Family Tradtions

I love holidays. Not always for what the holiday itself represents, but for the opportunities to celebrate family traditions.

I look at these pictures and I think, "this is the stuff that my children's best memories will be made of." Yes, they'll be made of pumpkin guts :-) And togetherness. And fun. And silliness.

When my little clean freak baby saw people putting their hands in their pumpkins and pulling out the stringy goo, he picked up a napkin and tried using it to get the seeds out! He wasn't so sure about this messy process :-)

Ah, yes...the mandatory "pretend like you're eating the pumpkin guts!" shot. This tradition started with my family as a kid. There are countless photos of me as a child, with my dad appearing to serve me a big goopy spoonful of pumpkin insides!

He's not so sure...

I love the individual looks of all my kids' pumpkins. They get to design their own, and we do our best to carve it according to their wishes. Thomas, of course, got whatever Daddy wanted to carve this year.

My big strong boy...

They weren't satisfied to simply carve this year...the markers came out for extra embellishment after carving.

Clara's plan:

I love this little peanut.

I love that my kids have a silly and fun Daddy. He can be tough. He can be firm. My kids know what to expect from him when they screw up. But the other day my kids were teasing me, and I teased back by saying "I'm going to call Daddy and have him come home to give you a whoopin'".

Long pause. Shifting eyes...looking at each other...looking at me...looking at each other again.

And then giggling. Hysterical silly giggles. The mere idea of Daddy "whoopin'" them was humorous. I love that they obey and respect him...but don't fear him. They climb up on his lap without hesitation and expect to be loved no matter what.

I got a good one :-)

Family time - babies still at home and wanting to spend time with us - tradition - Daddy's love - creative kids....what a joyous belessed life I live!

If you want to read about what brought others a little joy this week, head on over to this week's "Just for the Joy of it" and read on (and contribute some of your own joy).

Sharon  – (11/05/2009 08:58:00 AM)  

seeing these pictures and "hearing" the love in your voice brought ME joy today. What a beautiful and wonderful memory you carved together.

(and the napkin is too much!)


Anonymous –   – (11/05/2009 12:49:00 PM)  

I can completely understand that baby's way of thinking. Yuck. =) Thakns for sharing!

Jamie  – (11/06/2009 07:25:00 AM)  

Yay for family pumpkin time! Your family is really sweet! My kids have a fun Daddy, too. Thankfully, they have one fun parent, lol. And they WILL remember the times of "eating" pumpkin innards and your son trying to use a napkin.
What precious memories...

Anonymous –   – (11/06/2009 07:41:00 AM)  

This has to be one of the sweetest pumpkin-carving blog posts I have ever read. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas  – (11/06/2009 08:41:00 AM)  

So sweet. Family traditions are such a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing.

Amy  – (11/06/2009 08:46:00 AM)  

I absolutely love the photo of your littlest pretending to eat the pumpkin guts. The progression of him with the napkin to his mouth open wide made me laugh out loud.

Renae  – (11/06/2009 10:34:00 AM)  

Love traditions! Your little guys expressions are priceless! It is too funny that he tried to keep his hands clean!

Carrie  – (11/06/2009 02:03:00 PM)  

I love the "love look" your husband is giving you in the picture of him & Sammy. And Thomas looks as if he is eating the gusto.
Love & Prayers

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