Pumpkin Carving and Trick or Treating

What a full weekend we had here at the homestead.  Grandpa Ron and Mema came in on Thursday night and we were all anxious to hug their necks and have them close.  Thing 1 and Thing 2's basement bathroom is being finished by Grandpa Ron and we are all beyond ecstatic.  We kept busy preparing and shopping for supplies and shopping some more.  I think at last count we were at 6 different home improvement store trips.  Between all the work, we managed to carve our pumpkins, roast the seeds and even get costumes ready for the big night.  Family rule this year, no store bought costumes.

 Mema and I showing off the lettermen jackets
(Thing 3 was thinking of wearing her Daddy's for her costume)

I was most impressed with the independent nature of the pumpkin carving this year.  All four Things chose their own design.  Some more intricate than others.  Regardless they were responsible for the cleaning and carving of their squash.  Each curve, facial feature, moon and grave stone were cut with the utmost care.  It was interesting to watch.  I may or may not have shed a tear at the sight of all four things engaging in this activity without so much as asking this Mama for help.  When did that happen?  I must have blinked.  The finished product was well worth their effort and we proudly displayed their art on the porch for all to see. 

Thing 1's pumpkin

Speaking of tears and growing up, the girl Things all had their own plans for the 31st.  Things 1and 2 had friends join them here for trick or treating, Thing 3 was off to a haunted house and trick or treating with a friend from school and Thing 4 had his buddy over.  Husband Jared had the privelege of taking the boys around the neighborhood.  Such loot was handed out, including full size candy bars.  Excuse me people, excessive much!  Needless to say the Things were most pleased.  Our dentist may be able to take an extended vacation this year thanks to our family.  I still made the traditional chili and corn bread but I must say it just didn't taste the same without the Clairmonte crew and the fire pit.  Sniff, sniff.  Wiping tears now. 

Thing 2 and Thing 4's pumpkins

Moving on.  I managed to snap a photograph of all four Things together, albeit at 9:00 at night.  They all returned home for candy trading and sugar highs.  And of course to pay the parentals the usual charge.  Chocolate, chocolate and maybe some chocolate and peanut butter combinations, please. 

Thing 3's pumpkin
Banana, Gangsta, Blue Troll and Gangsta ( maybe?)

1 Response to "Pumpkin Carving and Trick or Treating"

  1. cheryl lee Says:

    oh my, what fun - dad and I missed the chili , fire and s'mores too. great fun though with a twist, homemade costumes, I love it!
    dad bought candy and not one trick or treater :( Now, we have the leftovers - I started runnin again today! (just so I could eat some candy!!!)

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