I have to admit it ... I haven't carved a pumpkin since I was a kid. I've avoided it like the plague for 7 years with my own girls and this is the year that it came to be. Maggie asked me last week why we didn't do it and frankly, telling her that we don't do it because I can't deal with the thought of the pumpkin insides or the mess that it makes, just wasn't in the cards. Let's face it. I was gone for 9 days, home for 3, gone for 1, home for 2, gone for 2, home for 5 and leaving for 6 again next week so the last thing that I really want to do is keep them from doing something like this. So, here it is! Pumpkin carving fun at the Mantel's!!!