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.
Ryan 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.
We 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.
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.