Step 1: Go to a local pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin. It took Cindy and Luke about 30 minutes to find "the one". "The one" meaning "the one Mom could afford to buy" and not "The one the kids wanted to buy so they could carve it and then move in because it is spacious enough to be a studio apartment."
Step 2: Name the Pumpkin. In honor of the girl pug on The Adventures of Milo and Otis, our pumpkin was named Sondra. It's French, you know.
Step 3: Have Cindy remove the guts and complain about her life of servitude. Luke will then makes faces of disgust and attempt to touch a spoon. Maybe.
Step 4: After several pencil and paper rough draft sketches, let Mom do the actual knife work and steer the pumpkin-carving ship on a more sensible course, avoiding the "rectangle eyes" and "seven teeth" that were originally wanted.
Step 5: Pose with your masterpiece for all the blogosphere to see and admire :)