Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Hall Family News 2010

I don't think I have ever written a Christmas newsletter. I get several each year and I'm always tempted to do my own. So here is my first attempt at a family newsletter.

Dear Friends and Family,

We realize, everyone wants to know what exciting things the Hall family has been up to this year, so we will give you, our people, an exclusive.

Bryan and Laura took a number of trips this year. The first was a fun week in San Francisco. They took in the city (as well as breakfasts, lunches, dinners, afternoon snacks and desserts). Laura, ever the daredevil, crashed her bike on the Golden Gate Bridge. Bryan was thankful that she emerged with all her teeth and limbs intact and medical assistance was not required. Laura has since retired from cycling. There was also some shopping; hiking and a trolley ride or two.

In August, the whole clan went to Hilton Head for an expensive week of whining, sun-worshipping and delicious, though not necessarily nutritious, food. The kids had a blast dividing their time evenly between the beach, the pool, watching Calliou, playing tennis, and harassing the local wildlife. The highlight of the trip was seeing an alligator in the lagoon near our house. We dined out several nights while we were there, and Anna and Morgan enjoyed sharing our family secrets with complete strangers whenever they got the chance.

Bryan and Laura -
we look best when we are slightly out of focus

 Bryan continues with his grown up career at Verizon Wireless as Resource Manager, but his real passion lies in photography, cycling and music. Bryan has participated in several cycling events this year and plans to continue this in 2011.

Laura celebrated her two year cancer survivor anniversary in June and is feeling healthy and trying to develop an addiction to exercise. Laura enjoys making personalized jewelry and eclectic gifts for friends and attending monthly girl’s night out painting classes. In the other 40 hours of her week, she works at Onlife Health training wellness coaches.

 Jenni lives in Green Hills and works two jobs – Carrabbas and Nannies of Brentwood. This keeps her pretty busy, but don’t feel too bad for her. She still has plenty of time to pursue her photography, travel, shop, dine out, and be an awesome Aunt Jenni. Earlier this year Jenni decided to tattoo her body, but since the tattoo is of her grandmother’s name (Reba Jane) no one can really complain.

Josh and Chassi
Josh and Chassi are busy raising three energetic little girls. Josh works for Simplex Healthcare selling medical supplies and continues his custom furniture business. Chassi keeps children in their home and does a great job of keeping everyone fed and healthy. Josh and Chassi are avid runners. As you can imagine this is a great stress reducer, in addition to being a healthy activity. This year Josh ran his first ultra-marathon, as well as the Rock Creek stage race, and the Memphis Marathon. Chassi ran the Ragnar Relay Race (from Chattanooga to Nashville) and also a local 5k.

Anna Belle
Anna Belle turned seven on December 15th. She is enjoying first grade and is reading well beyond her grade level. She swims like a mermaid, and ran a timed mile this year in 10:13. She shares generously and loves to try exotic foods.

Morgan will turn six on January 24th. She is enjoying kindergarten and has her own sense of fashion. She has been known to make trips to the store in rain boots and a cooking apron. Morgan is very nurturing and loves all things art. She was also invited to the competition team in her gymnastics class.

Emri, what can we say about Emri? In addition to her ability to push her sister’s buttons, Emri has other talents. She is energetic, loving, stubborn, and climbs like a monkey. She literally and figuratively tests the water with both feet. We are all gearing up for Emri’s teenage years now!

We enjoy having friends and family like you!

Happy Holidays,
Bryan, Laura, Jenni, Josh, Chassi, Anna, Morgan and Emri

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A great family newsletter - thank you for sharing! Your family seems to be doing fantastic. :)