Pumpkin Carving

My mom usually grows a lot of pumpkins to sell at the farmer’s market so throughout the years I have had a  plethora of pumpkins at my disposal.  After I married Ted I started a tradition of having Ted’s whole family over to carve pumpkins.  Granted we might have missed a year or two in there, like right after we brought the girls home last year, but it has always been a fun gathering.  This year my mom’s pumpkins were not very good.  They just didn’t seem to grow big.  On the other hand her neighbor had an incredible pumpkin patch.  We were able to trade squash for pumpkins so it was still free.  So let the pumpkin carving begin.

IMG_5367Jenna and Quinn really enjoyed picking out pumpkins to stick faces on.  They were quite proud of their art projects.  As for the bigger kids, they started gutting the pumpkins.

IMG_5370Ryan decided he was not a little kid like the girls so he was going to carve his own pumpkin this year.  Last year we were a bit distracted with newly adopted twins that Ryan did actually get a hold of a knife to carve but all he did was stab the pumpkin multiple times.  This year, he was ready to go…which included cleaning out the inside…on his own.

IMG_5389  Don’t worry, he had a blast playing with the seed and all of the slimy stuff.  His part of the garage was pretty dirty when he was done.

IMG_5390We had enough extra pumpkins that we let the girls “help” carve a pumpkin.  Jenna warmed right up to Uncle Kenton when she found out she was going to get to help design one.  Don’t worry, Quinn got to “help” carve one with Grandpa Jason.

IMG_5414I thought it was fun to see Jason and his two grown sons carving away at the little table.  They took their pumpkin carving very seriously.  Nothing like carving pumpkins for good quality family time.


As serious as the boys are, you might wonder what Doris is up to.  Now this is why I must have one of the coolest mother-in-laws.  She doesn’t want to waste her time with a little specialty carving tool.  No, it was time to break out the big guns….bring on the power tools.


After all of the pumpkins were carved, we started lining them up out front.  Here are a few pictures of some of the pumpkins.  Yeah, we had a lot of pumpkins, a whole row of them didn’t even make it into the pictures but I didn’t want to run out.  And pumpkin carving is a lot of fun.


IMG_5422We ended the night with a few sparklers and fireworks that we had originally bought for Ryan’s birthday but forgot to fire off.

IMG_5452After fireworks it was bedtime, complete with a bedtime story from Grandma.  Wish we lived closer because we have a lot of fun with all of the other Yoder families.



About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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One Response to Pumpkin Carving

  1. Doris says:

    …..and we had a lot of fun too…thanks for having us come down again!

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