Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Pumpkins 2 and 3

Pumpkin Painting with a toddler is a joyous and messy process. He had a great time selecting each color, placing just where he wanted it, twisting the pumpkin so that he covered all the areas. He got plenty of paint on Nick. I took the clean spot--taking photos! Nick ended up putting clear spray on the final product so that we could leave it outside in the rain. He is really proud of it. He is a little confused why it doesn't come off in his fingers when he touches it now. Funny stuff!

Tonight we carved out our pumpkin. As I expected, Jack wasn't too much into touching the pulp and seeds. He did do much better than I thought and didn't cry or whine when we forced it upon him. He did do what he could to get it off him as quickly as possible though. He was most fascinated with the knife. It is so nice to have those safety knives. He and Nick did plenty of carving off of the lid, while I got a good start on the insides. Nick finished up the detail work and then we settled on the pattern of a baseball and bat with his name beside it. The final U was Nick's touch, but I am sure that doesn't surprise any of you.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Pumpkin 1

Since Jack is getting a little more crafty and capable we are going to decorate three pumpkins this year. This first one was a blast! I found Mr. Potato Head Pirate Parts at Target. I thought Jack would really enjoy putting them on. We quickly found it was way too tough to stick the parts in. It was hard for an adult to do. So he instructed us on the placement and we did the pushing in. The only one he cared about the correct placement was the hat. He's into hats right now and so he was sure it had to go on top. We had to trim off the stem to make it fit, but it was easy enough.

Once we had finished (or so I thought) he got out his markers and started coloring on it. Well, I couldn't bear the thought of those beign washed away by our seemingly constant October rain so I let him have the permanent markers. He had a blast. He was so intent on the placement and how he had to make his marks that it was just fabulous to watch.

I love the final work. I am so proud to have it sitting on my front steps!