The Great Pumpkin Carving

IMG_3728 Whose brilliant idea was it to hand children twelve pounds of candy each, then add an extra hour to the next day for them to use begging for said candy?  Yesterday plus today has really been a one-two punch in that respect.  That is, until I developed a system:  for each indiscretion, my kids have to let me pick something from their basket.  Please note that I am ruthless.  Our afternoon went something like this:

Oh, you LOVE Reese's peanut butter cups?  Sorry, Mac, you shouldn't have hit your sister.  They're mine.

What was that, Lilli, Twix are your favorite?  Was that you just screaming in the other room?  Hand them over!

Mac and Lilli were up in Rounds 1 and 2 but Mommy has clearly won the match.

Now let's look at our pumpkin line up from this year:

Pumpkin Caper

Shouts to Johnny, Tia, Sacha, and Tom.  Here the pumpkins are again but this time spooky style outside on the front stairs:


Mine was the dullest this year despite my eleventh hour efforts to create more negative space:


I think I got cocky and gave up early because I was still riding the high from last year's pumpkin: