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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A New Year's Eve Recap

Cliff Note version:

We made a gingerbread house.
We ate lots of food.
I drank lots of wine.
My husband drank more.
Children drank lots of "champagne" and acted like frat boys in training, having burping contests and making slly toasts.
We played games.
We watched the ball drop.
We went to bed at 12:01.
It was good.

Look how happy I am here with my wine.

The Girls

I needed the wine after trying to help my children decorate their gingerbread house. It hurt my anal retentive nature to watch them sticking the candy on with no regard for aesthetics. I knew I had to step away when I heard myself saying, "What about the plan? You need to have a well thought out plan for putting the candy on the house. You just can't go and put the candy on all willy-nilly."

I was informed, in no uncertain terms, that the plan was to put as much candy on the house as it was physically capable of holding. And that if I didn't like the plan I should have made my own gingerbread house. I might just do that next year. That will show them. Also, the term "willy-nilly" is not one to use if you want to be taken seriously.

Before Digging In

Here is the gingerbread house on New Year's Day, just before my children turned from sweet little children to drooling sugar junkies, willing to maim their siblings in exchange for their fix.

We played a game we invented called Trivial Pursuit: Physical Edition. This can best be described as an intellectual game punctuated by periods of violence. The basic gist of this game is that I read the questions out loud and the children shout out the answers. The first person to shout the correct answer gets a point. After one person gets several answers in a row correct, the person standing next to him is compelled to sucker punch that person that several times while screaming, "It isn't fair!", "He is stealing my answers" (telepathically, I suppose), "I can't hear! He is shouting too loud!" or some variant thereof.

We made tin can stilts and had races on them. Lots of fun. And the two year old discovered that they made effective weapons should someone have the misguided notion that they would like a turn walking on the stilts.

And by the end of New Year's Day, the gingerbread house looked like this.

It was good.

Happy 2006.


Blogger Delisa said...

So I guess it didn't really matter where the candy was placed. Ha! Ha! (laughing with you, not at you)

10:30 PM  
Blogger nabbalicious said...

If you need help making your own anal retentive, perfectly planned gingerbread house next year, I'll help! And then, of course, I will help eat it.

2:45 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Isn't it nice how wine makes everything a little better?

By the way, I tried a gingerbread house a few years ago, and it sucked BIG TIME. Brent laughed for days at the crappiness of it.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

"This can best be described as an intellectual game punctuated by periods of violence."

So it's really the best of both worlds then, right?

I saw willy nilly all the time.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Annalise said...

Is the roof tiled with shredded wheat with icing sugar on it?? If so, surely (even with the icing sugar) the shredded wheat cancels out the candy, turning the whole edifice into a balanced meal?

Happy New Year!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

YES! Those are frosted mini wheats. It was the only thing that I was able to have my way!

11:45 AM  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

Well, no wonder your kiddos are so beautiful. I mean, just look at you!

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Elissa said...

My goodness! In the picture of you holding your daughter it looks like you could be her older sister! Your family is beautiful!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

The gingerbread house looks yummy.
Glad to hear you all had fun while bringing in the new year.
Happy New Year!!

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

I haven't thought of tin can stilts, I think we called them Romper Stompers, since I was a kid! I can't wait to try it out with my kids this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

9:28 PM  
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