BC: Written with love by:Kelly Piersall December 2011 Merry Christmas
FC: The Story of a Fairytale Life
1: Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a prince, Paul Gregory Piersall, who was born on May 29, 1956 and grew up in the kingdom of Carmel,Indiana, and a princess, Kelly Ann Akins, who was born on August 10, 1956 and raised in the kingdom of Oblong,Illinois.
2: On the 6th day of April in the year 1974, Princess Kelly noticed a young man playing basketball in the church lot, but didn't know who he was.
3: Later that day, the princess was set up on a blind date by Ray, a friend who lived in her kingdom. Little did she know that her date would be with the prince, she saw earlier that day, who happened to be Ray's cousin. Princess Kelly canceled a previously scheduled engagement to go out with the handsome prince that evening. The Prince had pretty teeth and great shoulders.
4: The royal date began with pizza at Joe's Place (where the prince demonstrated his talent of balancing a salt shaker), a viewing of the movie "American Graffiti" (where they saw a streaker run across the stage), and finally a trip to the cemetery to see the infamous "Glowing Tombstone"(once headlights shined on the tombstone and were then turned off, the tombstone was said to glow).
5: Even though they had a good time, the princess thought that she would not see the prince again because he went back to his far away kingdom. But, much to the surprise of the princess, the prince unexpectedly returned to the princess's kingdom the following week to see her at school.
6: One month later, Prince Greg (as the princess called him) and Princess Kelly attended the royal ball, known to some as "The Prom".
7: So began their courtship. Because of the vast distance between the kingdoms, the prince and princess only saw each other on weekends. Each time the prince came to the princess kingdom, he bore gifts of flowers that he bought or picked along the roadside. | Making Cinnamon rolls
8: The Princess worked every weekend so their time together was short | In Akins Woods
9: The prince and princess saw each other whenever possible. Sometimes in his kingdom....
10: ....and sometimes in her kingdom. | They went for bike rides, hunted for mushrooms, went on long walks, and enjoyed going to the movies together.
11: The prince and princess took a trip to the Ozarks with the princess's brother,Roger, and his wife. | The car had no air conditioning and it was so hot that they stopped at several hotels along the way home and jumped into their pools to cool off
12: During their courtship, Prince Paul worked at Reis Welding in Indianapolis. | For their firstValentine's Day together, the Prince made a heart from steel with the words "I love you" cut into the heart. | The stand was made in the shape of a heart. The prince painted and signed his work of art.
13: In June of 1974, the princess attended the prince's high school graduation ceremony. As they were returning to the kingdom of Oblong (in the motor home driven by the parents of the prince), Prince Greg asked for Princess Kelly's hand in marriage. The princess happily accepted and the marriage date was set for one year later.
14: In the fall of 1974, Princess Kelly left her kingdom to further her education at Indiana State University, but continued to see Prince Greg as much as possible. They went to Hillman's Jewelry one weekend in the kingdom of Terre Haute, Indiana and picked out a stone and setting for the princess's future wedding ring.
15: One weekend, in the kingdom of Carmel, while walking by a "Justice of the Peace". The princess jokingly said, "If we had the ring, we could get married today.", to her surprise ,the prince took her engagement ring out of his pocket and gave it to her. It was a beautiful, solitary marquise diamond set in gold. Even though the princess was surprised by his gesture, they decided still to wait for the wedding date they had previously chosen.
16: On June 7,1975, at the First Christian Church in the kingdom of Oblong, Illinois, Prince Greg and Princess Kelly were married and thereby named King and Queen Piersall.
17: Bride's family | Parents of the couple
18: King and Queen Piersall went to the nearby state of Kentucky for their honeymoon and resided at the Holiday Inn. The royal couple dined on steak and, as a surprise for his new bride, the King gifted her with a long, white night gown for their wedding night. The king surprised the queen and returned to the same room at the Holiday Inn to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.
19: Visited the Locks | Western town | Played golf on the hotel's par 3 course.
20: After the honeymoon, the couple moved into their castle, located at 5802 West 38th Street, Apt. #6 in the kingdom of Indianapolis.
21: King Greg continued working at Reis Welding, where he made decorative ironwork. Meanwhile, Queen Kelly attended school at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, while working at the mart of K.
22: In 1980, King Greg joined Local 440 Pipefitters Union and worked at many places, including the Hoosier Dome in downtown Indianapolis.
23: On top of the Hoosier Dome
24: In the hospital and coming home. | As happy as the king and queen were, they wanted to add to their joy by adding to their family. | 1 month old | On August 22, 1976, prince Andrew Ray Piersall was born. He weighed 10 lbs., 10 oz and measured 22.5 inches long.
25: . The king liked the name Andrew for a first name. The middle name, Ray, was after his cousin who introduced the happy couple. | In the hospital with the new prince
26: Time passed and a new member was added to the royal family. A princess was born on January 15, 1980. She weighed 7 lbs, 15 oz and measured 20.5 inches long.
27: She became known as Princess Ellen Mae Piersall, after her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Ellen Akins, and her paternal grandmother, IleneMae Piersall.
