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December 8, 2010

Our annual visit to the Gingerbread House display at the Eastman House is complete. It unfortunately coincided with a few groups of Girl Scouts and other wayward youth but, you know, we got through it. Their current photography display is Rock and Roll, so I had a good time looking at that and steering my innocents away from the naughty bits. Fortunately, not so many naughty bits made out of gingerbread, but a few.

We each selected and photographed a favorite to share with you, just in case admission is out of your budget this year (although seriously, the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts should at least provide for this kind of a cultural excursion):

This beach scene is the closest we got to nudity in the sweetmeats section.

I am not sure what attracted Peter to this one (I suspect it ws at the right height for him), but I like the way they used their materials.

This was a very cool Notre Dame. Sorry the steeple is cut-off–Lily was more concerned about recording the details, especially the stained glass windows.

So, the kids choose pretty sweet ones, but this is the clearly the best, right? What were they thinking?

Inspired, we did some gingerbread houses at our house, too. Unlike George Eastman, though, we do not charge admission, so come on over. We also have no dead wildlife decor. You’re welcome.

I did not, in fact, bake this gingerbread. Never have, and probably never will. I am allergic to rolling pins. If that makes me the kind of person you hate, the kind of intolerable person who buys a kit (a kit!) at Target rather than actually slaving in my kitchen for the good of the children, well, then I’m glad we’ve figured this out now. I AM that kind of person. I didn’t even buy any extra candy–we just used the crap that came in the kit (kit!). Have we hit an impasse? Sorry; you better stop reading now–so long.

Hey, at least we don’t use Snowman Kits.

Anyway, my kids seemed pretty oblivious to what a loser their mom is. Score.

Except Peter: he may be on to me.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Lindsay permalink
    December 8, 2010 1:40 pm

    Question. Is Peter’s hat a hair touching deterrent or is he a hipster?

    • December 8, 2010 6:55 pm

      You got me. I asked him to take it off for the pictures and he demurred.

  2. December 8, 2010 2:07 pm

    Oh no you are not a bad mom. For the first time ever I did a gingerbread house with J (she was 11) and she decided she not only thought that the kit was crappy she doesn’t like gingerbread. Yay me for never bothering with this. lol I admire your patients and thoughtfulness to do this kind of messy project with 3 small children kudos!

  3. Heather permalink
    December 8, 2010 5:17 pm

    I have read through some of your posts and those of others on mormon mentality and just starting commenting after just reading for a while.
    How did you become a perma on the site?


  4. December 8, 2010 10:44 pm

    I am hoping to get over there before it closes.

    • December 8, 2010 10:51 pm

      Come on over! Oh, you mean the Eastman House–yeah, it’s fun. Last year we went during a blizzard, and that was great because we were basically the only people there.

  5. December 9, 2010 1:07 pm

    Hey! I have a snowman kit! I actually made it at an Enrichment years ago. Does that make it okay?

    • December 9, 2010 1:26 pm

      If you make your own, than it is less ready-made-for-lazies-who-will-actually-BUY-this kit and more preparedness. Assembled fun. Organization, I’d say.

  6. December 20, 2010 9:00 pm

    We made gingerbread houses twice this year – once with a kit a neighbor brought by and once with the gingerbread I labored over myself for literally days – mixed, baked, rolled, homemade frosting, huge assortment of candy, Christmas trees made out of upside down ice cream cones with piped on green icing, THE WORKS. You know which ones the kids preferred? No preference. Both were a hit.

    Huh. Maybe it’s kits from now on…?

    I think you still qualify as an excellent mom, kit or not.

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