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Every year, for the past four years, we have had a little healthy competition going in the area of those orange things that aren’t really good for anything but decorating and pie…you guessed it, Pumpkins! Every year, the competition is fierce and only promises to be more so this year. Last year, Jessi Gates won without carving pumpkins, but carved a large squash (actually 2 of them)! She may have to get creative again this year with a possible shortage of pumpkins in England. Here’s the deal…this year, we need even more competitors to step up the competition level.

Here are the rules (and these will be strictly enforced by PCC officials):

  1. There can be no use of stencils or templates for this competition…all designs must be drawn and carved free-hand. (You can get ideas from stencils, just don’t use ’em)
  2. Multiple pumpkins are only acceptable if they come together to make one design/idea.
  3. The winner will be declared through voting that will be open to anyone.
  4. Trash-talk and lobbying is allowed in the blog comments in order to gain more votes.
  5. Pumpkins will be judged based on the following criteria:
    1. Creativity
    2. Non-suckiness
    3. Pizazz
    4. That special something

Deadline: All entries must be in by Midnight of October 31st. Voting will begin the next day, November 1st.

To enter your pumpkin…

  • Take a picture of it and email it to me (I will put it on the official contest blog)
  • Or Send me a link to your blog with your pictures of it.
  • Make sure to include a Title or Name for your creation.

The Prize: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me” and the official title for the year of “Pumpkin Carving Master”.

If you want some inspiration, the college group at our church did a pumpkin carving contest last night…you can see their entries and vote if you want here.


This trail is in the hills right behind our house.


Beth was able to go to Colorado, along with Rachel, Jill and Callie, in September to celebrate her Mom’s birthday. Tim and Christine made a surprise visit.

Christine and Jill                                               Poppy and Callie Jane

All of the ladies

Poppy and Marne and Callie on their way to church in The Dude (Dad’s sweet Pick-up)

Beth and the nieces                                          Mom and with the kids

Callie Jane and Bethie Jo                                   Rae and Beth

So, this happened almost 3 months ago, we’ve been a little behind on things so we thought we’d catch up!

Tim (Beth’s brother) proposed to Christine on the top of Mt Mcginnis in Juneau, AK—she said yes! They are getting married January 5TH in Arizona.

Congrats! We are super excited for you guys.

Tim and Christine came to visit us Labor Day weekend. We went to The Hat in Pasadena for dinner. Somehow, all of us in this picture are related!



Be sure to order the Pastrami Dip, but the smallest order of fries feeds about 8 people so only get 1!