I have 8 carved pumpkins. Notice I didn't say I carved 8 pumpkins. Normally, I'd let the kids draw out the faces and face the arduous task of pumpkin carving in "it's just easier if I do it myself" isolation. This year despite that I had plenty of time for any task in the world yesterday (as I waited for a delivery between 12 and 4 which arrived at 4:52)I, in typical me fashion, couldn't being myself to start anything thinking that my delivery was bound to show up any moment, so the only thing I did manage to accomplish during my 5 hour delivery wait was a little nap not entirely comfortable in a chair, much like snoozing in the passenger seat with your neck all twisted and lovely drool landing on your shoulder.
I never got around to carving our pumpkins, which I also forgot to get the kids to design, so I didn't feel too bad. Today I was busy busy with a photo assignment for the paper in the AM, dropping off 2 photos for a juried contest (the volunteers accepting the submissions LOVED one of them!), taking Matt for a haircut, bringing the husband to a car dealership so he can get a vehicle for Matt to learn to drive in that isn't my humongo truck, picking Matt up from his haircut, stopping by the music shop to reschedule Matt's weekly lesson, going home and then greeting the parents of all of Evan's friend's plus the kids that Evan's friend's said they would trick or treat with before getting asked by Evan came over and I had the brilliant idea of enlisting 9 twelve year old boys to design and carve my pumpkins and that was a SUCH great idea. Aside from the one kid who was more happy merely stabbing all of the pumpkins than carving and de-seeding, the kids did an awesome job.
Then I gave them all pizza and let them loose on the neighborhood. Sorry neighborhood. All I'd like to do right now, at the very late hour of 8:41 is take a nap. But Matt, being 16 is invited to a party that doesn't even start until 9. So now I have to not only stay awake and dressed to bring Matt to the party, (I do plan on getting a visual on some parental supervision before abandoning him) but maybe even to bring him back home again. I did warn Matt that I might be showing up at midnight in my PJ's, so he knows that I will not be getting out of the car during the return flight.
Both Matt and Josh wore penguin costumes, and as is their typical routine, Matt took Josh around the neighborhood while I manned our front door and tended to the candles in 8 carved pumpkins on this windy halloween eve, as well as performing full size candy bar distribution. Matt tells me that all the little kids that saw my two penguins parading around got pretty excited, and I can totally relate to that. The two of them were damned adorable, even if I myself am not entirely objective, no not in the least.