Sunday, December 9, 2012

Gingerbread Houses, Christmas Shirts & Christmas Frig...

Christmas Randomness :o)

Each year, I buy a gingerbread kit for the kids to work on together. With four kids, things tend to get a little crowded and the pushier kid (s) usually end up doing most of the decorating while the others watch. This year, I decided to let them each decorate their own house. They LOVED being in complete control of their little house.

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I made the houses out of graham crackers. My initial idea was to use small milk cartons (like the ones they have at schools and the donut shop), but I couldn't find them anywhere!  I checked gas stations, Dunkin Donuts, drug stores and Wal-Mart.  I could have waited until the next morning and bought them at the our normal donut shop, but I might have been too impatient for that :o)  Instead I just built the houses with crackers and icing and let the icing dry completely before giving them to the kids.  It worked out great!

I bought lots of fun decorations (red hots, fruit loops, m&ms, sixlets, gummy bears, life savers, candy canes & sour rounds) and the kids went to town!

It probably doesn't come as any surprise that Baby Boy was more interested in eating his house than building it :o)

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I mentioned before we are currently living in a rent house. Oh the joys...ha!  When we moved in, I wasn't crazy about the frig, but thanks to Sparkles, our elf on the shelf, it is starting to grow on me :o) Who knew our elf on the shelf was a fan of Pinterest :o) Ha!

frig

Speaking of Pinterest, when I saw this cute Christmas tree shirt, I knew I had to make one for each of the kids!  I ran out of time and had to cut corners on the little girls' shirts, but I still love how they turned out. I  just love dressing my babies alike.  Is that weird? Ha!

kidstreeshirts

Baby Boy's hat is crackin' me up! I thought it was a little small, but he sure didn't care! Ha!

We experienced our first "small town" parade this week. It was so much fun! Baby Boy's hat came in super handy as a candy bag!  Ha!

kidsparade

2 comments:

Emy said...

We do the individual gingerbread houses too, but we use the little orange juice boxes. They come in a pack of 6 so your whole family could do them next year! :)

Renee said...

HAHA! Elijah attacked his gingerbread house before he could build it too. CUTE SHIRTS!!!! Can you tell I'm behind on reading your blog? Catching up all at once. haha!