Underwater Pumpkin Carving

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I typically get sick twice a year… this year I think I’m at 3 times. Blech! I’m so over this! Anyway… A couple weekends ago we had our annual Underwater pumpkin carving. Yes, I said underwater, because who doesn’t want to carve a pumpkin underwater? Don’t answer that.

The surface temperature topped out around 78˚. The water temperature wasn’t bad at all either. I heard the thermocline was down around 30 feet. I couldn’t get past 3 feet because of whatever this is. My ears were jacking with me so I carved my pumpkin basically laying right under the surface of the water.

I’ve been bugging hubby for family photos all summer long so finally we found a weekend when we had Tbug and it just so happened to be this weekend. We got up early (although not as early as I would have hoped, my fault) and went to the lake to do photos. Not quite where I wanted to take them, but sometimes you have to roll with the punches and I was happy with how they turned out so it’s all good.

That morning it was a big chilly. Abug got cold so Tbug zipped her up in her jacket with her. I turned around and this is what I saw.

After we got done with pictures, we helped set up, and then sat and relaxed. This is a typical Nicole Kim picture. There is no explanation… it is what it is.

And this one here, she follows suit….

And this… no clue. One minute my MIL was sitting there, the next Abug made her put her chair on her head and wouldn’t allow her to take it off.

Finally she got to though so Abug put it on her own head. Again… no explanation.

And here is a new sleeping position of Riley. I have multiple photos of this.

This was hubby’s pumpkin. So there’s a story here. This pumpkin weighed 25lbs when we started. So I posted a picture of hubby carrying 2 of our land carving pumpkins on Facebook. Kim teased him and said, is that your pumpkin for the underwater pumpkin carving. So then it was on. We went and bought a pumpkin just for that. It took 25 lbs of weight plus hubby to get this pumpkin down. Then his rope the weights were tied to came untied and he dropped 25 lbs of weight in 3 feet of water. It was awesome.

This was Tbug’s pumpkin. This year they allowed us to cut holes in the pumpkin before going down so we cut the top off her pumpkin.

And this was my pumpkin. Yes, I carved it like Christmas. Seriously… how many people do you know that would carve a pumpkin to look like Christmas?

Kim was allowed to tabulate scores. None of us placed. They scored 1st, 2nd, 3rd, best attempt, and ugliest.

Everyone who participated. We had 13 participants this year.

This one here… she claims me even though she doesn’t have to. She claims her little sister too.

After we were done and cleaned up, it was time for ice cream. Abug fell asleep while eating her ice cream. This was just before she was out cold, dropped her ice cream cone, and I caught it before it hit the floor. Should I mention it was my ice cream cone? As I was trying to get her out of the truck she was screaming at me like I was being mean. I was just trying to get her ice cream. So when we got inside, I tried to order her ice cream and she threw another fit saying she didn’t want any, then ate half my cone. It is what it is :). That’s okay, I figured she’d help me :).

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