Friday, October 26, 2012

Third Annual Pumpkin Carving Party

It all began because one college guy (Aaron) heard that we were going to carve pumpkins with our kids and asked if he could come over and join us.  Because of the success of that evening, and realizing we were much more inclined to encourage our kids to carve pumpkins if a party was planned around that activity, we decided to open the doors to all of our college/young adult friends to carve away and eat chili with us.  

This is the third year of such a party, and by far the largest attendance - there were over 40 people that walked through our doors through the course of the evening.  I started out quadrupling the chili recipe, then decided to 5x the recipe - and by the end of the evening, threw in the last of my stockpiled ingredients to 6x the batch.  

Here's the spread - it's fun to have a purpose to my Pinterest perusing, and much of the recipe ideas end up as inspiration for food to serve on this evening.  My entire day on Thursday - from 8am-6pm was spent in the kitchen (with the exception of the two emergency runs to Walmart for more ingredients).   It was a crazy day, but a fun one - I love preparing for these sorts of things, as long as I can stay just ahead of schedule....

Fortunately, Drew and Kaela showed up about an hour before the festivities were set to begin and were able to tackle the last of the "to-do" lists for John and I.  Many thanks!  And, thanks as well to Kaela who REQUESTED to take pictures on our behalf all evening.  She did such a fantastic job, recording in photos one of my favorite nights of the year.
 












 

I love this picture of Steph and Whitley - Steph is glowing even more with her baby on the outside!


Heather and Mikayla entertained the early-comers (technically, on time...most folks are fashionably late) with a little bit of twirling and spinning.


All that's missing is Bogey....


Katy (on the left) really struggles with being shy... (not at all) - in fact, she's rarely content to just smile for a pic taken in her direction....

I was so thrilled when folks from the Camp Harlow community showed up.  Leah and Kimmie are both part of Thursday Night Ladies - behind Leah is Zach (Brayden and Traig's favorite dude out there) and behind Kimmie is Jake who worked in media at Harlow.




A couple of girls new to Trinity this year - J.J. on the left Ashley next to me.  Ashley will soon be helping us coach volleyball with Mikayla's team.

And, soon, floor space was getting hard to find...


Love these ladies...







Kenjon showed up - after adoring Whitley, Heather put him to work helping to carve her owl pumpkin.



Finally, I found a spot and started carving...it felt good to sit down!

I'm not sure what was so funny, but Kaela snapped four pictures in a series of these five cracking up....obviously it was amusing.


There were lots of couples in attendance - married (like Joe and Kaitlin & Alecia and Michael), about to be married (Emilie and Michael), "Facebook Official" couples (more than I can list), and those that have yet to "DTR", but are on the verge.  It was fun...





Last year, Elaina worked with Mikayla on her pumpkin, so Mikayla was planning for it to happen again.  She was ecstatic that Elaina could make it, and had set aside their "Pluto" template well ahead of time for them to do together.



Oops, that's not supposed to happen!













My final carving project....not as excited about it as I was last year's carving, but it will do.






 

Didn't "Pluto" turn out great?!!!


I love this picture...




Zach eventually came to the rescue for Brayden's pumpkin - Brayden was a little overly ambitious with his "Heisman Trophy" idea.  In classic Brayden form, he handed the project over and was playing with his caramel apple in a cup...









I don't think I've introduced Julianne yet, she's someone I've been able to meet with (loosely defining the word "mentor").  We've taken a couple of walks, but I kept forgetting to take a pic of the two of us together.

Cyrus showed up towards the end - already training hard for his next javelin throwing event - and Lord Willing, the Rio Olympics in 2016.... =)

Many folks left their pumpkins on our doorstep...we practically have a pumpkin patch going on out front.

We so enjoy these sorts of events - from prep to clean-up and all that lies in between - these nights are so worth it for us!

3 comments:

Christi said...

Looks like SO much fun!! Miss you all so incredibly much!!!

Laura Pakes said...

Hi, the pumpkin carvings are amazing. Such a great idea to get lots of people together. Good luck for next year!

Laura
http://www.pakesinpescara.blogspot.com

Tiffany said...

What a great tradition....looks like so much fun!!!:)