October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Fun

I LOVE pumpkins. Anything pumpkin related actually. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin carving, pumpkin spice candles...my dad has always called me pumpkin (since the day I was born...not because I love pumpkins), I worked on a pumpkin farm a few falls in high school, my favorite activity this time of year was carving pumpkins with the residents (and letting them squish around in the goop), I even love the smell when you first open up a pumpkin (lots of people don't like it, but I think it's heavenly). I just really like pumpkins.

The babies in their "My 1st Halloween" outfits.

And so, I felt very strongly that I wanted the twins to have their own pumpkins this Halloween (as mentioned in a previous post). The only problem, once we had them, was what to do with them? The twins obviously cannot participate in carving them (except maybe playing in the goop...but I'm a little worried about the mulitple choking hazards...), and it isn't so incredibly fun for us to carve that we wanted to just carve pumpkins for them (ok, so I would have, but Lucas felt like it was a little much). So, I decided to paint the pumpkins! I love a fun art project (I'm not legitimately crafty, but I love making a mess and having something creative come out of it)!

At first Allie just wanted to eat hers...

My next problem was what to paint on the pumpkins...I'm not a fabulous artist, so it had to be easy. I had no great inspiration. I figured I could paint their names with cute designs, but even then I had no inkling about what cute things to do. Finally, I decided to go in the theme of their costumes and paint their names in the animal that they are.

My pumpkins & their pumpkins!

In the end, they turned out ok. Not perfect (like I'd imagined...I always imagine my artistic ability better than it is...), but good enough. AND, since you haven't seen their costumes, and I've only left clues, perhaps now you will know what they are. If you don't...well then you will just have to wait in suspense until Saturday!

A classic case of "I want what she has!"

And if you want to carve a pumpkin, but don't want to deal with the hassle of getting one and the mess of the actual carving, click on the title of this post to carve a virtual pumpkin. I have to confess that I've already carved about 10 myself! Or go to http://monkeys-on-the-bed.blogspot.com/ for a great tutorial on how to carve pumpkins (I seriously got some great tips - like putting the hole in the bottom so you have a clean looking top. Genius!).

It wasn't long before the photo shoot fell apart!


Anonymous said...

This is too cute and funny.. ryan tumbling over...allie's pumpkin roll'in around. Isn't it fun!! The pumpkins are great and my guess is that Allie is a cat (hate them) haha but love her, Ryan looks like a tiger!! Can't wait until Saturday to see them in their costumes. What are you and Lucas going to be. Mommy and Daddy? xo NANA

Kim said...

You're right! We wanted to have Ryan be a dog (Ry-dog) with Allie being a cat (allie cat), but they didn't have any dog costumes left at Old Navy...and the only costume in his size was a tiger!

the monkey's mama said...

your pumpkins are cute! I think you did a great job...i definitely cannot wield a paintbrush so i'm mad impressed.

Lauren and Jeff said...

Are you kidding? Your painting skills are fantastic! I love Allie's design. It's so clever!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog Kim and the photo's you take. You always look like your all having so much fun whatever your doing. Can't wait to see the twins in their Halloween costumes. I think I know what they will be from the great art work you did on the pumpkins and their nicknames.
Everyday I can't wait to see what their doing and to read what you write about. Love and hugs to all.
aunt darleen

Anonymous said...

Kim, your blogs are so awesome and fun! You can't imagine how much they mean to us so that we are a part of the twins growing up before our eyes. This last one is so delightful and it is fun to see the twins participating. Your art work is very impressive--as are you! God bless you, Lucas and your sweeties. NE G and G