An annual tradition in my husband’s family is making gingerbread houses with his parents. Several years in a row now we’ve been together for an evening of decorating houses over stories and laughter. Last year we had the boys playing on the floor while we took turns at the table decorating. Actually most of the time was spent trying to put the houses together and then we threw on some decorations at the end of the night. Joel’s folks ended up spending more time on the houses after we all left and fixed things up a bit.
This year with the boys being so mobile I still felt pretty rushed with the gingerbread houses. I know my in-laws (at least my mom-in-law) likes to take their time with it and put some thought into how the house is going to look. My mom-in-law even had the houses all assembled so all we had to do was the decorating this year. Me? I just enjoy the company, tradition and sugary sweets more than the actual decorating. It’s a fun tradition. It’s interesting seeing it change as there are little ones around.
So, here are a few pictures from our 2011 annual gingerbread decorating party.
Looking at an advent calendar with Nana.
The before shot with decoration supplies ready to go.
A quick trot around the room in Nana’s gardening shoes.
Nana put together mini houses for the boys to play with.
Which they immediately started chomping on. Graham did some damage on his house.
The decorators hard at work.
Papa and Nana working on their house.
Snack break! The boys probably ate a pound of goldfish crackers over the course of the night, and that’s after eating a good dinner!
Hubby and I made mini houses complete with a flag pole and walkway connecting the houses.
After they were freed from their high chairs, the boys wanted a closer look.
Matt and Suzanne went super fancy on theirs (which they do every year since Suzanne is an architect!).
The boys started getting grabby and it was getting late so we started to wrap things up.
Some of the finished angles.
After houses it was naked time to get into pjs (for the boys, dugh) and then some snuggles with Papa to read some books and off we went back home.
I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner!