18, 1972 to John and Tonya Krzystof...My dad was from the polish section or as they call it the POLAK area of Cicero , Ill and my mom from Orange, Ca... So as you can imagine the union of my parents (we like to call it) was like a Rottweiler marrying a toy poodle... My dad, a fun loving kind of rough around the edges, guy and my mom, a sensitive and timid, loving person...Well, anyway,,,, then I came.. My parents waited eight years before having me, their first. I was very much a wanted child, however, because my parents waited so long to have my brother, the mixture was hard on me... When they brought Ken home it was rumored that I asked my parents to please take him back to wherever they got him... lol..
My first day of Kindergarten was a day I will never forget... See, I grew up in a family that had no children yet... I was an only child for about 5 years... Our neighborhood was tons of fun, but all of the kids were way older than me.. I basically had no experience with other kids.. When I arrived for my opening day, I threw a fit because I didn't want to hang out with all of these five year olds! Heck!, I was used to playing gin rummy and cowboy canasta with the adults! Somehow, I made it through... It wasn't enjoyable, at first.. But I ended up becoming a gifted student and athlete...
I spent the next seven or so years, growing up on Lilly Avenue, in Long Beach, CA.. and attending this school, Newcomb... I lived a quite a priveliged life and didn't even realize it.. My parents were able to take us for a month every summer and travel with us...(This has become a goal for Dave and I in our lives, too). I white water rafted.. Jeep toured and horseback road my enitre life.. We were big adventurers. I think this is where I got my adventurous spirit from... We drove back east a lot to visit my family..(This is why Dave and I love to go back to Ok to see everyone!) It was such an amazing childhood, filled with wonderment and lots of family and friends.. We spent much of our time in Palm Springs, visiting my grandparents.. I have SO many incredible memories of sitting outside on their back porch swing and watching the raccoons play near the pool.. We spent our days there swimming and eating.. Eating and swimming and the nights were filled with playing pool and cards into the wee hours of the night.. This is what I miss most about my childhood. My grandma Dot and I were extremely close and until she went downhill (at 92) we still were. She is now 97 this year and doesn't know any of us.. Very , very sad.. My grandpa was the funnest man I know.. He loved to play.. When I was acting up he would pick me up by my feet and walk me to the bathroom.. He pretended to flush me down the toilet.. He would swirl the tip of my long hair in the bowl and I would scream bloody murder.. My grandma would rescue me.. .After our baths my gramma and grampa would lay a sheet out on their dining room table and lotion and powder all of us.. Then they would pull us around like a roller coaster ride.. They scratched our backs until we fell asleep... They would let us sleep outside on the swing sometimes... Those were great memories... Then I played soccer and softball, making the all star team after one year... I was also a dancer... Dancing continued on into my high school years and even into my first year in college.. I miss it terribly.. (I keep begging Dave to take Salsa lessons with me!)....
I seemed to be a star in English.. I spent my free time reading, writing childrens stories, and also writing in my diary... I won many awards when I was young... I had this in my gene code, I am afraid, as my mom was a Journalism major in college... In junior high school, my best friend moved away and I became more infatuated with books... And TODAY, I still average about 7 books every summer. Our first year of marriage was really Dave and Michael Crichton...haha....
In high school I dated a lot... I LOVED adventure and well, boys, of course... My parents let me date pretty young which turned out to be a blessing and a malediction.. It was then that I met Dave Anderson.. Oh, boy... We had a passionate, fun relationship, coupled with LOTS and Lots of fighting!!! There were times in school where half of the school was on my side and half on his!! We ended up breaking up before my last year in High School and we both went on to have other relationships..
