Monday, December 14, 2009

Gingerbread Time

...maybe I should say faux gingerbread instead. Last weekend it was time to break out the graham crackers and whip up 4 or 5 mixers of Royal Icing.

The weekend action began when my parents dropped the girls off Saturday afternoon. The night before they had taken Aubrey, Avery and their cousin Morgan to see the Nutcracker Ballet...something that has been a family tradition since 1977 when they began taken the girl's daddy, my oldest son.

Saturday night the girl's painted their own Nutcrackers with only a little help from me.

They dubbed me the crafty gramma a couple of years ago, so I have a reputation to keep up.

Sunday, after a hearty lunch of Lasagna (put together by my sweet Rachel - thankfully they arrived early because I needed the help) it was time to paper over the kitchen table and dump out the candy. TJ was recruited to make the icing. I volunteered to hold the baby and just watch....there was no more room at the table.

It's a big ole candy free for all.

Looks like the boys prefer cars and trucks.

Avery with her Nutcracker and gingerbread house. Notice her red tree and the fire hydrant out front. See the doghouse on the left? It's all in the details folks.

Here's Aubrey with her 3 story house. Believe you me, it's not easy constructing a multiple story house out of graham crackers. She started the second floor over a couple of times. The big bad wolf of The Three Little Pigs fame would have loved graham cracker houses. You don't even have to huff and puff to blow them down if you haven't constructed them oh-so-carefully.

It's been a long day. This little one is ready for bed. He will fall asleep on the way home.

Once again, a good time was had by all. Hope you enjoyed your window into our messy, loud, happy family tradition.


  1. What fun, Grandma!! Baby holding sounds like the best part of it. I can't wait for that experience!

  2. It looks like you had so much fun, look at all those happy faces! The girls look so concentrated in the first set of pictures.
    These shots represents what to me the Holiday season is REALLY all about. Loved it, thank you for sharing.
    Btw, in regards to your interest in The Ice Hotel, if you click on the word in my post (the link), it will take you to their site and there is a lot more info.;)

  3. looks like lots of fun.

  4. Amazing Crafty Grandmom. It certainly looks like a good time was had by all.

  5. There is always joy and fun coming from this blog. Thank you for making me smile.

  6. what fun and beautiful traditions. I want to be known as the crafty aunt.

  7. I want to be the Grandma that holds the baby! My nieces think I'm "crafty" which cracks me up, because I'm really not. I just make sure to have plenty of art and craft supplies and since THEY are crafty, they have a blast.

  8. A lot of fun here going on, Stevie. Those kids are growing up.. and I'm glad you are enjoying them. Time does get away from me. I wanted to comment on your previous post concerning church attending. I too found it very difficult to fit in as single, especially being a man of my age. Hopefully, someday Ladycat and I will find a church home. Not attending has not diminished our faith. I had a gingerbread cookie last evening... yummy! The Bach

  9. How truly wonderful.. I could use some of that faux gingerbread myself

  10. The Crafty Gramma....yes, that suits you very well! This looks like so much fun!

  11. Love the post. Your last picture and comment is so funny. Go back and read what it says. I'm not sure if you were talking about Elijah or Taylor.

  12. Ahh family time is the most precious time for many. Enjoyed reading and imagining how wonderful big family that you have. You're lucky blessed, Stevie:)

  13. So much fun indeed...
    Every member in the family was involved. Such warmth & peaceful :)


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