In keeping with our family tradition, we carved “Saint”-O-Lanterns with the kids to take to our All Saints Party tomorrow night. This, however, was the first year that the boys were able to carve theirs by themselves!! (New categories for the contest prompted this.) I was actually really surprised at just how well they did. All I did to help them was to draw the lines on the pictures they drew to show them where to poke holes, and then helped them scrape the few areas that needed scraping!! There were a few times I needed to help them get their knives started as well… But they qualify for “mostly kid carved”. Here are a few pictures… I’ll let you know how they do!
The cleaning began — last year they refused to do this…
This year they had to, if they wanted to carve their pumpkin! 😉
This is Rascal outlining his design.
The actual carving of the pumpkins, hubby joined in once again with another interesting design.
And here are the finished products:
Captain choose to carve the “Last Supper”
Rascal carved “The Birth of Christ”
I used Twinkle Toes pumpkin and carved a ship,
or rather “The Bark of Peter”
(A ship was a symbol of the early Church)
Hubby carved “Bernini’s Colonnade” at St. Peter’s in Rome
It was quite fun and actually quite a bit easier this year with the boys carving their own!
And I think they turned out pretty good, don’t you?
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.