Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Smashing Pumpkins

Or carving, rather.... When Scott called to tell us he would be gone for two more weeks, I was able to take a deep breath and not cry. That is, until Sam reminded me we needed to buy pumpkins and carve them. Then I lost it. I'm not kidding either. :-) It had always been a Daddy job, and I was the one who took pictures. So, in an effort to continue the tradition, the kids and I carved pumpkins tonight. It was interesting to say the least.

This was a little celebratory moment, that mommy was actually able to cut into the pumpkin successfully!!! Ian was our official photographer for the evening, so he's not in most of the pics.

Emma insisted on playing with the pumpkin guts before putting them into the bowl. She said she was making pancakes. Yeah, okay.

Emma feasting on raw pumpkin. She will eat just about anything!

A partially cleaned out shell.

And the finished product. Not so bad I guess. Sam and Emma drew faces on their pumpkins, and I tried to cut according to their designs. Ian wanted something different. I remember seeing a picture in a Martha magazine and tried to emulate it. We used an apple corer and poked holes in Ian's pumpkin. Voila!


Amanda said...

Oh my goodness, I thought I was going to have to unsubscribe from this unused blog. So glad to see a new post! :)

Elizabeth, you are so wonderful. In the midst of difficulty, you have such grace. I really am deeply blessed by your example. Instead of just letting this little tradition slip by because there would/will be more Halloweens, you sucked it up and jumped in with both feet. I know your kids were blessed, and knowing you behaved so graciously blesses me.

Thank you for posting... I've missed your blog!

Randi said...

Love the new post!!!

The pumpkins look great ... no one would ever know that it's Scott's job. I love Ian's ... I did one like that one year with star shapes. I think Martha does use an apple corer for her circles ... you did well!

DeDe said...

So good to see a new post ... I miss hearing about you and the fam! Girl, I know what its like - I've done some things the last few years I thought I would NEVER do because Bruce has been gone so much. I admire you - it takes a lot of strength from Him to carry on like a single, no an only parent! Love you!

Jenny James said...

Girl you are so strong! Look at you taking on those "manly" jobs. I know what it's like. I'm so glad you were able to pull this off. Seriously, you carved 3 pumpkins! IMPRESSIVE! Scott will be so proud. Just think, you can hold this over his head for years to come! Really you know he wants to be there doing all the fun fall activities just as much as you want him there. Just keep that in mind. You are his biggest encourager! And your kids should be so proud of you! Heck, we're all proud of you!

Yes, Post More!!!

chariti said...


You have such a sweet spirit. I know that I probably would have decided that it was too hard and that it was my husbands thing and we would just do it next year. YOU DIDN'T! You won! BTW - you're such a music kind of girl - I used to LOVE smashing pumpkins. :-)

sjh said...

Hi Eliz--
Oh my 2 more weeks? Hope you are holding up ok! The pumpkins look wonderful and I bet the kids had a blast. I agree w/ everyone..missed you! Blog more! ha!