Friday, October 31, 2008

I have Bragging Rights...

OK, so setting aside the packing (well OK ~ the first brag) Jess has pretty much packed up the entire house. What a guy!

So my real bragging is about Madysen...So about six months ago she joined a Local Cheer team with her Bff Angelica. She had never even done a cartwheel. At first Madysen was a little frustrated but with much practice and fun her team went to their first (and only for Madysen) competition. They placed first and were eligible for Nationals. Madysen did a great job and her cartwheels and pyramids are PERFECT! Below are a few pictures...

So another brag is on the Academic side...Madysen's grade this year are required to know and pass a States and Capitals test. The first test was to be on the first ten states and capitals. The kids were given the choice to take just the first ten, or to take a test with all FIFTY(if they got 100% they would not have to take anymore tests)! For about 4 days Madysen Studied, we quizzed her tons, studied some more. Last Friday was the day of the test. She was determined to take the test with all fifty states and capitals. We were excited to get her paper back with a VERRY LARGE 100% on it (and not just one large 100%, but many)! Way to go Madysen!!!! We are not sure where she got her brains... ;-)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Our Beautiful "little" girl is not so "little" anymore, but even more Beautiful!

"High School Musical 3" party decorations...$15.00

Goody bags to sneak into the theatre...$10.00

Party Favors...$5.00

Movie tickets for 8 Tweens and 1 adult to High School Musical 3 opening day...$65.50

Celebrating Madysen's 11th birthday with her BEST friends(it is going to be soo hard for her to move)...PRICELESS

Thanks so much for everyone who made Madysen's Birthday this year GREAT!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hallman's on the Move...

Well we are at it again. After being in Sunny California for EXACTLY 6 years we have decided to move again. Jess' job has transferred him to Bend Oregon. We have heard a lot of great things about this town. We are going to really miss the people here. We have made so many great friends here and it is really going to be hard to leave (I have already cried many times when I think of leaving all of you)! I hope that we can stay in touch and that we will get many visitors in the future!

Here is a picture of the house we will be living in. If we like this house (brand new) and neighborhood well enough we have the option to buy it...

Monday, October 6, 2008

We love the Anderson Family

This weekend we were blessed to have our great friends the Anderson Family over to visit. Jess and Darren met while serving their mission in the Dominican Republic. They have remained great friends ever since. After we were married I was introduced to Darren's new wife Lisa and we hit it off. We have not seen them for almost 6 years due to Darren's Medical School in the New York City area. We were very excited to know that they would be accepting a job offer only 6 hours a way in Medford Oregon. Madysen and Tanner were best of friends when they were toddlers. Alex and Tyler are very close in age, and Zac and Matthew are also close in age. They also have a beautiful baby girl named Emily (I wish I had gotten a picture for her). We had a great time. It was like all of the kids had know each other for YEARS when really they had only just met (except Madysen and Tanner)! Thanks Darren and Lisa for coming down and staying with us. We had such a great time and hope to see you soon, and many more times...