gingerbread land.

the husband + I are all for holiday traditions. and this time of year, our favorite is decorating gingerbread houses. which we, of course, turn into a competition. this year we had more obstacles than years before. the husband’s roof refused to join the party rest of his house. and sir rigby [our kitten] wanted to be a part of the fun. he even took a few kitten swings at my chimney, and knocked it clear off like godzilla. I didn’t bother trying to reconstruct it. so in short, it wasn’t our best year for decorating. but we still had fun, which is generally the goal.

so, without further adieu ..

our 2014 gingerbread houses.

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

welcome to the week of christmas. and excuse me, while I double check the calendar. there is no way it is here already, right?

what are your plans for the holidays?

the husband + I are traveling to chicago on christmas eve to spend time with his family. only two days of work left, woo hoo!

happy monday.

gingerbread house competition.

the first night of our #12daysofLLinaBC countdown, kicked off with a gingerbread house competition. it’s annual + friendly[ish]. and always against the husband. in five years of this little holiday tradition, I’ve won once. seriously. he’s a tough opponent.

we get gingerbread house kits and all the red + green candy our local store carries. and we get serious. but truly, it’s so much fun and messy.

gingerbread house c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread house c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread house c/o LLinaBC.com

I’ll be sharing our finished gingerbread houses very soon.

yesterday, our #12dayofLLinaBC plan was to go on a holiday lights drive. in des moines, they deck out an entire park with christmas light displays and you drive through in awe. all proceeds go to make-a-wish iowa. well, of course, there was a torrential downpour all day long. which is insanely unheard of for middle of december in iowa. so it was cancelled for the evening. we will get there this week. have you had a chance to take in the lights in your neighborhood?

tonight ..

make a big pot of chili.

happy tuesday!

the week in photos.

today has been chaotic. [tis the season].

thee day [christmas] is almost upon us. I’ve never realized before, but I get real lazy around this time of year. I just want to stay in my PJ’s, eat sweets, and watch holiday movies. unfortunately, responsibilities refuse to be put on hold. so I’m going to pretend to be a grown up ..

here’s my week in photos:

pre & post ornament party.
pre & post ornament party.
all the gingerbreads
ten houses in total.
ready to start decorating
before the “magic” began.
preview of Js
[J] made the the dog a gingerbread dog house. with a fondant dog.
almost done
almost done. it got even better!
I wore my PJ's alllll day friday. except for one hour ..
I wore my PJ’s alllll day friday. except for one hour ..

the only time I was out of my PJ's: for [J] & I to have a nice italian date night ;)
the only time I was out of my PJ’s: for [J] & I to have a nice italian date night :)
I will be posting an ornament party recap [sunday]. and a picture of all ten gingerbread houses [christmas eve]. we’re letting all the holiday guests anonymously vote for their favorite house ..so a winner hasn’t been declared yet! I’m actually in the running this year. even though I had the worst headache hangover, I was on top of my game! [maybe I’ll even add a poll for all of you to vote on your favorite. what a fantastic idea!]

3 day 'til christmas

happy saturday!

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