It’s October and for me and the fam that means gearing up for our 5th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! It’s the first big family get-together of the season!
I started our 1st get together and called it The Autumn Party! We had loads of fun foods and everyone dressed in Autumn colors so we could snap a (big) family picture. After lunch my cousin, Buddy started handing out my pumpkins from the front porch! Before I knew it this was happening!
Always competitive, we decided to have a contest! These were some of those pumpkins from the very first year…
The next year I almost didn’t have a party, it’s such a busy time of year. Everyone’s calendars start to fill up but that get-together was one of the last we’d have with my sweet Mom…I can’t tell you how happy I am that I went ahead with the party. This year we called it the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Everyone chose a partner, brought a pumpkin, carving tools and a pattern…it was a throw- down!
Here’s a picture of Mom and Dad on that chilly Saturday afternoon in October 2005. In just 2 short months we would lose Mom suddenly to a heart condition.
This Autumn day, that almost didn’t happen, has turned out to be an almost sacred day to me. It’s memory forever etched in my heart. Like all things profound, those memories are both precious and painful at the same time. I no longer take for granted our family times, no matter how much trouble and effort they take…
Here are the finished pumpkins from that year…we were improving our pumpkin carving skills…
The year after Mom left us we shut down production on all family get-togethers. We all needed to grieve in our own way. But in 2007 we did what Mom would have wanted, we started up the traditions again….Here are some of us carving for the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!
We upped our game this year…here are some pics of the finished products…(Steve Erwin in the bottom right corner was the winner this year!)
And last year was our 4th Annual Pumpkin Carving Party! Really, my family is just too competitive! You should have seen the tools…some were electric.
Here’s the only dark room in my house! We light up the pumpkins and get ready for the judging…
Had to put in a few pics of the pumpkins from last year…the fam brought their A-Game!
Tiger Woods won…my nephew Zach is crazy good at carving faces!(And we luvs us some Tiger Woods!)
The UGA helmet got the close 2nd!My nephew Trey, UGA grad, did this free-hand!
I’m going to be sharing more about the fun decorations and yumalicious food for the Pumpkin Carving Party over the next couple of weeks!
I thought some of you may want to start this tradition if you don’t already do a Fall party. But whatever you do this holiday season, do it with an open and thankful heart. We never know when we’re living a sacred day. One that will forever be etched in our hearts. Love to each and every one of you Peeps.
(I wrote about the party prep for the 2008 Pumpkin Carving several times, you can find them here)