Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkin Carving (Party)

This is our second year participating in the "Ressa Annual Pumpkin Carving Party." We learned several key elements our rookie year and thus made changes this year.

Pre-carving the pumpkins (a time-saving measure no doubt). The girls don't really remember cleaning out pumpkins, so this was quite fun. Turns out not a single one of my children wants to touch the insides. And if you force their hand to see them squirm? It's sad. So sad. But the experience has been completed. All children have cleaned out the insides of their pumpkins.

Next we learned to keep it simple. No elaborate decorations or templates. The boys drew faces that we carved out, the girls just plain drew on their pumpkins. It was the best ever!

After the carving of the pumpkins came all fun and games. The children participated in a seed spitting contest and then the adult men decided to challenge each other. Quite humorous. And proud to say that Dan tied with another friend's hubby. Then came the bobbing for apples. Also fun to watch. All in all, a great party with great friends.

I know I will look back at this time of our lives fondly. Honestly? It's exhausting and sometimes very challenging. But nights like tonight really show that it's a great moment in our lives. And we must be doing something right to be surrounded by such great people.

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