This past weekend, we headed to NOLA for some Halloween fun. New Orleans does Halloween right, and we couldn’t wait to get down there.
We left after work and school on Friday, and we ate at one of my favorite places in New Orleans, Cochon Butcher. I got their bratwurst special, and it was so good. Sheff really enjoyed his root beer and getting to read while he ate some of their homemade chips. After that, we stopped at Rouse’s for some supplies and made our way to the hotel for the night.
Saturday, we got up pretty early and all got ready for the day. We had breakfast po’boys at Two Chicks and then caught the street car to head up St. Charles. We, of course, had to stop by the Skeleton House to get pictures. Definitely my most favorite Halloween house. Unfortunately, the street cars had gotten all bunched up, so we ended up walking to the pumpkin patch. Which wasn’t too terrible, because the weather was beautiful, and we got to check out all the houses on St. Charles. After dropping our pumpkins back off at the car, we headed down into the Quarter. We stumbled upon Boo Carre, which was perfect for the kiddo! They had store to store trick-or-treating, live music, a place where you could color and make your own button, and of course balloon animals. Sheff got a ton of candy, and was just all-around super excited.
After that, we headed over to the Jazz Museum for Riverfest. We sat and watched a little bit, before deciding we were starving, so we headed over to Dat Dog for a bite to eat. The food was so good, but the coolest part of all? Two guys from the Rolling Elvi were sitting at the bar. They asked if we were heading to the parade, and Sheffield said he was, and the Elvi went out to his scooter, and got Sheff a whole bunch of Elvi loot. It was so sweet of them. On the way to the parade route, we got to stop by a glitter booth, and Sheff and I both got all sparkled up. We went and got set up and waited for the parade. We were so lucky that another family had a kid around Sheff’s age, and they stood up really close and racked up from the floats. It was so nice to see how excited they got when a float came rolling by. We were obviously all very tired after the parade rolled, and hit the hotel room around 9. We had walked a total of ten miles since the morning, and we were all beat. It was definitely one of those NOLA days that I didn’t want to see end.
Sunday, we went to another one of our favorites for breakfast – Bywater Bakery. They have the most amazing bacon,egg and grit go-cup, and I’m obsessed with it. Plus the best pastries – Sheff inhaled the chocolate croissant. Another one of those only in Nola stories for us – the lead singer of B’s favorite band (they’re from New Orleans) was sitting at one of the tables eating breakfast. B didn’t want to bother him, but if you look closely in that close-up picture of Sheff to the right, you can see him back there. After breakfast, we loaded back into the car and headed home. Sheff had a baseball game at 430, so we wanted to make sure we made it back in time. Sheff made some really great plays at first, and still has yet to need the tee. Super proud of how consistent that little guy has been in baseball during fall ball. We’ve got him all signed up for YMCA basketball for winter, so sports-mom it is for me.
B and I ended the weekend with sushi and watched Sunday Night Football – we were in bed super early and talked about what a great Nola trip that was. We’ve got a few things going this week – first of all, the Braves are back in the World Series – the first time since 1999! Can’t wait to watch this team hopefully win the title! Plus, to put an exclamation point on the weekend, one of my best friends just took a job in Birmingham. Which means, she’ll be moving here, and we won’t have to go MONTHS in between seeing each other – and our sons will get to grow up together!! We’ve also got a few Halloween things sprinkled in – carving pumpkins, watching Charlie Brown and maybe hitting up a huge trunk-or-treat. I hope y’all have had a great start to this spooooky week!