Friday, December 19, 2008

Gingerbread, Bumps, and Smiles

Gingerbread:
Jake informed me that I was being a bit of a "Scrooge" this year when I refused to watch his favorite Christmas movies: It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story. Before I receive a tongue lashing from all you movie fans, I simply refuse to watch them more than once a year so Jake had to make a choice between watching them now or watching them closer to Christmas day. I admit, both those movies really get on my nerves! I did concede, however, and sat down to watch the 30 minute How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I believe in compromising! Anyhow, to show I'm not totally a "grinch" I did organize, and Jake built and supervised a really, really coolly authetic gingerbread house. That's right-these 10 fingers that are typing here actually made homemade gingerbread dough and royal icing (which wasn't too terrible of a process)!! And...I don't think I'll ever go through that gingerbread mess again. Soon afterwards, I saw that little Betty Crocker pouch of gingerbread dough...that will definitely be used next year. However, despite all my griping, we had so much fun putting it together and dubbed our house a "mansion" compared with those pre-bought/pre-fabricated homes. Am I proud of it? You know it!!

Bumps:
I don't know if this is a good thing but I do take pride in the fact that my children really don't get hurt that often. Maybe it's because I'm slightly neurotic and protective, but they just don't get bumps and bruises as much as most 2 year olds and babies do. What makes this post funny is that both of my kids got really bloody mouths on the same day. Cooper fell out of his chair at Chick-Fil-A and got this might fine bruise under his chin and a mouth full of blood. Luke somehow, very mysteriously, crawled up 2 stairs and then fell down 5 and landed with a mouth full of blood. We cannot figure out how this happened because for the life of us he will not go up any stairs...to this day. Rest assured, they both survived and were full of smiles for the rest of the day...here's my proof.


Smiles:
I just wanted to show some of their shining moments and cute smiles. Lukey has become a totally new baby since he's learned to crawl and become content. He is quickly crawling into a huge part of my heart. He is the most adorable, affectionate little boy. I can't believe he's going to be 1 year old so soon! Cooper maintains his place as mommy's sweetheart who can do no wrong...I know I'm in denial because he really has become quite fiesty of late. Anyhow, both my boys have gotten really cute this last week which I think is the Lord's way of telling me, "It's gonna be all right, Emily, you can handle 3 kids under 2!" I am getting anxious/excited/nervous to greet our new little man. I'm pretty sure he's dropped and is ready to come out of my tummy. We're still hoping for the 30th, but I have to convince my doctors to induce me still!! We'll keep you all updated! Oh, I was thrown the nicest surprise shower. I was TOTALLY caught off guard-had absolutely no idea! The woman I visit teach put it on and she knows how to throw a party! There was awesome, amazing food, party favors, gifts, and friends. Thank you so, so much for all who came and gave. It was truly uncalled for but much appreciated! Thank you!

10 comments:

Jen said...

Love, love, love the long post and all the cute pictures of the boys. Ah, boys. I can't believe that Ethan will be there so soon!

Ashley said...

Emily, You are so crafty! I am in awe of your craftiness. You will do fabulous with 3 kids under 2, your amazing!

Ouchy bruise on coopers chin and Lukey's stairs incident. They look pretty tough for not getting hurt very often!

Grant and Shalie said...

WOW, I am impressed with the gingerbread houses, you guys did a great job. I can't watch Its a wonderful life more than once every decade! I like it when I watch it, but there is such a thing as too much :) Poor little guys and getting bumps, they are sure cute though! Luke looks like he is smiling so much more lately, I wish I could see him in January.

Chad and Carole said...

I'm also impressed with the gingerbread houses. I don't make them...I think it's such a waste of yummy candy.
I understand about the baby thing, we're hoping ours comes before the end of the year but knowing my luck, he won't!

Dixie and Drew said...

I love the gingerbread house! Way to go Emily homemade. Very cool. I am sure is taste great too!

Rachel said...

This was so fun to read....did you have two rounds of gingerbread house making? I noticed a wardrobe change! :) I hope that baby comes before Jan. 1 too- that'd be nice. I'm sure you're feeling pretty done and the baby is fully cooked at this point as well- right? :)

Annica said...

Nice job! I have always wanted to make a gingerbread house!

rebabell said...

Fancy gingerbread house! Cute pics. Thanks so much for the fun Christmas gifts- i'm not sure exactly where we'll put the chalkboard yet, but i loved the bag of songs and stuff- thats a really cute idea. thanks!

The Child Family said...

That is an impressive gingerbread house, i can;t believe you made the gingerbread dough, go Em!!!! I love the bumps and bruises story. Your boys are so cute, i can't WAIT to see them in 3 weeks!!!!!

Amanda J said...

Cute gingerbread house - i am impressed that you made it from scrach. I love the pict of the boys next to the house and Luke's hand is reaching in for a taste. I hope baby boy #3 comes soon! Good Luck! Have a Merry Christmas in Georgia.