Day 27: Paint that Pumpkin…and Repaint

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For years now, I have been carving the kids’ nicknames into their pumpkins…with ummm, a paring knife.  Probably not the most brilliant, I know.  Last year after nearly nicking my finger, I determined that I would go a different route.

This one involved the kids being a little more involved.  And a tad more mess.

We took a quick trip to Walmart last evening to pick up some craft paint.  The girls loved picking out different combinations of colors.  They did much better than I did at picking paint for my necklace.

The sun was just beginning to go down as we pulled into our driveway.  However, I had promised the kids that we would paint the pumpkins and so we started pulling out all of the paint supplies and cardboard to paint on.

I was so excited about finally working ahead on a project.  Woo-hoo.

Then our neighbor’s little girl came and joined our painting crew.  I was cool with that, and I was rolling with it.  Guess who shows up next? {rolls eyes}

A vacuum cleaner salesman.

Kirby has impeccable timing.  I watched the demonstration while also watching our neighbor friend paint our front sidewalk instead of the pumpkins.  Grrreat.

Finally, after a very disappointed salesman went his way, I stood back and surveyed the mess.  We now had a strikingly clean circle area in our otherwise filthy living room carpet, three messily painted pumpkins, a rainbow colored sidewalk, sticky children to bathe, dinner still waiting and no pumpkin pictures.  Could my vision of happily painting with my kids get any worse?

Yes.  It rained.

Aren’t I lucky?!

*sigh* So the kids and I got up and tried repainting the messy, rained-on pumpkins again this morning…while I snapped a few pictures.

It was fun and it was messy.  I’m able to laugh about last night’s disaster.

The pumpkins are so bright and cheery on our front steps.  They really make me smile when I walk by.

Will I paint pumpkins again next year?  I don’t know.  Ask me what I think after I get done scrubbing our front walk.  Then I’ll know whether the risk of carving is a better option.  

By the way, another good memory from last night was that we don’t have a $1200 payment plan to look forward to over the next few years.  Yeah, no Kirby. (For the record though, they really are awesome machines.)  😉

Do you paint or carve your pumpkins?  Ever want to scrub a sidewalk? Own a Kirby?  Please share.

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