Despite my lack of enthusiasm for blogging lately, life is marching along and things are going quite well. Like the rest of the Internet (well, the northern-hemisphere set of it anyway, I guess?), we are enjoying fall, pumpkins, and slightly cooler temperatures. No pumpkin spice lattes here, though. I do not share in the popular affinity for all things pumpkin-flavored. Pumpkins are only for carving and decoration in my house.
Speaking of pumpkin carving, that's a fall activity that was a first for our family this year. I realized Jeremy and I had never carved one together, and that the girls had really never even seen a real jack-o-lantern up close. (We always do the pumpkin patch and have them around, but usually they just sit on the porch and look pretty. One year we let the girls paint pumpkins, which was...messy.)
So, about two weeks ago, I picked up a good-sized pumpkin that looked about right for a smiling jack-o-lantern, and we got to work. As we began the process, Jeremy proved to be quite clueless about the whole process, and admitted he didn't think he'd had a carved pumpkin, EVER. I have not verified this fact with his mom yet, so we'll see what she says about that. That husband of mine 'misremembers' things pretty often.
I drew out a simple face and J got to work with the kitchen knife. No fancy carving tools here (and yes, it shows). We ended up with a passable jack-o-lantern, not bad at all for our first try! A & M were thrilled, of course, and had many questions about each step of the process. They enjoyed digging their hands into the pumpkin guts and cheered when we lit the candle.
One thing I forgot (or 'misremembered', maybe?) about carving pumpkins? It's best to wait until a couple of days before Halloween. Our two-week-old pumpkin is currently collapsing into a pile of mold and ooze on the front porch railing. Jack-o-lantern fail.
On top of that Halloween misstep, rain and thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow night. Our neighborhood is a prime spot for trick-or-treaters, so we have stayed home the last few years and enjoyed handing out candy to the crowds of kids that come by. I gave the girls a choice of staying home and handing out candy or doing a little trick-or-treating of their own this year. Of course they chose trick-or-treating, and have been rather excited about it. I'm still not at all sure what we'll do since it's likely to be pouring rain, but I have begun preparing them for a bit of disappointment.
At least their pink rain boots will match the Batgirl costumes!