Gingerbread House-Making has evolved over the years for me. Eight years ago I was baking my own gingerbread, cutting the house pieces with a knife, making hard-tack candy for stained glass windows, inserting a light inside the house, creating a door that really opened, made my frosting from scratch.....you get the picture!!
Fast forward to 2012 and it's pretty pathetic!! Enter the pre-baked gingerbread house purchased from the craft store and the GLUE GUN!!
Yes, glue gun!!
It's only a few days until Christmas and my children are finally out of school. They only care about putting candy on the house and I ran out of time. It was lots of fun anyway - and NO STRESS!! The glue gun worked amazing (I know you are all cringing, as am I!)
The children got to create and mommy wasn't hovering making sure they looked picture perfect.
Ryan's roof was made out of Captain Crunch Berries Cereal!
They turned out cute and the children could not tell all the corners I cut! Gingerbread House Making Day....check!!
My 8th grader is going on a class trip to Catalina Island. I like to
have my children "earn" their money for camps and trips. We came up
with the idea of sewing items and selling them at her school's Holiday
Boutique! We should have started sewing before December but we got it
...and the boutique was held on the COLDEST day of the year! BURRRRR!!
We made all these cute zipper pouches.
...and Ruffled Tote Bags. Ella and I split the work almost 50-50. She is a great sewer, pinner, presser, and ruffler!! Oh, and she choose all the fabrics!
We also made taggies, sunglasses cases and other little pouches. She's almost earned all her money!!
This past weekend we went to Salt Lake City for a girls weekend. My mom, my mother-in-law, my daughter, and I all met and stayed in a hotel. It was a picture perfect weekend. It lightly snowed everyday. We felt like we were in a movie! The main reason for the trip was that we had tickets for the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert featuring Alfie Boe - our FAV!!!!
We walked around City Creek and WE GOT TO MEET ALFIE at the book signing!!! We talked to him, took pictures and he touched my hand!!!! I was floating!!!!
We got to play the Mormon Tabernacle organ. It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life! The lady giving the noon recital let a few people come up and play the organ. It was amazing.
A quick stop to the Western Nut Company for some goodies
Then on to the Nauvoo Cafe for the WORLD'S BEST Turkey Pot Pie. It really is to die for!
The lights everywhere were spectacular! Such a beautiful place - especially with the snow falling.
Finally it was time for the concert we had been waiting for. I can't even put it into words - it was AMAZING. I don't think I took a breath during the whole thing. Alfie Boe is FABULOUS!! I didn't want it to end.
Here is a peek at my Christmas-y front porch. I made another burlap banner only aqua and red this time. (click HERE for the tutorial).
I first put the word "Merry" on my door and it confused my entire family. They kept waiting for the "Christmas" part of the saying to show up. When I explained it was just "Merry" they seemed disappointed. So, I added the "be" and now it reads "Be Merry". Confusion ended!
I love changing what I hang in this old window every season!
Richie the elf has for sure been busy! He got into the rubber stamps and stamped a note. The note said to look in the mirror. Hmmmmm, why is Richie holding a red marker? Oh! Once we looked in the mirror we noticed we all had Rudolph noses! (My 13 year old thought she had the world's largest zit....poor thing)
Then Richie was found sitting in one of the Christmas trees fishing for goldfish with a candy cane fishn' pole!
We found Rapunzel tied to the mistletoe and Richie hanging from Rapunzel's long braid. We think he has a crush on Rapunzel! This confirms our suspicions :)
This appears to be a double date we happened upon one morning. Here Richie is playing mini Uno cards with Merida, Flynn and Rapunzel. Looks like Flynn and Rapunzel must be back together after the mistletoe incident!