October brought it's own round of excitement. One of my VERY favorite things to do this time of year is to go to the Odyssey's Thriller! I was really hoping I would have Jason with me this year, but of course...it didn't work out yet again. I'm crossing my fingers for next year because I just know he would love it!
It was a fantastic night! I was completely blown away and shamed at the same time! I don't know how I even consider myself a dancer! Amy came along with me and we began the night with a mouthwatering dinner at Texas Roadhouse! Another Gruber favorite! Amy had never been before...so thanks to me, she has now seen the light.
For Halloween, I had to work during the afternoon, which was a bummer...needless to say. But thanks to some miracle, I was able to leave early. Jason and I were quite excited for our costumes. We proudly represented Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.
Jason made the most PERFECT Harry! We dressed in capes and wands (thanks to my days working at This Is The Place Heritage Park). Our excitement quickly deflated as we arrived at Mike and Kaitlyn Pacada's apartment. They had not gotten into the spirit of Halloween...as they had no costumes. However, we did enjoy a delicious jack-o-lantern pizza and a scary movie (Drag Me to Hell...actually, a very good movie!)
Another exciting thing that happened during October was getting a surprise visit from the Tuttles. Robby was working on a project that took him away from home for a whole month. As a result, Amy, Harlan, and Clara came to visit the family in Utah.
It was so fun getting to see them outside of the typical holiday or special occasion. Based on past posts, you may think we see them all the time, but that's only when the months are summed up and highlighted. It is always special when we get to see them. We spent one of the first nights with them at the newer restaurant, Pirate Island. It was such a fun atmosphere and the kids loved the arcade part of it.
Adding to the family fun even more, at the beginning of the month, Jason and I went with my family to visit my mom's side of the family in Idaho. We went up there for General Conference weekend and it was such a treat. I am so sad because I haven't been able to make it up there as frequently as I would like (I used to visit all the time! I love my cousins and my grandparents!). Shelley, Idaho just doesn't find it's way on my calendar like it used to, which makes it all the more exciting when we finally do get a chance to go.
The month of October also means my dad's birthday. He turned 50 this year! I can't believe it! To my surprise, we spent the morning and afternoon at Boondocks! I figured that would be the last place my dad would want to spend even a bad day! It turned out to be such a blast...playing laser tag and miniature golf. It just doesn't get much better than that. Afterwords, we headed home for cake and ice cream!