Snowy Pumpkin Party

Sunday October 30, 2011
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What a crazy weather weekend!   Snow in October was definitely a first for us.

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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?

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A toasty warm fire made everything seem cozy and nice.  Wendy kept saying, “it feels like Christmas!”

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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!

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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.

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Pumpkin carving is definitely a parent participation activity — the dads put in most of the sweat equity.

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Everyone worked hard on their creations.

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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).

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It took a while, but the kids were proud of their creations.

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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.

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Sam, in keeping with the Star Wars theme, went for Bobba Fett.

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Here are some of the completed gourds.

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And here are the Pumpkin Masters, with their creations.

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Spooky!

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All in all, it was a lot of fun and I’m sure the pumpkin party will continue to be a fall tradition.

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2 Responses to Snowy Pumpkin Party

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    Shauna says:

    Love these pictures, especially the last one! Glad you all had so much fun – if you could post where to find the stencils (especially the Boba Fett and Angry Birds stencils!), I would be eternally grateful! 🙂

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