Saturday, October 24, 2009

7th annual pumpking carving party

October brings us to that time of year where we are celebrating all things fall.

When we first moved out here, we invited Jonathon's boss and his family over to carve pumpkins. They don't celebrate Halloween in Japan. They have 3 kids and we thought it would be fun to get together and show them something very American. I remember when they showed up. We had asked them to bring their own pumpkin. We answered the door and there they were, our five cute friends with one little baking pumpkin. (I really think that we shared our pumpkins. If we didn't, shame on us! But really, I think we did!)
So here we are, 7 years later in what is one of our families favorite traditions. We invite our Japanese neighbors and all of the Japanese from Jonathon's work over for pizza and pumpkins. It's amazing how much the kids like it. Especially since there is only one other little girl who comes. This year they worked so hard cleaning and helping us get ready. They deserved a party!

Enjoy the millions of pictures below!
Olive, who insisted
that this year she was old enough to do it her self.
All of it.

Our neighbor

Break for food.
Gyoza wa oishi!
The kids
Cedar who also insisted that he do it all himself.
(Though he didn't really like getting the guts out.)
Aspen working hard!
The fruits of her labor.
Olive and Cedar working hard.
The fruits of their labors.
Jonathon Working hard.
Everyone working really hard.
(yea, I know, I need to get out the thesaurus and find some new words.)


Outside:

4 comments:

Seth and Julie said...

Those are some seriously awesome pumpkins. What a great tradition too. I love it! Everyone looked like they were having so much fun. I can't believe even Olive carved her very own pumpkin. Imagine if I gave crazy Alex a knife, oh never mind, do not imagine that. Too scary!

Marie aka Grams aka Gramarme said...

Sorry to have missed the fun this year. Looks like you had a great time, and with the kids doing it ALL BY THEMSELVES this year, we weren't really needed, except to scoop out the guts. We love you. Happy Halloweenie.

makinzee said...

Love how you include everyone. It usually ends up being MIke that carves everyones around here!

The Wrights said...

Fun! We haven't carved pumpkins yet this year yet, but my hubby loves to try and find the biggest pumpkin!

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