This was Lily's first year to actually participate in decorating a gingerbread house. I love to make it all about the process for the kids so that when it's that time of year again they actually look forward to it. I always get plenty of 'extra' candy for the occasion. The correct ratio is usually five to one...one for the house five for the decorator!
I believe Ms Lily would have been content to spend all day at the table as long as she had her private stock of M & M's to consume! She could get a little testy when I wanted to add another row of those chocolatey delights to the last side of the roof. "No Sush, no more on the top!". She also decided she needed to have a taste test on each new type of candy that was going on the house or the grounds...! We had quite a pile of 'spit backs' as they are referred to around here! She was very good at directing where the candies should be placed and even placed several items on the house herself! I think her favorite part was sticking the Peeps Christmas trees in the icing and putting gumballs around them to keep them from falling over.
Once the gingerbread house was decorated to her approval we gathered Sush's 'ballerina skirt and a new favorite tiara. This tiara is sequined and was glittering all over the walls and floor. Lily kept turning her head to make it sparkle! Lily also took her turn at putting ornaments on the children's tree. I have a tree that is just for the grandkids to decorate. They can place them wherever they want and rearrange and redecorate to their hearts content. My Mom used to do this and I do love traditions...!
I'm sure Lily was well indoctrinated into the art of gingerbread house decorating.
Friday her two cousins, Trey and Peter came over for a sleepover with Pop and Sush. We had a dinner out and then drove around looking at Christmas lights. On returning we all climbed in Pop and Sush's bed for a viewing of The Polar Express!
The next day after breakfast we set out the array of candies for another decorating session. Trey is a seasoned veteran of decorating gingerbread houses. This year he was full of decorating suggestions and decided to add 'chocolate kisses' to make a 'gutter' on the house. Peter thought that was a grand idea and added them to his side of the house as well. This was Peter's year to be involved in the decorating of his side of the house from start to finish. He was full of ideas as well and I think this house was equally spectacular. In an award winning category, I'd say!
Peter is 'testing' one of the candies trying to decide if it is house worthy!
Serious decorating going on!
Trey starting on his chocolate kisses gutters!
Peter adding his chocolate kisses to his gutter!
I think it was a resounding success this year, what do you think, Peter?
Once the house was completed, the boys were busy driving their match box cars in Sush's Christmas village. They also took their turn at putting ornaments on the children's tree! I believe one of the highlights of the day was showing their Mom and Dad how the remote control turned the 'big' Christmas tree lights off and on. I do so love these special days. Days of creating memories and continuing some traditions and starting new ones! It is the most wonderful time of the year!
I love you my darling grandchildren Always and Forever!
Oh and children of mine...my apologies for returning them to you giddy with sugar and excitement. What's a Gramma to do?