Pumpkin Carving and a Movie

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I'm not entirely sure why it took me this long but I carved my first pumpkin EVER this year and now I feel like I've missed out on years of carving. I mean we went to the pumpkin patch every year in elementary school and I always picked the smallest pumpkins that I could carry while everyone else took home these gigantor mega pumpkins. Now I realize the jokes on me because those pumpkins were basically free! Now I have a lifetime of pumpkin carving to catch up with....

I did Cinderella, Rob did the Transformer and my sister did the Toy Story alien.

I fully intended upon snapping a few process pictures but I got so involved, I completely loved it! The second I lit Cinderella up, I wanted to do another one. But alas, Halloween is tomorrow and I'm still finishing our costumes. Pumpkin carving next year, it's SO on.

I spent the later part of last night ferociously working on Rob's Halloween costume. I want to reveal what our costumes are but I'm desperately afraid I won't finish in time and I want to keep the disappointment to myself if I don't finish. All I can say is it involves a lot of painters tape and patience.

I realized as stressed as I get about craft projects, I am at my happiest when I am challenged by what I'm creating. I love getting to the end and realizing all that stressing and my overbearing need for perfection paid off. You can't buy that kind of satisfaction people. I feel lucky to have found something I love in life.

Movie-going and love lessons

So I spotted this blog post circulating social media lately and I finally stopped to read it. I laughed, I cried, basically I think this guy is a winner. Thanks to him (#15 on his list) and my October goals, I decided to take Rob on date night last night. Rob LOVES movies. I happen to strongly dislike movies. My Reasoning: I have a hard time sitting still for 2 hours, I have to use the bathroom like twice an hour and I get unreasonably anxious in action/thriller movies. I can do movies at home, where I can pause, roam, use the bathroom, scream if I'm scared, turn on the lights, do movie commentary, etc. And of course there are movies I HAD to see in theaters, aka all the Harry Potter films. But overall, I will almost always say no to a movie. Since watching movies is really one of Rob's hobbies, I knew he really deserved a night out, doing what he wanted to do. And I love that huge smile on his face when he knows I'm making concessions for him, it's the same face I give him when I'm dragging him to the mall.

Long story aside, we saw Argo and it was REALLY good. Super high intensity, which normally is something I would absolutely hate in theaters but since it was 7:45 pm on a Monday night, we were 2 of 6 people in the theater. It was pretty awesome. Rob never hesitates to do what I want to do because he knows it'll make me happy and I need to remember to do the same for him. 6 years later and I'm still learning everyday what it takes to make love last forever...

What are your must-dos to make a relationship work?

P.S. I'm headed to Seattle for 6 wonderful nights with Rob and 2 of my best friends on Wednesday night and I would love any restaurant, attraction, sight-seeing recommendations you have! 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Pumpkin Carving and a Movie

  1. One tip for future movies...if you're willing to try it out, drive-in theaters. You get a double feature and it's cheaper than regular movie theater. Plus, you can bring real food that you enjoy eating, yanno, veal burgers and venison sandwiches.

  2. I've never craved a pumpkin before - one day I'll get around to it. Also, I am a BIG fan of date nights. When we're not super busy we like to do one a week, even if it is when one of us cooks for the other or something.

  3. Pumpkin carving really is cool and you made some great ones! I never did it until I had kids but it's a yearly tradition now that we all love.

    As far as the must-do's in my marriage (14 happy years and counting), we give each other nightly foot rubs before falling asleep. It truly is the little things. 🙂


  4. That is pretty fantastic for your first go at pumpkin carving! And that list about marriage is absolutely true. Marriage is not a walk in the park, and don't let anyone fool you into thinking it is. Our must do's for our marriage... always have fun. My husband makes me laugh daily. Even when I get mad at him, he says things like "you're sassy when you're mad"... I mean, how do you stay mad at that. We have our own little rituals and routines that are just between us and that keeps our relationship, special.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  5. Gotta say you are really talented at the pumpkin carving-thingy! I never did that before as Halloween isn't that big of a deal here in Austria. We go to the cemetery on the 1st of November to lay down some flowers and burn candles in memorial of them. But for quite a while now there are Halloween parties and children going trick-or-treating but also not such a big tradition!
    After seeing your pumpkin I gotta say no matter what the costume is - its gonna be terrific!!! You are really talented!

    My BF and I try to make us laugh all the time even if we are in a fight. One of us is then going to the other, standing before each other and just dancing to no music. Its always hilarious! You can't be mad at someone if you are dancing foolishly around, right?! We are such dorks sometimes!

  6. You can come on right over and carve ME a pumpkin!
    Ohhh Seattle! Well, attractions? ME! haha Kidding... I live more down south. Just so you know it's been pretty rainy and chilly here. Not sure when you're coming or staying, but definitely check out pike place market... loads of good eats plus the original first starbucks!! I can't think of any right off the top of my head except 8oz burger. Definitely look it up on Yelp. Attraction wise... space needle, the music museum nearby. I'm not very helpful 🙁

  7. I've never carved a pumpkin. One of these days. I really want to roast some pumpkin seeds.

    Now I'm really curious as to what your Halloween costumes are. I bet they're super fun.

  8. Eva

    Kurt and I have been taking salsa lessons every other Friday as date night. I love to dance, and he's been wanting to take lessons. Sometimes I'm too tired on a Friday night to go salsa dancing and I decide to go because he kinda, sorta wants to go more than me, heh 🙂

  9. Wow, that Cinderella pumpkin is your first attempt at pumpkin carving?!?! I'm already looking forward to seeing next year's carving(s). 🙂 Have a great time in Seattle! If the weather is anything like here in Portland, you will need to bring some rain boots!

  10. That's so nice that you comprimised! I am actually the same way for many of the same reasons - I have wicked ADHD and I cannot sit still through a two hour movie in a theater, and I have the bladder of a 5-year old! I also am a wicked germ phobe and I get freaked out about sticky floors and gum under seats! Anyway, Happy Halloween! Your pumpkins came out AMAZING! I wish I could carve a pumpkin like that 🙂 Hope you're enjoying the day!

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