Our weekend felt long for a change and that was nice. Friday night we stayed in with pizza and a couple of movies and an absurd amount of Halloween candy. I've lived in four different neighborhoods in Moore County, and never have we had more than a half-dozen trick-or-treaters.
We thought we might be surprised this year since there are tons of families in our neighborhood, but no. Our cousins Emma and Jessie came by, as did both of our next-door neighbors and a couple other randoms, but that was it.
Every Halloween our lack of trick-or-treaters perplexes Matt because it was such a major event for him growing up. In his neighborhood they had a big party, then kids went around to all the houses in groups of 10 or 12, and when they'd covered their own neighborhood the adults drove them to other neighborhoods where they knocked on yet more doors.
I, on the other hand, have different expectations because we lived more out in the country than in a neighborhood. Every year Mom and Dad took us to Granny and Granddaddy's, where Amanda and I made out like candy bandits, and a couple other family friends and then we spent the rest of the night, most years, at our church's Halloween carnival.
My favorite memory of the church carnival is of wonderfully scary hayrides through the pitch-black graveyard. But it all went downhill when the powers-that-be renamed it the fall festival, banned witch/goblin/devil costumes, and replaced the hayrides with Bible bingo.
Enough about that.
Saturday morning I had a great breakfast with Carrie and Christy. I love those girls so, so much.
(No, we did not have wine with breakfast. This picture is from our Boston trip a couple of years ago.)
I could have stayed there all day but Matt and I had plans to meet Sallie and Steven and Sadie (remember Sadie?) in Asheboro for lunch. After lunch we went back to their house to hang out while Sadie slept. That was our plan, anyway. Sadie's agenda included staying awake and entertaining us, and she prevailed. Sallie's having another baby in March and finds out today whether it's a girl or a boy! My guess is another girl. (Update: Wrong! It's a boy!)
We got home in time for a short run to take advantage of the gorgeous day, then that night we went to a party to celebrate the three-year anniversary of the local magazine I edit and write for.
Sunday after church we had lunch with Matt's family to celebrate his Gramps' birthday, then we went home and watched football. And I would just like to announce that with my fantasy-football victory over Stephen yesterday, I am now on a five-game winning streak!