Here’s how I *should* have handled the whole gingerbread house issue:
I *should* have really read the directions, instead of just scanning them to make sure I had any items necessary to complete the project. Had I done this, I would have realized the lengthy drying times between steps, and I would have just assembled the blasted thing after the children were in bed last night. Actually, if I’m being smart, I would have made Ryan do it. Then he could have done the laborious and time-consuming trimming of the gingerbread pieces so they would lie flat. This was a process that made me want to use some four-letter words, but as the children were present, that was really not an option.
I *should* have had the house ready to go this morning, so that Turkey and Bunny could just enjoy decorating it, as that’s really the only part they can do. They’re not allowed to use sharp knives, so the trimming was out, and they can’t hold the decorator bag, so they couldn’t pipe the “glue” icing on (although, I suppose they could have tried spreading it on with a butter knife, in retrospect, but I don’t know if that would have made the process easier or harder!).
Finally, perhaps I *should* have considered doing this the easy way, the way I did in school…with graham crackers instead of gingerbread…I don’t know, maybe it wouldn’t have been easier after all, but right now, it seems like anything would have been a better alternative to the way we’re doing it.
Now we have to wait to this afternoon to decorate the house, which is the fun part…Turkey and Bunny are being surprisingly patient, for which I am extremely grateful.