Pumpkin Fun - If you call an hour and a half of carving pumpkins fun!
Last Friday Rick and I decided to take the kids to pick out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. They loved it! They took so much time to look at them all just to get the perfect one. We finally had to give them a little nudge to move along so we could get a little dinner and make it home in time to carve the pumpkins. We stopped at Wally World on the way home and got some patterns to ensure that we would have really awesome pumpkins lit up on the porch. Once we got home and Rick and I had them cleaned out, we had the kids each pick out what design they wanted to use. Of course my children picked out the two most difficult ones. We started tracing the designs with the nifty pumpkin carvers courtesy of Grandma Becky. The kids were eager to help with that part and Rick and I felt it was safe since there weren't any sharp blades or knives involved yet. As we got about a half hour into the project we realized that we were in for the long haul. Both Bennett and Taylor were bored with the carving by now and it quickly turned into a Rick and Ali project. As we sat and discussed the tradition of carving pumpkins we quickly realized that it really isn't much of a children's activity. Cleaning out the guts is really messy (any of you who know my daughter know that she would have been covered from head to toe in pumpkin guts had we let her attempt this task), then you get to carving and there are plenty of sharp objects involved, and then you have to play with fire to even get them to light up! Needless to say the pumpkins are done for the year and the kids loved the way they turned out. Luckily there is a whole year to forget what a pain in the butt this really is so they can talk us into doing it all over again! Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween! The finished product!!