Recipe For Chaos

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Pumpkin Carving

My mom…generous soul that she is…gifted us three pumpkins for carving…I will have to mention that she “found” them decorating my sisters front porch steps. Did I mention my sister was enjoying a weekend away from home at the time?…  We did get permission…after the fact… as my sister generously gifted them a second time.  My kids are progressing in the carving business…This year they took to cleaning out the seeds like dogs digging in sand..No amount of newspapers laid carefully on the table could have contained the mayhem. Three boys…one bowl…What was I thinking?…Seeds and goo were airborne and I got caught in the crossfire! They absolutely loved it and there was no stopping them from retrieving every last seed. It was during this time I heard a strange gurgling sound…I looked across the table and found my cordless phone covered in pumpkin mess. The same with the camera…soo…more pics to follow…It only took one before it died…

This year we purchased a book of patterns along with the carving kit..of course I told them to pick from four easy patterns…and true to form they all wanted the same one…a skull and crossbones…after much negotiation we agreed on three patterns and got to work.. I am very particular and tend to want to do artistic things well…and face it…two of three of my boys are challenged when it comes to staying on task for more than three minutes at a time..so we had lots of running in and out of the room. Saws no matter how appealing to boys was deemed too hard and they quit early on and I was left to forge on alone. Gavin came in as I was completing the last pumpkin…He asked if I needed help…I sighed and said…YES!  He managed two stokes with the saw before cutting his finger…My arms are sore..my camera is broken…there is goo on the walls and in my hair…so…I deem this family together time….an UNMITTIGATED SUCESS!

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October 28, 2008 - Posted by | General Mayhem |

1 Comment »

  1. An unmitigated success? What an amazing perspective Paula given the photo and the dead camera and your cell phone…talk about someone who is able to see the “big picture”! I’ve not yet tackled the kids and pumpkin carving portion of the holiday – guess I better get to it…

    Comment by Becky | October 29, 2008


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