real masterpieces

Posted: October 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm

You know what makes me smile? When weeks pass by so quickly. I don’t normally like to wish time away, but right now every week checked off in this pregnancy feels like a victory. I’m ecstatic that it’s already Thursday night! I love Thursdays. They are my one weeknight to just chill. Although, tonight will be a little different as I have a Skype interview with the site Fit Moms Fit Kids Club. I also plan on finally watching this week’s episodes of Glee and Parenthood. I look forward to it.

I also awaited tonight for another reason. To finally carve the pumpkins we picked up at the pumpkin patch two weekends ago! Would you believe me if I told you this was my first time carving pumpkins? At least that I can remember. We didn’t do many traditions like this growing up. I wonder if that causes my extreme interest in creating traditions such as these for my own family?

We set up out on our front porch for the pumpkin carving fun.

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Since, we aren’t too skilled artistically, we opted for the cheap-o design patterns to trace onto our pumpkins.


Then, we got to the manual labor. Carving is pretty tough on the hands!


It was all worth it in the end, though. I think mine came out pretty good. Smile!


Maybe I do have artistic talent. If you show me exactly what to do and tracing is the only talent required. 😉 We realized after carving them that we don’t have the candles for the inside yet. Bummer. I can’t wait to see it all lit up!

  •  Did you carve a pumpkin this year?
  • What would you say is your biggest talent? I think I can be pretty strong for my size when I focus on weight lifting. It’s fun to freak some guys out in the gym. Otherwise, my talent would likely be the ability to tune out annoying sounds…like all of M’s noisy toys.

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35 Comments to “real masterpieces”
  1. I haven’t carved pumpkins since I was a kid!! Though we had a lot of traditions growing up, they all petered out when I was nine or ten- I think having an older brother factored into that. I really really want to create those traditions for my future children as well. We’ve never been an especially close-knit family, so that’s something I look forward to with my own children.

    Have fun carving!!

  2. Katie says:

    You are just so beautiful and I love every single post you have. I wish I could be under your wing for one day just to see you as a mother and a woman. You are truly amazing to me and I love your faith in God. It makes everyone a bit more grounded I think. You are such a great person and it shines through your blog. Sorry I have been MIA LOTS have been going on! But I just wanted you to know:
    Your nonjudgmental ways and love is undeniable. You are wonderful and will be more up to date soon!!! xoxoxoxo~!

    • Tina says:


      Thank you so much for such a sweet comment. Hearing things like that just solidifies every minute I put into this blog. I hope to provide support to others and just show the many ways and paths to health and a joyful life. I really appreciate everything and you are a truly beautiful person as well. Hope things calm down for you soon – for your sake! 🙂

      • Katie says:

        Aww I just read your response and thank you…it will I am still me .. just can not get caught in the whirlwind of shiiiitt ya know? hahaha well I in alllll honesty of my heart see you as a figure I can learn from in my own way .. me and the bf talk about the alter in the next year or so followed by children! and I want to learn and love like you do. keep going girl it’s beautiful…every single post!

  3. Your pumpkin makes me want to carve one so bad, we haven’t yet this year! I think my biggest talent is being a good listener. I really enjoy helping people feel heard and understand. Seriously, I love your blog….it is a huge pick-me-up every day!

  4. Sarah says:

    I haven’t carved pumpkins in ages but I did just “carve” a spaghetti squash for my dinner 🙂

    Good luck with your interview tonight!!

    I think one of your biggest talents is being an awesome and inspiring mom/woman/blogger. Mine is randomly bursting into song!

  5. Becca says:

    I personally have not carved a pumpkin this year, but we have two non-carved ones sitting on our front steps! I don’t know if we’ll carve them before this weekend, but we have pumpkins!
    I helped scoop guts out of a pumpkin my senior year of high school at a church retreat. It was a carving contest, and my best friend did most of the carving… 🙂
    And I watched the JH kids carve pumpkins last night at church. 🙂

    I’m not artsy. At all.
    What’s funny is, I have to ask other people where my strengths lie because I’m so worried that what I think I’m good at, I’m not. You know?
    But I’m pretty sure my strength lies in words. If I can sit down and write things out, I’m pretty content. And I’m told I’m good at it.
    Actually, on Sunday, we debuted “my” song in front of the entire congregation (well, the youth heard it last year!) and I had several people tell me they enjoyed it. 😮
    And two Sundays ago in Sunday school we talked about spiritual gifts. I chose to work on encouragement. 🙂

  6. Your pumpkin looks great! 🙂

    We went to a pumpkin patch last weekend and grabbed 4 pumpkins! Hubby carved 1/2 of one but it’s still missing a mouth since last Saturday HAHAHA! We talked about carving the rest of them tonight, but I don’t think that is going to happen. We certainly jumped the gun on this and now have *way too many pumpkins* that need carving before Sunday DOH!

