Together (five minute friday…on monday)

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Five Minutes…Go!

I’ll be honest, I don’t like Halloween. I love fall decorations. I love crockpot meals and sweaters and boots. Hot chocolate, hot cider and hot tea. Crisp breezes and trees in a riot of reds, oranges and yellows. I love autumn. But I’ve just never been a huge fan of halloween. Probably, in large part, because I’m not into spooky, scary stuff. It’s just a matter of preference.


I truly don’t care if you want to watch zombie movies and go to haunted houses and put bloody body parts on your porch for decoration. Have at it. No judgement here. I just personally can’t stand that stuff.


So every year, I have to psych myself up for it. I feel bad…my poor kids. For weeks they ask what they’re going to be for halloween. “A zombie?” No. “A zombie hunter with fake blood all over my arms and shirt?” No. “Grim Reaper?” No. “Beetlejuice?” Um. No. “Not a pirate or baseball player again, mom.”ย  Well….


This year we’ve gone with Ironman and a biker dude. I’m happy, they’re happy. But then there’s the carving of the pumpkins. Again, nothing wrong with carving pumpkins. I just hate the mess. I avoid it for weeks and always try to convince them that painting pumpkins is really fun. They don’t buy it. I’m a total wet blanket, party pooper and I know it.


But here’s the thing. My kiddos love to carve pumpkins. And, it’s something we can do together. So, I’m trying to love it. I bought them new stencils and carving kits…looked up a video online with tips and tricks and they are currently carving away. I’ve been helping, too. I sat on the floor and taped stencils to the pumpkins. And they’ve been working away for the last hour on their creations. In a few minutes, they’ll be done and we’ll light up some candles and stick their masterpieces out on our new front porch and I’ll be glad I stopped my internal whining and had fun with my boys.


So the only point to my post is that sometimes, in order to be together with the ones we love, we may have to do things that they love and we don’t. In the process, we build memories and that’s a cool thing. Tomorrow they are all going to drink tea and read Jane Austen with me.


kidding ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stop! (five minutes are up!)

Here are some pics of the jack-o-lantern process:

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I read about a way to keep the mess to a minimum. Have the kids carve on top of a big trash bag and then when they’re done, you just turn the bag inside out and all the messy pumpkin stuff is now inside the trash bag. Worked beautifully!

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“Nine” has been asking me every day for the last week, when he would get to carve his pumpkin. Squeaky wheel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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“Eleven” and “Nine” with their creations.

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“Sixteen” came home from work and whipped out the Superman pumpkin, freehand, in less than 30 minutes. Little brothers were in awe ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s post was inspired byย Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. Each week, hundreds of writers, from all walks of life, take five minutes to write a post with from the same prompt word. No re-writing and editing. Just five fast minutes of whatever comes to mind. If you’d like to join us, clickย hereย to get the info!


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  1. I’m so right there with you! I do not like Halloween at all! The girls are always trying to get me to buy decorations and I give them a long song and dance about how they must be “happy” decorations (I did agree to some black cats and ghosts from the dollar store!). But I JUST said to Scott tonight as we were carving pumpkins…”aww, I love traditions!” And I do…I love carving pumpkins with the girls and how much fun they have dressing up and trick or treating…the are fun memories and traditions and I feel like the pull us together and keep us grounded as a family. Great post!

  2. I’m with ya on the spooky stuff and totally agree that sometimes you gotta do stuff others love in order to show them love. You’re a good mama and your boys are excellent pumpkin carvers! Miss u all! I’m getting all of my wisdom teeth out tomorrow so I will likely be a chipmunk for Halloween :oP

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