It's Day 12 of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, and I'm writing a goodbye letter to our house in a series of memories since we will be moving in April.
One of the traditions we brought back from Pittsburgh was the pumpkin-carving party. We were inspired by one of our neighbors there whose family carved elaborate pumpkins each year and displayed them for visitors and passersby. We knew we might not quite be up to that level, but with some carving kits and patterns, we could have fun trying! We held our first one in Lebanon in 2008. The girls invited their friends, and we invited ours, and carved away! That year we were really lucky with weather. It was chilly but sunny, and we had a great time! The perfect fall day in our backyard.
In 2008, we threw another one. This time it was wet and rainy! I guess we couldn't ask for perfect weather two years in a row. We still had fun; we just had to use the garage instead.
The next year, other priorities crowded out time for a pumpkin-carving party, but I loved when Libby's friends stayed the night on a Sunday to plan Senior Dress-Up Day - a Lebanon High School Halloween tradition for seniors. Weren't they the prettiest bugs you've ever seen?
And in anticipation of an acceptance letter to Libby's #1 (and only) college choice, she still had to carve a fancy pumpkin...