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Monday, October 20, 2008

Carving Pumpkins.

Carving pumpkins with three children was not high on my list. In fact, last year, I arranged to be "gone" while J and the kids did this. But I knew that I wouldn't be able to avoid it.

It's not that I didn't want to carve pumpkins and have fun, it's just that making a big, gloppy mess in the kitchen and finding pumpkin seeds (and guts) throughout the house is not very fun for me. Plus there is this whole image of children with knives and pumpkins that makes me start imagining the fastest route to the ER.

But tonight after dinner and showers we all came together in the kitchen, listened to some spooky music (and H chanting "Halloween's coming! Halloween's coming!) and carved the pumpkins. Would you believe me if I actually told you it was fun?

Something about letting go and just letting things be. I think we all had a fun time and I'd even be willing to do it again.

No trip to the ER. And so far, no seeds or guts have been found outside of the kitchen.


Blogger Erin said...

I love the excitement on H's face in that last photo. Don't you just love how children find the most fun in the simplest things?

October 20, 2008 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Coma Girl said...

You haven't convinced me ;) The mess would drive me crazy.

I can't believe that it is colder here in NY (downstate) than where you are. My daughter had her winter hat on today T has on a sleevless shirt!

October 20, 2008 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Oh my year there will be a fourth, BABY pumpkin in that lineup! These pictures are too cute. And you're right...just let it be. Then rinse the pumpkin seeds, scatter them on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and roast. Yummmmmmmm. :)

October 20, 2008 at 11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Love Carving pumpkins we buy those kits for carving. but then again there are no childern in this house so the mess isn't as bad.
Love the big smiles on all those cute little faces, H crackes me up with that excited look on his face. H is so ready to dig in and get messy..
I to love roasting pumpkins seeds yummy..
Love you All
Auntie Laurie

October 21, 2008 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Even adults can make a pumpkin carving mess. We were making sweet pumpkin seeds (Brown sugar coated) and dropped the pan... 2 weeks later I'm still finding seeds!

October 21, 2008 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Alli said...

I love H in the last picture. So cute. Glad that you had fun!

October 21, 2008 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

How fun!!!! H is really getting into it this year!

October 21, 2008 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I love that H is topless. My parents always found that was the way to do it. All of our carving pictures are my sister and I in our underwear. (We were like 5.) Straight from the table to the tub and no slimy clothes to wash.

We have yet to carve pumpkins with j, and considering we have family Christmas on Saturday (I know!) this may not be the year for it either!

October 21, 2008 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Patois said...

We've yet to cut ours up, but some of us are sure pining for some pumpkin seeds.

October 22, 2008 at 8:56 AM  

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