The tradition of setting one day in the fall aside to go get pumpkins is one that Jarrod and I started while we were dating. I remember the first time we bought pumpkins and carved them. We were engaged, and Jarrod was in his first apartment, which ended up being the one we lived in our first two months of marriage. We sat on the floor and scooped pumpkin guts out, and then Jarrod introduced me to BAKED pumpkin seeds. Whoa. I never even knew people baked and ate pumpkin seeds. They were delicious, and our pumpkins? They didn't look so bad.
Last weekend was our pumpkin weekend. Thanks to Pumpkin Masters (available at your local grocery, drug or craft store, and nationally at Target and Walmart), we were possibly the most excited we ever have been to get this under way. It helped that Ethan is now at an age where he can enjoy things like this, too.
We selected our kits, selected our patterns, dug out pumpkin guts and got to work. Pumpkin Masters kits provide the perfect economical activity for family time together and an easy, SAFE carving experience. Ethan sat on Jarrod's lap while he carved, and he was able to "play" with some of the tools that came in the kits without us having to worry that he'd hurt himself. We laughed and talked from opposite ends of the table, while I carved my pumpkin with Gabe next to me in the high chair.
Pumpkin Masters has a Carving Contest going on right now! They are searching for you serious carving folks. Share a picture of your carvings via Instagram or Twitter using #PumpkinMasters2013. This contest runs from now until October 31st. For more details and rules, check this out.
Does your family hold any fun fall traditions? Do you go to pumpkin patches or pick apples? Dress a scarecrow?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.