Love Overflowing

*B* Family Christmas 2010

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One word to describe it…. Mass chaos!!!

There were 7 adults (we were missing my brother Richard) and 9 children ranging in age 4-11 months. In my house. My not super huge house. It was loud and chaotic but wonderful. I love when we all get together. I love seeing the kids interact together. It really makes me wish we lived closer so Zachary and Emily would have some cousins to play with more regularly.
It was great. We ate, drank and had a wonderful time. The kids got to play until they were silly tired and then got to rip open some presents. There was paper flying everywhere! The kids were really getting into it. Zachary even. He was crawling into his gift bag to get the book that I didn’t see and he even got to rip open a present or two. Practice for next month.
We didn’t get everyone together last year for Christmas so this was extra special. Last year Cole was just born and I was very close to my due date. Circumstances prevented us from celebrating together but my family is never too far away from my heart. Despite the distance, the good and the bad, they are always a part of me.
I love it!

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In da house

Would you believe that I have never decorated a gingerbread house? That that I can remember anyway! Emily is at a great age to do this so we decorated one together this year. I am not cool enough to make my own pieces so I bought a kit at Michael’s. I put the base together while she played with playdoh- an even exchange I think. Later that afternoon, the decorating began!

I am really not sure how you are supposed to keep the icing from getting too hard after sitting for several hours in order to let the house set. I *meant* to put a drop or two of water in to soften it up. Meant to but that’s not how much came out. Whoops! The icing was a little runny so the candy had a hard time sticking. I was so mad at myself. Emily didn’t care though. She didn’t notice it one way or the other. She really enjoyed eating candy while putting it on the house.

For this being our first attempt at a gingerbread house, I think it turned out pretty cute. I think Zachary can get into some of the action next year. It’ll be great!

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