(mostly) Studio Ghibli pumpkins

by Kristen on October 31, 2014 · 7 comments

in Holidays

Last night, we carved our pumpkins.


Our kids have really gotten into the Studio Ghibli movies of late.  Lisey started it by watching My Neighbor Totoro on her own, and then she hooked Mr. FG by getting him to watch it with her.


Now a steady stream of Studio Ghibli movies from Netflix have been hitting our mailbox in time for Friday night movie watching.

Zoe wanted to carve the cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service, but we were unsuccessful at obtaining a pattern. So she settled for a cute hamster instead.


Joshua carved the cat bus from Totoro, and Sonia chose No-Face (from Spirited Away).

no face and cat bus pumpkin

And of course, Lisey chose Totoro, which ended up being really hard to carve, but she hung in there with the help of Joshua and Mr. FG.

totoro carved pumpkin

These might show up in the related posts widget, but in case they don’t, and in case you’re curious, here are our 2013 pumpkins.

And our 2012 pumpkins.

In case you’re really into looking at pumpkins, I’ll throw in our 2011 pumpkins too (holy moly, Joshua looks so young!!!)


Outing? Check.

by Kristen on October 30, 2014 · 3 comments

in Photos

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.

You know how I mentioned I was trying to be better about fun outings?

Well, I have to tell you that one day this week, I actually came up with the idea to go to the park with some friends (usually friends are the ones who invite me!).


Sonia made a plate of meatballs florentine at the park beach.


Seaweed makes a lovely stand-in for spinach, don’t you think?


Anyway…one small sign of growth for this homebody.  ;)


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