Thursday, August 28, 2008

Manicure for Maddy ~ Pedicure for Me

So I thought it would be fun to take Madysn and get her nails done before school starts (any excuse to get my toes done, right?). I took her to my favorite place called "Pinkies". She had a hard time choosing between Pink, Purple, and yes Blue nail polish. She chose the pink I think only because I liked that one best. They also put a cute flower and diamond on her thumb. Her nails look great! I think this will be a fun tradition to start before the first day of school.

Off to School We Go...WAIT! Where did the summer go?

Wow, summer is officially over! Tuesday was the first day of school for the Hallman kids! Madysen was really excited but Tyler is a lot like me and does not like change, and is not a morning person. After sleeping in till 9:00 sometimes 9:30 it was hard for all of us to get out of bed! Madysen was excited to get the teacher she wanted but many of her close friends were not in her class!

Tyler...A little sleepy, but once he sat down in his chair he was smiling!

Madysen...Really excited to get the teacher she wanted and see all of her friends!

A few of Madysen's friends that did get in her class (They were split up pretty good this year)

At the school and ready to learn, or play what ever they do here!

As you can see Tyler had a great day in school! He said his teacher was "Cool"!

Madysen also had a fun day.

Zachary was feeling a little left out! Just wait Zac, in a few days you get to go to Preschool!

Angelica and Madysen...BFF

Three BFF's...Lea, Angelica, and Madysen They all were put in different classes this year, but that hasn't separated them!

Friday, August 22, 2008

A tribute to my Grandma...

I will remember you… August 22nd, 2008

A year ago today I lost a very special person in my life and the lives of my kids. My loving Grandmother Ora Lee McMullin returned to our Heavenly Father on August 22nd 2007. My grandmother meant everything to me. My grandmother had MANY special qualities.

A few were:
~Grandma was always smiling!
~I never heard Grandma talk bad about anyone, she only spoke words of kindness.
~Grandma was always serving others in one way or another.
~Grandma was a very talented piano and organist player (she even taught me a few lessons or two when I was younger).
~Grandma was always doing something, even when she was sitting she was reading a good book, or crocheting (I have blankets to show for this).
~Grandma always looked her best, even when she was cleaning around the house.
~Grandma always had a positive outlook on life (one thing I need to work on), I never heard her complain about anything.
~Grandma was so generous with not only her wealth, but her time. She would drop anything and everything to help someone out.

There were many things that I will always remember Grandma doing, or Grandma and I doing together.

A few are:
~I looked forward to the wonderful Christmas Eve dinners and talent shows at her home EVERY year. My family was lucky to be able to come to St. George that last Christmas she had and spend it with her.
~The Easter Egg hunts in her back yard EVERY year. She loved to fix lunch and hide Easter Eggs in the back yard. There were many treats for every grandchild, and then the great grandchildren. When we moved away and were not able to come home for Easter she would mail us goodies or money to buy an ice cream cone.
~Helping my grandma take my Great Aunt Eddie grocery shopping every Saturday when I was younger.
~I remember Grandma being by my side at some of my “not so fun” dentist appointments (Cavities ~ Yikes).
~When I was still living at home she would take me shopping for my birthday. Grandma had great style on clothing.
~Traveling to Phoenix and Idaho with her (remembering how hard it was to get out of Las Vegas after flying home late at night, she was so calm).
~Sleeping over at her house, just me.
~Spending time with her at the cabin in the Pine Valley Mountains (the place where she grew up).
~Grandma was always in attendance at anything special that I did. Her and Grandpa even flew right into Salt Lake City after their 18 month long mission for the LDS Church to be at Tyler’s baby blessing.
~Grandma and Grandpa were so willing to let me have my wedding reception in their back yard. They made sure it looked perfect.
~Last but not Least but the thing I miss the MOST~ Grandmas phone calls on my birthday. She never missed a birthday (even when she was sick and going through chemo), and she was always one of the first calls to wish me a Happy Birthday.

Now that I am emotional I want to just say that Grandma, I will always remember you and miss you terribly. I am comforted to know that I will be with you again one day! I love you Grandma!

Grandma and Grandpa with Madysen!

Grandma and Grandpa with Tyler!

Grandma and Grandpa with Zachary!

We Love you Grandma!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Isn't this what big sisters and big brothers are supposed to do?!?

Madysen secretly wishing she had a sister, but would never trade her brothers for anything!(notice the painted toes)!

Zac actually slept through Tyler putting on the pirate patch! He too loves his brother!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Great Summer Fun with the Cousins Slide Show

Great Summer Fun with the Cousins!

We were lucky to have my sister Alysia and her family come and visit us. We did many fun things from going to the beach, taking another day road trip to the Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory and the Jelly Belly Factory, and going to San Francisco. My BIL Marlon was able to come out for both fun and business. He works for the United States Coast Guard. Tyler and Jess were able to get tickets to the Commissioning of the Coast Guards new Ship named the "Bertholfs" This ship is now in Service and can hold about 120 crew members at any one time! They were lucky enough to take a tour of the ship and the Helicopter. Tyler was in Heaven (after they got done with the ceremony that is). Thanks Alysia for staying a few extra weeks out of your already long vacation to come visit us! We had a great time and miss you already!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hannah Montana cRaZE

On July 26th Disney Channel had a special showing of the Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus "Best of Both Worlds" 3D concert. Madysen gathered the special 3D glasses that were needed and invited a few frinds over for the concert. They had a great time eating pizza and watching the concert! ~~Thanks friends for Loving Hannah Montana as much as I do~~

Madysen's Beautiful Teeth!


So for the past year Madysen has been wearing Braces. She now is the proud owner of 2 retainers. After all of her "Permanent" teeth come in she will get the braces on again, but for now, don't her teeth look great!