Monday, December 21, 2009

All Aboard the Gingerbread Train

I am a little behind on my posts due to the whole no electricity thing.  So I hope to give you guys several posts to read over the next few days.

Last weekend, our good friends came over with their two kids and we made gingerbread trains (and houses) together, then went to go see Christmas lights at the racetrack.  Our kids had a great time making a mess, but I think it would have been smarter to put the train together before calling the kids over to decorate it :).  We'll have to remember that for next year.

The Process:

The Final Product:

As you can see, we made some wonderfully fun gingerbread creations and (mostly) had fun doing it.

Going to watch the Christmas lights was another story.  The racetrack near us puts up miles of Christmas lights every year.  We got to the racetrack at 6:15 - it opened at 6.  So we were there only 15 minutes after it opened, yet we had to wait an hour and a half to get to the lights.  And the way they do it, you are stuck in this line of cars and can't even chose to leave if you wanted to.  We had all 8 of us piled into one minivan, so there were kids bouncing all over the van (we were going about 1 mile an hour, so we had let them out of their seats).  Getting. very. hyper!  Once again, things I would change next year - I would bring a DVD player for the waiting time!!!!  By the time we got to the lights, we moms, had almost had enough!  But watching the kids watch the lights was worth it (as was driving on an official NASCAR racetrack, even if it was in a minivan).  At the end of the whole deal, we had been in the car for 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Everyone was tired, thirsty and a little cranky.  Thankfully our kids fell asleep very quickly on the drive home.

In all, it was a very fun afternoon/evening - something we'd love to do again next year.


  1. I loved both posts...the decorations and the kids with the gingerbread confections.

    So were you without electricity because of the storm? For how long?

  2. Glad to hear the lights were worth it and the gingerbread houses look like so much fun. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.