new tradition, old tradition

this eve, sharon and i walked through waterloo park to see the wonders of winter. the annual lights display started on december 1st, but this was the first time i’ve been through this year!

got the "winter" part, missed "the wonders of" !!

got the “winter” part, missed “the wonders of” !!

even though the displays were the same as other years, we loved our walk n talk and taking in the sights…and bonus fun to not freeze (no snow, above-zero temps). sharon and i declared that this park tour is going to become our new annual tradition. yea for great ideas!


how funny that the old tradition involves the little ones!

our annual and traditional gingerbread kit decorating party was a great success, last eve! little e, cutie c and i had so much fun. this was the first year that little e squeezed out the sticky-icing all on her own; cutie c did all of the candy placements on her own; aunti applied the icing, as directed!

the girls decided to wear their hallowe'en costumes to the g'bread house party! (??!)

the girls decided to wear their hallowe’en costumes to the g’bread house party! (??!)

hard at work!

hard at work!

our final products!

our final products! ta da!

any new or old traditions chez vous this year? i need to watch “how the grinch stole christmas” at some point!

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  • Johanna B  On December 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Topeka has an annual gingerbread “house” event. This year there were more entries than usual. What I enjoyed most though was remembering those creations I made with Rachel when she was a little girl. They were the best houses of all.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      oh, that would be fun to see the annual display! i bet there were some real works of art. you bet the creations made with our little ones are the best – can’t beat love + gingerbread!!

  • Fran@BCDC  On December 16, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I love that the girls wanted to wear their Halloween costumes to do the gingerbread houses!! Great that you and Sharon started a new tradition…we do that here when we have the chance. New or old…traditions are good.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 16, 2012 at 6:26 am

      i agree, fran! we’re big fans of our christmas traditions, and there is always room to add in more!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On December 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What great gingerbread houses! We still have to do that. Shane loves to put the candy all over it (Conor would rather sleep).

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      ooo, i hope you all have time to do your g’bread houses this year – i would love to see a picture of shane’s, sounds like he gets right into the decorating. conor = typical teen, eh?!

  • Gina  On December 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

    great pix of the gingerbread houses! we did ours last Friday when Grandma was visiting – now the house is looking a little less colourful as our children keep sneaking a candy here and there! oh, well. i refuse to place the house where they cannot see it, so at eye level it stays.
    so far we’ve been doing all our old traditions but i’m going to add a few new ones to our advent calendar this year… one of them being to designate a day to EAT the g.bread house! šŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

      oh, i love that you did g’bread houses again this year, too! and you will get mom-of-the-year for having a g’bread eating party! most excellent! and i agree, the houses should be at eye-level for maximum viewing (and candy sneaking!).

  • Lisa  On December 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Love the gingerbread house crafting! Looks like great memories being made šŸ™‚

    Also….looks super cold there!! Funny, I can’t even imagine how that feels right now (60s and sunny everyday!)… but when I saw your first pic in this post, I got a glimmer of that shiver-y feeling!


    • 1970kikiproject  On December 14, 2012 at 5:41 am

      sure, sure, rub it in with those glorious california temps you are enjoying, lisa! the funny thing is that it was NOT all that cold…but we both really bundled up because we dislike being cold. colder temps will arrive – wah!!

  • torontorunner  On December 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    smiling and happy kids make me sooooooo happy. cute pictures!
    love the tradition šŸ˜€

    I always go around driving at night with my parents to check out the decorations. one of my most fave things to do!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      isn’t being around children at christmas just the best?! so fun to see their excitement – warms the heart! i am sooo with you on loving christmas lights and decorations! hope you get to do a tour soon!

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