Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkin Carving



We carved Pumpkins last night- at the SAME TIME my family was carving pumpkins in Utah! It was almost like we were doing it together :)

We also had our first dinner guests. We are kind of nervous about inviting people who have mobile children; our place just isn't baby proof. So we decided to start with Nicole and Devon, whose 4 month old can't get into much trouble.



After dinner, we busted out the knives and went to work on our pumpkins. We bought them at the Giant Eagle across the street, and the selection was awful. I think there were 7 left, and half of those were rotten. There were a few other people hunting through them, and so when we found two decent looking ones, we ran! For a second I thought the old lady was gonna chase us down- but I was ready for that. Chantel and I used to train for Black Friday, and I know how to handle old ladies with walkers. We headed home, and put our hard-won prizes by the door. But Sunday morning when we were leaving for church, Kurt noticed an orange puddle and a funny smell coming from under one of the pumpkins. We decided we would carve that one (We are such good hosts), and gave the good one to Nicole and Devon.



It wasn't rotten, exactly. It just had some suspicious soft spots, and the insides were all liquidy and grayish. The good news is we didn't have to scrape out the guts! We just sort of...poured them out. Then we started carving. A few minutes later I looked in it again- and there was another puddle in there! It was bleeding internally.



This one is ours:



And this one is the Gneitings. It's true, we all cheated and used patterns. But it was definitely worth it!



Sidenote: Nicole's baby hates me. Every time I picked her up, she started screaming in my face! But once I handed her back, she was just fine. I'm that good with babies.



Now we have our pumpkin outside our front door. It smells. But it really doens't look suspicious, so we are hoping our neighbors won't realize that that is where the smell is coming from. At least, not until after Saturday.


5 comments:

Nicole said...

Who knew rotton pumpkin smelled like pepper! We had a blast, thanks for inviting us over, your apartment is so nice! And Brynlee doesn't hate you....she just likes me! Kidding, I'm working on it and she will make it up to you! Thanks for the dessert surprise.

Shipley Family said...

Their baby may have hated you but do you remember taking care of Elissa for me during Relief Society? She absolutely loved you. Looks like you guys had a fun time. The pumpkins turned out great.

Magistros = MC² said...

How would you know how to handle old ladies? In all of our "training sessions" you played the old lady that plowed me over...

They look great! I'm sure it'll last til Saturday, then you can drop it off a ledge somewhere.

Amber said...

It looks like you had fun!

Adele said...

Looks great! Keep thinking I'll do one... and then don't.

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