But it snowed so that our activity would feel season appropriate.
All the cookie pieces, candy, icing sugar, and the icing bag and tip for one dollar!
I was giddy with frugal excitement when I bought them. It was one of those times checking out when I shared my joy with the cashier because I was so excited. I'm a dork. I know.
It was all for great fun. Every builder has his or her own personal building philosophy.
Katie's philosophy was "Eat as much icing as I can possibly eat."
Rowan had no philosophy because she wanted nothing to do with our confection creations. (but after her nap thoroughly enjoyed a snack of rainbow sprinkles)
Gavin's philosophy was "This lady seems to know what she is talking about, so I will do whatever she tells me, quietly and carefully, and just sneak a few candies here and there."
Austin's philosophy was "This is the third time I have done this. I am a pro. I do not need to hear instructions, and my final product will be unique and have my own special touch."
Grayson's was, "I don't want to fail. I don't want this to turn out wrong. I want mine to be great."
And then there was Joey, whose philosophy was, "I could really care less about this gingerbread house, but it is what I have to do to hang out with my cousins and have a good time, so I'll do it. Oh, and I will eat as many candies as I can possibly sneak when Mommy isn't looking."
Here are the finished products:
It was a fun day with cousins. Maybe a memory or two.
(Minimal stress, and not too much mess.)