Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fall in Arizona

This post is brought to you by the fact that I am wearing long sleeves today for the first time in many, many months. 

We made the brilliant life decision to move the the desert at the very beginning of summer (to be fair, the timing here was not totally in our control). It has been a very long summer of trying to stay inside of an air-conditioned area as much as possible, which has not really allowed us to get to know our new state too well.

Sure, we made a quick trip to Prescott over Memorial Day Weekend, and our "mini-moon" was in Flagstaff, but other than that, we haven't been spending too much free time away from the house.

On top of that, no one in our neighborhood comes outside in the summer. We met our neighbors to our right the day we moved in (coincidentally the first 100-degree weekend of the year), but they were also new Arizonians, and didn't yet realize that no one should be outside in that weather! A few weeks later our neighbors to the left came over to introduce themselves and their kids, and luckily passed on the words of wisdom to not write off the neighborhood quite yet: "you won't meet anybody here until about fall. The first summer we moved in we didn't meet any of our neighbors until it started cooling off and people came outside again."

Truer words had never been spoken. We've gone most of the time in our house without seeing anyone outside unless they were in a car.

Enter: Fall!

Last week a neighbor a few houses down stopped by to invite us to their block-wide chili party to get to know the new neighbors (they are pseudo snow birds and were gone most of the summer when a few houses on the block sold). We were very excited for a one-stop-shop to get introduced to everyone. There were too many people for us to remember all the names, but at least we know the faces now!

Then on Saturday, it was Halloween! We had plans to go out with some friends, but not until 7:30, which gave us plenty of time to hand out candy to the adorably-costumed kids of the neighborhood! We have an awesome tree-lined, center-median divided street, so our street seemed to be VERY popular for trick-or-treating. We had just about the perfect amount of candy which I am REALLY proud of.

Before we went over to our friend's, I made this cute brownie/cookie/candy corn graveyard, inspired by Pinterest. It didn't turn out perfectly (I should have used a smaller brownie sheet and a smaller icing tip), but I thought it was adorable.


And here we are as a doctor and a witch, or, if you will, a witch doctor (which was totally not planned, I deviated from my standard cat costume idea on Friday)

Happy fall to all, ESPECIALLY since it's hockey season and the Ducks are looking slightly better in November than they did in October!