28: Another princess joined the happy family on November 2, 1982. She weighed 8 lbs, 12 oz and measured 20.75 inches long. She became known as Princess Janel Marie Piersall. The king and queen both liked the name Janel and the king was fond of the name Marie.
30: Even though King Greg and Queen Kelly felt very blessed, they were blessed once again with a prince who was born on May 29, 1986. He weighed 9 lbs, 1 oz and measured 20 inches long. He became known as Prince Paul Gregory Piersall, II, as he was born on the king's birthday and was so named after the king.
32: For many years that followed, and as the princes and princesses grew, the family celebrated special holidays together. | Holidays
35: Trip West | Gold Mine and rafting the Snake River | Vacations | Camping | Santa Land
36: Special Times
37: School Days
38: Graduations | Portrait | Vacation | Just Because | Birthdays | Senior Pictures
39: Time moved on and the princes and princesses grew... | Family time was so precious...
40: Time went by and the family grew. On July 26, 2000, Princess Janel delivered Prince Colin Matthew McMahon and he took his place in the kingdom. He weighed 8 lbs, 11 oz and measured 21 inches long. Colin was named after his father, Chad Matthew McMahon.
41: Time passed quickly and on June 2, 2001, Princess Ellen married Prince Dustin Siddons. | They started their kingdom and the family began to grow again.
42: On December 22, 2001, Prince Andrew Ray Piersall married Princess Stacy Lenaburg and they too began their kingdom.
43: On July 15, 2004, princess Ellen and prince Dustin Siddons added a son named Daley James Siddons to their kingdom. He weighed 8 lbs, 9 oz. and measured 21 inches long. | He was named after his father, Dustin Dale, and his grandfather, James Siddons.
44: Less than 6 months later, on January 14, 2005, a new member of the family was born to princess Janel and prince Chad. Brayton Paul McMahon weighed 7 lbs, 6 oz and measured 20 inches long. He was named after his grandfather, Paul Gregory Piersall.
45: Less than a year later,on December 10, 2005, Prince Lukas Robert McMahon was born and joined the kingdom . He weighed 7 lbs, 9 oz and measured 21 inches long. He was named after his great grandfather, Robert Kikendall.
46: At 10:30 am on April 23, 2006, the kingdom went dark. King Paul Gregory Piersall died of the cancer he had been fighting for over five years. The Queen lost her husband, her best friend, and the love of her life. A hole was created in her heart that could not be filled. The princes and princesses lost their father and grandfather. Life in the kingdom would never be the same.
48: Sorrow filled the queen's heart, but, as the king would have wanted, life went on. Light eventually came back to the kingdom. On January 3, 2007 another son was born to princess Janel and princeChad, thereby completing their kingdom.
49: Cameron Joseph McMahon weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz and measured 21.5 inches long. He was named after his great- grandfather, Joseph Kinkendall.
50: Less than two weeks later, on January 15, 2007, another son joined the Siddons kingdom. Levi Gregory Siddons weighed 7 lbs, 8 oz and measured 19.75 inches long. He was named after his grandfather, Paul Gregory Piersall.
51: Fourteen months later, on March 20, 2008, Princess Kellie Mae Siddons was born to complete the Siddons kingdom. She weighed 7 lbs, 6 oz and measured 19.5 inches long. She was named after her grandmother, KellyPiersall, and her mother, Ellen Mae Siddons. | special care nursery
52: On July 14, 2008, Prince Andy and Princess Stacy welcomed Kyle Gregory Piersall to their kingdom. He weighed 6 lbs, 12 oz and measured 19.75 inches long. He was named after his grandfather, Paul Gregory Piersall.
53: In the Spring of the year 2012, PrinceAndy and PrincessStacy will complete their family when a beautiful princess joins their kingdom.
54: Alas, another kingdom will begin on September 22, 2012, when Prince Paul Gregory Piersall, 11 marries Princess Kensey Nichole Grosheart.
64: So many pictures... | So little space!
65: In all of the years together... The Kingdom moved several times. It began at 5802 West 38th St.,Indianapolis, temporarily moved to 1st Ave S.E., Carmel and soon moved to Village Green Apts. When the plan was to move the kingdom to Phoenix,Arizona, the King and Queen bought a travel trailer and moved it to Cicero,In when the Phoenix didn't happen. From there it was 416 Vista Drive, Carmel,In. The kingdom moved to Westerville Drive, Clayton,IN where is stayed for seventeen year. The princes and princesses grew up there. Finally, the kingdom moved to stay at 4767 Reitzel Drive, Stilesville, In.
66: A Special Message from Queen Kelly: I am your parent, not your friend. I may lecture you, drive you insane and be your worst nightmare when I think you need it! But you will never find anyone who loves, prays ,and cares more for you than I do. Time has gone by so fast and seems to move faster. But, as the saying goes "Life should not be measured by the breathes you take, but by the moments that take your breathe away." We know all too well that life is short. Memories, events, every day happenings and special moments yet to come, are what make us who we are...Family. It is important to love one another and know that family are the people who will always be there!
67: I want you to know that I love you all whether you were born into this family or joined it voluntarily. I count my blessings every day and If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. I know and want you all to know that when my time on earth is complete, even including the difficult times, I have had a fairytale life!" | I hope you enjoy this book and feel the love between the pages!