Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Finding the Perfect Pumpkin

On Saturday, before the snow began to fall, I took the children to the local garden store to pick out our family pumpkin.  Where was Gordy, you ask?  Gordy was driving an hour back to the field where Georgia played her soccer game that morning, to retrieve the expensive, one-of-a-kind team soccer jacket that Georgia had carelessly left behind.  Whoops!  Nothing like spending four hours of your Saturday in the car!

We had a lot to accomplish that afternoon, so I figured Gordy would be okay with missing this particular, annual rite of passage.  

With all the soccer and hockey games that we have currently going on, there wasn't time to travel into the country to hand-pick the perfect pumpkin straight from the vine.

No.  We went two miles from our house and carefully chose our pumpkin from the urban equivalent of the family farm:

... the make-shift pumpkin table.  

Not quite the same experience, you say?  Don't be so quick to judge!

Our pumpkin table also had Halloween-themed entertainment...

... a haunted maze...

complete with  dire warning to enter at your own risk!

Because this is New England, the "scary" maze was filled with things that frighten a New Englander...

like moose:

... and crabs:

Since my children were born here and have spent their lives amongst their fellow New Englanders, they agreed that the maze was truly scary.  After all, a moose can total your pick up truck if you hit it on the road and a snap from a crab can send you to the hospital for stitches.  

After we had made it through the maze a few times, we returned to the Great Pumpkin Table and evaluated the various pumpkins for Elliot compatibility.

Since I was holding the camera, Henry offered to carry the pumpkin to the cash register..

Our pumpkin was heavier than it looked and at this exact moment, I had to drop my camera down and run over to help Henry.  

Our pumpkin is now in our garage waiting to be carved... 

You'll have to come back tomorrow to see the results:

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