Monday, December 21, 2009

Our First Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest!

Team Awesome vs. Team Hug It Out, Bitch. Bought the houses already made because let's face it, this probably would have been an entirely different post about houses collapsing had we tried to build them from scratch.

We had a great time, although with Max on my team, I was a little concerned as to what he would want to use for decorations...when he was younger, his Halloween pumpkins were carved and then impaled with nails - yes, real nails from Jeff's toolbench! This boy has an imagination, I'm telling you! As it turned out, he should have been worried about having me as his teammate because my piping skills are pretty bad. So bad that I tried to do the outline of one window and he took it over from me and did the rest of the house. I did get to put the candy on - and in the process, ate some of the mint M&M's and a couple of mini candy canes. Truthfully, I felt a little sick after all that sugar. But you know what? Munching on some of the candy was part of the fun and I don't regret it at all.
BeforeTeam Awesome (Max and me)Team Hug It Out, Bitch (Sam (Mr. Incognito) and Jeff)
Finished - Team Awesome on the left, Team HIOB on the right. Guess which team was declared the winner? Hint: Not Team Awesome. :(
Other view - note that Team HIOB had enough extra time to build a gun turret and a casket for a dead Christmas tree (have I mentioned how much fun it is having boys?!?)
Team Awesome's very awesome scene on the back, complete with a man, woman and cat (started out as a dog, but everyone thought it looked like a cat...) - and again, can you tell I have boys?!?

I have to say that except for some candy on Sunday, my eating so far, with the boys being home, has been right on track. I do have to be a little more mindful of not eating just because I see them having a snack. It's their vacation, not mine, and I need to remember that. But I have good meals planned out for the next week, and all of my healthy foods are in-house, so cross your fingers for me that I will stay in control - I want to end this year on a good note and hopefully with a loss for December.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for pictures of my Christmas workout costume...

19 comments:

  1. Cute. My kids do one of those kits every year. This year, sadly, they started pulling pieces off before I photographed it. While they say they're saving the house for "later" I notice that a lot of gum drops have been pulled off the roof, and the candies on the windows have all gone missing.

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  2. LMAO I LOVE your boys' imagination! The gun turret got my husband all excited about gingerbread! Oh and I LOVE the anatomically correct people on the back too- really fantastic!lol

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  3. What a fun idea!! Wish I'd planned ahead enough to do the same.

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  4. I loved the casket from team HIOB! LOL.

    I so want to do a gingerbread house - it looks like you had a blast!

    I have my fingers crossed for you! Even if you don't lose weight, but maintain at least some control, consider that a huge victory. Think about where you were in years past.

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  5. Sounds like you guys had a blast doing this. Love the imagination that went into customizing the kits!

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  6. I LOVE it! What a grand idea. I might have to steal that and do it with my family next year. My hubby will love the gun turret. LOL

    Good for you staying on track! I was off yesterday but back at it today.

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  7. Too cute!! I can't wait until my kids are old enough to do this!

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  8. How fun! The most random addition I have heard of (to a gingerbread house) has got to be gummi penguins in a hot tub in the backyard. But some of yours come close.
    BODA weight loss

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  9. Love this!! I may have to buy some kits to decorate at my mom's this year.

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  10. How fun--grown up gingerbread houses! And good luck on controlling your eating with three 'growing boys' in the house!

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  11. I have to say, the cat looks like a turtle :)

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  12. what a fun idea!! They both turned out adorable!!!

    You'll be fine, diet-wise. We are in the home stretch re the holidays; KICK YOUR OWN BUTT and finish strong!!!

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  13. Ha! Now I know what to look forward to when my boy goes to college...it is good to know putting candy boobs on your gingerbread family never gets old. Oh and I thought your cat was a really awesome turtle....

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  14. I've never tried those kits, but you are the second blog I've seen them on! They are really, really cute!

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  15. I love the houses! How fun to do that together.

    Shelley you did so great this year, I'm sure you'll beat the holidays and will lose some weight this month. If anyone can do it, it's you!

    I'm looking forward to your pictures tomorrow!

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  16. So fun! I think I want that to be a new tradition in our house. Love it!

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  17. Both houses look great. I did this one year with some girlfriends. Childish and yet oh-so-fun. Need to do it again.

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  18. I love this! and always love seeing you in photos as well.

    and

    speaking of

    its tomorrow in this EARLY RISING NECK OF THE WOODS :)

    cant wait to see yer outfit.

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