NEWS FLASH!!! The Pumpkin Monster attacked a Joy, AR, home today... Details to follow...

Sunday, October 26, 2008
We all gathered out at Nana's house to celebrate Alyssa's 19th birthday. I thought it would be fun to carve pumpkins while we had all of the kids in one place. Boy was I right! The evening started out calm and cool. We were all carving our pumpkins and having a great time.

Reese was too busy picking her nose to be much interested in the pumpkin carving. She didn't like the feel of the pumpkin innards on her hands, anyway.

Jason and Nathan got started on Nate's pumpkin right away. Nathan was ready!

Alyssa and Katie worked together to get Katie's pumpkin ready for carving. Look at that evil little look on Alyssa's face... You can tell that trouble is a brewing in that mind of hers!

There's even a picture of ME! You can tell that Allison, who isn't in any of the pictures, had the camera.

I think Katie's favorite part of the pumpkin carving was playing in the pumpkin guts!

At least they look cute digging in that orange stuff!

Jason is SERIOUS about this pumpkin carving thing.

Now the digging begins... That should be Nathan's favorite part. He's our little dirt bug!

Caleb is elbow deep in his pumpkin, too!

The fun really began when Matt, Alyssa's boyfriend, decided it would be funny to hit Nana with a handful of pumpkin. All kinds of chaos broke out when the boys got into the action. The rest of us just had to join in, too!

You can see Matt in the background getting ready to flog Nana with a big wad of pumpkin. Alyssa is just "innocently" sitting on the sidelines...

I won't go into detail, but I will say, it got messy!

As you can see, Nana's kitchen was pretty much trashed. We all took a turn cleaning up, and it was cleaner than ever before long. The floor was extremely slippery. It's a wonder Matt didn't split his pants!

All of our Jack-O-Lanterns came out great. I don't have photos of Katie's, Alyssa's or Nathan's pumpkin yet, but will post them as soon as I get them!What a fun night!