Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gingerbread Houses and Snow Globes!

One of the things I love about this time of year is all the fun parties!! Mom, Tara and I spent the afternoon yesterday planning the next few weeks and I am not joking when I tell you we have something planned almost every single night (including Shane's birthday on the 11th!!)!! One may get stressed out at that notion, but I get totally giddy!!

Shane and I hosted a Christmas party here Sunday night for our Sunday night group from Church. I cannot tell you how much we love our group and are so thankful to be great friends with such awesome people!! We have 11 adults and 10 kids, quite the group! Claire and Owen love it and have made such great friends with all the cute kids! Claire is one of the only girls, but Owen is in company of many rowdy, but fun boys. So we had everyone over, we catered in some yummy lasagna from Carino's, and had a great time!! I also picked up two gingerbread houses for the kids to decorate! We had a gingerbread house for the girls to decorate and then one for the boys, it was hilarious! Below are some pictures of the kids working on their masterpieces. We laughed so hard at the difference in the two houses...

Getting started - the girls...
Cutie pie - Maddie!The boys!Jennifer and CaidenOwen getting involved...helping.......then eating...=)Claire being very precise =)Cute Gavin and Clayton...and Owen eating gumballs as fast he can shove them in his cheeks =) Emmy helping the girls =)
Claire working on her gingerbread man...Shane trying to help the boys...the roof was caving in...the boys were not as gentle as the girls =) Cute Maddie and Emmy!Claire and Rylee - Claire LOVES Rylee!! Rylee is 8 and such a great little girl!! Claire thinks she is the coolest girl EVER!! Shane really trying to help the boys...Owen standing on the table??? Yes, that is Super Glue =)Finally - the finished product - THE BOYS HOUSE...
The GIRL'S HOUSE...
We had such a great time Sunday!! The Lord has blessed our family with this group and I thank Him everyday for it!! We love yall!!!!

Lastly, Claire has decided to start her very first collection this year, Snow Globes! She loves the movie Santa Clause 3, and if you have seen it, you know that Snow Globes play a big part in it. She has 3 now and is soooooo proud of them. Sidenote - Owen wanted to have one too. We bought him 2 very little ones and he managed to bust them both...his movie would be "Dennis the Menace Christmas" =). Claire also made snow globes this weekend (from a great little kit from Hobby Lobby) that she is giving as gifts to some of her favorite ladies in the family. Here she is with her masterpieces and then a picture of her collection.

One more thing - Brittney has been posting these insanely cute pictures of her too precious girls dressed in pjs. So I have bought the kids a bunch of new pajamas lately and they were too cute in them. So I thought I would copy B and get a shot of them....only this is what I got...
I am thinking this is not the Christmas card picture =)...Merry Christmas yall!!!

11 comments:

Mojito Maven said...

I LOVE LOVE making gingerbread houses...it is seriously one of my favorite parts of the holidays!!

The Heckathorns said...

I love snow globes! I have to be careful where I put the ones I have b/c the kiddos "love" them too. LOL! We have yet to make some gingerbread houses...I think they might eat the candy before it gets placed onto the house! :O

p.s. everyone in my family is getting awesome and cute flannel pjs for christmas b/c it's the best feeling in the world...having comfy pjs!!!

Jessica said...

OMG. When I was young, purple was my favorite color and I collected snow globes - funny stuff!!! The kids looked like they had a blast. Makes me want one.

Megan said...

Looks like it was a blast!! It is so great that you guys have a good group of friends to spend time with. Those are the best! Cute pics!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Awe, that is so cool that you guys had a great time! Love their pj's!

Kari Beth said...

So...you think when you have kids all the "fun" is over! But...that party looked like a blast!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the sweet comment. I am now a follower of you as well! :)

Brandi said...

Looks like you guys had so much fun!! Your hubby Shane and I share the same birthday! I wish him a wonderful birthday tomorrow! :D

Tara Gibson said...

i love that she collects snow globes! the gingerbread houses crack me up! the girls have a walkway to theirs!

Kristy said...

How cool are you??? We have not attempted gingerbread houses in any form of fashion around here!

Keira wants the disney princess snowglobe that makes all the take-off-the-top-of-your-head noise. That is the only thing she asked Santa for. Lovely.

morewineplease said...

I am so pissed that you and your sister both have the bag that I want, and I asking if there is room for another sister in your group... I want to adopted???

Maggie said...

What a great time, Rachel!!! =) I was cracking up at Shane breaking out the super glue - guess that made it a little NON edible. Ha ha OK, and I laughed out load at the Dennis the Menace comment about Owen... HA HA!!! He is such a cutie (aka bull in a china shop!!) LOLOL I LOVE IT!! So hilarious!