Monday, December 31, 2012

I have super kids!

There are some photos, you just have to re-create.
Don't you agree?

What an honor to receive this gift!

Deanna gave us this for Christmas this year, from Dan.

This a flag that went on one of Dan's mission flights with him in Iraq. Dan had prepared this paperwork and kept the flag, in anticipation of making this as a gift for us. Just the fact that he took a minute to think of us, while he was serving in war-time touches my heart. The only thing that could have made this gift better, is if Dan was here to give it to us himself. We love and miss you Dan, and we are so proud of your willingness to live and die for what you believe in - protecting our precious America!

Hall family Christmas celebration in Nashville

We celebrated with the Hall side of the family on Christmas afternoon. What a wonderful time we all have when we get together. Lauren and Logan are such great kids, and it's always fun to be with Deanna and Bryan's parents.
Josh has added carving walking sticks to his list of hobbies and made some great ones for Logan and Kent this year. Kent's stick has a cowboy on top (being he's from OK).
What a wonderful family we have! 

Merry Christmas 2012

On Christmas eve - we had some believers and some skeptics, but everyone was excited to see what Santa might bring. So we hung our stockings, decorated cookies, scattered reindeer food and went to bed wishing safe travels for Santa.

Santa did not disappoint - We had a Merry Christmas 2012!

Thomas family Christmas celebration in Henderson

We were all able to be at Dad's house in Henderson for our Christmas celebration on Saturday and to worship together on Sunday.

On Saturday our cousins from Kentucky (Leonards) joined us at Dad's house, and I can't believe we didn't get a cousin picture! It was so good to spend time with them, I hope we can make this a tradition too. We have such great memories of holidays with our Kentucky cousins.

It's a Wonderful Life

We always enjoy the Wonderful Life Foundation's annual showing of "It's a Wonderful Life". After the movie, there is music, food and a fabulous silent auction.  All money raised goes directly to families with children battling cancer at Vanderbilt.

A wonderful cause, wonderful people and a fabulous movie. The absolute best way to kick off the Holiday season each year. 
It really is a Wonderful Life- they were just tired of my camera.

Redneck Christmas 2012

2012 Annual Redneck Christmas Party!


2012 Annual Holiday Newsletter

It's that time again, the annual holiday newsletter for the Hall family. 2012 has been a challenging and eventful year for our family, but we are hanging in with all the changes.

Bryan continues his day job with Verizon, he joined a new department which he really loves. His new department has recently announced some major changes, which could mean a relocation - more to come on that in the future months. We of course, would love and prefer to stay in Nashville, but we are trying to stay open to all opportunities.

Laura found found herself unemployed as her whole department was dissolved with a major shift in company focus at Shared Health. Luckily she fairly quickly found a new position with H2U in Nashville and continues to support/train Electronic Health Records. Laura continues to have great check ups and in June became a 4 year breast cancer survivor!

Josh left Gibson for more stable work hours, and loves his job with Vetter Electric. He continues to do custom furniture as a side project. Josh is also doing some crazy training for his endurance race coming up in Vermont this June. Chassi continues to offer childcare in their home, as well as keep up with school projects, her own half marathons and other various projects.

Anna Belle, 9 yrs old, 3rd grade and Morgan, 8 yrs old, 2nd grade are thriving at work and play. Anna and Morgan are currently training for the Nashville Kids Triathlon in May. They got new bicycles for Christmas to prepare for their race.

Emri just turned 5 years old, and started pre-K this year. She is really enjoying school and enjoying being with her big sisters at Liberty Elementary neighborhood school. Emri loves ballet and pretty much any other activity. I don't think I have to tell you - this is one HIGH ENERGY household!

Jenni continues to love working as a nanny for the Hodges family. They welcomed Delta Faye to the household in October so she now has her hands full with two precious little girls. Jenni continues to love music, literature and travel. She spent her Thanksgiving holiday exploring Rio de Janerio and the island of Ilha Grande. (tough life)

Our hope is that 2012 has been kind to you and that you have made some wonderful memories with those you love!

With love from us to you,
Bryan, Laura and Jenni
Josh, Chassi, Anna Belle, Morgan and Emri

Birthday Shopping at Phillips Toy Mart

It's become a tradition to take the girls shopping at Phillips Toy Mart for birthday gifts. Phillips is a great toy store in west Nashville. It's also where Bryan grew up shopping as a child, and where we took our kids.

So the tradition continues...

Happy Birthday! 
 Anna - December 15th, Morgan - January 24th, and Emri - December 2nd

Dr. Wagstrom check up

I had my yearly check up with Dr. Wagstrom (plastics) and she said my implants are behaving just as they should. My scars, which will always be there, are fading as they should and I don't have to return to see her for a year! I love hearing good news, especially at doctor's offices!

Live music anytime you want it

One of the great things about living in Music City, is live music anytime you want it. Not only do we host large shows almost nightly at the Ryman, Grand Ole Opry and Bridgestone, but you can find live music at the local pizza joint or one of many small venues.

Here are three of my recent favorite shows:

Ben Taylor @ 3rd and Lindsley

The Nashville Hayriders at Henpeck Market

If you haven't visited Henpeck Market, you should definitely go. It's a great place to gather, hear some fun music and have a fantastic meal!


The annual Holiday Howler @ Gibson Showcase. A great event for a great cause!

Jenni goes to Rio

Christ the Redeemer
As I mentioned before, Jenni spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Rio De Janiero and on the island of Ilha Grande. One of our friends, Justin, has been studying and working in Brazil this past year and invited Jenni to join him for a visit. As you can imagine, my travel loving little girl jumped at this chance and had the time of her life.


Jenni and Justin have known each other their whole lives, because his mom Kim and I have been best friends since kindergarten. Jenni had a wonderful trip of sightseeing, hiking, shopping and trying out all the local eats and drinks. She has some amazing pictures - although she and Justin are in NONE of them. I told her I would have loved to have photographic proof she was actually there. Oh well, she is back safe and had the trip of a lifetime.
Hotel in Ilha Grande

Thank you Justin for hosting Jenni and keeping her safe!

Ilha Grande