It's October, it finally cooled down here (a little bit), and that means it's time to get out the Fall decorations because Halloween is right around the corner. The first thing to do is shop for pumpkins!
Joey and his photo-bombing sisters Dani and Lisa in the background, shopping for pumpkins
Some years we've grown accidental pumpkins, which was really fun. Accidental pumpkins happen when you carve pumpkins outside, spray the seeds off the patio with the hose and into the surrounding flower beds, and then the next year, they grow into crazy big pumpkin vines, which turn into a nice little lesson about how pumpkins grow and also saves a little money on buying pumpkins that year.
Dani, Lauren and Amy posing for Lisa with their pumpkins
Picking out pumpkins has always been a big deal at our house. When we lived in northern California, we lived near a wonderful place called Apple Hill that had pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, wineries, orchards, and multitudes of apples. Here in Tennessee, we found a beautiful ranch with hayrides, animals, a pond, a tire swing, numerous barns, and thousands of pumpkins from which to choose.
Christian hamming it up on the hayride at the pumpkin patch.
Each child chooses a pumpkin that they want to carve, and then I buy a few extra in various sizes to put around the house. On Halloween or the day before (depending on where Halloween falls in the week), we do the carving. Some of my kids love to do the intricate carving designs, while others prefer to keep it simple and traditional. Lisa likes to paint beautiful designs on her pumpkins.