Saturday 12 December 2015

Keep Your Fingers Crossed

Today is “Decorate a Gingerbread House” day at our place. We invite the grandkids over and their parents to slather icing and candy on some Graham wafer houses I have built. This year we bought a gingerbread Millennium Falcon in honour of the upcoming release of the new Star Wars movie. We also have a traditional gingerbread house that will be decorated and eventually smashed by the grandkids after the next family meal. It is always a fun time.
The whole thing is just an excuse to buy love from Hurricane, Tornado and now Tsunami with more candy than they generally see in one place. It is an interesting study in how kids see the world and how they express their artistic skills. They have very definite ideas about where a red gummi or a candy cane should go on a house. The adults have lived in this world long enough to know that doors need a knob, windows need to be outlined and of course a roof needs chocolate wafer shingles. Maybe that’s just me.

Normally in the past aunt Maegan has been here to help and guide the boys on a sugary trip into home construction. However, she won’t be making it this year so we will somehow have to muddle through without her. Like all good aunts she takes everything the nephews do with a smile and a laugh when I am about to freak out over something inconsequential. Like I say, she will be missed by all of us.

***several hours later***

My stomach hurts! I think I ate just a little too much candy. Five or six pounds too much. Although I am at least twice the man I used to be, it appears that I can’t eat as much as I once could. Hurricane had to miss today due to stomach flu or some other kid related issue. It must have been pretty bad because there was an almost unlimited supply of candy and an activity that cried out for you to taste the building materials. Poppa will make sure that he gets a chance to catch up on being spoiled when he feels better.
There were three small houses, a large house and the gingerbread spaceship to decorate. One of the small ones was set aside, but the rest were coated with royal icing and a large array of candy. Many thanks to Tara, Brendan, Arwen, Louise and of course the stars of the show today…Tornado and Tsunami. I think it was a successful time. The only way to know for sure is if there are people puking in the middle of the night.
Keep your fingers crossed.

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