Halloween, Spooky Hotels, and Birthday Surprises

After my volleyball team’s last game in Tucson last Friday, I went with my mom, brother, and grandparents to my grandparents’ house in Coolidge, which is about an hour away from Tucson.  Saturday morning, I made a spur of the moment decision to go home with my mom and brother for Halloween!  I surprised the heck out of my little brother and sister!  Levi was the Joker; he’s been in a Batman phase for about a year now, so it didn’t surprise me to see him in his adorable orange vest and green hair.  What DID surprise me was my sister!  She had stayed up all night the night before, watching a YouTube how-to-do-Michael-Jackson’s-Thriller-dance!  She had it NAILED!  And, for the sake of Halloween, decided to paint her face too!

My dad and Levi are both “Joker”s.

Lexie dancing to “Thriller”.

Oh my gosh!  She’s almost as tall as me now!!

Levi had a “specially made by Mom” pocket in his vest to carry his “weapon”… silly string.

This is me going after Levi when he sprayed too much silly string in my hair.  You can’t see his face, but he was scared!

And this is me, Landon, Lexie and Levi!  Halloween… gotta love it!

Last night was the night for exploring downtown Prescott.  My suitemates and I were restless, and so we decided to take a visit to Whiskey Row to window shop.  We milled around the cute shops and the courthouse, and then we decided to explore the hotel that I had seen on TV as a “haunted hotel”.  (You know, Halloween specials and all that!)  Miranda, Lauren, (my suitemates), Christian (our neightbor), and I went into the lobby of the famous Hassayampa Inn just to check it out.  As a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it has been a hot spot ever since before the1920’s.  Clark Gable, Tom Mix, The Beach Boys and more famous people even stayed there!!  The part that interested me, though, was the part about a ghost named Faith.  As a young bride whose husband left her in the hotel room and never came back, Faith hung herself.  She’s been “seen” in various parts of the hotel, or so the story goes.  Me, I’m not a big believer in the paranormal, but then again I’d never been in a haunted hotel before.  Oh, well I have, but the Hollywood Tower of Terror in California Adventures doesn’t count!

After our not-so-close encounter, we came home and decided to watch a movie… Anastasia!  It was definitely a lot of fun.  What made it better is the fact that Lauren’s birthday was today, and so we decided to decorate her room with streamers and balloons and such.  Teri even put nineteen candles on a chocolate muffin for her!


Jammy time!

You go girl.

And so, life continues…

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”

-Abraham Lincoln

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