Understanding our own limitations as middle-aged adults, Laura and I had already planned a fairly laid-back New Year’s Eve. We would be celebrating at our place, and Jim, Lorraine, and Miranda along with Stephanie and Brian would come over for Chinese food and maybe a board or card game. Really exciting stuff. To ratchet up the excitement level, Laura used McKenna’s glitter glue to make “party” shirts.
We wanted Miranda and McKenna to have something entertaining to do that evening, mainly so that the adults would have some peace to play a game. The entertainment for children was provided by Laura and Lorraine, who bought clearance Christmas crafts from Walmart.
And what’s that in the bottom right corner of the gingerbread box above?
We figured we’d let the kids put together some gingerbread houses and then the adults would play a board game. In order to prepare the kids for the upcoming amazingness, we pumped them full of sugar.
Then, we were ready to make some amazing houses out of frosting and gingerbread. We unpacked the package of frosting and pieces of gingerbread. We grabbed one of the tubes, and, after squeezing it repeatedly, white goo shot everywhere. And that’s how we got the frosting on the gingerbread. Pervert.
The gingerbread houses seemed to be a close relative of IKEA furniture. Inevitably, there was a piece or two in every set that didn’t quite fit snugly. Instead of IKEA cam locks that wouldn’t line up properly, there were pieces of gingerbread about 3/8 of an inch too long, creating large gaps in the gingerbread houses, especially the A-frames. You know what isn’t amazing? A large gap in a house. The solution for any gaps? MORE FROSTING.
By this time, it was almost midnight, and a board game was clearly not going to happen. Moving as far away from our half-collapsed gingerbread village, we decided to make amazing happen with some group pictures.
Happy New Year!