On Tuesday, the kids’ good friend A came over for a play date, bearing the gift of three small sugar pumpkins. The kids were very excited at the prospect of decorating them, so after dinner I got out the Sharpie markers (used by children only once or twice a year, on VERY special occasions), and they got to work. As usual, each child approached the project in their own way. Johnny was very serious and methodical.
Emma was very intense, and clearly had a vision of what she wanted the finished product to look like.
Lily was super excited to use the Sharpie pens for the first time ever!
And here are their decorated pumpkins! Emma’s pumpkin was particularly shiny (or something), so I used some funny photo editing. It looks less like the real pumpkin that it is, but you can now see her design clearly!
I love that the pumpkin is singing out a heart, and that it has a heart nose and star eyes. And very dangly earrings on the side, which you can sort of see in the work in progress photo.
Johnny’s pumpkin started off with a face, but I could not find it anywhere on the finished product. This side of the pumpkin, does, however, have a small picture of a smiling pumpkin on it. Can you spot it towards the bottom?
I couldn’t resist keeping Lily’s foot in this picture of her pumpkin. I’m pretty sure her overall vision consisted of having a good time, but the little dots and lines at the top of the pumpkin are, according to her, eyes, noses, and mouths. Of what, I’m not sure, since they surround the entire stem.
The kids wanted to peel and cook the pumpkins as soon as they were done decorating them, and then to make them into pumpkin pie. I convinced them to save them for Daddy to see when he got back from his business trip late Friday night, partially with an offer of making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with a can of pumpkin. They were so excited about that, they got up by 6am the next morning, and we had those cookies mixed and baked before school started! Without being late!
Guess what we’ll be doing today if we can’t convince them to save their decorated pumpkins through Halloween, now that Mike has seen them?
Have you ever decorated a pumpkin with Sharpie pens? Emma had her first go at it last year, and was eager to do it again!