1st Annual Riley Boy Pumpkin Carving
Last year the boys were really too small to understand or enjoy pumpkin carving so I opted for the painted pumpkin look.
The boys watched as their dad carefully made their pumpkins "a hat". Dad got the boys in on the action and let them pull off each of the lids for their own pumpkins. (Side note on the photos: I shot this series in manual mode. So have a little grace on the ones that the lightening or focus is not quite right. I am still learning!)
|2012 painted pumpkins|
|monogrammed painted pumpkin|
This year, though, is PRIME toddler pumpkin loving time. So this past weekend we held the 1st Annual Riley Boy Pumpkin Carving. First, the weekend before we headed out to pick the perfect pumpkin. Not at the pumpkin patch though because this frugal mom called around everywhere to find the best deal on pumpkins. We found it at Houston Garden Center. They had a great cheap selection of pumpkins and the boys had a great time running through all the flowers, pumpkins, and "stuff" as they say. I did make Justin pack the wagon though to give us a more authentic pumpkin experience.
They had so many choices that Justin had to narrow it down for them to choose from. We had lots of help getting them on the cart and getting them paid for too.
Once the perfect ones were selected, we loaded up and headed home.
On Saturday afternoon we gathered all our essentials for an afternoon of pumpkin carving.
|Texas grown of course|
|and Lone Star|
|Whatcha doing daddy?|
|Beckett pulls off his top|
|Eli waiting for his turn|
|It's hard daddy|
Then came the
fun icky, gross, sticky part! Getting out the insides. Neither wanted to touch it. In the end, daddy won. They had to pull out the insides! I think you could hear their squeals and screams all over the neighborhood.
|Really he's just pretending to scrape|
|all the icky goodness inside|
|Beckett was crying right here|
|Do you LOVE Eli's face!!!|
|A close up.. and Beckett is laughing now|
|He did not want to do. Kept running away|
|He got it!|
|And he's OUT OF HERE!|
Each boy got to consult on their individual designs. How 2012 is this? Iphone pics of pumpkins with the boys picking and deciding which one they wanted.
|Checking out his options|
|Found the perfect "spooky face"|
|Ei checking out the progress|
Once the drawing and design work was approved. Daddy got to cutting. Between occasional checkins on dad's work, the boys had a great time playing with each other in the backyard. I was just listening to tunes and working on my F stops. Thrilling right??
|Looking good dad|
|The master carver|
|so so interested|
|pulling out the eyes|
|notice Oyster is not ever very far from the action|
|just a friendly game of frisbee|
|maybe not so friendly!|
|come out oyster! (Can't blame her from hiding)|
|just me, practicing photos with sunlight|
|my super heros|
And then finally! The work was done. The final product I might say is mighty fine. The boys love their "jack-o-lanterns" and I love the pumpkin carving tradition we started this year.
|Beckett's pumpkin on the left and Eli's on the right|
The front step is looking perfect for fall. Oh how I love this time of year and the special memories it creates.
|Beckett's painted on the left and Eli's on the right|
mommy's in the middle :-)
At the end of the day, I realized that I hadn't made it in a single picture. Exhausted, stinky, dirty, and just plain worn out but I did get a picture with my sweet boys.
Sweet memories with my favorite "little pumpkins".