Sometimes it's difficult to recognize just how fast they grow, and to see how the little ones go even faster. Megan cut her own pumpkin when she was six. Madison did it last year at five. Now Mackenzie this year at four. But we sure do have a good time doing it!
They pick the pumpkins and draw their faces. I copy them to the pumpkins and make a lid. Then they do the rest with tools like dull jigsaw blades (ok, I did the mouths for Megan and Mackenzie, but it was just because Kenzie got tired and Megan was worried about the tongue). At the end, I clean them up so the edges are good and the light works well.
You can buy pretty cool designs now, but nothing beats seeing their personalities shine through ;-)
Can you guess?
2006 (above, clockwise from left): Madison's pirate, Mackenzie's scary face and Megan's hillbilly.
2005 (clockwise from left): Madison, Mackenzie, Megan.
2004 (clockwise from left): Madison's self-drawn, Megan's self-cut and Mackenzie's dad-did-it special.