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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pumpkin Carving FHE

Last night for Family Home Evening, we carved pumpkins. Okay, The Chief and I carved pumpkins, and the boys got to stick silly faces on their pumpkins (thanks for the idea, Brooklyn!). We had a lot of fun. I can't really remember ever having carved pumpkins in my life, though I'm sure I have knowing my dad. He always liked to do fun things as a family. Anyway, Buddha got to pick each person's pumpkin, then he dictated to The Chief which face pieces went where on his own pumpkin. Bugga got help from me, then ate Cheerios the rest of the evening as he watched Mommy and Daddy carve their pumpkins. The Chief took a very traditional approach using a stencil (though his method of stencil application was rather innovative...staples!). I, on the other hand, decided to free-hand my pumpkin as is painfully evident. :) But I had a great time doing it, so that's all that matters I suppose.

Buddha's pumpkin

Bugga was "driving" his pumpkin by holding onto the ears as if they were a steering wheel. :) Buddha was fascinated.

Silly and spooky...the perfect combination! :)
P.S. After California's latest disaster...we didn't hesitate to extinguish the tea lights immediately following the photo op. :)


Lisa said...

We carved pumpkins for family night too. It seems like that is what almost everyone was doing. I like the silly face pumpkin idea. Kev and I always carve the kids for them. Where do you get the silly pieces?

Liz said...

Lisa, I got them at Sears Essentials here, which is equivalent to K-Mart there. They are awesome!

Robert & Jacqui said...

What a great idea on the silly faces for the kids! I might have to go with those next year. Although, I must say, Jonathan had fun scooping out the gooop! We're excited for trick-or-treating tomorrow. Jonathan is going to be Spiderman! Are you guys going trick-or-treating? Or just doing the trunk-or-treat?

Bells said...

Too cute! Emily loves looking at picts of Soren online. "I see Soren in peter [computer]?" is a common request.

Mom said...

Cool pumpkins! And yes, you carved pumpkins as a child. Messy. We graduated to markers and quit cutting them.

scott and megan said...

I love the fun faces! I have to say that sticking my hand in the gooey insides of a pumpkin is one of my least favorite Halloween pastimes. (My most least favorite is the mess I seem to make with getting the guts all over the place.) So genious idea with the potato-head-esque facial features. And I love your background to your blog. How did you do that?? I'm glad you guys found us- and now we've found you!!

Liz said...

Yes, we're going trick-or-treating tomorrow, Jacqui. You know me and pictures...I'll never pass up a photo op! :) Plus, I'd like to see Soren as Dracula again...only this time without all the makeup. It rubbed off so easily that I spent most of that night worrying about what his head/face might be touching. :)

Lisa B., Soren also loves to look at pictures of his friends. He especially loves videos. :) We miss you guys!

Megan, I don't like the slimy feeling either, but I powered through it. :) Soren refused to even touch the stuff let alone stick his hand inside the pumpkin, so I guess it's a good thing we got those "faces" for him.

ScottnLisa said...

I love carving pumpkins! Maybe it's cause I love doing anything messy though. I'm still a kid in that area. I used to be an animal at mud football! (:

Liz said...

Ha ha ha, I can just imagine, Lisa! :)

Brooklet said...

Yes, I definitely think we will be doing the funny faces for years to come. I love carving pumpkins, but I really hate the mess!

The kids looked like they had a good time, and you and Dan looked like you didn't have a bad time, either.

Barbara & Morris said...

Liz, I can't believe when I watch the videos of your boys how much they remind me of Tyler and Travis at that age:) Soren is so Tyler in those videos..hehe. Without the sound I can here Tyler talking..Big Brother "stuff"
Fun Times
Fondly, Barbara