Wednesday, October 31, 2007


(sigh)A mothers job is never done. It seems no one around here bothers to get in the spirit of a holiday unless I lead them. Tired as I am I finally bellied-up to my responsibilities. Johnny was unusually grumpy yesterday. He wanted no part of stopping at the roadside stand to grab some pumpkins. I ignored him and made him grab 4 pumpkins to carve. Earlier in the week Lisa and I made some treat bags for the non-existent trick-or-treaters that visit our house. It seems the kids out here go to neighborhoods to get their halloween booty rather than trek so far between each house where we are. This has been a great disappointment to me living here BUT hey, you never know, this could be our year!

(Taylor, recognize girl.)

Lisa was game to carve pumpkins and quite surprisingly so was Johnny. (See, mother knows best.) In fact he dug right in while Lisa and I spent some time discussing what we would do.

And here's what we came up with:

Johnny's, which was even carved on the backside with holes just because he wanted to try out the hole puncher.



More to come....


Blogger Carol said...

Oh man! You guys are ARTISTS! I am lucky to get something that faintly resembles two triangular eyes and something for a nose which runs into a crooked mouth holding a tooth or two. Your jack-o-lanterns are REALLY GOOD!

I will send all of my trick or treaters your way. My dog goes ape-shit every time the doorbell rings, then wants to go out and scare the little kids as I open the door. Halloween is a stressful night in CarolForPeaceville.

10/31/2007 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger Krissy Doyle said...

Those are awesome! Such a talented family!

10/31/2007 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Antonio said...

I can understand the neighborhood kids wanting to go to a more "compact" neighborhood. When I was a kid, I lived in an apartment complex, so I always did well on Halloween.

10/31/2007 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

Oh my goodness,
If the kiddos only knew what they were missing with your superb pumkin carvings they would come by in droves.

10/31/2007 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger proudprogressive said...

Wow , thank you Mary , this is the best halloween i have had ever ( i know that is pitiful) Thanks to - yours and others humor , But the kids and pics..wonderful really

your family , i am a hermit type. and get a delighted vicarious joy apparently by seeing this snapshot of your family life and the way you frame the whole thing. I am child free and good parents are MY HEROES !!! thats you gal.

..And yeah what Pursey says and then some,shoot you three could rock the town with a workshop a show...TALENT !!! plus you guys are. Hope those tricker treaters show up. Just to see those jackolanterns. alone ! get the kids to make some calls. Its an Art show with CANDY !!!!!

Got you sushi rolled.

10/31/2007 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

Designer pumpkins-- advanced level. I gave up on carving pumpkins- a few years ago the last one I carved, just liquified itself. I had it on the kitchen table & noticed a puddle.... it just turned itself into water, and imploded. The strangest thing? Haunted pumpkin maybe? Now I use a lame, small orange ceramic pumpkin. (How low will I go???). But I will bring out the screaming doormat- we usually get about 50+ kids come by for treats.
I love halloween.

10/31/2007 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger Willowtree said...

That's impressive. Sadly, we don't do Halloween over here.

10/31/2007 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Carol- We'll have do a house swap every Halloween. Lots of peace here.

Krissy-It ended up being a nice family moment which are few and far between as they get older.

Antonio- I get it too. I mean I grew up in the burbs. It's all about get the candy. Still...poor me.

Pursey- Thanks but I don't think so. They want candy, candy and more candy!!!!!

PP-Awww. Glad your enjoying the Halloween sights. I think my moments like this are fleeting as the children keep getting older and actually I had quite a pitiful Halloween evening as you will see if I ever figure out how to load the video. I did have two little trick-or-treaters though.

Thanks for rolling me. I shall happily reciprocate!

Fran- I had quit too. The carving that is. I just felt like if I didn't carve them they could sit on my porch through Thanksgiving. The kids were complaining and I saw I needed to get over it and get them carving. Next thing you know they were dressing up and going out. And I'm home alone.
I would LOVE a screaming doormat. That sounds great.

WT- I think you should be a rebel and get the party started over there. I can't believe you don't do it. I didn't know that.

10/31/2007 09:28:00 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Amazing! They look beautiful! You'll have to start your own Halloween Pumpkin Carving class, Mary.

11/01/2007 06:49:00 AM  
Blogger Easybreathingfella said...

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your comment on my blog.

Yours is fantastic great carvings, send a couple across the pond to show the kids here how it should be done.

I'll be back.

11/01/2007 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Human said...

Hi Mary. Quite impressive carving.
Lil Joe would beg daily to carve pumpkins. We spread it out over 3 carvings. He's our motivator.

11/01/2007 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger CHEWY said...

Happy Halloween a day late. I left the party last night to pass out candy. 200 kids and we ran out of candy!

Great Pumpkins!

11/01/2007 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Mary, you're such a trooper in the face of not being 'halloweened' by the little ones. And great pumpkin creations too! I live in a dead end street that has two short cul de sac type streets on it and it's halloween alright! It started at 6:40sh and by 8:30 it was still in full swing. Of course there are two groups; the little ones and the ones that are not so little and should not be out anymore! Of course, you also have the cars that open their doors and a slew of (older) kids come out. Are they really that desperate for candy? How much candy can you let a kid eat before it self destructs?? Anyhow, I don't suspect that these kids come from streets of rural roads where it's just not practical to trick or treat. This is just plain greed.. really. TO have a good halloween reputation cuts both ways, good and bad. But four year old was pooped this morning so I let her sleep in a bit, she goes to a montessori school so they don't make a fuss when that happens. Her teacher said that the class was small today but she said I'd rather have them home and not be well than here. On her way to school, my little wench who doesn't eat breakfast said, 'can I have some icecream'? WHAT?? Hellow, I don't think so..
sugar!it's a veritable menace..arghh...

11/01/2007 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Nice work!

11/02/2007 12:37:00 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

We had a ton of kids this year but the costumes weren't so great - for example one kid came by in her normal clothes and a Santa hat. WTF?
And I give out a lot of GREAT candy. And decorate the house. Except my pumpkins didn't come close to looking as good as yours.

11/02/2007 08:16:00 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Our wireless is down so I can't get into my old emails so I can't forward you the invite. I will as soon as its back up but the party is tonight. I work until 10 so I am not going but I really want to be Carrie from the Stephen King movie so maybe next year

11/02/2007 08:23:00 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Quite a bit of creativity going on there; nice work! Too bad you didn't have any of the costumed beggars at your doorstep; but I guess that means more goodies for you and yours.

11/02/2007 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Fabulous jack-o-lanterns! I've given up on Halloween. It's a VERY big deal in my little town, but no one comes up hill that extra street to where I live, and when they do, they look at my long flight of stairs and walk on. For the last few years I just turn out my lights and draw the blinds to avoid the bags of untouched, leftover candies.

11/02/2007 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger Babzy said...

Your pumpkins are pure magic. Mine are of the triangle eyes variety.

11/02/2007 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

OK, that's Halloween I'm going to Mary's house...

11/04/2007 08:59:00 AM  

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