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Halloween 2018

11.01.2018


Another Halloween is in the books! While I did really enjoy the holiday this year, I have to admit that I had all of the Halloween decorations down and away by 9:15am November 1. I'm not sure if it's because completing Halloween means we're one step closer to welcoming our new baby or if it's just because I was tired of the decorations or if I'm ready to move on to Thanksgiving and Christmas, both holidays I enjoy even more than Halloween.

At any rate here is a little Halloween recap. This year was a three costume year for Reagan. We started our festivities with Trunk-r-Treat with Jordan's parents' ward, and costume #1 was Belle (again, she was Belle last year). I dressed up as an avocado, and Jordan as a bowler (although I don't have any pictures of his costume :(  ) The girls had a great time and collected way more candy than they need.



Next up, is not necessarily Halloween related but Fall none the less. Last Sunday night we went up American Fork Canyon and made tinfoil dinners with my parents. The foliage was fantastic. It was beautiful and breathtaking. Our tinfoil dinners were tasty but the dutch oven peach cobbler we had for dessert was the best part. We brought a few boxes of sparklers we've had laying around since the 4th of July and the girls had fun waving them around once it got dark.



For family night on Monday we had a little Halloween "Party." We went and got drinks and cookies  at Maverick (solely because this pregnant mama was craving a drink and we had some free cookie coupons) and then had chili and carved pumpkins while listening to Halloween music. Jordan's pumpkin turned out AMAZING! After we finish our pumpkin carving we drove around our neighborhood looking at decorations, particularly one house that goes all out with a projection of clips from The Nightmare Before Christmas with the radio tune in music. We read Room on the Broom while we drove home and then the girls headed to bed. Room on the Broom has been a family favorite the last few years. This year Naomi appointed herself the task of saying, "Whoosh! And they were gone!" and she says it with real gusto. It's the cutest thing. I didn't take pictures of the pumpkins lit up but you can see them in the pictures below sitting on our steps.



Costume #2 for Reagan was for school. She dressed up as Anna from Frozen. We thought she was just going to be Anna for Halloween this year but she threw us a curve ball at the last minute which was just fine.



Before Trick or Treating we had our spooky Halloween "Feast" complete with Halloween candles, all orange dishes, and mummies and tots. We watched about 30 minutes of The Nightmare Before Christmas and then got our costumes on to get ready to head out.



Costume #3 for Reagan was Sleeping Beauty for trick or treating. Naomi was SOOOO excited about trick or treating this year. After every house she'd sprint down the driveway to inform us what kind of candy she got and to run on to the next house. At one point she told Jordan that if she ran she could get more candy faster. We went down our street and then to a few other houses of friends in our ward. We finished the night sorting the candy, collecting our parent tax, and then watched Room on the Broom before bed.

 

Bryce Canyon Family Reunion

9.18.2018


We spent the weekend at Bryce Canyon with Jordan's family. We skipped out of town on Friday morning and headed down to Panguitch. After resting for a bit we headed out for a drive. We drove to Cedar Breaks and were totally floored by the changing colors of all of the leaves. I'm not sure if it was the time of day we were out, or the kind of trees, but some of them looked like fire. They were gorgeous. We went to one look out spot and then stopped at Panguitch Lake for some rock throwing.

Saturday we spent all day at the National Park. There's a fire at Bryce Canyon National Park right now so that caused us to change our plans only slightly, but we still ended up with a really full day. We checked out lots of view points in the morning, including Natural Bridge, Piracy Point, Swamp Canyon, Paria View and then we had a picnic lunch at Sunset Point before checking out Thor's Hammer. From there we went to the Visitor Center and then went to hike to Mossy Cave. This was a great little hike. There was a pretty waterfall and a cave to see and it was only .8 miles. Perfect for our little crew. At the end our girls of course couldn't resist dipping their feet in the creek.

It was a great weekend with lots of tasty food, fun games, and family time. Thanks for the getaway Dave and Martha!



^^Reagan's fashion lately.... She has so many opinions and wants to be so "fashion" (fashionable).

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