Pumpkin Patch, Carving, and Monkey Mat Fun

September 18, 2013

There is no one more excited than my two children for Halloween. They want to fully experience every aspect of it- picking out costumes, trick or treating, and of course carving the pumpkin. We went out to the local pumpkin patch to pick the winning pumpkins.  My daughter found one that was a little bigger than I imagined and we had to get a cart to take it to the car. After we loaded it, we took our Monkey Mat and had a picnic amongst the freshly fallen leaves. The crisp fall air and the sunny day defined the season to perfection. We laid our Monkey Mat down over the dew covered grass, and immediately had a clean, sanitary environment for our meal.  We enjoyed a lunch of country chicken soup, corn bread, and caramel apples for our meal.  We quickly put the mat back in its attached pouch, cleaned up and headed home for our pumpkin carving excursion.

Ready to start carving, the thought of pumpkin on our new carpet sounded like not the best idea. Usually we would use newspaper down to collect the insides and the seeds. But considering we now use our computers to read the paper, I didn’t know what else we could use. As I searched my mind for answers, my eyes were drawn to the Monkey Mat on the table that we had taken out of the car. We laid it out on the kitchen table, and the material ended up being a better drop cloth for all of the mess that is created by carving a pumpkin. Our jack-o-lantern glowed majestically on our porch Halloween night, and our Monkey Mat seemed like it was with us every step of the way!

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