Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Snowflakes and Gingerbread

This was out street before the last snow hit on Sunday. As you can see, we already had full coverage so the extra just added inches and ice. Chaos was jumping through the street and running around the street yesterday. On leash, of course, but she was having a blast. The snow came up to her chest!

More snow is predicted for tomorrow. If that's the case, we won't be making the hour and a half drive south to attend my family's Christmas Eve gathering. The kids are bummed about that, but we can do it once the weather improves. I went ahead and bought a ham just in case I have to cook for us.

Here's the before shot of the gingerbread house we made. It was a kit we bought at Costco. You put the house together yourself. The kids did most of it themselves with just a little help from us!

Here's the finished product. We waited a day for the house to set before decorating it. The kids did everything except the wreath on the front of the house, the green around the doors and windows and the green on the big tree. It took us a couple of hours with lots of candy eating! I think they may have added more gum drops around the outside, but by then I'd put away the camera. We do a house every year. One of those tradition things that is not, fortunately, weather dependent!

I managed to get my Christmas cards yesterday. It was quite the experience. Even with chains and hubby behind the wheel, we spun out getting onto the freeway on-ramp. But at least I can get the cards done and hopefully in the mail later today! What are you doing today?


Rottie_mom said...

Love the pics, looks like everyone was having a blast.

Did a lot of busy work here at work. Boss just informed me we will be closed until Monday morning, wooohooo 5 days off.

So wanted to wish you a wonderful Christmas!!!!

Brandy said...

The gingerbread house looks cute. I bet the kids had a wonderful time decorating it.
Glad you made it out and home safely.
I bet it was fun watching Chaos romp around in the snow. *G*

Have a terrific day!

Amy said...

I'm cracking the housekeeping whip! Since it looks like I might finally get my relaxing Holiday At Home, I want the house to be clean!

I'm also reentering all the addresses I have in my computer's address book. My $#@! old phone was having problems and lost all my data. Have to totally rebuild the address/contacts with my new phone. Grrrrr.

Dru said...

I finished up the project I was working on..so the rest of the work week should be a breeze. We're hoping the office closes at 1pm tomorrow.

I can't wait to see the finished gingerbread house. How long did it take to do?

catslady said...

Love the gingerbread house - everyone did a nice job!
They're calling for freezing rain tonight to change into more rain so no white Christmas here. I still have all the gifts to wrap yet.

Virginia said...

Love the pics, I have never made a gingerbread house before.

I have spent the day in the kitchen. I have baked two pecan pies, made a califlower salaid and made a banana pudding. Also made two batches of fudge still waiting to see if they came out. It has been a very busy day.

Dru said...

It's beautiful! What do you do with the gingerbread house after the holidays?

limecello said...

Oh gosh - I'm glad nothing happened while you were out! Sad you're getting snow - all we have is rain, which is washing away what snow we had... revealing the sheets of ice beneath, and I'm almost certain the rain now, will turn into more ice.


Cute gingerbread house! I've never made a real one :X. Just... cardboard houses covered w/ graham crackers and candy, etc.

Sue A. said...

A very pretty gingerbread house. I'm impressed!

With more snow expected to come I spent some time clearing the snow.

Jane said...

My cousin made a gingerbread house last year. We were still picking off the candy and eating them well into the new year.