Pumpkin Picking and Carving!

We made our annual trip to Crescent Farms to pick pumpkins this weekend. The weather was perfect-sunny, unseasonably warm, and breezy. The pumpkin pickings were slim, but we still managed to find two nice pumpkins for carving. The girls had fun checking out a few animals, and trekking through the patch finding baby pumpkins, pumpkin blossoms, and a few “gross” pumpkins too.

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It was difficult, but Jonathan had to make an executive decision during dinner-we would wait until the next day to carve the pumpkins. The girls were clearly wiped out from a long day with not a minute of napping.

Sarah wanted to make a kitty cat. Jonathan exercised an unbelievable amount of patience as he slowly cut out the mouth, whiskers, and eyes. Sarah, we have found out, is a perfectionist. She wanted her kitty cat to be just right. She started melting down when Jonathan got to the mouth. He penciled in a smile when Sarah protested because she wanted her kitty to be sad. Many tears were shed. Jonathan’s patience persevered and she ended up with a sad kitty cat.

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Abigail wanted hearts all over her pumpkin. All throughout the pumpkin carving process (both with Sarah’s and Abigail’s pumpkins) Abigail kept telling Jonathan what a great job he was doing. She helped to lighten things up a bit. She was very happy with her final result.

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Lily was clearly exhausted. Because of church and meetings afterward she didn’t get a nap in. She did plenty of screaming and then retreated to the living room for some alone time (but not before helping out a bit at the beginning).

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Our pumpkin seeds are rinsed and will dry overnight before I toast them. I am definitely looking forward to that! Here is a simple and straight-forward recipe you may want to try!

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