Tuesday, December 21, 2010

28 ginger houses

So I had this amazing idea to make gingerbread houses for Elliott's 1st grade Christmas party. Well, really I was going to make Christmas candy leis (much easier) but I asked E which he would rather do. There wasn't even a pause and of course he chose houses! Everything was fine as I divided up the candy into 28 bags. Things continued superbly as I scooped and filled 28 bags with vanilla frosting. And then I opened the packages of graham crackers (because there was no way I was making real gingerbread!!) Half the crackers were broken. So I used every usable piece possible (see above photo and notice the cracks), and it still wasn't enough. At 11:30 PM I was 3 houses too short and almost out of glue. (What? You don't hot glue your houses?) I even tried to see what a rye crisp bread house looked like- can you see it on the left? It turns out the kids fought over who could have it the next day- if I only would've known... So I ran to the store. There were only a few boxes of graham crackers left, because apparently my idea wasn't so original. I chose a couple boxes in the back and hoped they hadn't been dropped like the others. Next I went to get mini glue sticks. They were out. And in my town, if they're out, you find something else because there's basically one store for things like that. So I bought a big glue gun with big glue sticks. Phew. Finishing the last 3 were a piece of cake. I wish I would have used the big glue gun the whole time- it probably would have cut my time in half!!!!
Anyway- the kids were beyond excited to have their very own house with their very own toppings. And the number one question I got was, "Can I eat the extra frosting?" I told them sure- it's Christmastime after all... I saw so many kids sucking on their empty baggies trying to get every last bit!


I made two extra with the last of the grahams- one for Ollie (because he's my little school helper this year) and one just in case. Good thing because one kid dropped his and he was so sad. I put the new one on a plate with more candy and frosting and sent him on his smiling way home.

P.S. I secretly think E's teacher thinks I'm a little over the top... that's how room moms are supposed to be right? :)

8 comments:

The Nielson Family said...

Oh my heavens! This is amazing! Oh, the frustrations of a super walmart--at least I'm assuming that's where you went--cause they're always out of what I desperately need! I made gingerbread men for Bridger's class today--I should have taken a picture of my disastrous kitchen afterwards. Let me tell you---it was a disaster! And over the top? You're right--that's how it's supposed to be :)

Cheeseboy said...

Holy cow! You are very ambitious. A mom did that for my first grade class this year and as the kids walked out the door, 5 in row dropped them and they crashed all over the floor. Looks like you had much better success.

Scott & Christie Lamb said...

well coming from a first grade teacher myself, I would KILL to have you as my room mom! You rock and it looks like it was the party of the century! Love it!

Saimi said...

You are so AMAZING!! Those houses are adorable!! Ahh I remember those days when my boys were little!!

What a good mom you are!!

Hey about my post on 'Who do you follow' I turned the comments off because I didn't want it to be about me...it was just something I was thinking about that I wanted to share!!

After Christmas I'll start posting again and I'll turn my comments back on!! Thanks for reading!

Have a Merry Christmas!!

~Kayley said...

Wow, Sinika you get a gold star for effort! haha Those are amazing, you did an awesome job!

Marci said...

You are over the top! I'm not complaining because Jake reaps the reward! You were crazy to do that! So fun! Thanks!

Ty and Mari said...

for this and many other reasons, you were the YW president!

rachel said...

agree with Mari... and yes, you are over the top, but super cute!

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