    One of my talents is dancing. I love to dance and perform and haven’t done it since my high school cheerleading days really, so I’m excited to venture into the Fitness area after the new year and compete in Fitness come Spring 2011! Can’t wait!!! 😉

  7. I LOVE the pumpkin! The great thing about carving pumpkins is they are supposed to look like you had fun carving them! I need that gift for tuning out kids…they are driving me crazy right now with the commotion of brushing teeth! Enjoy some tv and relaxation Tina…you deserve it!

  8. Lisa says:

    I haven’t carved a pumpkin in so long! You did such a great job! I love painting them also! Thats always fun. Not to mention, a lot EASIER.

  9. Holly says:

    Wow, that is GREAT for your first time!!! I actually have never carved one, either, but I really want to. 🙁 I think it’s such a fun tradition for kids!

    Hmmm….talents. Well, nothing big comes to mind other than the fact that I can talk with my mouth closed. 🙂

  10. Natalie says:

    Your pumpkin turned out great! I wanted to do mine tonight but I got home too late…tomorrow night for sure. These weeks are going so fast and I’m happy too, I’m not a huge winter fan so I hope they keep flying by 🙂

  11. Ok, did you actually post any words ’cause I was stuck on the adorable Miss M. She’s such a doll!

  12. Katie says:

    I love carving pumpkins, but haven’t done it in a few years! Yours turned out great – I don’t know if I could do that (even with a pattern). Can’t wait to keep following your site – I love your resources for “fit pregnancy” – thanks for stopping by my blog!

  13. Lee says:

    Your pumpkin looks cute!

    My talent is that I’m really good with directions. I like to say that I have a GPS in my head.

    • Tina says:

      That’s a good thing to have in Atlanta for sure! I definitely do not have that skill. I get lost going to the grocery store. LOL

      See you TONIGHT!!! 😀

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  15. What fun!! We didn’t have very many traditions in my family growing up either, and I can’t wait to start making them with my family!!

    A few years ago my husband (then boyfriend) and I carved pumpkins and he decided to make his look like it was thrwoing up. Kind of gross, but still really fun!!

    I hope you and M have a Happy Halloween!!

  16. lizzie says:

    awesome that the week flew by . . . I usually find myself saying, “It’s really only Wednesday? I could have sworn we were to Friday already.”

  17. We are totally going to carve pumpkins on Saturday! Yay! : ) We also, have totally used those cut out designs, one year our pumpkins looked really good!!! : )

  18. I always go with stencils when I carve pumpkins. I am so not artistic, but I’m the only one in my family willing to gut the pumpkins, so its always been my responsibility. 🙂

  19. I haven’t carved a pumpkin in a long time, but I think I will this weekend! We’re going to a Sunday School party Saturday night, and we’re all supposed to bring one. Hope mine turns out as good as yours!

    Also, good thinking to do it out on the porch – all I remember about pumpkin carving from my childhood is how messy it always was. Your baby girl is too cute for words:)

  20. We are carving pumpkins tomorrow. Every year Jason’s mom has a family get together at her house where we eat lunch, drink hot apple cider and carve our pumpkins. Before that, we carved pumpkins when I was younger, but not too much when I was in junior high/high school.

    My greatest talent? The ability to quickly clean/organize and tidy up. It may not be 100% clean, but it sure looks a hell of a lot better!

  21. I haven’t and I should! I’m actually REALLY talented at pumpkin carving. See picture here:

    Besides, I’m craving some pumpkin seeds.

  22. Kristy says:

    My pumpkins never turn out well 🙁 I’ve always wanted to paint a pumpkin though….

  23. I love traditions! And think they are so important.

    I did carve a pumpkin, with the letter ‘D’ (our last name)… it’s pretty 🙂

  24. I love your pumpkin! That’s excellent for your first time, even if you did use a stencil. I get too impatient and usually end up hacking off an eye or half of the mouth:)

  25. Nichole says:

    LOVE the pumpkins. How friggin cute!!

    Hope SKYPE went well:)

  26. I carved pumpkins last year nd had a blast! altho, im not patient enough to actually finish the carvings! Im just not good at it–I do like cleaning them out though–strange I know!

    did M have fun?

  27. meghan says:

    your yard is gorgeous…all those colors and trees wow

  28. Ana says:

    Hi Tina!
    Thanks for the comments on my blog!! I answered there, but came to say hi, and I really enjoyed reading your blog too!
    I see you like oats too! I looove oatmeal, and one of my favorite things about oats is the many variations you can make by varying toppings and add-ins!
    You asked on another post about favorite toppings, I like almond butter and coconut butter. Sometimes I melt chocolate and mix into the coconut butter and put it into the oats, also super good. I also like cooking the oats with mashed bananas, or pumpkin (as you saw in my blog), adding berries is also delicious, I love that too. I once cooked my berries right along with the oats, also yummy, but let’s say the blueberry oats didn’t end up with a very appetizing color…!
    Your daughter is really cute! We are carving a pumpkin today, my son really wants to do one – but I never do it too long in advance, we once did it a few weeks ahead of Halloween and by the 31st the pumpkin was full of little nasty bugs on the bottom (ew!).

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