Oct 31, 2008

Pumpkin Carving

Last night we carved our pumpkins that will decorate our doorstep tonight for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. Not sure how busy it will be, so during a trip to Target last night, we picked up another bag of candy. It doesn’t help Cameron and I have been snacking on the candy I bought last weekend. Our main purpose for going to Target was to pick up a copy of Nightmare Before Christmas. Disney recently re-released it with new DVD bonus features especially for the Halloween holiday. To our dismay, Target didn’t have it. After a stop at Circuit City, we headed to Wal-Mart in hopes of finding it. Matt & Lynde were coming over for dinner and pumpkin carving. Neither of them has seen the movie and I thought it would set the mood for pumpkin carving. Luckily, Wal-Mart did have the movie. These errands began just as it was starting to rain. We didn’t take an umbrella with us but so far it hadn’t come down too hard, even with the lightning and thunder. This was not the case when we exited Wal-Mart – it was pouring and we got wet! Oh well, it’s still not very cold so it was kinda fun.

Settled in back at home waiting for Matt & Lynde’s arrival is when things got scary. Our living room can be overlooked from the upstairs hall. Both Jake and Kelsey enjoy sitting up on the ledge and Jake actually likes walking along the ledge. We’ve always feared one day that Kelsey would go to jump up onto the ledge and with her growing mass of a belly would end up falling over the edge down to the living room. Well, it wasn’t Kelsey. I was downstairs watching a recorded episode of Lipstick Jungle when I hear cat claws up on the railing above. Not a second later do I see Jake out of the corner of my eyes flying through the air falling toward me. He landed perfectly between the couch and the coffee table, just barely hitting my leg. Luckily cats land on two feet. I of course let out a nice little scream of surprise and then shed a few tears of relief once I saw Jake was ok. He didn’t seem phased by the whole fall and ate up the attention Cameron and I poured on him to make sure he was ok.

This is what Jake was aiming to Jump on

And This is how far he fell

Things calmed down, and soon Matt & Lynde arrived. After dinner it was pumpkin carving time. Here are some photos from last night and our lighted pumpkins. Matt & Lynde are coming back over tonight to help hand out candy and are loaning us their pumpkins for our doorstep since there neighborhood is still very much in development phase and probably won’t have many trick-or-treaters at all.

Lynde egging Jake on to put his head in her pumpkin.

Jake, the ever curious kitty, almost did put his head in that pumpkin

But mainly he just wanted to eat the slimy guts. We had to keep the guts bowl away from him.

Matt looking up from etching in the outline of his pumpkin

Cameron rubbed flour into the etching of my pumpkin so I could see it – we always tag team to carve one pumpkin.

Cameron & I selected a Wolf Howling at the Moon design as an ode to Melody

Lynde’s Pumpkin

Matt’s Pumpkin

Happy Halloween!

Love Always,

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