I had hoped to make our own gingerbread from scratch...but since we're running a little short on time these days, I bought a kit from the grocery store instead. I was a little worried about giving them all the frosting and candy, since I'd rather they not eat the sugar (especially while they're sick)...but they decided on their own not to eat any & save everything to show Daddy when he got home later.
This was the first year that they didn't need my help at all! General found the instructions and took charge of the project (very much in the way a General would do, lol!), and Rose diplomatically made many suggestions as to how they should arrange things, to make it look the prettiest. Little Monkey was just very happy to do anything they said!
It was so much fun to just stand back and watch them all figure everything out together (and take lots of pics!). BUT....it also made me realize how much my (older) babies have grown! A wonderful and sentimental Mama-moment all at the same time. Mostly wonderful ;)
We all agreed it worked out much better, anyway, to have Mom taking pictures while the house was being built, instead of waiting until afterward. We don't have any pics from years past, because our Dog has always managed to eat the house first, lol! General and Rose even considered offering the house to him as soon as we were done, since this seems to be our little tradition. BUT we figured we'd rather save it for Daddy to see. :)