With one child in high school and one in elementary, finding time to enjoy fun activities together is a delicate balancing act. The older they get, the more difficult it is. We want our children to go out with their friends when they have the time, but it's important that Madeline and Jackson have their time together as well. Easier said than done, of course. One has homework and sports into the evening, the other has little to none, and I can only do so much. The last day of school before Christmas break provided a perfect opportunity to get both of them to sit down and have some messy fun. They were going to assemble and decorate a gingerbread house.
Jackson waited impatiently all afternoon for Madeline's dismisal from school. He did his best not to get into the box containing all the yummy goodies, and instead used precious puppy dog eyes to try and convince me to open it for him. What a stinker!
Once she was home, they were both excited to design~and eat~their way through the assembly process. From mixing the royal icing colors together and discussing gumdrop patterns it turned into a real gingerbread fest. It was omplete with food-dye stains on fingers, clothes covered with icing, and a few missing peppermints. Hmmm...I wonder who ate them. I think I spy two suspects!
I hope you're all enjoying your holiday time together. My parents touched down in L.A. last night and we are off for a day of fun and catching up. Merry merry, y'all!