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gingerbread houses!

gingerbread houses!

You will be SOOO proud of me.

This, coming from a woman who has banned play-doh from her house forever… gingerbread houses has to be in that same category! Serious mess. But I took the tradition highroad! We PLANNED a night to have everyone over for the event. Eric’s mom brought the gingerbread KITS (Wilton- bed, bath & beyond) I have to say, it was really pretty easy and very painless! The kids had a blast! I bought a few extra candies, pretzels and we had some ‘peeps’ trees and snowmen to add to the houses. They all turned out beautifully! That is untili woke up this morning and found them half-eaten and quite mangled… I guess the dog got them. He must have been pretty determined, and I should have created our gingerbread village much higher than the kitchen table! SO SAD! At least we have LOTS of photos to memorialize the event!






this morning, i decided to for-go the huge santa wreath that has been my front door ornament for a few years and replace it with yet another pink tree… never too much of a good thing!

NARNIA… i thought was amazing! i had 5 little kids with me and they were truly frightened… but they loved every minute of it. the wicked witch was so evil and passionate… she was SO scary and mean…and the lion was such a presence and power. the children loved him and were so amazed by his sacrifice. as an adult, and after reading the first 2 books in the series, of course there is so much to think about. i thought the film was very thought provoking and full of meaning, as well as full of teaching opportunities…. as well as fanciful and engaging for the imagination! it is scary… and there have been some ‘bad dreams’… quincy is 4, cory is 6 and colton is 8… but the end was so fabulous and happy that they loved it! they want to go see it again!

  • sarah green

    12 December, 2005 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Love the gingerbread houses… looks like you had a great night! We do the gingerbread thing here too, its one of my favourite christmas things to do with the kids – sounds like the dog enjoyed the party too!!!

  • Jana Perenchio

    12 December, 2005 at 9:17 pm Reply

    I’m lovin’ the pink tree on your front door…..I’m sure everyone knows which house is Miss Heidi’s!!


    12 December, 2005 at 9:18 pm Reply

    OHHHH NO!!!! The kids must be soo upset especially after their hard work. They looked lovely. We have the same tradition here in Austraila cant wait to do mine next week. I love Quincy’s Apron…

  • LauraT in NJ

    12 December, 2005 at 9:52 pm Reply

    We must be on the same vibe – did our gingerbread houses on Friday (snow day!) and saw Narnia on Sunday…our church group discussed over pizza and my favorite theological parallel was when Susan and Lucy stayed with Aslan after the trauma event -don’t want to give too much away 😉
    ps-love em’s trees!

  • Julie.M.Hickey

    12 December, 2005 at 10:17 pm Reply

    Nice houses! What I want to know is where you got those pink trays that you put all of the candies in 🙂 They are cute! Love all of your pink Christmas trees as well.

  • angela

    12 December, 2005 at 11:11 pm Reply

    This thanksgiving we had a gingerbread house contest. The family divided up into teams, set a budget, went and bought supplies, then all went into seperate rooms to build our masterpieces. We had such a good time, I was wowed by my family’s creativity, but oh what a mess it was to construct these masterpieces, and the event took place in my house. But it is a memory I will have forever, and a scrapbook page I can’t wait to create!!!

  • Nita

    12 December, 2005 at 11:21 pm Reply

    Love the gingerbread houses! Haven’t gotten around to doing that ~ YET! I’m just starting to get into the mood to bake, BUT, then, I’ll start eating!! Quincy looks so cute next to her gingerbread creation! I would love to see Narnia, but I don’t think I could convince my hubby to watch the girls for 3 hours (he, however, went to see it). I’ll just have to wait for it to come out on video.. I read all of the books in the series (I think there’s 8 of them) AT LEAST ten times EACH during my teenage years (eons & eons ago), so I am interested to see how it is on the big screen!
    Sounds like you are having so much fun! Where do you find the time?
    By the way, Sydnie & I have been working on our Christmas tree ornaments! She absolutely loves her pink tree!! She loves it so much that it never made it into the playroom; it is currently sitting in my living room across from our big tree! My girl is too funny!

