Last weekend I persuaded my husband to buy our kids a ‘giant’ gingerbread house kit. Afterall, I saw a ton of friends post photos on Facebook last year with their kids making gingerbread houses. I remember marveling at their gingerbread creations and looking forward to the day when my kids would be old enough to partake.
Fast forward a year and two very excited kidlets later. It seemed like a fun indoor activity to do on a freezing cold day. And since my mom was coming over to play with the kids while I baked their teachers 8 loaves of banana bread, we decided to get cranking on the gingerbread house.
I should have known what was ahead when my mom said, “whoa, this is no normal gingerbread house, Heather – this is a gingerbread mansion!” As I ferociously threw banana bread ingredients together, I was listening to my mother reading the directions aloud and began to wonder whether I, in fact, did get us in a little over our heads. After constructing the four main walls of the house, you have to wait an entire hour to secure the roof? How do you explain that instruction to a 2 year old? And then after the roof has been erected, we have to wait another 2-3 hours for the roof to dry BEFORE decorating. Hmmm, this is not what I bargained for.
8 hours, 3 adults (my hubby helped decorate after work), and two very sugar-filled and cranky toddlers later, the gingerbread house is finally complete (as well as those 8 loaves of banana bread – don’t ask how many bananas were hand pressed today).
Here are some photos of our creation – what do you think?
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