Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Very First Gingerbread House

Ooh this weekend was a good one.  Full of all sorts of Christmas festiveness.  We kicked things off with a holiday potluck at one of my mama friends' house.  Conor said it was practically my "work" party; indeed, it was!  So many toddler & babies, so much food.  A real good time.  We had both boys asleep by 7:30pm that night, so cheers to that!

The highlight of the weekend was our gingerbread house making.  Liam was with me when I picked up the kit at Trader Joe's the day before, and did not stopped talking about it from that moment on.  When I told him we could finally put it together on Saturday morning, he squealed with delight while jumping up & down.  Liam helped me whip up the frosting, and then Conor took over the project.  Came to find out, this was Conor's first gingerbread house too!  I was filled with Christmas joy watching the two of them build it together.




Liam was extremely focused.  He was overly excited yet patient.  The sprinkles were by far the most exciting part, because they went everywhere and bounced off everything.  There were multiple licks of icing, yet no candy consumption.  Color me impressed.  Meanwhile Finn tried to stretch his chubby little hands as far as possible in hopes of snagging some of the sweets...  At one point he finally succeeded and had himself a fistful of icing!  I licked those fingers just seconds before he could!





And ever since we have finished this adorable little house, the chatter about it has not stopped!  It may just be Liam's favorite thing right now.  He often tells me that he wants to play with it, yet he knows that he has to keep his hands off for it to stay intact.  He wants to show it off to everyone and is terrified that one of our cats will destroy it.  And every so often I hear a meek little voice say "I have something to tell you.  I was a little bit rough with my gingerbread house..."  We'll go assess, and typically some new piece of candy will be broken off.  He just cannot resist the urge to keep tinkering with his house.  He recently broke the dog candy off, but informed me that he didn't like that piece anyway, ha!


And to finish off our delightful weekend, we madea trip up the Olympic Park in Park City.  We were hoping to see some of the Nordic Combined World Championship, but we were just a tad late.  Instead we did some pretty epic sledding!  I'm fairly certain this is not allowed, but once the place cleared out there was no one to tell us otherwise!  We have a huge winter storm (Echo!) coming our way tonight, so I'm hopeful that we'll wake up to plenty of snow and can put a few more miles on the sled.  The forecast is calling for about 8 inches!!!




I'm excited for the week ahead since we have a candy cane hunt on the agenda as well as Liam's Christmas Program for school!  I seriously cannot wait for that!  And all the fresh snow on its way will make it even better.  Pajamas all day long and more hot cocoa than our tummies can handle!  So even though tomorrow is Monday, I'm pretty pumped about it.

15 comments :

  1. I love gingerbread houses...and Finn's awesome hair! I'm also super envious of your snow. I'm ready for winter to make its way here in Virginia.

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  2. The gingerbread house is awesome!!! I love that Finn wanted to help too. Ha ha..his little arms reaching is too cute. I'm a bit jealous of the snow. We won't have that for a while yet, so I'll just enjoy pictures of yours.

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  3. Awesome gingerbread house and awesome photos! This was our first year making them too, and we've made two so far and still have another kit hanging around! It's so funny hearing about a possible snow storm when it was 70 degrees in NJ yesterday! Especially since last year we had snow on thanksgiving!

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  4. Bonus points for licking those fingers instead of wiping them (but really. It's what I would have done). And that a-frame house is SO cute-- worth the fact that you'll be finding sprinkles for a few months ;)

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  5. Finn is just too adorable trying to eat some candy. I don't blame him I would be the same way, as would Sophie. Liam is so serious, but his hardwork paid off. His house looks amazing. And yay for sledding! I haven't done that in a long time.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  6. This makes me so excited to wear those Dear Deer pajamas on Christmas eve!!!!!! xx

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  7. What a fun weekend! I love the jammies and the gingerbread house! I didn't know if Mac was too little to make one this year - I might have to try to find a kit for him since it was such a big hit with your guys. And I can't wait for snow and sledding! It was 80 degrees here on Saturday, so it's not looking like a white Christmas for us this year.

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  8. Luke & Cash made a Gingerbread house this weekend, too! Your photos are stunning. What kind of camera & lens do you have?

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  9. LOVE the gingerbread house pictures!! :) Growing up we never did them, but I'm happy to have that tradition now from Dan's family. Enjoy the fun (snowy) week ahead!!

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  10. The gingerbread house turned out pretty fabulous if you ask me! The scenery for sledding is just amazing - too perfect!

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  11. My mom used to make a gingerbread house with my cousin every year. And with us of course. Your pictures bring me back to that magical time.

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  12. You guys are doing Christmas right! Love the gingerbread house and how excited Liam was for it :) And all of your snow!!! So beyond jealous! I think we're going to have a green winter here, boo.

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  13. Your photos are all so beautiful! Looks like Liam did a pretty fantastic job with the gingerbread house! And your sledding trip looked like so much fun!

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  14. That gingerbread house is so cool!!! I'm going to have to go to Trader Joe's and find one. I love the look of determination on Liam's face. As well as Finn's hair in that first picture and his cute little cubby arms reaching for candy in that other picture.

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  15. I can't remember if I've ever asked you this before- so sorry if I have- but what camera + lens do you use? All of your photos are so beautiful.

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