Pumpkin Carving Party

We were invited to a pumpkin carving party on Saturday night.  We had never been to such an event before and did not know what to expect.  Normally, we just carve some sort of face into our pumpkin and call it a day.  A party with a contest for the best overall pumpkin made us rethink our carving approach.  Would the party-goers be professional pumpkin carvers?

I decided to find J a little something more detailed to tackle figuring we’d be up against some crazy competition.  I searched high and low for an interesting, free pumpkin stencil pattern online and finally settled on Yoda.  Anyone who knows us knows that Star Wars is huge with our kids so I knew my selection would be a crowd pleaser (at least with our family).

While J was hard a work with a margarita at his side, I cruised the activity stations with the boys.  We hit the cookie decorating table first.  Of course, we did.

The boys each chose a mini pumpkin to paint next.  They both took their time to create a couple of lovely works of art.  The pumpkins now reside on our front porch.

By the time we had finished making the rounds at the bouncy house and swing set, J had finished Yoda.  We went inside to partake in some yummy food.  The hostess made two delicious soups to share: chicken noodle and curry harvest.  I tried the curry one and fell in love.

I brought a batch of monster eyes.  There were none left in my serving bowl at the end of the night so I’m taking that as a testament to their yumminess.  There were lots of other wonderful treats like a Thai noodle salad, cornbread casserole, chili, rolls, brownies, cakes, etc.  It was all so good.  I definitely over did it and was thankful that I had run the causeway earlier that day.

When the sun went down the jack-o-lanterns were set out on some hay bales in front of the house and lit with candles.  Yoda came to life!  J did a wonderful job carving him!

All of the pumpkins that were carved were pretty amazing.  See the one three to the right of Yoda?  That one was my favorite.  It was Lionel Richie!  It says “Hello” at the bottom.  How random and creative!  A couple of us were even inspired to sing a few bars of the song.

Glow sticks were handed out to the children while the parents voted on the pumpkins.  Somehow they came up with the idea to link all of the sticks together to form a giant glow ring.  I thought it looked pretty awesome!

Toward the end of the evening, Cutie Pie finally warmed up to the idea of having his face painted.  He asked for a dragon.  The hostess’ mom is quite the talented face painter, no?  Cutie Pie ended up falling to sleep with the green monster on his face.  Sadly, much of it had rubbed off by the morning.

While Cutie Pie was getting his face done, a very flamboyant guest burst into the Puff the Magic Dragon song.  He knew every single verse.  I was impressed.

The pumpkin carving winners were announced at the end of the night.  One of my friend’s won for the prettiest pumpkin.  Another friend won for the scariest pumpkin.  And J won best overall!  I was so proud of him!  His prize was two adult tickets to SNOW and ICE at the Gaylord Palms resort!


Snow Day

It is COLD here!  Cold enough to sleet.  I seriously had sleet on my car today.  And I got to wear that stylin’ ski hat that’s been accumulating dust over the past 6 years…

The boys got to see snow for the first time today too.  It was man-made snow but snow nonetheless.  Wildman was totally excited!

Cutie Pie was too cold to care.

J got a text this morning from one of his kiteboarding friends that said there would be 4 tons of snow at an event this afternoon.  The event was supposed to be a kiteboarding competition but the weather became so bad that they tried to turn it into a snow kiting exhibition.  I say tried because sleet prevented the snow from really accumulating when it hit the ground.

I freaking can’t believe that it was sleeting here!  SLEET!  Tiny balls of ice were bouncing off of my car.  What?!

Anyway, when we arrived (in the sleet) at the park we saw a massive snow machine cranking out powder in full force.  Ice went in the top, snow came out the side.  The machine looked like a giant wood chipper really.

J, Wildman and I all took turns darting out from underneath our protective umbrella to play in the snow.  Wildman was all about starting a snowball fight!  It was such fun.  Cutie Pie just clung to J and I.  His little body was shivering despite being bundled in multiple layers, gloves and fleece.

We did not stay out in the cold for very long.  Just long enough for Wildman to get his fill of playing in the small patch of quickly melting snow.

We hurried from the park to the protection and warmth of my car.  From there, we watched some of the kiteboarders try to kite across the snow.  It was a good try but the wind just was not cooperating and there just was not enough snow.

It was a unique experience for us that we won’t soon forget.  Snow and sleet in Central Florida!  Who knew?!

A Chance of Snow and Sleet- Seriously?!

This weather alert was in my inbox this morning:
Good morning Amanda,

Brian Shields

Yes…a chance of snow!
Meteorologist Brian Shields
Fantastic!  Mother Nature knows I live in Florida right?

Look at that!  Saturday- snow.  SNOW!!!! And I think there’s even a flake coming out of that cloud for today.  I’m not cut out for this.  My blood is thin!  I’m a cold weather weakling!

I doubt that it will snow enough to accumulate, let alone build a snowman, but still…  ACK!

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