It’s Monday morning and I get a chance to reflect on the weekend. Whew! What a weekend it was. My hubby was away on a Jr High winter retreat with our church. So I was home with all 4 kids. Notice the “all” in that sentence… when you’re home with everyone alone, that “all” is very important to include in there! So I’ve done this before, no big deal right??? HA! The kids were determined to make me WORK for this weekend!
From the start, I KNEW it was going to be a doozie! You know how you can just tell by the glint in your kid’s eyes…. yeah, I KNEW! Friday night wasn’t too bad. We got through the evening and went to bed. My plan for Saturday was to take it easy in the morning and decorate gingerbread houses in the afternoon.
The morning went ok… the normal fighting, yelling and rowdiness. While they were watching cartoons I decided to put together the graham cracker gingerbread houses. Well here’s where it went downhill… FAST. I had gotten all the things I needed to make and decorate them, Friday night. What I failed to realize was, in my rush, I got Graham mini snack crackers, instead of regular graham crackers… WHAT???????? Oh crap! So I called a friend (love you Jen Burkholder!!) and asked her if she had any I could use. SHE DID!! AND she ran them over to me… what a life saver!!!
So following a picture on Google, (love you too Google!!) I began cutting out all the pieces needed for 4 Gingerbread houses. It called for white chocolate coating to hold the pieces together so I began to melt the white chocolate coating I had which was probably a year old. (that fact is important!!) It started to clump!!! (see, told you it was important!!) Oh NO!!! Well let’s try this anyway. I put it in a sandwich bag (also a cheep version of Ziplock, ALSO important!) and sure enough, the bag POPPED!! (yep, important!!) White, clumpy goo everywhere… by this time I’m saying in my head, “What the…. “… you fill in the blank! Now I have pieces cut out, and clumpy white chocolate supposed to hold it all together. At this point I’ll be darned if these gingerbread houses are going to get the best of me.
So I put the chocolate in a bowl, pulled out a knife and started spreading it on the crackers to assemble these houses. I began to realize it wasn’t going to be quiet as simple as I had hoped. Here’s where Elmer’s glue comes in very handy. So me and Elmer along with clumpy melted white chocolate coating, put these houses together. Well as you can imagine, graham crackers being such a strong, hard food, never broke once while I was assembling.. HA! NOT! I tend to be rammy by nature, but add frustration in there and yeah, me and some delicate crackers, don’t do well together. Finally they were together. I decided to put them in the fridge to try to harden up the chocolate. Now we wait to see if they actually STAY together.
Here’s where the light at the end of the tunnel begins to shine. YES they stayed together!!! I made my decorator icing and set out all the candy and the kids went at it. Sigh… it worked! The kids had a ball. I even heard, “Mom, this is really cool!”… “Mom, my house has guns( small pieces of licorice) on it to keep robbers away!”… “Mom, can we eat it?”… uh oh…. “Um guys, I had to add glue so I don’t think that would be a good idea!”…. “MOM!!! We can’t eat them??? Then why are we doing this?? “…. LOL.. well you can’t win them ALL!!
So the highlight of the weekend was these gingerbread houses that had me almost getting out a hammer and pounding every single cracker in sight. In the end, they turned out fine. And I got to enjoy listening to the conversation while they decorated and kept my mouth shut while they ate WAY too much candy in the process.. lol The rest of the weekend, ugh, they kept that glint in their eyes and gave me a run for my money and I hid in my room when dad got home!! BUT I did have that moment of, “Ok, all that frustration with these dumb houses was worth it. Just to see them working together, enjoying something and thinking I’m awesome! I’ll take it.” And I think I may have just started a new family tradition… not bad!
What did I learn through this? 1.) I hate it when dad goes away… lol. 2.) I don’t’ have the ability to keep things simple. No matter how “simple” it should be, I’ll complicate it!… 3.) My kids make me incredibly crazy but I love to see them smile, enjoying themselves and it makes going that extra mile, worth it. Just don’t ask me if it’s worth it while I’m in the middle of the fiasco.. you might get a cracker, some clumpy chocolate and Elmer’s glue in your face!.. lol 😉
Here’s the link to the graham cracker gingerbread houses: