I absolutely hate messes. I can deal with clutter (toys, piles of mail, etc) but I anything that’s gooey, sticky, messy and gross? Nope. Can’t do it!
I really love carving pumpkins though… and that can be one of the messiest projects EVER if you let it be. I tried to turn off the nagging voice in my head and just let Averie have fun.
She was really excited when the pumpkins from the pumpkin patch were brought inside!
She drew her own face on her pumpkin all by herself – I was most impressed that she gave it “Grrrr” teeth!
And then it was time for scooping out the pumpkin guts… and the mess that I’m not so fond of! Everything started out simple enough:
But things quickly get worse, and before I knew it she was past her elbows, and up to her SHOULDERS in pumpkin “GOO”
I think I managed to successfully not freak out too much – but she was definitely a mess when we were done. The only time I told her to stop was when she was violently shaking her hands to get the pumpkin guts off and it was flying all over… That’s a pretty impressive feat for me!
In the end – she had her pumpkin all done and ready to go! We also scooped out the other two and let her pull the guts out of them so we could do them after she went to bed. I figured there was no sense in the rest of us having to go up to our elbows in “goo” too!
Side Note: Did you know it was possible to get a blister while scooping pumpkin “goo” out?!
Here she is with her pumpkin, all ‘goo’ed up, and making the same face as her pumpkin is making!
She had a blast, and I probably should learn to turn off that nagging “that’s too messy” voice in the back of my head in favor of having more fun a little more often…