The Zoo

I guess one of the perks in this stage of life is exploring everything through a toddler’s eyes.  Like, for instance, the zoo.  It was a warmish fall afternoon and I can’t think of a better way to pass the time.  I don’t think I ever realized how tall the giraffes were or how completely huge an elephant is or how enchanting a tiger’s roar can sound.  Oh, to be a one-year-old and experience this amazing world all over again…

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Halloween

For not being big Halloween people, we definitely made the most of the event this year. Halloween was a three part celebration for the Mellors.  The highlight was taking our baby chick to Park City’s Main Street to trick-or-treat.  We had heard great things about Park City on Halloween, but none of us quite understood what we were getting in to.  Once the candy started flowing and all those puppies showed up in costume, we were hooked (especially Charlotte).  Thank you Park City dog lovers for giving us the best Halloween experience ever.  I’m already scheming on how we can get Prissy involved next year.  John was dressed up as a character from the movie Grease that day for work and stayed in costume for Park City.

We also had the grand experience of paying tribute to Anna Nicole Smith and Howard Marshall for our adult Halloween party a few days before the 31st.  John sat through over three hours of makeup to become 89 years old.  I lucked out on pulling off a blonde 26 year old, but I did have to push John around in a wheelchair all night – not as easy as it looks.  Unfortunately, we didn’t win any awards this year but we had such a fun time staying in character that evening.

Lastly, we capped off the whole season with a Day of the Dead themed party – apparently Day of the Dead is a real Mexican holiday celebrated on and after Halloween.  I didn’t have much experience with this tradition but it was quite fascinating once we got started.  Our good friends, Kristina and Brett, hosted this amazing party.  I wish I had taken more pictures because it was truly a work of art.

I think this year was a turning point for us and Halloween driven mainly by the Main Street experience of tiny kids and dogs in costumes with good friends on a sunny afternoon.  That’s a far cry from how John claims he spent most of his childhood Halloweens roaming the streets in Arkansas late at night causing mischief.

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