Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How to Carve a Pumpkin-Schultz Style

So almost everyone does the pumpkin thing. When my dear husband came home with 5 giant pumpkins I knew we had to be organized and ready to spend an entire evening on this little project. And this is how we do it.

1st, We have to decided on faces! Jason was super smart a few years ago and saved a newspaper with tons of ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Then we make a rough draft on paper of our creation.
I downloaded a cool new app on my iPod that is a jack-o-lantern that you can mix up his parts. Everyone tried that out to see if there were some parts on there that were fun.

Grady tried too...actually went with that pirate eye patch...

Then we(I) draw on the chosen face. Used washable marker this year. worked great! Better than a sharpie.
Teagen chose a skeleton(I know, weird)
She's cute even when she's blurry!

You must throw a fit. It wouldn't be a family tradition without a good fit(or 3)

Scoop guts just once and pass to Dad.

And after mom and dad carve for hours(for the record, Summer did most of her own) We have 5 masterpieces!
Allow me to introduce...

Teagen's Pumpkin, Ash. No clue where her idea for a skeleton came from or the name either. But she was very sure of herself on both counts.

Grady's, Pirate Peek. Name credit goes to Summer.

Mine is Lydia. 1st name that came to my head. Yeah, I am aware that's weird too.

Summers, Capten Moonlight. her spelling according to the name cards she made up.

And Jason's, David. Because we were referring to him being Michelangelo. He was so into the carving and I was a total grinch. Just not into it. Sorry!

The Gang, 2008.

After its all said and done, take about 20 pictures on the timer to get a family shot. None will turn out so pick the one where everyone looks the least scary. Yes, this is our least scary shot. My hair is out of control and Grady lost his pants. Summer found a winter hat, Teagen kept inching out of the photo, and Jason had been in his PJ's since about 4pm. Its a miracle one of the animals didn't find there way into this shot.
So thats how we do it here at Schultz House.
Happy Halloween!!


Jennifer Witham Buck / Graceful Expressions said...

schultz style - love it!
how very cool!
i love how you documented everything, jenn. Especially the pic of summer with your techie is that?
your pictures rock... what a great memory for you all.
Happy Halloween!

Marie M. said...

Wasn't "Lydia" one of the characters in Beetlejuice (the daughter played by Winona Ryder)? Very Halloween, if you ask me. Great jack-o-lanterns!

Miranda said...

Love the pumpkins. Very cute. Loving the picture of Grady screaming/crying, classic. =]

Angi said...

Oh my, I laughed my head off at the end! Brings back memories of those days for me with three little ones and everything crazy ..."...and Grady lost his pants..." LOL I'm still laughing. Love hte pumpkins!

Mya said...

I love you guys! I love the fact that you take time out to carve pumpkins as a family. I am one of those grinchy pumpkin people and seem to push that aside every year. BUT, after seeing your guys master piece I might just go out and buy pumpkins tonight and have the Wall Family carve pumpkins too. Love all the pictures - they rock.

hien k. d. said...

hi Jennie! i love this post! Halloween is my favorite holiday and i love all your pumpkins. they really look great! it's awesome that you do this as a family! i miss those days when i was younger and all of my brothers and sisters did things like this together...of course, ours never looked that good. your kids are so cute! and i love the last picture! it really made me laugh. i love your blog! :)

hien k. d. said...

this is my absolute favorite post! i'm going to have to show the pumpkin pictures to some of the other fellows here in the office, they are wondering why i was laughing... :)

Jodi said...

A bunch of arteests.. (yeah, I know, but it is for effect) Memory making at its greatest.

Anonymous said...

ROTFLMAO!!! OMG - I laughed so hard at this post girl!! "..Grady lost his pants...Summer found a winter hat..." etc...
That SO sounds like something that would happen at our house! (As I'm typing this - Andon is screaming, "DOWN" from his booster and Lukas is walking in from the garage with a skeleton mask - NICE!! Thanks for the laugh - I needed it today!!

Mandy said... it! I love all your pumpkins too! Great job! I really think all your kids are going to be quite artistic just like their mom!!