🎃My FIRST Pumpkin, EVER🎃

I wish I was joking, but the rumor is true. This year was my very FIRST time to carve a pumpkin. Yes, at the ripe age of 24, I finally  got to experience one of Halloween’s oldest traditions. The look on my co-worker’s faces, when I told them of my pumpkin carving deprivation, was of absolute astonishment. Come to think of it, I cannot tell you exactly why I had never carved my own jack o’lantern.I’m pretty sure you are now wondering if I went trick-or-treating, as a child. Of course I did! It was my Dad’s duty to take (watch over) my friends and I, every, single year…At least until we were too old for candy bags and our costumes became a little more risqué. Anyway, that’s beside the point, what I’m trying to say is that I participated (yearly) in Halloween festivities. Yet somehow, for 24 years, I evaded the sliminess of pumpkin guts and the sore muscles from carving- UNTIL NOW.☟☟☟Below are pictures from my FIRST, carving experience with a couple of cool dudes (William&Lucas).


{Removal of the Pumpkin Guts & SeedsDid I mention it was slimy?}


 pumpkinandkidsWilliam liked “de-gutting” the pumpkin more than anything else that followed.

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Oh Pumpkin Slime.

pumpkinlucasLucas decided to lend me a hand…Yep, he thought he would just dump the inside of HIS pumpkin into MY pumpkin. Super helpful, but luckily Chris (my husband) was there so Lucas soon started “helping” him. 

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William must have been giving me pointers. You know, since he has a little more pumpkin carving experience.☜Truth. 

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Almost done. 


{Lessons Learned & The Pumpkins “Up Close & Personal}


 Things I Learned

  1. When cutting the top of the pumpkin, cut at a 45° angle. If you cut it straight up&down the top piece would fall into the pumpkin.
  2. If you plan on shaving parts of the pumpkin, get a shaving tool. It will make your life a lot easier.
  3. Pumpkins are really thick, you have to scoop out A LOT of pumpkin…Especially if you want the light to shine through the parts you shaved.
  4. Pumpkin carving is hard…and time consuming, but I am glad I was FINALLY able to experience it.
  5. For your first pumpkin, don’t be overly ambitious (my #1 mistake). Keep it simple, for your sanity’s sake.  Luckily, I was proactive and brought along a lot of pumpkin ale. 
  6. {On-going experiment} We soaked our pumpkins in a bleach/water mixture, overnight. Hopefully, by doing this, our pumpkins will remain presentable for 8+ days.

The Pumpkins

Background info: I wanted to carve a French macaron, but my  {several} drawing attempts looked like a hamburger. So the cupcake was the logical,next choice. It was easier for my husband, he had three options- Iron Man, Iron Man and Iron Man. pumpkincupcakeb

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***Big shout out to Aaron and Jess- Thanks for putting up with us for an entire night, while simultaneously shutting down any pumpkin, throwing shenanigans.  If it wasn’t for your help, I would have likely ended up with a topless pumpkin and a few bloody fingers. 

In all, I think this Halloween endeavor was a success. I can officially say I have carved a pumpkin. Next year I may take another swing at the macaron idea. As for Chris, his Iron Man turned out to be pretty epic. Maybe I should try and talk him into doing the Avengers, next year? It’s a thought. If you try out either of these carvings, please share a photo in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @Lydia_Williams_. I would love to get more ideas for next year’s carving! Oh, I almost forgot, if you want to know my outfit details continue scrolling. I can’t resist dressing up for ANY holiday or catchy t-shirts. 

Hope you have a safe and HaPpY HaLlOwEeN,

M&MJ 


Outfit Details}


 P.S. Excuse my awkward smirk. 

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T-shirt: Creepin’ It Real Raglan White Shirt (I’m wearing a M, I liked the length better)

Button Down: Relaxed Boyfriend Shirt

Pants: Black Ripped Jamie Jeans (Same jeans, they just no longer have the “super-ripped”)

Shoes: Decaf Sneakers

Necklace: H&M (in stores)- Any simple necklace will do


 

 

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