  • Chanel

    12 December, 2005 at 11:29 pm Reply

    I only txted my sister this morning asking her for a gingerbread house recipe – I will have to see if there are kits we can buy here, sounds alot easier too! They look gorgeous … and the kids look very proud of their work. The movie isn’t out here yet, but will have to check it out when it gets here, good to hear a review.

  • Maria

    13 December, 2005 at 2:46 am Reply

    I so love your pink trees! And putting one on the front door is such clever idea! I also loved your gingerbread houses…sooo cute! What great pictures you took!

  • Monique

    13 December, 2005 at 5:47 am Reply

    I just had my eye on those Gingerbread Houses at Michael’s yesterday…..sounds like you guys had so much fun….thanks for the movie update…Alyssa keeps saying she wants to watch it, I was hoping you would post your feelings on it! Oh and one last thing, that pink tree on your front door is way to stinkin’ cute! Hope you have a great day! 🙂

  • Sharon

    13 December, 2005 at 7:40 am Reply

    I just bought the kits at Target (They have a train kit, too). DS#1 is not so interested in crafts but DS#2, I hope, will enjoy it.
    Thanks for reminding me about the dog. grrrr!

  • marlo

    13 December, 2005 at 10:13 am Reply

    My dd is dying to make gingerbread houses. Guess I better run out and buy some kits. Thanks for the reminder. BTW, love the PINK!!!

  • heidi larsen

    13 December, 2005 at 11:34 am Reply

    how fun! you are a great mom! i feel the same way about play dough and messy projects, but-!! what can you do? we actually have the biggest sand box i have ever seen in our backyard, my worst nightmare, but my girls have so much fun in it! you are only a kid once, right? glad to hear that narnia was worth seeing. i have been looking forward to seeing it and now we definitely will! thanks heidi! i love your blog!

  • heidi larsen

    13 December, 2005 at 11:38 am Reply

    one more thing! i bought a few packages of your huge flowers. they rock! love them. also bought some small flower jewels. they are great too! we have a heidi swapp section at my local scrapbook store, all my memories, and i always am buying your stuff.

  • Wanda E. Santiago

    13 December, 2005 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Beautiful and awesome all I have to say!! Hugs Wanda

  • Ngaire

    13 December, 2005 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Hey girl, another thing I can totally relate to .. Hate the play dough!! LOLOL
    Love the idea of a kit for the GB houses, making a mental note re the dog. I cant get over how big the kids are!! the boys have grown so much! and Quincy is such a little girl now.. no bubby face there anymore!
    Loving the pink Heidi tree. too cute!!

  • Kass

    13 December, 2005 at 7:10 pm Reply

    my lord, even your kids have creativity to burn!! Must be genetic!!

  • Lovely Cee

    13 December, 2005 at 7:58 pm Reply

    totally loving the wilton kit too- makes it easier to have fun making those than baking your very own gingerbread house- you know? and Narnia- we watched it and i was personally captivated with the Lion- he looked so real. and my 10 year old girl had read the series that she was like “oh i know what’s gonna happen…” or “i knew it!” the whole time we watched it. imagination… you know. AND i loooooooooove your christmas forrest!!! i showed my husband the forrest photos and said we have to consider having one next year- even just once.

  • May

    14 December, 2005 at 8:46 am Reply

    So sorry to hear the houses were attacked… but looks like it was a lot of fun! =)

  • missy s

    14 December, 2005 at 1:23 pm Reply

    okay PLEASE!!! let me know how you got the house to stay together? did you wait the whole 2 hours? my kids could not wait and the whole thing fell apart in a few minutes! lol

  • Emilia

    15 December, 2005 at 6:36 am Reply

    I love reading your blog and I would be sooo happy if you’d activate rss so that it woud be possible to read in news feeders 🙂

  • Stacy

    15 December, 2005 at 8:50 am Reply

    I’m just lovin’ the pink Christmas!! Being the only female in the house…I don’t think I could safely pull that off (and have them join me on Christmas morning!), but I’m enjoying living vicariously through your beautiful pink forest!

