I am a novice pumpkin carver compared to Jamie and Hanna. I tried to make my pumpkin into a "Pumpkin Jack" after one of our favorite Halloween books, but this is what I ended up with instead:-). Yes, I actually carved this, and not my four-year-old son. Jamie and my mom teased me about the juvenile look to my pumpkin--that's ok. There's only so much you can accomplish while carving and tending to the baby at the same time:-).
Hanna's pumpkin, Jamie and I both agreed, was by far the best of our creations this year. She did a super job!! She does everything on her own now--this is her second year of completely carving alone. She is turning into a crafty girl, if I do say so myself!
Jamie usually chooses a template for his pumpkins. He has done some pretty complex jack-o-lanterns over the years. However, the last two years we've had babies to watch while carving, so we've tried to simplify a bit. Last year he really simplified by bringing out the drill and using a uni-bit to "carve" his. This was hilarious and the kids were cracking up! He free handed it this year. I've been told by some there is a resemblance to Jamie and his pumpkin. I have to say, I agree:-)!
Here's a picture of our own homegrown jack-o-lantern. This one is my favorite, and I'm giving it First Prize!!