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What a crazy weather weekend! Snow in October was definitely a first for us.
We spent the day snuggled up inside/frantically cleaning to make the house presentable for the pumpkin carving party planned for the evening. This is our second year hosting a carving party, so I guess it has become a tradition.
The kids had fun decorating the house for the festivities — each kiddo got one window. Can you tell which one was the three year old’s?
A toasty warm fire made everything seem cozy and nice. Wendy kept saying, “it feels like Christmas!”
Finally, it was party time! We served chili and drinks and asked folks bring side dishes. I forgot take any pictures of the food, except for Franz’ homemade salsa bar — it was hot, fresh and soo good!
After filling our bellies, it was time to get down to the business of pumpkin carving. I had hoped to do that outside, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. Instead, we put our unfinished basement to good use and set up the carving station downstairs.
I have collected oodles of pumpkin carving patterns from the web, which I printed out and hung on the walls so the kids could pick their favorite design.
Pumpkin carving is definitely a parent participation activity — the dads put in most of the sweat equity.
Everyone worked hard on their creations.
And when the kids needed a break, they played on “the rings”. (Another benefit of an unfinished basement — it becomes a indoor playspace for the kids and gym for the Xfit dad).
It took a while, but the kids were proud of their creations.
Wendy chose a complicated Yoda pattern. I ended up doing the bulk of the work and was cursing the person who printed and posted such a complicated pattern. But in the end, it was worth it.
Sam, in keeping with the Star Wars theme, went for Bobba Fett.
Here are some of the completed gourds.
And here are the Pumpkin Masters, with their creations.
All in all, it was a lot of fun and I’m sure the pumpkin party will continue to be a fall tradition.