If you're a parent,
chances are, you're slaving over costumes
right this very minute,
still blurry-eyed from
carving your jack-o-lantern yesterday.
I am so happy that
I AM NOT!
I had my share of Halloween fun over the years
but I'm glad pumpkin carving is behind me.
I have shared in past blogs that I
am blessed with creativity,
but somehow I missed out on the
I can't draw, paint, sculpture,
arrange flowers, write on cakes or
Darn it! I WANT to do these things,
so I do them,
but they don't look good.
My pumpkin carving began the year
Lindsay was an adorable two-year-old bunny.
I sewed her costume...creative,
and carved the traditional face
in the pumpkin.. .TRYING to be artistic!
Actually, I am surprised to see this picture.
My carving was not THAT bad.
(Don't you just want to squeeze that precious bunny?)
I was on a roll for the next year
when she was a three-year-old tiger...
I simply carved up the traditional
and Lindsay was thrilled.
Nothing artistic...just the easy, basic pumpkin faces.
But as the kiddies got older,
they wanted to be involved in the entire
While hubby carved...
When they all petered out,
I ended up finishing the carving
and cleaning up the mess.
No pictures of that because I
was abandoned in the kitchen...
"Mom, why can't we have COOL pumpkins?"
the kids complained the next year.
So I found what looked like easy, smiley
patterns on the Internet.
After sweatily carving two out of four I asked the kids,
"Wouldn't it be fun to just DRAW
a face on the other two pumpkins?"
Note my drawing on pumpkins is
right up there with my writing on cakes ability.
The next year,
with new, safe carving tools,
the kids could help.
Yet I always ended up finishing the project
and CLEANING UP!
One year, I watched Martha Stewart on TV carve
three dozen pumpkins to line her
driveway for trick-or-treaters.
She used a DRILL!
I was certain, my pumpkin pains were over.
My ten year old son was ecstatic to use the drill.
DO NOT do this!
It sprayed pumpkin gunk all over the kitchen.
My favorite part was lighting the pumpkins
and taking pictures.
Neighbor Megan joined us one Halloween:
The year the movie "Pearl Harbor" came out,
pre-teen Lindsay was crushing on
so we had a JOSH pumpkin that year.
The kids loved the spunk and spookiness
of all those glowing pumpkins.
No glow at our house this year,
I was relieved to pass up the pumpkins...
and the sore arms from the carving...
and the MESS!
We live in a cul-de-sac with just six houses.
All the kiddies are grown,
so no trick-or-treaters at our house this year.
Hubby and I will sit and eat the chocolate
we bought "just in case".
We have to keep some tradition!