Happy Halloween Ya'll
Yesterday, we decided to carve our pumpkins. Jack and Emma had picked out their pumpkins, but we had yet to get Mark his. I am never sure how much he will want to participate in the holiday activities now that he is a High Schooler. Since he did not have a pumpkin, the boys set out to find just the right pumpkin. 7 stores later they trudged through the door with (and I quote) "The last pumpkin available in Lexington." Seriously? John said they went to 7 stores and not one had a pumpkin in site. Everywhere he asked, he was told they had sold out. He also mentioned that people looked at him like he was the dumbest dad ever. I Mean Really! Who waits till October 30 to get a pumpkin! When the boys did find a pumpkin, they came home with a tiny pie pumpkin.
We set to work cutting open the tops to the pumpkins. I had no problems with Jack and Emma's pumpkins, but I could not get my knife into Mark's pumpkin. I had John try and he got the knife in but could not get it back out. Mark took off with his pumpkin and came back with a chisel wedged deep inside the pumpkin. Great. Now we had a knife and a chisel stuck in the mini pumpkin! After a few wiggles and a few curses (by dad) we were able to free the tools. The pumpkin got microwaved for a few minutes in attempt to make it softer. We failed miserably. That was apparently the limit to John's patience. Next thing I knew he and Mark were in the Garage with the pumpkin clamped into the vise cutting through the pumpkin with the jigsaw. I have to say while I have never see that particular approach to pumpkin carving, it was effective. And for a 14 year-old boy, it was AWESOME!
Jack and Emma took the more traditional approach and used patterns and hand carving tools. Mark and Dad's more untraditional approach still yielded a great jack-o-lanturn.
For those of you who want to see the pumpkin project for yourselves Mark got every bit of it on video.