Monday, October 28, 2013

Pumpkin Decorating

I have carved jack-o-lanterns with the girls every year at Halloween.  It's one of Katherine's very favorite things to do.  But jack-o-lanterns were a serious "fail" on my part this year.  I refused to buy pumpkins when they first appeared in stores because it was still 90 degrees out.  I didn't buy pumpkins at the pumpkin patch because, well, I'm too cheap.  Last week was full of parent teacher conferences and meetings and non-stop stress and pumpkin purchasing never made it to the top of the priority list.  So today I finally got around to finding jack-o-lantern pumpkins for the girls.  And they were not to be found.  They were gone.  ALL of them.  There wasn't anything to do but improvise.  I suggested that we buy little pie pumpkins and paint them.  The girls were gracious enough to accept the idea.  (But I still felt bad about it.)

After supper, I dug out the paint and brushes and the girls set to work.
Katherine had fun messing with the paint, but it was clear she had a plan in mind.
She worked quickly and intently.
She was quite pleased with her owl pumpkin!
Rachel, of course, had to plan for her pumpkin.  She just wanted to paint.  A lot.
I love that tongue-out-in-concentration look!
She even wanted to paint the bottom.
Rae would have happily painted and repainted all evening.  I finally declared the painting done, so she quickly added a face.
It wasn't quite the same as carving jack-o-lanterns, but the girls did have fun!

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