During my first year in college, Daves mom called me to come and see him in the hospital(he was sick with pneumonia)... They thought he might die... So, now you can imagine... We got back together... At this time, we decided to date and eventually marry.. We decided to study with Jehovahs Witnesses... ( I learned about them in H.School) and Dave grew up a Witness for his first 7years or so.. Not everyone agreed with our decision at that time, however, NOW... Our families see the huge benefit our spirituality has had on our children.....After we married in 1991... We decided we wanted a family.. We waited three years.. My family practically adopted him. He needed that after having a painful childhood. Dave continued going to college at Cal State Long Beach..Unfortunately, Daves family did not help him pay for his education, so we had to work very hard.. Ultimately, he finished, got his teaching credential and then his Masters degree. Those were difficult yet fun times.. Christopher was born after he graduated.. We moved to a little house on Delong St. which we miss to this day.. We met our friends Dawn and Sam here.. They have become the boys surrogate auntie and uncle. It's funny because we had connecting back doors, like the Ricardos and the Mertzes.. We often called each other Lucy and Ethel... Dawn and Sam were known to come over with their p.j.s on and ask what was for dinner... Gotta love em... Our landlords actually were paramount in helping us to buy our own home.. Daves mom ,at that time, was very occupied with her own life, serious probs. and had a new family.. My parents were going through a difficult time financially at that point in time, but ALWAYS were there for us, no matter what. Daves mom really did not see the need to help him or be involved in his life. .Daves dads family, however, was always rooting for us. . Dave worked VERY hard (we both did) . This particular couple (our landlords at the time) saw our perseverance and kept our rent very low.. Unbenounced to us , they did it on purpose so we could afford a home.. I remember one day, I called them because I actually felt GUILTY that our rent was so low.. I was trying to RAISE IT!!! Ken, the man.... explained that they saw how hard we both worked and wanted us to buy soon. They realized we had no help from outside sources so they were kind enough to give us this head start.. We are where we are today because of their help... Now, Daves Oklahoma family became an even bigger part of our lives at this time.. They moved from Laguna Beach, back to Ok. and it was incredibly hard for us because they were an integral part of our lives.. Here became the MANY visits to the Potts in Ok.. We have actually become close to Daves WHOLE family now over the years and consider ourselves BLESSED to have been able to know this huge, fun and loving family..Truthfully, they remind me of the way that my famlly is.. Unconditional.. Dave didn't have alot of that during his childhood.. Daves only wish was that he could have known about the reunions when he was a child and actually have attended them...
Brayden came. He was a little early and had two sacks.. My doctor told me that it was possible that Brayden was a twin and the other child reabsorbed, interesting turn of events... Anyway, my labor with him was SHORT and sweet!! The second sack made me very comfortable until the last few minutes.. From start to finish, I gave birth to him in one and a half hours. Another blessing. ..Dave finished his Masters Degree. We were actually able to afford anything we wanted for him.. What a great feeling after struggling for so long.. Now, we were going to buy a home!!! At this time I became very ill with a disease called Ulcerative Colitis... It is an autoimmune disease that caused me to end up in the hospital and on serious medication. The doctors actually recommended that I may need to get my entire colon removed.. This was a very trying time for us.. My mom( thank goodness) helped me so much.. I actually lived with my parents for two months during my recovery... I couldn't walk for about a month of that time.. My sister would brush my hair for me and give me "sister" cards... Our friends and family look back at that time and say that they thought I might die. The wonderful thing is, I didn't listen to the doctors... I got off all of my meds and went to nutritional doctors who helped me IMMENSLEY... I actually have had very brief periods of illness, coupled with MOSTLY remissions.. I am functioning at practically normal most of the time.. Once I was better, we moved and purchased a home exactly ONE block away from our Delong house.. We remodeled it and have had years of fun playing, entertaining and raising our kids in it..
Today, Christopher and Brayden are swimmers and golfers.. They have their friends over non stop and are very active in our congregation.. Dave has become a minister and a teacher.. I am SUPER busy these days... very excited to rebuild our church from the ground up in September... We love the city we live in.. very loving and homey. We travel and visit family regularly and love to vacation.. We hope to have an even bigger family one day... Our kids now have memories like I did.. My parents and sister are a HUGE part of their lives.. They live right around the corner from us as does my sister Trena and her husband and now TWIN BABY GIRLS! We are so excited to share them as they did our boys. .. My brother also lives in the same community.. In the future, I hope to get my nursing degree and become a labor and delivery nurse... I also see more children in my future.. We are a truly blessed family....