Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween!

As of last Friday, no one in this house had given Halloween a second thought. On my way out of the door from work, a coworker told me there were left-over pumpkins from the kids' field trip and to help myself to them. Sweet! Free pumpkins! I took four, so now I had seven pumpkins total - three little ones from our garden this year and four medium ones from the school. I was stoked to carve them!

Saturday was packed. We worked on the goat/horse shed ALL day - we didn't even stop to eat. When night fell we went to Sizzler to celebrate Kathleen's new job, gorged ourselves on the all-you-can-eat buffet and then went to bed.

Sunday morning we went to church - Dillon stayed home sick (I think it was the buffet). After church I was so excited to start carving pumpkins. I kept trying to sell the idea to Dillon and Kathleen to do it with me, but they weren't buying it. So I set out to carve alone. I laid out two trash bags on the kitchen floor, put Napoleon Dynamite in the DVD player and stabbed my first pumpkin. I didn't even have it all the way hollowed out when Kathleen asked me to go with her to deliver 10 chickens to the Winegars - a great family in the ward. I went with. Their two kids love me and the third is beginning to (he's only 8 months old). Orin (the six year old boy) asked his mom, "Can we go over to Cerra's house?" Afton (the eight year old girl) thought that was a great idea too. After a bit of convincing from them, she relented.

We brought the two kids back home with us while John, Deana and Lee (dad, mom and baby Winegar) went home teaching. We went out to the goats and watched Orin ride the yearling billy. It was so cute. He's so stumpy and stout. He's literally a "goat roper".

After that we came in and started carving pumpkins. The kids didn't know they were going to get to do that. They were so excited. Even Dillon couldn't resist the fun and drew a "scary face" on one of the pumpkins for me to carve out.

Before they left, the kids asked if the could come over trick-or-treating the following night - you need to make prior arrangements out in the country before go or you won't get any candy. So I went to the dollar store on my way home from work and bought a couple of candy bars. I bought some extras just in case, but they were our only two. Afton was a fairy princess (my all time favorite costume growing up - I think I sported my wings made out of panty hose and wire coat hangers and my flyswatter wand at least three years. Aftie's costume was a lot better than mine ever was - she was precious looking. Orin was Davie Crockett. I guess he was Santa last year. What a funny kid! They came in and let me take pictures of them - too cute!!!

All in all it was a quiet Halloween. I enjoyed myself thoroughly though - I carved pumpkins, drank apple juice and hung out with two really fun kids...Did I mention that I carved pumpkins? Well, I did! I wonder if there's a future in it for me... Talk about a dream job!!!


Sasha said...

Oh that sounds so fun. The one pumpkin picture that did load looked amazing. I actually think you may have a future with pumpkin carving. You could at least do a once a year carving workshop for the local Weiser kids. Eh? Halloween was a bust for me this year. No costume, no parties, just a quiet night at home. Not even one trick or treater. What can you expect in a foot of snow though. I did carve a pumpkin with my little pal, 12 year old Devin. We did that Saturday afternoon and then they made a nice conversation piece for the dinner party I had later that night. We had moose lasagna. I'm glad you had such a fun weekend Cerra.

]|Daul said...

Oh, so you've resorted to stealing little kids' pumpkins? I don't even know you anymore...*whimper*

Cerra Hawkins said...

I gave them pumpkins "DAUL"! You should try actually reading something before you comment about it. ºÖº

sasha said...

The pumpkins really are amazing! Some of the most artistic that I've seen. Did you do it all free hand or did you use patterns? They look great.

Pablo said... said... said... said... said... said... said...

"[I] help[ed] myself to them. Sweet! Free pumpkins! I took four..."

You were saying? PUMPKIN THIEF! 'Sup now? OWNED!

And don't blame me for the "d" in my name, it's your whacky blogger blogging up the blogging bloggs.

Cerra Hawkins said...

Thanks, Sasha! ºÜº Not to toot my own horn, but "Too-Too-Too-Toot-Too-Toot" (that was a horn) I do it all free hand. I am a mediocre drawer at best, but there's something about pumpkins...I think it's because of the lack of detail that they require...I don't know. I enjoy them.