Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Family Pumpkin Carving 2010

When life gives you lemons, then by golly, pull a frosty mug out of the freezer, squeeze those lemons, sugar coat that rim, and make a glass of lemonade that puts even Mrs. Cleaver to shame. That is what we do in the Robert household, and that is exactly what I'm doing right now... because let me tell you, I've had to jump through some hoops to make this post happen. I'll spare you the details, but just know that instead of my normal blog post today, you're getting a video! Blogger won't let me upload pictures? Fine. I'll work around your rules, blogger. Neener, neener!

*Don't worry...we've rectified the picture problem, and within 24 hours all should be well with the world again.* Whew...I know you were twisted up inside about that one. :D

Alright, to the topic at hand! It is time for family traditions Part II. Where there's a pumpkin picking, there's a pumpkin carving! If you missed the choosing of our family pumpkin this year, you can check it out here.

We began our pumpkin carving tradition as a family last year. Evelyn was just four months old, and she had more fun trying to kick our pumpkin off of the kitchen table than participating in actually cleaning out our great orange gourd! Here is one photo I managed to sneak in before I maxed out my picture usage. My first baby's first Halloween pumpkin. *Sigh*

Last year we decided to stray away from the traditonal jack-o-lantern face, and we carved a monogram "R" into our family pumpkin. 

I was so excited to get this year's carving underway. Evelyn enjoys getting into everything these days, and I just knew that this project would be right up her alley. Poor Gracie was awoken from her perpetual newborn slumber every so often for a photo op. Sorry, kid. You were born into the Robert family, what can I say? You'll notice how absolutely thrilled she was about this...or maybe it was the fact that mommy dressed her in an outfit with a tutu? (Which I think is oh-so-cute, by the way. Thanks, aunt Amy!) 

In our family, it is always mommy's job to trace the pattern onto the pumpkin, and daddy's job to carve it out. We weren't sure which design we were going to use this year. It was down to three choices, and in the end we decided on...well...let's see if you can guess what it is! Okay, okay, the suspense is over. YOU watch the video. I'M going to go grab that glass of lemonade! (For real, I'm a lemonadaholic - figuratively and literally!)

So...could you tell what it is was? If you guessed a roaring, majestic, fall fire then you are absolutely correct! Haha. Well, we tried...and I for one think it's cutie. :) I had wanted so badly for Evelyn to dig right into that pumpkin and make a right good mess of things. But, she didn't. Apparently those veiny, orange guts were a little too much for my ordinarily curious kid. She did love the seeds though, and tried to eat every single slimy specimen she could find. 

Sick. :) 

Can I just tell you how much it makes my heart flutter to know that we now have another family member to share our traditions with? And, oh my goodness, we are entering into the SEASON of family traditions. EEK! They need to invent a pill for people like me to pop this time of year so we can simmer down a bit. The tricks and treats, the gobble gobble, the cookie baking, the shopping, the Christmas tree, the first gift of Christmas, the parties, the, the, the.... Heeelp meee....

Hehe. FYI, we did roast the seeds...which were delish. Set your oven to 325 degrees, rinse your seeds, toss in oil and salt, and bake for 25 minutes. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Nice job on the video. I really enjoy your creativity.

Love Ya
Grandpa Greg

Cassie said...

I love how you did the video! Super cute.
And I would have to say my favorite part is Evie just chilling standing on the table. lol. Hilarious.
P.S. what kind of camera do you have?! I think it's time for this Momma to upgrade and it would be the PERFECT x-mas present for me!!

joyce said...

love it!! love it!! love it!!

Christine Pettijohn said...

Great Video!!!!

Kim said...

If I had half of your creativity, a fourth of your energy, and an eighth of your writing skills, I'd be............young again! Another super cute blog (excuse me video blog!)

Adrien said...

Thank you, everyone! Eric and I have fun messing around with our pictures; it really doesn't take long at all to put together a slideshow. Glad you enjoyed it! I'll have to keep that in mind for future posts. :)


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