Thursday, January 3, 2008

While at play rehearsals for PJ, I started talking with another mother. It made the time go by much faster and it was enjoyable to have someone to talk to. She had a daughter in the play that is a little older than PJ. And this was a friendship that you don't want to say "Oh I knew her from this play or that play." This is one that is nice for the boys to have someone to play with. So, that is what we did, we set up a time for mom to go shopping and for her daughter to come over and do things with the boys. And she did just that.

Saturday was a gloom type of a day. Not too cold to go play outside, but no sunshine sorta makes the day a little slower. So, we decided to make a Gingerbread house. She had never made one, the boys do one every Christmas, so to share something like that only means fun! And they did have a blast.

Now, I opened the box and it said something about putting the walls up and waiting 1 hour to dry. Oh nuts, I should have had that ready. Oh well, so, I did just that. Got the walls up and waited an hour. Then the roof to go on, must wait 2 - 3 hours before decorating. Oh well, that just means we have to find something else to do. And we did just that.

PJ found a recipe on the M&M package for Gingerbread Men with M&M's on it. And so, well, I decided to make the attempt to make gingerbread. I have never succeeded rolling out dough for anything. It just doesn't work that well for me. But since the kids wanted to do this, I had to make it. I followed the instructions, and they came out just fine. I rolled and used cutters and baked. They smelled so good. Then we got to decorate them. Oh how much fun is that!

Finally the time came to get that house decorated. The boys did one side and their friend did the other. Her's was in order, neatly done, nice organized rows, everything was perfect. The boys, well, let's just say it was a chaotic mess. Our neighbor came over with marshmallow Christmas people, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Snowman, and a tree. Perfect to add to the house. The kids got a kick out of it. I was happy to see them having such a great time.

We got it all decorated and the roof fell off. I do believe that the boys had way too much on their side. It was so funny, off the roof slides Santa. So, Eric being the creative one, put the tree inside the house. Ok, not a bad idea. You figure if the roof falls off again, you can see the tree inside. And of course, you guessed it, the roof fell off again! I got it glued on as best as I could. And moved it, and it slid right off again. Oh well, all is fun. I got it back on again, and got the cans out of the pantry to hold them up this time. It worked, and the house was used as a centerpiece for Christmas Eve along with the Gingerbread Tree that we made a while back.

It is so much fun to do this stuff with the boys. These memories will be wonderful memories for the boys and for their friend. I never decorated a gingerbread house until about 4 years ago. It was fun! I want them to have those memories to pass on to their kids. I don't want them looking back and regretting anything. Life is too short for that.