Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Good Times!

It has been well over a month since my last post...however, my excuse is that I was on vacation! And what a vacation it was! I arrived in Salt Lake on Wednesday, June 25, and the very next morning we were off to Canada to visit Grandpa and Grandma Clifton! Thankfully, Brett, Julianne and the children wanted to tag along, which meant that Brett did all of the driving and I did all of the backseat driving...which seemed like a fair exchange to me! (Just don't ask Brett for his opinion!)

Emma, Ellie and Ryan are the best little travelers! The trip from Salt Lake to Taber, Alberta, Canada took 12 hours and I cannot imagine making the trip strapped in a car seat for all that time! They simply are the best! Here are some fun pics of them passing away the time.
Sweet dreams Ry-Guy!

The Belle--sleeping chic-fully! Who knew that seat belts are also used for keeping noses safe?

Of, course, our family trip to Hawaii that began on July 18th, was magical. Jim and Kathie were the perfect hosts...graciously letting us stay in their beautiful home (while they stayed in the cottage at Kahawai Street) so that we could all be together under one roof. Thank you, Jim and Kathie! We began our stay with cocoa puffs from Liliha Bakery, (thanks to Brett)--burgers from Ku`u Aina, Chantilly cake for the July Birthdays and the list goes on and on. We had good times eating together!

Poor Adam. From the moment we landed in Hawaii, he was bombarded, (mostly by me) to look here, and look there, and what did he think of this and of that? Of course, being the astute man that he is...he was in constant admiration of everything that was pointed out!

That first night in Hawaii was pool time. In fact, it was pool time in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening or whenever we were home. Emma and Ellie always looked tres chic in and around the pool--with Ellie also taking some serious pre-cautionary water measures!

Here are some pictures of three amazing daughters performing their exceptional skills for their admiring audience. Note the hair...the girls were most particular about their style!

Yes, they can do more than pose...

Of course, we hardly ever saw Bri's head above water, cause she was always doing this...

And this!

Not to be outdone...Emma, Ellie and Ryan were always apart of the fun!

Adam is wishing that he was in the pool with Bri, and Ryan is wishing he wasn't!

I wish that I had my camera with me when we were watching movies in the most amazing Movie room that Jim had designed. The seats were so comfortable, the viewing and sound was amazing! However, the reason as to why I should have had my camera is that within minutes of the movie starting, everyone fell asleep. Just pretend that Bri is in the movie room...add 10 more just like her--and you get the picture!

Sad to say, this posting has come to an end...but no worries, there is still more to come!


  1. I want to go back to the pool now! Such a fun time.

  2. "We had good times eating together!"
    Now that is the prefect discription of a true Hallstrom vacation.

  3. Ellie is chic-fully sleeping? You are most certainly my mother.

    Fab post for a fab vacation!

  4. Ryan keeps telling us "I go back Jimmy's house"! You and me both, bud!

  5. your posts have been MOST MISSED! I can't stand how much I love that picture of Emma and the seatbelt. CLASSIC.
    Can't wait for more!

  6. Looks like a perfect vacation...thanks for sharing! Do other families besides ours "live to eat"? We will get so excited about eating something and really talk it up...of course we have discerning tastebuds, but I will admit that there might be something to the fact that we used to be sitting around G & G's pool when we ate this delicacy or some other delightful situation...anyway, then my in-law children without the benefit of the "memory" will eat it and think, "This is what they were raving about?!" You have a beautiful family and I love you all!

  7. I am so sad we couldn't be there to enjoy a couple of barbecues and pool parties with you all!

  8. It was so fun seeing all of you guys! And my kids keep asking for their buddies back--Asher has suggested that we name our baby Ellie!