Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Rewind

I had a revelation while lying Gracie down in her crib last night. As I heaved her over the bed rails and watched her flop around like a fish out of water for a few seconds, I got sucker punched right in the gut by the realization that this kid is really big. Not just a little bit big...but she's really big. And if this kid is big, what about that other kid that lives here that's even bigger than this one? I have more than one of these in my collection. Holy cow. I was sort of in disbelief until I walked into the other room, and there was the first one all sprawled out watching Gnomeo and Juliet right before my eyes.

Yep. It's true. Adrien Robert, you are a mother of two big kids...welcome to reality. (Where have you been?)

So since our weekend was kind of an epic failure, I thought we'd just press the rewind button on this here production and pick up where we left off on October 30. :) We had just survived a whirlwindy sort of afternoon picking our family pumpkin, and we began the 24 hour countdown to the time that our specimen would need to be completely gutted and carved and ready to be all candled up for showtime; aka: trick-or-treat; aka: Halloween.

We wasted no time. After dinner that evening we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. One thing about our quirky little orange dude that I didn't realize when we bought him, was that he was completely wobbly and would not stand up on his own. When he was displayed alongside his brothers he was propped up against a hay bale, and the only other time we set him down was when the girls took a picture with him, and he was propped up against a bench back.

So imagine my surprise when we set him on the kitchen table, and he did this:

I'm not even going to mention what his backside looked like, *cough cough.* Evie tried to ink up Mr. Wobble's unmentionables when daddy wasn't looking. :)

Not to be deterred, I said, "Eh, I'll just put him in front of the plant stand." And that was that.

Usually we try to do something a little different with our pumpkin design, but I decided that we would throw caution to the wind and really surprise the world this year. We went traditional, with the simplest jack-o-lantern face one could possibly imagine. A few triangles, a gaping one-toothed smile, and we had ourselves one friendly little feller.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. First, there was the deguttifacation. And that's the funnest part! Last year Evelyn would not dare stick her hands into the stringy slimy recesses of our pumpkin's guts. So I was beyond surprised when she cleaned that thing with abandon. She couldn't get enough of it!

EEK! I let out our family secret - Eric has magic powers! Well, now you know. 

Even Gracie decided to try her hand.

I was certain that my little princess would find this peasant work beneath her, but nope. She dug right in and gave us some five-star Grace faces, to boot. :)


I was thrilled that the girls seemed to enjoy this activity even more than I thought they would. I'm thinking as they get older more elements will have to be added to this night to make it feel like even more of a tradition. Maybe we'll sip hot cider and listen to some seasonal tunes next year. Hmm...that might have to happen.

We put Mr. Wobbles on the front porch (right in front of that plant stand) where he still rests til this very day...black spots inside his rotting little head and all. Haha, Mr. Wobbles is going out with the trash this week.

We roasted all the seeds (which we had a lot of this year!) and enjoyed a delicious snack later that night. Kind of wish I had some of those seeds right now.... Anyway, that was our night! I think the girls enjoyed a good excuse to make a mess, and I enjoyed that we made the deadline and would not be among the Halloween scrooges on our street. :) Now I'm off to play with my BIG babies. Sianara!


Ashley Mitchell said...

I just wanna squeeze Gracie's cheeks. Love her faces!

The Pettijohn's said...

Looks like you guys had alot of fun. We skipped our carving this year since it was crazy on our end. Love the Gracie face.

Emily said...

I'll let you in on a little secret: my husband has never carved a pumpkin... or celebrated Halloween before I met him for that matter! Next year, by golly, we are going all out!! We didn't carve this year because we just ran out of time. :(


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