Monday, October 05, 2009

le octobre

October is awesome for a number of reasons. But today, I highlight just a few:

**I am still giddy from the awesomeness of Elder Holland's public speaking. I felt like my couch caught fire or something. I met him before he was an apostle, when he spoke at our Stake Conference in La Verne, CA. And when I say met him, I actually mean that I bumped into him as he was exiting the building. He then grabbed my face with both hands (in a very loving way) and said something that I'll keep to myself, but it was very nice and instantly endeared me to him forever. So yeah, one of my favorites, for sure. Love the Conference.

**I have been much more enamored with the mountains this year than any year previous. I want to shout at everyone I see, "Do you even REALIZE how lucky we are here? To walk outside and BAM!" I'm pretty sure it's because my love affair with Provo is in for some bumpy times ahead, as we will be making the move to...somewhere else. No, really, we don't know where that will be yet. But the thought of it is enough to bring me to tears every time I stand in my front yard and see this:

I mean, COME ON! I live ON a mountain!

**Not only do I get to be in a Halloween-y show this year, which is awesome in and of itself, but October brings all of the rest of the joy that is Halloween. So far, we've indulged in decorating pumpkin cookies (with black frosting, no less), playing late night games of Werewolf (suitable for the season, no?) and updating our Halloween playlist (with help from my friend Kacy.)

This is, in my opinion, an extremely cheesily staged promo pic, but I promise the show is good!

SCARY! Well, maybe you have to be there...

Lucy went with orange...

...while Lane opted for the black.

My older kids are so over cookies, apparently...

Seriously, what do you have to do to generate a little festive excitement around here?

We still have plenty to look forward to, including a visit from my mom and Aydan, a visit from my dad and Janine, a Jones family reunion, a production of Frankenstein put on by my friends, and plenty more Halloween festivities! But at the moment, I will blast "Jai Ho" from my computer while tackling the dishes left over from our Thanksgiving dry run yesterday, which might just need to be a new Conference tradition (especially since all I did was make the rolls.)

P.S. Be sure to catch Oprah on Wed., Oct. 7th, as one of Provo's own will be a guest!

11 comments:

Kristen said...

I love Elder Holland too. His daughter, Mary McCann, was our young women's president while her husband was in Med School in SA. As you can imagine she was the best, and we got visits by Patricia Holland to our ward a couple times a year. He's awesome.
I love Utah mountains in the fall. It looks like the mountain is on fire with the leaves changing. So beautiful.

M-Cat said...

That black frosting is the best! I missed conference due to a sick 2 year old that wouldn't be consoled. But thank goodness for DVR, will be watching it tonight

Jenni said...

Loving all the October festivities...especially those cookies--yum! And are you gonna be on oprah??

erin said...

Fun post Hailey :)
I'm jealous that you get to live on that mountain!
And, Oprah!? You're making a trip to Chicago soon? Fun!

Mom n Pop Wilson said...

Amen! Elder Holland's talk was amazing and so powerful. And, the mountains in your backyard really are stunning. I wish I had that view to greet me each day! I tried decorating halloween cookies with Elly's kids last year. Yours turned out much better.:)

Shawn said...

Yay for Elder Holland!! And I love Pres. Eyring, as I met him when he came to NH and spoke at the last time they sent General Authorities to Stake Conference----and of course, I got to sing for him too!!

And YAY!!! for my trip out there!----Next week---already!!


Yay!!

Jewels said...

Oh how I ADORE this season! I took a plethora of pictures up the canyon last week that I still have to post. How I adore this place in the Fall, it's my favorite season - gor.geous.

I'm sorry I missed 'the wolf' the other night! I didn't get home until the wee hours...like 2. Were you still playing? Hmm, maybe. Can't wait to see your show, can't wait to see YOU, and can't wait for more Halloween frivolity. The best kind.

Daddy Dave said...

I would have eaten all the cookies and oh my gosh I missed the Thanksgivign dry run! That's not fair! My favorites for conference were the entire first session oin Saturday and Elder Holland's unbelievable sermon on the Book of Mormon. He must be tired of all the Book of Mormon bashing naysayers and wet noodle Mormons.

The girl said...

Hey. This is Kristen's sister in law Ashley. Did you grow up in LaVerne? I lived there till I was in middle school. I recently put up a picture of my old house from there on my blog! When we were younger we went to a LaVerne Stake...but then for some reason we had permission to go to church in Glendora. When did you live there?

Kacy said...

Stop talking about moving. It makes me mad.

Amber said...

just dropped by via Mindy's blog. You are the CUTEST and SASSIEST looking Audrey I have ever seen! What great costumes you have. Love the choice of redhair...I had to be blonde when I played her. Have a great show and smooth move.