We were very occupied with Halloween preparations this weekend. It's the first year Mabel really gets what's going on and she is beyond excited about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and costumes. A month or more ago she decisively determined that she wanted to be a robot for Halloween. But then a week or two back she added a wrinkle--yes, she still wanted to be a robot for actual trick-or-treating, but for the trip to the pumpkin patch the weekend prior she wanted to be a princess.
The next day she deployed this same decisive spirit to help with the pumpkin carving, serving in a capacity at which she excels: art direction. Should it have round eyes or triangle eyes or moon-shaped eyes? Moon-shaped. Should it have a triangle nose or a rectangle nose? Rectangle. And so forth. I drew as instructed and Bill carved. The above jack-o-lantern is therefore a fully collaborative effort between all three Watson Paynes.