The girls wanted to do something fun, and I wanted it to be more like Fall, so we painted pumpkins! We invited our neighbor and some other friends over (forgot to take pictures until they were leaving. oops!) on Sunday afternoon to get messy and creative. Saturday, the girls and I walked to the market in hopes of finding the perfect pumpkins. This isn’t an easy feat in a country where pumpkins are more brown than orange and oblong like a watermelon. We walked around the market, and just when we were about to give up, we found the mother load! I ended up buying seven pumpkins in all, but five came from one vendor. She asked if we were going to eat them all, with an incredulous look on her face. I told her that we were going to paint them and have a party! Her face lit up and she repeated “party” (there is no Chinese word for party…they just say paaa-ty).
So, Sunday afternoon, after lunch, after making Rice Krispy treats with orange sprinkles, and after sending Gracie to the store fifteen minutes before go time for paint brushes because we had none, the guests arrived. Well, most of our friends. Our local friend may have been more than an hour late, but we weren’t bothered too much by that because, well, because this is China. Anything goes. They painted, and glittered, and created, and made a gigantic mess. Sometimes the messes are totally worth the smiles.