My favorite time of year – fall is here! October – December are my absolute favorite. We started off the new season with a crazy week. Here is the breakdown:
Monday night I met up with some girls in our neighborhood to say goodbye to a neighbor and friend. We met at Orange Leaf for some frozen yogurt. I am going to miss Ashley so much!
Tuesday we met up with Zach’s family at the Salt Lake Temple to be a part of the sealing of my newest nephew, Will. It was so special, and I’m so glad that he is stuck with us forever! In true Henderson form, we met for dinner afterwards. We grubbed at PF Changs with near 30 people. Which means 8 orders of lettuce wraps. Congrats to Lori and Trav, you have such a beautiful family!
Yes, this little guy is only 6 months old…[notice his kicks!]
His sisters were so darling in their white outfits!
Wednesday Zach and I decided to have a night out. We went out to dinner and then rushed to catch a late movie – turns out nobody goes to movies on Wednesday nights…there were four people in the entire theater.
Thursday, HAZMAT was sent to our office to clean up the fortress on top of our fire escape. Apparently a homeless man had made a cardboard structure up there and had made the place his home. The crew was sent to clean up his….waste. Pretty gnarly up there, that structure. I kind of feel bad for the poor guy – he builds this killer home out of cardboard, probably wasn’t bothered one bit on our fire escape, had the shade of a giant tree…and then the po-lice came and ruined everything.
Speaking of work, we are pretty short handed in the design department around here. I have been working like a mad woman to get all of our upcoming and perspective projects going. My computers weren’t rendering as fast as I needed them to, so my boss upgraded me a machine so I could have four screens and render more efficiently. We have named my office Quatro – I feel like Bruce Wayne in my high tech lair. I’ve got a 42″ TV, a 24″ monitor, my 15″ lappy, and my original 32″ monitor. One of those screens was used to watch Downton Abbey Season 3 while at work [thank you Melinda!!!] but my boss doesn’t care what I do or watch during work as long as I get my shizzle done.
Thursday night was the Utah vs. USC football game. We had a great time with our friends and family, and even though the Utes didn’t win…I would say we still gave a them a pretty good show!
Friday after work, because we didn’t have a big enough dose of football already, we attended the USU vs. BYU game down in Provo. I love to think that Zach really wanted to support the Aggies with me, but truth be told…I think he would go to any game opposing BYU and enjoy it. He did, however, wear Aggie gear with me.
We made the journey down to Provo and couldn’t believe the traffic!
It was my first time in Cougar Stadium. At half time Zach and I made our way to the concessions. He got a Cougar Dog and I ordered a Diet Coke. In all seriousness, I had no idea they only sold caffeine free beverages. That did not bode well with me. I asked if they had any regular Diet Coke and was pretty dramatic. They all laughed in unison. I thought I was being punk’d.
Needless to say, we both left the stadium dissapointed. The Aggies lost by 3 points and I went without a DC for nearly 3 hours.
Saturday was much needed – we spent the day watching the sessions of Conference and getting a lot done at home.
I had my first experience with fresh, homemade peanut butter. Why is everything homemade 10x better than store bought?
I finally put up our Halloween Decor.
This year we have a few new additions. Pretty sure this thingy used to be a fondue server, but I spray painted it black and made it a “cauldron”…kind of.
I also completed a little Halloween DIY project I have wanted to do – a monogram pumpkin. Probably the easiest Halloween craft on earth.
Later that evening, Zach set off for the Preisthood Session of Conference and I drove down to Taylorsville for a long time friend and USU roommate’s surprise birthday party. Her sweet husband put everything together for her! It was great to see some old friends and celebrate Kelli’s [belated] Birthday!
After the party I met up with some ladies in my family to do a Girls’ Night since all the men were still at Conference.
We dined at Applebee’s and then went to our “activity”. My cousin Cassidy and I planned it and kept it a secret from my mother. I knew that if she found out we were going to a Haunted House she would refuse to go. As we pulled up, she had a mini spaz attack, but agreed to go in with us. We went to the Castle of Chaos in Taylorsville. After waiting in line amongst some pre-teens and high school sweethearts, we finally entered into the attraction. My mother…screamed the entire time! As we would make our way into each new segment of the house, she would duck/hide/burrow behind me. The four of us held hands the entire time and I actually kicked one of the spooky empolyees. The highlight was in the “insane asylum” portion, where we had to take a break in the corner because we were laughing so hard we though my mom would pee her pants.
After we exited, we made our way to Leatherby’s for some dessert.
My mom always orders extra hot fudge, consumes the entire thing…and then gets on a crazy sugar high.
For example – we decided to stop at Harmon’s for some last minute purchases before returning home. She started to get fussy. She usually goes to be around 10, so it was way past her bed time. She said she was “exhausted” and “didn’t want to walk anymore”. So Cassidy, my Aunt, and I set off to get our items. Two seconds later, she comes zooming down the aisle, laughing so hard she had tears streaming down her face…in this:
And Zach wonders where I get my “personality”….
The remainder of the weekend was spent watching more sessions of conference, eating a delicous Sunday dinner at my Aunt’s house, and visiting with family and friends.
Conference was amazing. It is by far the best way to offically kick-off the fall season!