Our annual "pilgrimage" to West Jordan for the frightfully fun Witches Night was again a success...even better than last year! (Part of it's improvement, I think, was the fact that we ate dinner at 5:30 instead of 9:00. No hunger pains interrupting our good time!) Enjoying a deliciously Italian meal at Macaroni Grill was only the beginning of our girl's night out. Heidi brought Ally and Janae (sp?), two people who the Taft family all adore, and of course Grandma, Ashlee and Lindsay were there. Halle looked so cute! To dinner she wore the sweetest, most "grown-up" outfit that my mom had bought her for her birthday--a brown fitted shirt with brown plaid gaucho pants. Seriously, she lit up the room! Once we got to Gardner Village, she donned her witchy uniform...a black & purple dress with matching hat. (I had bought her the neatest spider hat last year, which she wore in '07, but this time she told me she wanted her "accessories to match". Hmph. How can I argue with that, I guess. Pick your battles.) Either way, she got a lot of compliments on what a wonderful wee witch she made. Halle joined Aunt Lindsay and Aunt Heidi in rockin' the dance floor. As Halle would say, they were "shaking their booties". I tried to videotape them, Heidi especially, as she was excellent in getting her "groove on", but it was too dark to really see anything. Too bad. Everyone would have loved seeing that! But once the dance floor had been worn out, we moved along to the shops! In some ways, it can get tricky to do a girl's night out...being the only woman there with a young daughter, the things Halle and I want to do can be different than anybody else's. So we spent some time on our own. While the rest of our witch clan was hunting for bargain shoes, we hopped on our broomsticks over to the Day Spa, where Halle got the star treatment with a sparkly red manicure. Then we caught up with the gang again, people-watching (or should I say "witch-watching"), which was half the fun! After enjoying a crisp yet gooey caramel apple, Halle and I headed home. That was another help making this year more fun...we brought our own car. When you're 7 years old, the novelty of the night ends earlier than it does for an adult. It was nice to be able to get her home and in bed before too late without ruining the fun for the others. All in all, it was another fun night of Halloween memories. 'Can't wait to go again next year!