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.

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gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

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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.

last night [J] & I held our 4th annual gingerbread house competition. 

it is my favorite holiday tradition we’ve created thus far.

and last night was perfect.

the snow was falling. christmas music was playing. and our tree was shining brightly.

[*editor’s note: a winner has not yet been decided].

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gingerbread // LLinaBC.com

gingerbread // LLinaBC.com

gingerbread // LLinaBC.com

gingerbread // LLinaBC.com

gingerbread // LLinaBC.com

gingerbread // LLinaBC.com

gingerbread // LLinaBC.com

gingerbread // LLinaBC.com

per usual, a mess was made.

what is your favorite holiday tradition?

happy monday.

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just when I start to think I’m creative ..

the annual gingerbread house competition rolls around. and brings me right back to square one.

[J] & I have had two prior of said “competitions”. the first year [2009] I had to twist his arm ..and was ready to SQUASH blow him away with my skills. but that didn’t happen. the opposite did. he won. his skills blew me away. I was half sore loser & half just plain impressed.

then came year two [2011]. I had underestimated my competition before, but wouldn’t let that happen again. I was now bringing my A game. or so I thought. until .. I lost AGAIN. hello shot straight to my ego. I’m the girl. I’m supposed to one-up him in the crafty, cooking, artsy departments. but I don’t ..

it’s been a year. and I’m clearly not over my last devastating loss ..

but guess what I was greeted with the other night?

news of a 2012 FAMILY gingerbread house competition.

[with [J]’s family]
 

shoot me in the foot.

as much as I love holiday activities ..I am not ready to make my humiliation public family-wide.

so, I need a strategy. a “go to”. a floor plan, if you will.

in steps my friend, pinterest ..

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I’m also trying to keep in mind the one thing I’ve learned through two failed attempts: don’t buy the candy you want to eat. why? because you’re not buying it to look good on your house. you’re buying it to taste good in your mouth. end of story.

it’s on friday night ..

wish me luck. [& little, to no family humiliation].

I’ll need it.
 

6 day 'til christmas[& my shopping is finally done. BOOM!]

happy hump day.

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