Friday, December 24, 2010

Gingerbread House Throwdown, Year Two

If you missed last year's epic showdown, you can read all about it here. This year, Team Awesome (Max and I) were out for revenge - we lost last year's contest, and weren't about to lose again. We plotted and planned ahead of time...we even made sure to get all of the red M&M's for our color-coordinated roof. Team Hug It Out, Bitch (Sam and Jeff) sat down at the table and came up with a plan on the fly - before we knew it, knives were out, holes were being cut into their house, and once again, Team Awesome ended up coming in second place. Booooo!

I think the important thing to remember is that we all had fun. We can't all be winners (or in Team Awesome's case, apparently we can never be winners), but we can start planning for next year's throwdown...third time has to be the charm, right? enjoy the memories we made.

Blogland, I present to you my family, our creations, and also why I don't think we will ever get a decent group picture:
Somebody ALWAYS has to be making a face...
Somebody else ALWAYS has to sneak in the shot...
Speaking of sneaking, that's the only way I can get a shot where no faces are being made!
Team Awesome's house in progress
Team Hug It Out, Bitch's creation - something about an earring-wearing mullet-man who was vomiting candy...with an innocent bystander on the side. Yeah, there's no sugar plum fairies in this household!
Team Awesome's sweet house. Much more inviting than that other one, dontcha think?

After the judging, I tried to get some more pictures. I told Jeff and Sam to scootch closer and put their heads together for the shot:
They ended up looking like conjoined twins!
Opera singers?
Maybe not...
"Be serious," I said!
Then I get this...didn't notice the special effects with the red jelly bean blood in his hand until I uploaded the pictures. This, ladies and gentlemen of blogland, is my almost 24-year-old-soon-to-be-college-graduate-son. The future of America!

On the other hand, Team Awesome was, well, awesome:
Max said to pose with our pinkies out. I did, then asked "why?" He said because we were classy, which cracked me up so much I had tears in my eyes:
Yeah, classy...NOT.
Thumbs up to the second place team!

To say that we are enjoying having the kids home from college is an understatement. This is what the holiday is all about for us - time spent together as a family. Merry Christmas to you and yours - have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I thought both ginger bread houses looked cool:) not taking side here..
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


    The joy and happiness is shown in all pictures! And for the record: I love your house very much too.

    And of course I laughed out loud because of Paco, our little model :)

    Have a happy Christmas Shelley.

  3. How fun!
    Even the little doggie wants in on it.
    Cuteness all over the place!

  4. What a great post! Love to see others having a great time and making memories!

    Have to say I never thought of having a gingerbread house making contest....oh wait I've never made one before. Ok that's on the top of my list for next year :O) Thanks!

  5. YAY MY POST IS UP!! I've been waiting for this one...

    The third time will be a charm Team Awesome... maybe you need to find an impartial judge? Send me the photos, I'll do it. I'm not partial at all, nosiree I'm not.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Shelley!

  6. You've inspired me to put gingerbread house making on my list for next year :)
    Love both the houses!

  7. What a beautiful post ~ everyone looks so happy and relaxed and full of joy. THAT is what the holidays are all about.

    Oh, and I NEED your son's shirt!! My husband would flip over it!! LOL!!

  8. I love all the family pics Shelley! Yours is the better house by far - way to bitch slap the other team!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope you have a wonderful time with your boys this weekend!

  9. So much fun! Yay team awesome - I liked that one, maybe because it has the most M&Ms on it??

    Have a Merry Christmas Shelley - hope you recover from the retail shopocalypse :D

  10. Who is the judge?! I demand to know who the judge is! But the laughter is the only thing I think I'd judge. As the winner.

  11. I love that you guys do this each year. Last year's was so much fun to read about too.

    Merry Christmas (or Happy Festivus) to you and your family.

    Love ya.

  12. Oh you had me laughing too! What fun. And so fun to see your boys enjoying time with the parents--very refreshing!

    Merry Christmas to all of you, and Paco too!!!

  13. Oh you had me laughing too! What fun. And so fun to see your boys enjoying time with the parents--very refreshing!

    Merry Christmas to all of you, and Paco too!!!

  14. This is awesome! I wanna do this next year with my daughter =) Merry Christmas! =)

  15. Who is the judge? Paco? because, I have a few words to say to that judge.....
    What a fun post! I loved the jelly bean blood, wouldn't have noticed it if you didn't mention it.
    May I say that Jeff is a cutie. Boys, of course, but for a husband....ahhh haaaa.
    Have a great Christmas with your silly boys.

  16. looks like so much fun
    Merry Christmas Shelley

  17. How FUN! What an awesome tradition. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and continue to enjoy your family.

    Winks & Smiles,

  18. We did a gingerbread train over here :)

    Merry Christmas!

  19. haha, this post just had me cracking up. Your boys are a hoot. I was going to try to sum my reply up to be very short and say -


    but you know me, not usually such a short reply..haha. My boys can be uncooperative & or silly for photos, and I actually had a pic on Christmas of 21 yr old w/younger sister when I said "put your heads together" or "lean in" I forget..and I have similar results. Fortunately, I took that pic too, bc it is funny.

    I guessed that the winner's house was 'vomiting candy' does kind of look like that. haha. I am also wondering exactly WHO does the judging? Paco and Grandpa?

    The Snuggie picture and paragraph was humorous.

    Loved the pinkie pose bc you are so classy. hahahah Happy New Year, Shelley.

  20. Love this post! Y'all seem like such a fun family. (Did you catch that Tex talk there?)

    Have fun!


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