Archive for August, 2010

Ann Carolyn Hall 1926-2010

August 30, 2010 3:57 pm

Hall, Ann Carolyn Short Ann Carolyn Short Hall, age 83, died August 15, 2010. Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the Wildwood Chapel at Restland. Interment is to be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, in Evergreen Cemetery in Paris. Born in Paris, Texas on November 23, 1926, Carolyn was the first of two lovely daughters to delight Lydia Aden and Raleigh Ernest Short. After an idyllic childhood in Paris, she found her calling as a Registered Nurse after training in pediatrics at Bradford Memorial and obstetrics at Baylor Hospital, both in Dallas. In 1947 she married a handsome young surgeon, Dr. William Lloyd Hall. Their exciting early married life found them stationed in Washington D.C., Chicago, China Lake in California’s Mojave Desert and in the Panama Canal Zone as Bill served in the U. S. Navy. Over the years Carolyn turned her attention to their growing family, which by 1958 would include four children: Marc, Mike, Lisa and Jay. The Oak Cliff area of Dallas became home. Family and friends will always remember Carolyn’s ever-youthful personality; the interest in others that made her such a wonderful listener and charming conversationalist; that feisty nature and the sparkle in her eye; her love of all dogs, especially miniature schnauzers; and the fierce, loving loyalty she had for those close to her. She will be missed and remembered by her special friends on Averill Way, by the Oak Cliff doctors and wives she regularly lunched with, by her Paris classmates and by all who ever ate her coconut amaretto or buttermilk pies. Preceded in death by her daughter Lisa, she is survived by sister Nancy Cannada, son Marc and his wife Susan, son Mike and his wife Eve, son Jay and his wife Stephanie, grandchildren Lisa, Michael, Leslie, Cameron, Morgan and Hunter, great grandchildren Miles and Lyla, and by a wonderful extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.

August 2010

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August was a month of high-highs and low-lows.  An insane amount of progress was made on the house.  

We are framed!
8/24 Starting to look like a house
back of house

The kids have been adjusting well to life at the duplex.  They seem to understand that this is temporary and that we will be living at the land soon.  Lyla at 18 months is able to communicate 80% of the time using words to tell us what she wants.  I think having a big brother around to teach her and mimic is helping. She is also already potty training.  I’m not pushing it too much but if she wants to use the big potty, I’ll let her.  

He wouldn't smile for the camera but he'd show me his car.
Playing with my sunglasses

Miles is such a big kid now.  I really enjoy getting to play with him and especially love that he can communicate!  We’ve made a lot of new friends in the Bastrop area and don’t go into Austin nearly as much as I thought we would.  I do miss a few things about Austin (good restaurants, Costco, and Target) but other than that I absolutely LOVE Bastrop and I think the kids do as well.

Sadly on August 15th my wonderful grandmother lost her battle with lung cancer.  

A visit to Paris texas with mema in 6/2009
May 2009 Kisses
May 2009 more visits and great grandbaby cuddles.

She was able to live independently until the last 4 weeks of her life which was such a blessing.  I’m so glad that I was able to be with her when she passed.  While it was an experience I’d rather not have to relive I’m so proud of what an amazing family I have.  Most of us were able to be with her when she passed which was something that was very important to her.  I love you and miss you every day, Mema. 

At the burial...trying to figure out if we should smile.
The cousins gather to honor mema.

July 2010

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I think we crammed as much into July as humanly possible.  The most exciting part of the month was we finally were able to pour our foundation!

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Eric and the kids had a blast watching. Miles got a little dirty playing in the mud…as you can tell.  It went off without a hitch and onto framing they went just days later.  The kids are having a blast playing out at the house site. Miles is always willing to hold Lyla’s hand and help her around.

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Lyla enjoyed using the strings for leveling the foundation as a necklace.  Yes, I know, choking hazard, but I was watching her.

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Then my grandparents came to visit to celebrate my grandmother’s and Ray’s belated birthdays.  

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As usual the kids stole the show.