There’s creativity in them there genes

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life25 Comments

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Every year, my father-in-law grows pumpkins, and as they're just starting to form, he carves the names of each of his grandchildren into the individual pumpkins. Some years they work brilliantly, and some years they don't. This year, Aidan and Cole's most definitely did.

When the kids were smaller, he would hide their pumpkins down on the farm where he and my mother-in-law live in Southern Minnesota. We'd bundle them up and send them out into the fields to choose a pumpkin to pick. It was pretty magical the first time, when they got out there only to find pumpkins with their names on it. 

Goodtimes 

{Aidan in the meadow at the farm, finding her first pumpkin, at age 2}

Speaking of things that have gone, and things that are here, I'm so happy that Papa still makes the pumpkins for my now 10- and 13-year-old kids.

I can guarantee you when they walk through the door after school the magic of seeing their names will still remind them not only of what an awesome and creative grandpa they have, but of how much they are loved.

And the shrunken head apple faces he made aren't too shabby either:

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I'm posting a giveaway tomorrow, so check back! I wanted to wish all of you a safe and happy Halloween a bit early.

And thank YOU Papa, for such an enduring and endearing tradition.

Cathy ZielskeThere’s creativity in them there genes

25 Comments on “There’s creativity in them there genes”

  1. #1
    Johanna Dietrich

    This is such a fantastic idea. I wish I had a pumpkin patch just to try out the name-carving-thing! So yeah, I might settle with a rip-off of the shrunken head apple faces instead …

  2. #6
    anna

    i love the pumpkin idea!!!
    also, do you know the name of the white pumkins? what are they called? they must be of a special variety, no?
    thanks!
    a

  3. #8
    Petra from NL

    Family rituals are the best!
    I still think fondly of things my father used to do for us kids, looooong time ago now ;-))

  4. #10
    Tinkersdamn

    This yanked every heartstring! Little Aidan looks an awful lot like my little girl right now, and we just carved our pumpkins today. She was so excited to see it transform into a face… and did I get a picture? Of course not. X/

  5. #11
    lynne moore

    That is cool. We still have to get our pumpkins. We wait ’till the last minute because they dry out and mold so fast here.

    How are those apple faces made? I make shrunken heads from pealed apples, but I’ve never seen an apple mask. Cool.

  6. #14
    Heidi

    “When the kids were smaller, he would hide their pumpkins down on the farm where he and my mother-in-law live in Southern Minnesota. We’d bundle them up and send them out into the fields to choose a pumpkin to pick. It was pretty magical the first time, when they got out there only to find pumpkins with their names on it.”

    That seriously made me tear up! Can you imagine someday they will tell the story of the magical pumpkins to their own kids. πŸ™‚

  7. #20
    Sandra Lomas

    this is way cool! i’d never seen this done withe the names on the pumpkins.
    what a great grandfather. he is truly making memories.
    thanks for sharing.

  8. #23
    Cindy

    How do you do the apple face?! That is so creepy/cool! πŸ™‚ I also thought that the name carved pumpkins were very sweet. That will be a special memory for the family to cherish for many many years. -Cindy

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