Today I spent practically all day wrapping presents (with the help of various little elves, some more helpful than others). When I'm hoarding presents in my closet I always feel like there are so many (and, I suppose, there are, technically), but when I get them out and divide them into piles for each child...suddenly there doesn't appear to be very much at all and I realize how terrible I am at presents.
Like, I'm seriously so bad.
First of all, Andrew buys most of the presents around here. So that in itself is telling.
Second of all, Zoë's pile had...underwear...and a little set of LEGO.
I picked out the underwear at Target the day before Phoebe was born while I was waiting around for fifteen minutes after my COVID vaccine. That's when I did my little contribution to the Christmas present shopping (that Target run and a little online shopping).
So Andrew ran out to the store to find a few more things for her. He got all the practical things on my list ("Oh! She needs new socks, too!") but also remembered to grab a few fun things (he's better at fun things than I am).
Yesterday we made gingerbread houses. And by "gingerbread" I mean graham cracker. And by "we" I mean Andrew, Miriam, and Rachel constructed the houses earlier in the day while Phoebe and I napped and then we gathered for family night to decorate them but I mostly just held and fed Phoebe while Andrew and the kids decorated their houses.
So it worked out pretty well.
Here are Rachel and Benjamin making sure things are all set up:
Here's Zoë sneaking some candies to munch on before we've even begun the decorating process:
Here's Rachel helping Benjamin with some icing:
Here's Zoë with her finished house:
I thought her rainbow roof was lovely. She was also the first to create a family of candy bears for her house (cinnamon bears for the parents and gummy bears for the children. Cinnamon bears are a candy that I will never be able to wrap my head around (I think they're kind of gross) but I guess it's a thing that exists. I'd never heard of them before moving to Utah...are they a Utah thing? (Looks like they are a Utah thing, though you can buy them outside of Utah for sure).
Here's Zoë in her pyjamas but back to add a few details to her gingerbread house (which wasn't so finished after all).