Monday, November 1, 2010

Fallin' into Halloween

Since I have graduated, it seems Squire and I have had a bit more time to get out to do some really fun dates. I wanted to do a post both to record these delightful activities for our family blog history, but also to let you all know about some of the awesome things to do in this area in the Fall.

The Mt.Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. We went to the "Shivers in the Night" program. After dark, about 300 or so of us packed into a big white tent and listened to a handful of storytellers each tell a scary story. We laughed, screamed, and snuggled close while listening to the entertaining bunch of story tellers. There is a midwinter storytelling festival that will be held February 4-5th. So, you could even enjoy the festival sooner than next Fall.
At the end of September, we went with a couple of our friends to ride the lifts at Sundance during the full Harvest moon. The atmosphere was both romantic and silly. We rode the lift for about an hour and just enjoyed the chilly Fall weather and bright white moon. Sundance does these full moon lift rides every Summer. You can find out more about them on their website.
We took a little walk along the paths at the base of Bridal Veil Falls on General Conference Sunday after the last session. The Fall colors were beautiful, and best of all - it was free. :)

Our friends, Heather and Greg, invited us over to "Bejewel" pumpkins. (Well, Heather and I and few of her girlfriends did the bejeweling, while Squire and Greg played video games.) We had a great time chatting and by the end of the evening we all had some cute pumpkins and gourds to decorate our homes.
Squire and I went with my friend, Emily to see BYU's production of one of my very favorite German Operas: Mozart's, Die Zauberfl├Âte (The Magic Flute). I was very impressed by the quality of the costumes, set, and live musical performances of the orchestra and soloists. It brought back memories from my study abroad in Vienna; going to watch world class opera's for only a few dollars - all while standing in the "Stehplatz", as they say in Austria. At least we got to sit for this three hour performance. :) BYU is constantly putting on great plays, operas and concerts. You can find out more at their website.
We enjoyed an evening at our Single's ward Halloween party where we sported our gruesome surgeon and pregnant patient couple's costume.
On the Friday night before Halloween, Squire and I went on the Provo River Halloween cruise. We bought two tickets for only $7 on groupon.com. (An awesome site I might add.) The cruise was very family friendly. There were over 100 hand-carved pumpkins lining the banks of the river, and strings of colored lights hanging overhead. We even were "attacked" by a pirate who told us a bunch of "punny" pirate jokes and gave us some pirate booty (candy). We learned that there is also a Christmas Provo river cruise. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for deals on that one.
On Saturday night (October 30th), we enjoyed an evening home together just handing candy out to trick-or-treaters. (When Halloween falls on Sunday in Utah, most of the trick-or-treaters come on Saturday night.) We had to advertise a bit to get them to come to our door because of our position in the basement.Squire carved our family jack-o-lantern while I decorated my orange shirt with one. (I'm not too fond of pumpkin carving after I cut my hand open carving pumpkins my Junior year of high school.) Isn't he a cutie? Hehe.
I even helped McKenzie and two of her roommates with their hair and make-up for their Halloween dance. I did the swirly eye drawings for Things 1 (McKenzie) and 2 (Jessica).And I styled Alex's hair into a 50's style flip-do.
Sunday night, we spent the evening with Squire's family who live in the area at his Aunt Lynell's home. We all brought a pot of soup and enjoyed treats and games. Squire and I were chosen to compete against each other in a Fireball candy sucking contest. Squire won and I was okay with that as I'm not the biggest fan of hot/cinnamon candy.
Overall, the Fall festivities that ramped up to Halloween were a great success for the Hepworth's this year. We've enjoyed our time as a couple, but we're starting to get really excited to begin traditions as a family. :)

2 comments:

  1. I always wanted to go to that Storytelling Festival when we lived there, but we never did! Sounds like you did some really fun things this fall.

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  2. I agree. It's fun to do things with the big family, but starting traditions with your own little family is fun too. We'll be here by ourselves for Christmas and I'm a little excited.

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