Sunday, October 21, 2007

Gourds and Squashes and Pumpkins, Oh My!

We got fancy this year.

Instead of buying our pumpkins the boring old (cheap) way by buying them at the neighborhood Giant (which is what Stimey does), we bought them the super-fun (Alex-style) way by going to a pumpkin stand.

And thank God, because this photo would have been WAY less cute if I'd taken it by the bin in front of the grocery store:

The cool thing about this pumpkin stand was that they not only had pumpkins, but they had gourds of many, many varieties. It was tempting to buy one of the grotesque versions to carve. Take a look at some of the many gourds and squashes that live in this world. If you're like me, you had no idea so many existed. There were even more that didn't make it into my photo.

My personal favorite was the one an employee had cut up and was in the process of cooking. You can bet your ass I didn't bother to taste it:

But how cool would that look with a face carved into it and wearing, say, a witch's hat?

While I was busy photographing gourds, Jack was busy playing "Five Little Pumpkins." Now, I don't know if you're familiar with this poem, but at the end, "Five little pumpkins rolled out of sight." Which is what Jack spent some unsupervised time doing. As far as I can tell, he was only able to roll three of them away. Here he is acting out the story:

And because we have kids mostly so they can perform physical tasks for us, here is Sam escorting the pumpkins to our car:

Meanwhile, Quinn, who was nearly dwarfed by some of the pumpkins, was busy celebrating the 12 Days of Halloween by refusing to take off the Wonder Pets cape we got him for his costume. Although he refused to wear any other part of his costume, he literally hasn't taken this cape off since I gave it to him on Friday. (We make him take it off to sleep. And to swim.)

We'll be a-carving next week. Except for the holes in our pumpkins' faces, we're all set for Halloween!


  1. That's the kind of stuff kids remember. It may be about the moment - but it's also about making memories.

  2. Gourd-geous pics! (Heh heh heh)
    Sounds like it was waaaay better than the grocery store! LOL

  3. Can't. Stop. Laughing.

    The pictures are gourd-geous!

    Oooh. Sorry about that.

  4. Whoa there! No freakin' way! I come up with a pun spur of the moment like that and I've been BEATEN to it by niksmom? Must. go. read. her. now....

  5. How can I possibly know two people that came up with "gourd-geous"? You guys are the best!


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