Fall, Family & Fun carving pumpkins

I love the fall (some might call it autumn). Getting family together for fun and Frito pie with Kevin Ward’s homemade chili. The cooler weather rolls in from the north. In Texas that means we are moving out of the triple digits into the 90s and 80s. The other morning it hit 68…brrrr. Of course it was back to a cool 92 by 2:00 pm.

We might be limited in the color schemes too. The majestic oaks are ever year round green along with the juniper, but we have small splashed of yellow and orange in our foliage. I think this makes it more of a gift. We could pack up the SUV and head to Lost Maples outside of Vanderpool – it’s like a little pocket of Colorado tucked into the back of our bluejeans.

My favorite part is the unofficial kick off to the holiday season. In October 2004 my sisters and I got our kids together to carve pumpkins. We didn’t know we were starting a family tradition, but now it is part of our kids memories of growing up on the back steps.

Twelve years of carving pumpkins -growing up on the steps

Now twelve years later and the kids are actually carving their own pumpkins

This one might be the real picture.

cousins and pumpkins
Growing up on the steps – 2014 pumpkins

The level of skill and competition has grown each year.

The guts and glory of pumpkin carving
The guts and glory of pumpkin carving
Cousins helping with the pumpkins
Cousins helping with the pumpkins
My pumpkin is better than yours
My pumpkin is better than yours
Finding the right patterns
Finding the right patterns
Cleaning the guts of our pumpkin
Cleaning the guts of our pumpkin
Cousins & Pumpkins
Cousins & Pumpkins

The girls even got to use the power tools this year!

Girls using powertools to carve
Girls using power tools to carve
Carved Pumpkins 2014
Carved Pumpkins 2014
pumpkin designs
pumpkin designs
pumpkin a1
Sugar Skull Pumpkin Design
pumpkins designs
pumpkins designs
pumpkin designs
pumpkin designs

What are you waiting for go make some memories!  Do you have a favorite fall tradition?

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  1. L. E. Carmichael

    Wow, that’s impressive! Usually we buy a pumpkin with every intention of carving it, and then it’s the night before and we realize we have once more run out of time to decorate. We bought a white pumpkin and a blue “ghost” pumpkin this year, but they’ll probably just get fed to the deer!

    • jolenenavarro

      The trick is to schedule a time and make it an event. When my girls were small we would buy the pumpkins and then never actually carve them. Time just slips away. So my sister invited us over one year and we did it as a group. I have to say I think we really did more of the carving the first few years.

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