Saturday, November 15, 2008

Our Garden Family

This year for Halloween our family was a garden. Peter was the gardener, I was the representative plant life (a flower if you can't tell), Eben was the caterpillar, Kivi was a bumble bee, Jasper was the garden gnome, and Opal was a butterfly.

Our Halloween festivities included a party at the Wright's house the week before, trick-or-treating at one house on the 31st; our neighbors, Mr. John and Miss Marie, who are married, that's just what we call them (They gave each kid a huge bag of candy and winter gloves!), and lastly, Nite Lite, our church's event!! Our collective young family HFGs (Biblestudies) got together the night before Halloween to set up the maze, our annual contribution for the event. The guys did an awesome job putting PVC and black visqueen together to make the winding labyrinth. It ended up being the highlight for most everyone. The kids also enjoyed the jumpy toy, scooter race, the cookie walk, and the pick a duck game.

How the Johnsons Carve a Pumpkin

On October 27th we decided it was time to carve all those pumpkins. 
This is how we did it:

#1. Wash the pumpkin.

#2 Draw the face.

#3 Have Dada cut off the top.

#4 Scoop out the seeds.

#5 Make sure all the seeds are out.

#6 Have Dada cut out the face.

#7 Put a candle inside and light it.



Thursday, November 6, 2008

Free Pumpkins!

10-25-08   We go to a lot of pumpkpin patches, but we didn't even have to buy a pumpkin this year! The Lakewood Fire Dept. had a free Pumpkin Fest. The kids got to put out a fire target with the fire hose, jump on the bouncy toy, dress up as fire fighters, and pick out a free pumpkin. We got there at the very end when they were packing up, and they still had 300 pumpkins left over! So we brought home 5! We will definitely remember this for next year! No wonder all little kids want to grow up to be fire fighters!

Eben the fire fighter - he looks like a muchkin from The Wizard of Oz.

Kivi, too afraid to actually hold onto the hose, fighting the fire.


Everyone picking out the perfect pumpkin.

Opie, waiting for everyone to make their decision. Happy girl!

Dada had to make 3 trips with the wheelbarrow to get all those pumpkins and kids to the car.