Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkin Party

Every year my Mom and Dad
host a Pumpkin Party
for the kids and grand kids!

Over the past few years,
we have combined
a trip to the local pumpkin patch
a fall leaf raking, bonfire party
into one fun filled
Pumpkin Party!

Mom will prebuy big pumpkins
and use those to decorate her porch.
To make it fair we have the kids pick a number
from a bowl...

Then one at a time they get to pick their pumpkins!
Zac (my son)
Kee (my nephew)
Bennett (my nephew)
Jamie (my niece)
Jon Mark (my nephew)
Haly (my niece)
Madison(my daughter)!
While Nona (above)

Mom Mom watched on...
the kids
carved pumpkins!
As the kids get older,
they take over the carving.
Happy to report, no one lost a finger
to a wayward knife!
Love the finished pumpkins!
Of course, Mom made plenty of yummy food!
A festive birthday cake for Nona...
candy corn and pumpkin gumballs
( a big hit!)
Pumpkin cookies...
homemade Carmel corn
making for so mores!
And those were just the desserts!
For dinner we had sloppy joes, hot dogs,
brats and pumpkin pasta!
Dad and Mom even made a fire pit for roasting
the marshmallows!
We all celebrated Nona's birthday!
Blowing out the candles...
with a little "help"!
The boys talked Grandpa into getting
out his pellet air riffle
for some target practice!
Even Grandpa got into the act!
I am linking to
A Collection of This and That.
Please be sure to stop over by Dayle's
and check out all the simple pleasures!
My simple pleasure is
 time spent with my family.
I am blessed to still have two grandmas,
my mom and dad,
my sister, her husband and 5 kids
and Wayne and my kids.
We all live in the same 6 mile area.
Cousins are friends!
We are each other's support and
love is always in the house!
Happy Thursday!


Jane said...

What a great day and a wonderful family tradition! It looks like everyone was really enjoying themselves....and all the food looked delicious.

corners of my life said...

Looks like a fun day for everyone. I love the photo of Mom Mom. She looks like an interesting lady. Pensive in pink said...

Hi DeeDee, it looks like everyone had a great time with pumpkin carving plus the special dinner and smore making. Yummy! Thanks for sharing pictures of your grand mothers. It looks like even they had fun just watching the great grandkids. Love you. Aunt Jude

Betsy B. said...

Looks like lots of fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog and the nice comment.

Amy said...

What a fun family time full of such great traditions, DeeDee! I loved seeing the photos of all the special people in your life. You are blessed my friend!

Michelle said...

Hi Dee Dee, Wow lots of fun was had by all! 7 adorable grandkids, sooo nice!

Peg said...

Dee Dee, you have such a wonderful family! These are great memories for your children too. With other families celebrating on Thanksgiving, we have tried to do something similar the week before Thanksgiving, but I REALLY like your family's Halloween celebration... we might have to change our tradition next year!

Ashley said...

What a great tradition! And it sounds like so much fun. I love the picture with all the kiddos and their pumpkins.

Wendy said...

It was so much fun reading your post this evening! This looks like so much fun! You have a great family!

Christine said...

Great memories for everyone, the old and young.
And what great weather! It's always fun to get to know each others families like this.
Great new header, I like it.

It's Just Dottie said...

Oh ! How very wonderful... You are so blessed.
Smiles Dottie

Susan said...

Wow, that looked like a blast. How blessed we are to have family, right? I loved Bennett's expression in the big pumpkin pictures. Susan

Katie said...

Dee Dee, that looks like it turned out to be a very fun & successful party!! The kids did such a Great Job on Carving their pumpkins!
You are so very blessed to have so much family & so very close together. You have a Beautiful Family & Happy Birthday to your Nona!!


bj said...

What a beautiful family...and so much fun.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Dee Dee, you have given us a perfect Simple Pleasures post ... a day with family and pumpkins and yummy stuff to eat and artwork to create and games to play. It doesn't get any better than this.

Trish said...

You are just so blessed to have so much family closeby!! Great family fun photos and a day all will remember, I'm sure. Love the little girls hauling those huge pumkins lol !! blessings..Trish

Debbie said...

OK... I LOVE this one. Not only am I a bit of a pumpkin freak, but more than that I'm a huge extended family freak. I love what you said about cousins being FRIENDS. That's the way it is around here, too. You are so very blessed to live close to your family and to appreciate the simple pleasure of family traditions with them.

Just great!!

Carol said...

DeeDee, you are so lucky to have a big family all around you!

Anonymous said...

What a great family and how wonderful to spend happy times together.

Cindy said...

Great day of fun, and what a wonderful simple pleasure. It's always such a blessing to spend time and create memories with our families.

Thanks for sharing.

Kay K said...

Looks like your family had a most enjoyable time! I now want to go get a pumpkin and decorate it love your simple pleasure

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I love the pumpkins and how nicely everyone carved them. Makes a great header photo. We can't even get pumpkins over here. Boo! (And I mean that literally :) What a wonderful time spent with family and you truly are lucky to still have your grandmother's around. I miss mine so much and they've been gone for 22 years and more. Wishing you all the best, Tmamy

Eileen said...

What fun! I still love going to the pumpkin patch, even as an adult. :) I'm visiting from the Simple Pleasures party. Stop by if you get a chance. :)

Nikki (Sarah) said...

this looks like so much fun....the best kind of fun.

Peg said...

Dee Dee, my daughter found these cute and easy Halloween treats online at I thought you might like them for next year's party. I made the pretzel rods and the cheesy fingers. She's making the mummies... too cute! Happy Halloween!

Joan Hall said...

I love this, Dee Dee! Bonfires, roasting marshmallows, family gaterings - all these things are a wonderful simple pleasure.


Sue said...

I was thinking as I read this how lucky you are. I was lucky to have 3 of my grandparents into my 40's and my kids got to know them. My kids are in their 20's and have had until we lost my mom, all three I feel blessed too. What we didn't have is all living in the same town. We lived 25 miles from my parents for a few years when the kids were born and that was wonderful.

This looks like such fun!