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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin O'Lanterns

With the fall season upon us, the Bigs started asking if we could make jack o'lanterns. I didn't see any good reason why not and so we went out to a pumpkin patch and the older three each picked one pumpkin to carve. What I was not so sure of, was how we were going to get the pumpkins carved satisfactorily without the loss of digits. I had pretty much made up my mind that there was no way they were going to get their hands on a knife, but I didn't know how to get their artistic vision onto the pumpkin in an easy-for-Adam-to-carve manner.

Adam and I decided that we would let the kids draw faces on their pumpkins and then (under their direction) Adam would carve out the faces. So here's what they drew (they appear in age order):

Totally cute right? You can see that Talia didn't quite get the concept, but Elie really did, and Isaac is somewhere in the middle of those two. But still, Adam definitely had his work cut out for him.

He did a great job though and the kids were thrilled with how they turned out. We cut a hole in the bottom and they removed the seeds and stuff. Even Leila helped out!

This evening we had dinner guests and so we put the jack o'lanterns on the front porch and put little tea lights in them. They turned out oh-so-cute. Happy Fall Days!


  1. Sooooooo cute! I totally love them! You guys did great! Love you!!

  2. I am most impressed with *Adam's* artistic vision..... and how he managed to turned Talia's drawing into a real jack'o'lantern face...

    But wait, you cut holes in the bottom??? I've never heard of that! We cut the hole in the top. Potae-to, potah-to.

  3. We did cut holes in the bottom! It was suggested to us as an easier way to put/light candles in the pumpkins. We cut out a fist sized hole in the bottom and kept the part we cut out. Then we scooped out the guts and did the cutting. When all was finished, Adam cut little indentations where the tea light would sit, into the part we cut out. So then, we just put the tealight on the bottom piece, lit it and set the pumpkin down on top of the light.