October 31, 2006


I didn't grow up celebrating Halloween and I don't particularly love it now. Carving pumpkins is messy and makes my hands sore. I think it all brings out my inner Grinch. However, my kids look forward to carving pumpkins every year and so we do it. For some reason, it isn't actually all about me.

This year we did a skull, a traditional face and a kitty cat.


Cool pumpkins!

I'm with you. Halloween isn't my favorite. Sam (3 1/2) hates the dressing up part. Will not do it. Pumpkins are much fun though.

And even better than the pumkins...beautiful kids. :-)

Posted by: Jennifer at October 31, 2006 07:02 PM

With apologies to Charles Schulz, those are truly Great Pumpkins. (The squash are cute, too ;-) )

Posted by: Patricia at October 31, 2006 09:13 PM

Adorable children. Love the kitty pumpkin the best!

Posted by: chris at October 31, 2006 09:22 PM

Wow, those are impressive!! What adorable little kidlets too!

Posted by: dcrmom at November 1, 2006 06:56 AM

I just cannot say how awestruck I am over your pumpkin carvings. I remember your last year's offering too - truly amazing. What type of cutting tools do you use (aside from your wonderful artistic abilities!)?

Posted by: Tricia at November 1, 2006 08:29 AM

Thanks, everyone. Tricia, we just have one of those plastic carving sets with various saws and a scooper. I think we got it at Wal-Mart several years ago.

Posted by: Jordana at November 1, 2006 08:31 AM

Plastic carving sets? Don't you own power tools?

[There's a thought for a book - "The Router Jack O'Lantern: An Illustrated Guide"]

Posted by: skinnydan at November 1, 2006 08:42 AM

Dan, we don't do any extreme pumpkin carving here. I do most of the carving and I don't particularly like power tools.

Posted by: Jordana at November 1, 2006 10:42 AM

Did you save the seeds? It's difficult to turn your back on some delicious fresh roasted punkin seeds, although after all that carving you maybe didn't want to bother (or have the time) with the cleaning and baking.

Posted by: Marc V at November 1, 2006 11:15 AM

Hmmm...I'm thinking your plastic walmart tools do definitely outrank my little paring knife that I used last year - it was a rather tedious process, I must say. Perhaps I should "invest" in some proper pumpkin tools!

Posted by: Tricia at November 1, 2006 05:19 PM