Trader Joe's makes the most fabulous gingerbread house kit. This is the 3rd year Elena and I have used it for our gingerbread house. You can't beat $7.99 for a cute, easy-to-assemble kit. One of these years I'm going to attempt a gingerbread house from scratch, but I'm no fool. This is not the year for that nonsense. Seriously, this house goes together in 5 minutes, and then it's ready to decorate. Perfect for a 6-year-old who can't be bothered to let the house sit and harden before she starts coating every square inch of it with leftover Halloween candy.
Look at her piping away . . . a girl after my own heart.
My contribution was the pumpkin patch, to which Elena pointed out that pumpkins do not grow in the winter time.
I would pay $7.99 just for these people.
I'll just have one teensy nibble right here and then I'll leave it alone. I swear.
After it was done we promptly put it on top of the piano. It's the only place a certain toddler can't reach, though it's certainly not through lack of effort. This is how he spends 90% of his waking hours:
He just pushes the Stokke wherever he wants to go. Nothing is safe. You can tell whether it's a good day or a bad day by what time the Stokke goes into time out (on top of the table). Before 9 a.m? Bad day. After 2 p.m.? Pretty good. I give him 2 days before he figures out how to reach the gingerbread house. At least we have pictures for posterity.