I was really happy to find a pre-made gingerbread house at Costco this year. I didn't realize how hard it was to make those walls stand up until last year. The best part about this year's gingerbread house is that it only cost $9 compared to others that I have seen that are close to $20.
The very first thing I did, before I even took the plastic wrap off of the house, was to take all of the candy and divide it up into 3 individual bowls. (This isn't my first time dealing with 3 kids, can you tell?)
Have I mentioned how messy decorating a gingerbread house can be? The frosting (i.e. glue) kept coming out of the top of the bag and getting all over my hands. I decided to just pipe where the kids wanted me to rather than handing that bag of stickiness over to them.
What is a kid-friendly craft project without some drama?
-Kanin kept looking at the box and telling me that our house didn't look like the ones on the box. I tried to tell him that professional bakers decorated that gingerbread house but he really didn't want to hear that.
-Gracie wanted all of the large circle gum drops and was mad that she had to share with her brothers. She was also mad because none of her candies were sticking to the house. I tried to help her by telling her that she had to press it down and hold it for a but she really did not want to hear that.
-Caleb just wanted to eat the candies. He could have cared less about decorating. He also kept grabbing candies out of the Kanin and Gracie's bowls which did NOT go over very well. I kept telling him to put the candy on the house and do not take any of his brother or sister's candies but he really did not want to hear that.
Finally, we were finished decorating and decided to take some pics of the finished product. Gracie isn't very happy, can you tell?
Like the good little model that this mommarazzi has trained, though, she sucked it up and gave me a bit of a smile.
So, here it is:
Here is our house in its place of honor.