Friday night was our (2nd annual) pumpkin carving. Armed with the not-quite $3 kit we went to work (and by "we," we all realize I mean "I"). Jackson was beyond excited all day and kept asking when it was time--here is the face he picked out of the pattern book (picture below). The girls designed their own. Emmett requested "two triangle eyes, a circle nose, and a happy smile" and for Owen (and by Owen I mean "me") a pattern of an owl on a branch. ;o)
About two pumpkins into it the larger of the two nifty knives broke, leaving me with a more miniature version. About the time I was starting in on the 4th pumpkin that knife broke too (and I felt my carpal tunnel returning . . .). I finished up with a miscellaneous assortment from my kitchen--paring knife, dull steak knife, etc. Phew! Who's idea was it to have five kids anyway? ;o) Isabella's tooth/gap sequence WAS rather hard to maneuver with the paring knife. Consequently a few teeth went missing--easily remedied by skewering them back in place with a toothpick.
And voila! Our masterpieces. The kids were enthralled with their lanterns. In fact they pretended the pumpkins were a family and brought them back in the next day to play with. Jackson likes to dress his in a coat and scarf. Oh, and he was devastated to discover I had roasted all the seeds--he was planning on a garden next year (where? I have no idea). Fortunately for him, Grandma has seeds and is planning a pumpkin patch of her own. ;o)