last week, we took our pumpkins we hand picked at the pumpkin patch on a little adventure to central park to get painted! we loaded up the bucket bike with said pumpkins and supplies and treats and were on our way. lately, samson has been wanting to be a “scary pumpkin” for halloween, so he kept saying he was going to paint his pumpkin “scary,” and also, “paint him green. because you know scary pumpkins are green, mom?”
Lands’ End sent the kiddos these new adorable halloween totes (which we’re so excited to use next week trick-or-treating in the city!). they actually glow in the dark, and we got them personalized by monogramming our kids’ names on the back side of the tote too!
we were so impressed when we first held these totes because they are made from that same thick cotton canvas material that Lands’ End uses for the canvas totes they’re known for. they have a reinforced bottom and handle so they’re sturdy and hold things really well, but they’re still collapsable which is kind of amazing considering we stored two of those big round plastic orange pumpkins from the drug store in josh’s closet for a couple years even though we didn’t have any space for them. wish we had known about these!
the plastic buckets used to fall down from josh’s closet and every time he would say to me, “UGH! why are we storing these huge plastic things again?!” we finally gave them away after last halloween and weren’t sure what we were going to do this year. well, josh, your problem is officially solved! and, you’re welcome! ;)
also something worth noting, mister conrad is wearing all of the clothes samson wore JUST LAST YEAR. this baby is getting so big so fast, it’s insane. only ten months old, but going on two. what even was life before conrad?! i’m so happy he’s here. he’s such a sweet ham and i can’t get enough of him.
we were able to steer the whole “i’d love a bike for christmas” thing out of mind out of sight last year when eleanor and samson started bringing it up. they’ve begun campaigning once again for their own bikes for christmas this year and i’m struggling making an opposing argument. but like, HOW do we pull that off in the city?!
the upper west side does holidays like no other neighborhood when it comes to stoops. and excuse me while i jump ahead, but does this not get you crazy excited for christmas in the city?!
i have to say, how did we not end up with acrylic paint all over our clothes? it’s a miracle! and off mister samson goes painting that scary pumpkin GREEN.
this face eleanor made on my pumpkin was quite impressive.
the scary pumpkin, all finished. he’s currently sitting on our dining room table acting super scary every time i walk by. ;)
painting pumpkins was a lot of fun this year. we’d still like to try to carve one together over the next few days, just because it’s tradition. but i love how painting them really allowed the kids to be involved more than carving does. i think we’ll try to move forward with a little of both in the years to come.
thank you to Lands’ End for partnering with us on this post!