Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Hey everyone! I hope you all have a Great Halloween Weekend!

Warning-proud mama moments here:
I have two sons in their mid 20's, one story for each:@) When they were little we always had a Halloween party. One of the highlights was when I'd gather the kids around and read The Pumpkin Smasher. We bought a paperback from a book club at school. I read this for several years then during a move, it disappeared.

Last year I searched on-line but couldn't find it. One Sunday my son came to dinner not only with the book, but a library edition covered hard back!!! Thanks Jim! This book has a Copyright of 1972 and originally sold for $4.41 so I'm joining the Vintage Halloween Blog Party!
I'm also joining Favorite Things Friday, Inspiration Friday and Junkin' Finds Party
because he found it for a song on-line!

I love my dancing pigs header and will never change it,
but the "party pig" on the end wanted to be Santa for Halloween...
My son asked a co-worker to add the hat-Thanks Jay!
They're working on making it big enough for my holiday header-yay!

Quick tip: clean the lid of your fresh cut Jack-O-Lantern then liberally shake cinnamon on it, 
it will smell like pumpkin pie as it's lit.

Never under estimate the magic of every day life-
Happy Halloween everyone:@)

42 comments:

  1. Great tip on the cinnamon. What thoughtful sons. That had to make your day!

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  2. What sweet sons you have. Obviously, they enjoyed the book as much as you did when they were little. That's just special.

    And I love your Santa pig.

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  3. That must have been a great book. I will have to look at the library to see if I can read it sometime. Love the Santa hat on the pig. I think it will look cute!

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  4. This was such a sweet post and I'm so glad I came here.. great tip about the cinnamon- thanks:)

    Happy Halloween to you and yours.

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  5. What a great feeling to find it again-I always love that when it happens! Happy Halloween!

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  6. Happy Halloween to you too. Sounds like you raised two very considerate young men who know what their mom loves!
    Jane

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  7. I am so glad he found the book. Your pig looks fabulous with the santa hat! Happy Halloweeen!

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  8. The book must have meant a lot to your sons too. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. I will sprinkle cinnamon on my Jack-o-lantern. Thanks for the tip! La

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  9. WHat a sweet story and a happy ending!

    Cute Santa piggy and a great tip! Love it!

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  10. What a special tradition for you and your sons.
    Love the piggy Santa...:))

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  11. Thank you for joining my Junkin party! I love the book and that is so sweet your son found it for you. The pig with the Christmas hat is priceless!! I love proud Mama posts!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  12. It is so special that your son located that book for you.
    Thanks for the tip about the head of the pumpkin and thanks for visiting my blog.
    Michele

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  13. I'm so glad you found the book...a special Halloween memory!

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  14. Your party pig looks pretty darn cute in his Santa hat. The cinnamon on the cut edge is a great idea. Thanks and have a very happy weekend.

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  15. This is goes to show how special it is to raise children with family traditions. I'm sure I've read this book during my years of teaching, but will look for it again. I used to tell the same "spooky" story to my class each year. Now I wonder if I still have a copy. LOL
    Love the little piggy ready for Christmas. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

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  16. What a wonderful surprise! Your Christmas piglet is adorable in his hat and thank you for the cinnamon tip. Great idea!

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  17. Glad you son could find a copy of the book for you. Thanks for the info about the cinnamon. Like your dancing pigs. :-D
    Have a great weekend.

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  18. Enjoyed your sweet post! Great tip about the cinnamon!
    *hugs*deb

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  19. I don't think I have ever seen this book, but I went and read the reviews and it sounds good. I like your cinnamon tip for the jack-o-lantern lids!

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  20. Thanks for that great tip!! It's genius! :) I will be carving pumpkins tomorrow night and will definitely try that!

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  21. Aw...don't you love it when the kids do something wonderful! I love Mr. Santa Pig...made me laugh!

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  22. How thoughtful of your son to surprise you with that book! Did you read it to him again?! I know I would have made my daughter sit by me and read it to her all over again, with different voices for each character, and she would think I was a dork, as usual!
    Happy Halloween!
    Carol

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  23. What a wonderful post today! Thank you for the cinnamon idea on the pumpkin.
    LOVE the Santa hat on your piggy!!!!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  24. What a great story! Glad your son found that book. It's priceless!..Christine

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  25. That is great that you found that book or rather your son did. That pig is cute with the santa hat. That is great that you know someone that can do that.

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  26. Oh how great that you have the hard back copy now, and how great to know that the memories of reading it were special enough that your son got it for you! Love the Christmas pig! That is soooo cute. It will make a great holiday header. So glad you linked this to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

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  27. How fun to have a copy of that special book! Thanks for the pumpkin tip! I'll try it! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

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  28. Thanks for the cinnamon tip..Awesome! What great boys you raised!!

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  29. I have read and been through so many books at the library, but do not recall seeing this one. I think the writers during another time did a better job.

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  30. That is great@ So glad you got reunited with a favorite book! Love the Santa Pig too!

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  31. Thanks Lynn. I've never heard of this story and will get one. I'm sure that is a beloved tradition with your boys. Happy Halloween...love the festive piggy!

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  32. What a thoughtful gift! Thanks for the cinnamon tip!

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  33. I LOVE this post Lynn!! I have grown children too and isn't it just wonderful when they do things that make you know that they cherish the memories of things you did with them as much as you do....I love that he brought you that book!

    I am loving the santa piggy, lol@

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  34. Great story about the book!

    Love the Santa hat wearing piggy.:-)

    Happy Weekend!

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  35. I will now be on the hunt for a copy of The Pumpkin Smasher!! It looks great!! OMG...I'm crazy over those little mice cupcakes!!! I hope to have time to make some to take to my grand kids tomorrow evening!!

    Hope all is well with you....love your piggy with the santa hat!! Yes, it will be the perfect holiday header!!!

    dana

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  36. Your piggies are cute and I loved the Santa hat! I am not familiar with your book, but will have to see if I can find one for our little grandpeople!
    Happy Halloween Pink Saturday!
    Jil

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  37. I have never read that book and now am going on the watch for it. I want to know just what I am missing. How you must have been surprised when Jim walked thru the door with it. What love for his mama. I too love the piggies and what you did with the santa hat is perfect my friend. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Halloween too, Char

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  38. What a great idea about cinnamon on the jack-o-lantern lid! As is the Santa hat!
    Mixing cement in the kitchen mixer????? Oh, wow. That would spell trouble!

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  39. I have never heard of adding the cinnamon to the lid of the pumpkin! What a fabulous idea! And I need to try and see if they have that book at our library for my kiddos! Thanks for joining in the party this week,
    Vanessa

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  40. Thanks for the tip about the cinnamon on the pumpkin... sounds wonderful, we'll try it tomorrow. The santa hat is so cute, I'd like to do that to the little puppy on my blog header! Have a great weekend!

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  41. Hi Lynn, I love the story of the Pumpkin Smasher book. Your sons sound just charming and it is clear they love their mom. Have fun with the book. A true treasure.

    The Christmas pig is so darn cute. I can't wait to see it on your header.

    Hugs, Jeanne

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