Saturday, December 31, 2011

Gingerbread Houses & Men

We had never done Gingerbread Houses with Connor before as he just was too little. But this year, we thought it'd be fun. As I've mentioned before, I always do them with my 7th graders and their little buddies (kindergartners) and it's such a blast.

To be perfectly honest, I thought this year we'd do it for the sake of doing it, but that he'd probably not really understand it. Boy was I wrong!!! How he even knew what to do, I have no idea. I glued the house together and the roof, but he did all the rest! We honestly didn't even show him what to do; he just instinctively knew to "glue" the candy to the outside of the house! Of course, once he tried a piece of candy, it went downhill. For dessert that night, we let him eat his gingerbread house (which consisted of eating a couple of pieces of the candy, and a few graham crackers.

Next year we'll have to compare his gingerbread house! I bet he'll be really good by next year!
Aiden and Isabella watched Connor. We put them in their car seats and had them sit down on the floor. It was very sweet because Connor kept pulling them closer and closer to his house. He would say, "Izzy turn? Aiden turn?"  
Connor is in a phase where he must label everything by owner. He walks around the house and asks, "Izzy pants? Connor Mater? Aiden ball?" For a few days after he made his gingerbread house, he'd pass by it and say, "Connor's house!" So precious!
This morning Connor and I woke up early to finish out 2011 in the holiday spirit!! We had a little Gingerbread Man Pajama Party. I'm forewarning you that I'm not wearing any make-up. I thought about airbrushing my face, but some day in several years I'll think, What was I complaining about? I looked so young! All I see now are the dark black circles under my eyes from lack of sleep. Have I mentioned how little sleep we're getting?!? A week ago, we were averaging 1-2 hours of sleep a NIGHT. Now we're at maybe four or five. It's a lot better, but we are TIRED!

Things are always so much more fun in your pajamas! Have you ever noticed that?
I wish I had gotten a picture, but Connor went and grabbed his hammer. I sent Mr. Howard the text below with an accompanying video!

I know I say this frequently, but I wish I could figure out a way to freeze time! I just love that Connor loves to spend time with us making gingerbread men! I know there will come a day when hanging out with his mom in her pajamas would be horrifying and I am trying to soak in these moments now.

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