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Gingerbread Housing

2013 January 11
by Katie

In true Katie Bower fashion, I am posting some of our Christmas activities in January.  I had to.  I am so stinking proud of our gingerbread house and had such fun that it doesn’t matter what month this is posted in…I wanna memoralize this bad boy. 

Let’s start over.  Will and I pulled an Obama and decided to participate in some community planning…through housing development.   Our Gingerbread House Party 2012 began… 

It was actually inspired by Nurse Vicki….aka Grammy…who came to visit after Weston was born and brought a gingerbread train kit.  Will LOVED it. 

They put it together exactly like the box.  It looked gorgeous.

I decided that we would build a house…of course…I love making houses prettier in real life, might as well do it graham cracker style.  I premade the house by cheating…aka hot gluing graham crackers to a shoe box.  Will looks weird in this photo.  Not like him.  Oh and see the bite mark outta the roof?  Yeah.  Maybe I should give him more snacks so that he doesn’t eat the crafts. 

He was extremely excited about the candy.  Extremely. 

We had to make our icing – I kept calling it glue hoping that he wouldn’t want to eat it – apparently that was a failure and now he thinks he can eat real glue.  #momfail

Our little cheerleader doing tummy time.  Check out that hair!  All of the original hair on top has fallen out…now he looks like my own little Jason Statham…bare on the top, bear on the bottom :)


My little glue eater.  My apologies to any future arts teachers.  Yes, my kid will be the one in the back sucking on the Elmers.

So we started decorating and I got this side…

And here is Will’s…(seriously the kid is an artist)…

My favorite part is the door that resembles a tongue.  Awesome welcome.  If only we could have that in real life.  Would make for very interesting curb appeal.

The sides were a collaborative effort.  He was over putting stuff on the house by the time he finished his side and roof and got to the sides.  So he told me what to ‘draw’ and he assisted in making them beautiful.  He’s very into shapes…like star and heart and “pahallellagam”….


Our little village…

Oh and this guy…yeah…sleeps all the time…like constantly…sleeps and smiles…thats it.  We’ve been calling him a bunch of nicknames…most of which revolve around sleeping or smiling.  Jeremy doesn’t approve of Smiley Spyrus…I have no idea why. 

This was definitely a highlight of our Christmas season…for me because I got to decorate…for Will because of the sugar high. 

Kevin the pig holding down the fort with the Christmas stuff.  I didn’t do a whole lotta Christmas decorating this year…but we did gather these little holiday figures together.  I pretended they were a choir.  singing Christmas carols.  I should have strapped some antlers on Kevin…that would have been awesome.  next year :)  

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  1. January 11, 2013

    I LOVE the house you made with Will…it’s all business in the front and par-tay in the back. Great idea! :)

  2. Sarah F. permalink
    January 11, 2013

    I rarely comment on any blogs (have been reading yours for over a year now), but I literally laughed out loud when I read that the pig’s name was Kevin. My husband and I always say our next dog we want to name Carl, or something very “human-y”. Keep up the good work, love reading it all!

  3. January 11, 2013

    Cute houses! I like the tongue door Will did. My mom and I have been doing gingerbread houses for the past two years now that I have a little one. This year we decorated 3 mini gingerbread houses and her dog ate one.

  4. January 11, 2013

    Did you paint the center island gray, or is it just the way the picture came out? Looks great!!

  5. Mel permalink
    January 11, 2013

    Cute! You’re totally the kind of mom I want to be. My little guy, also named Will, is only a yr old so he didn’t quite grasp the gingerbread house decorating. I hope y’all have a very blessed 2013!

  6. January 11, 2013

    This is awesome! I like the shoebox idea, the whole balancing “card house” idea hasn’t held up for me in the past. I have seen people stick the graham crackers to cardboard milk cartons, too (half gallon or pints) because they already have the house shape.

    On an unrelated note, is the new babe sleeping with mom and dad or does he have a nursery yet/in progress? Can’t wait to see what you do! I have a baby on the way and I can’t wait to get some Bower inspiration.

    • January 11, 2013

      He sleeps in our room…we haven’t touched his room. oops. But it just the best excuse to always have him close :)
      xo – kb

  7. January 11, 2013

    Katie! I love the gingerbread house! Believe it or not, I constructed my first gingerbread house this past season. A group of our friends do a Christmas party and this year, we decided to do a guys vs. girls gingerbread competition. It got serious and we had themes, etc. We Face-timed some family and friends in to do the judging. Go big or go home I say. I’m proud to say that our feminist group of girls (not) made an awesome “playboy bunny” mansion complete with topless rice crispy treat bunny’s and a Hef, as well as a grotto molded out of rice crispy treats and a blue jello “pool”. Haha! I’m still chuckling over the absurd creativity of it all and how well it actually turned out. Have a great day! (And, I completely agree it’s acceptable to do holiday posts whenever you please :) )
    - Catie

  8. January 11, 2013

    That picture of Weston sleeping looks just like Will!

