Friday, October 31, 2008

An Ooey, Gooey Good Time!

There is something about that first reach into a pumpkin. That first handful of seeds and pulp. It is
sheer goo and stickiness and it screams Halloween! I love it!

Tonight we finally had some time to sit down and enjoy a good old fashioned pumpkin carving! Mitchell was drawn to the tiny pumpkins this year so we found ourselves with three mini pumpkins and one larger sized one that Ellie immediately claimed. Mitchell was completely on board with cleaning out his pumpkin, but Ellie looked inside hers and then at us with a look of confusion. Surely we were not expecting her to dig out that gooey mess! She gave it the old preschool try but quickly decided she was much better at supervising pumpkin activities rather that actually partaking in them!

In the process of our carving event we learned that Alty and Sprocket both love pumpkins! Todd offered each a taste and ended up in a tug-of-war with Alty to get his pumpkin top back! For an old girl with a few missing teeth she has a strong bite!

When all was said and done we ended up with four very clever pumpkins. Ellie supervised me in making a traditional jack-o-lantern with triangle eyes and nose (well, as near triangle as I could manage). Todd's pumpkin was an angry face complete with eyebrows. With Daddy's help, Mitchell's creation was a scary pumpkin with a big nose. I tried to be uber-clever and carved my pumpkin on its side so the stem actually became the nose.
Now we get to enjoy phase two of the good old fashion pumpkin carving...eating the seeds! Todd got busy cleaning and salting and baking the seeds. I am certain they will taste a good as they smell and they smell really good!

1 comment:

zenmom said...

Very nice! We did our pumpkin carving last night too. Riley wanted to make a transformer jack-o-lantern. Bu then he decided he jsut wanted a "happy face". So we did one scary, one happy and one silly. :) I let the boys do all the ooey-gooey scoodping, though.