  • Ally

    17 December, 2005 at 10:45 am Reply

    Not sure what’s up with Typepad but I wish I could see the photos!
    Going to Narnia this weekend and can’t wait! All these rave reviews are getting me soooo excited!
    Hey – if I don’t catch up on your blog before next week, have a SUPER FANTASTIC MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • Laura

    22 December, 2005 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Ladies and Gentlemen…I think Heidi Swapp has left the building, or the gingerbread house.

  • nat

    22 December, 2005 at 11:47 pm Reply

    After reading your post I thought what a fun thing to do with my daughter. I started searching high and low for a kit. Didn’t think I would find on here in Sydney but did. We all had such a great time decorating it. Thanks for the inspiration. By the way my cat has eaten some of the little people as well and has attempted to eat the gingerbread.

  • Heather D. White

    23 December, 2005 at 4:01 pm Reply

    What fun pictures. All of the grandkids…my little guy included….made gingerbread houses at Oma’s a few weeks ago. She purchased her kits at Costco and they were awesome. BTW…had a “foam stamp” emergency the other night and your FOAM STAMPS saved my tail. I had a deadline and your stamps were the only ones I could find at the last minute. I’m so glad! I am in love with them. I used the diamonds and drama…and they are AWESOME!!! Bought the dots too..just in case. LOVE that they are on acrylic sheets…very snazzy! Thanks for thinking em up!!

  • erin

    23 December, 2005 at 6:57 pm Reply

    check out those awesome gingerbread houses!
    gotta love that!!!!
    and the pink tree just makes me love your style all the more!

  • Lisa

    23 December, 2005 at 9:31 pm Reply

    That is such a great idea/use for the compartment trays. :: filing away for next Christmas::

  • barb

    24 December, 2005 at 5:57 am Reply

    The gingerbread story is too funny. Reminds me of the year we went all out and made some here. (It was my childhood fantasy to make some just like on the front of Good Housekeeping magazine!) We made several and they were so cute. My daughter was in 2nd grade and we were going to take one to her teacher. She was carrying it out to the car and slipped on the wet garage floor. CRASH!! Million pieces. The dog enjoyed cleaning it up and she was not hurt! Haven’t made them since!
    Merry Christmas!!

  • Rori Koch

    25 December, 2005 at 8:01 am Reply

    Merry Christmas girl!!! So sad about the gingerbread houses:(! Sorry to hear that. But did have to giggle! I have a dog who also likes to get at thins,lol.
    One of the kids’ gifts I guess had chocolates in with the bigger gift…well our dog smelled them. When we all left for work/school she got into them. Not good. Dogs and chocolates that is.
    Hopefully the kids were not too bummed?
    Have a wonderful day chicky;)

  • Christine Adolph

    29 December, 2005 at 10:22 pm Reply

    I so enjoyed reading your blog. I can fully relate to you! My girls loved the gingerbread house entry!I have been looking for a way to email you… you are one of my most favorite scrapbook product designer. Keep it up!
    Happy New Year,
    Christine Adolph

  • Michelle Gustin

    31 December, 2005 at 7:52 am Reply

    I am a beginning scrapbooker–if there really is such a thing–but I just wanted to tell you that I stumbled onto all of your stuff and I love everything I see. I can’t wait until the main website is back up and running!! Thanks so much for sharing all your art!!

  • tangee

    1 January, 2006 at 4:58 pm Reply

    We loved it too. We took our little ones, they are 6, 5, 3, and 7 months and we all had a blast. It was just such a wonderful movie. Dh and I even got the sound track, it surprised me, we never buy movie sound tracks.

  • Lisa Russell

    5 January, 2006 at 9:01 pm Reply

    We thought Narnia was great as well. My 8 year old was scared, but at the end she said, “that was a great movie, mom”. lol Baby stayed home with big brother. Congrats to you in AUGUST 😉

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