  9. January 11, 2013

    oh sleeping Weston! what a treasure :)

  10. Leah permalink
    January 11, 2013

    The picture of Weston sleeping= he looks like you so much!! What is Kevin the Pig made out of?

  11. January 11, 2013

    I’m still laughing at the Smiley Spyrus!

  12. January 11, 2013

    That is an amazing house! I love that you both got a side. Super cute!

  13. January 11, 2013

    Absolutely love it. Check out the face of concentration as he’s putting his final touch on the train with your mom! Kills me!

  14. January 11, 2013

    Such a fun activity! Looks like your little one loved it! Gotta try that one next Christmas… really enjoy your blog :)

  15. January 11, 2013

    So sweet….Will is getting so big Katie I can’t believe it!

  16. Cassie permalink
    January 11, 2013

    Aww, great job, Will!!

    I love that he knows parallelogram. Are you teaching him all of the “hard” shapes? I’m in school for Child Development/Early Childhood Education and they’re telling us to teach children “rhombus” instead of “diamond” now. It’s really obnoxious, but go you, sounds like he’ll be ahead!

    Christmas 2011, my then 2 year old had her best friend over and they made Gingerbread houses. They loved it, but between eating those and drinking giant mugs of hot chocolate, her mom and I were kicking ourselves in the butts for giving them so much sugar.

  17. January 11, 2013

    Wow, that’s an amazing gingerbread house and so colourful! I love it! I made one for the first time this year, too. It’s a scaled down version of our actual house, but it’s very boring in comparison to yours . (

    • January 11, 2013

      I love the idea of doing a scaled down version of our actual house…next year!
      xo – kb

  18. CarrieE permalink
    January 11, 2013

    I love that Will took a bite out of the house! I’ve seen familiar scenes played out in our home. And I recall sitting next to an Elmer’s conosseuier throughout the second grade. Blech! You still have time to work that out:)

  19. January 11, 2013

    What a wonderful afternoon! I’m sure you’ll treasure those memories forever :) Have a great weekend Katie!

  20. January 11, 2013

    How we don’t already have tongue front doors is beyond me, I could use one today to lick the snow off my front porch!

  21. Bec from Aus permalink
    January 11, 2013

    I L.O.V.E the all the gingerbread fun!! They all look awesome. I tried the whole gingerbread house a couple of years ago but because it’s so hot here for Chrissy all the icing just melted off and ended up in a huge mess ;) maybe next time I’ll use your cheat way.

  22. Elizabeth permalink
    January 11, 2013

    Holy crap, that thing is a masterpiece!

  23. January 11, 2013

    Super sweet tradition to start with the little lads. Gotta make myself a gingerbread house one of these years. :)

  24. rachel permalink
    January 11, 2013

    Your pictures are always so colorful and bright. Is that because your surroundings are very bright and colorful or because you are a good photographer/editor or both?

    • January 12, 2013

      Well, I think it’s a combo of both…there are good angles for brightness and color and there are bad…the hard part is finding them :)
      xo – kb

  25. January 12, 2013

    Ohmygosh these are amazing!! You and Will did such a great job! I actually just posted about ours…what a disaster (and glad I’m not the only one post gingerbread house pictures in mid-January!! :)

  26. Emily permalink
    January 12, 2013

    Looking cute, Katie! When you get caught up (ha. I know. Not literally, but you know what I mean!), can we see what you’ve done for Weston’s nursery? We haven’t seen anything! What a sweet baby.

    • January 13, 2013

      We actually haven’t done anything for his room…we did create a zone for him in our room and have felt no pressure to do his room since we knew he would be in there for a while.
      xo – kb

  27. January 12, 2013

    My eldest son has the same shirt Will is sporting. My Peanut put it on the other day after not wearing it for awhile & I remembered how skinkin cute it is with the front pocket. Don’t u just love a good tarjay tee!?!

    Props for a great gingerbread house too.


  28. January 13, 2013

    I love doing the graham cracker gingerbread houses. I used to work at a bakery and we had a kid’s class during the holidays and we always used graham crackers and lots of candy. I wish I had done this with my daughter… maybe next year! It’s hard to fit it all in!

  29. January 14, 2013

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an impressive set of gingerbread creations!! Amazing!!

  30. January 16, 2013

    Love the houses! And I love the idea of antlers on a pig for Christmas. Perfect. :)

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