Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Carving 2012

This afternoon we carved pumpkins - what else was there to do on a day with no school?  Here's Julia with her 20-pound beauty...
...and Evelyn was all ready to go with her 14-pounder.
The girls each chose a pattern online.  Julia tried to punch out her pattern along the lines, but Troy needed to help quite a bit, since Julia's punches were a little crooked.
Evelyn?  After I helped her tape down the pattern, she knew what to do.  She's a punching pro.
Smile break!
Julia's pumpkin had very thick walls.  Even though she tried to cut out her "Smiley" pattern independently, she just didn't have the strength to do it.  However, her attention span was much longer this year, and she actually sat with me the whole time I carved the pumpkin.
Evelyn's "Good Bite, Moon" pattern proved to be a bit trickier than she thought it would be.  She couldn't tell which pieces needed to stay attached to the pumpkin and which pieces needed to come out.  Evelyn carved out all of the moon, and then Troy saved the day by carving the bat and re-attaching the bat with some toothpicks.
Voila!  Evelyn's (on the left) and Julia's (on the right) pumpkins!
Even though she needed help with the bat, it's pretty impressive that Evelyn carved the entire moon by herself.  She's got pumpkin-carving skills!
Julia loves how goofy her pumpkin looks.  It makes her giggle every time she looks at it.  :)