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!