Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Gingerbread House Story

Some people make elaborate gingerbread houses, or even villages, from scratch each December to introduce their children a classic holiday tradition which will then be passed on to their own children for no easily determinable reason beyond it is what they did themselves growing up.

We are not those people.

We are the people who buy a pre-made kit three weeks after Christmas because it's on sale at 90% off.

But hey, it still counts as an enriching and parent/child bonding filled activity, right??

(Or at least a generator of blogging material activity, thanks to Kristina's camera skills.) 

At first, things were going well. Kristina was excited to make the house, Adrianna was down for a nap, and I got the house frosted together without incident.

Kristina eagerly started placing gum drops along the roof line with more care and focus than she has for most projects, and I started congratulating myself on bringing home such an entertaining and bargain worthy activity for her.

And then the roof pieces promptly fell off.


I guess the directions to let the house sit for at least 30 minutes before decorating weren't kidding. But never fear, for Mommy is here with the icing bag and will simply re-attach the roof!

There we go.

Now time for some more candy to be applied by Kristina!

And then Kristina wanted me to make the roof red and green.

I may have been slightly skeptical about this idea. However, I accommodatingly went to work covering the roof in colored frosting, and even got about 3/4 of the first piece done.... 

.......When the roof promptly fell off. Again.

I said, Mommy will re-attach the roof!!! 

There we go. The angry face does wonders for making low-quality frosting kinda sorta do what it's supposed to.

And then Kristina continued to put on candy for another 10 minutes until she got bored and decided she'd rather bounce around the house on her new hop ball than sit at the table any more if Mommy wasn't going to let her eat any of the candy. 

And the house came out just picture perfect! See!!

What's that you say? You think that's just a picture of the box the kit came in? Oh, well, don't worry, I'm sure ours came out looking EXACTLY like it!

Like, I'm even pretty sure it had a roof on it at least some of the time....

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