Today I carved my first pumpkin. Actually the kids "helped" me, and by helped I mean got grossed out by touching the pumpkin's innards. But they did touch them and stick their hands in the pumpkins for a brief minute. It was really cute, watching the kids run around the yard and every so often scurry over to me to check my progress. They wanted to participate, and did in their own way. They brought me leaves, picked seeds up off the porch, and gave me their encouragement.
The pumpkin carving was a lot more difficult than I expected. It took me awhile to realize that it is a lot easier to get the guts out with a spoon rather than my hands. Boy was it messy, and it didn't help that I had a dog trying to steal any part of the pumpkin that she could for her own personal meal.