Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Gingerbread Buzz

On Wednesday, our local Walmart ran out of pre-assembled gingerbread house kits, 15 freaking days before Christmas. I had three kids and three options:

1. Purchase the "easily assembled" kits at Walmart that came with fourteen pounds of frosting, which I vowed last year I would never do again after finding dried frosting under the kitchen table days before Easter.

2. Drive my minivan across the street to Target and hope they were stocked up, with three tired kids, all of whom were sticky from the free candy canes that were passed out by the retired veteran at Walmart's entrance, "Welcome to Walmart."

3. Go home with three very disappointed children that were promised by their mother if they ate their dinner they would be rewarded with our annual tradition of decorating gingerbread houses.

"Let's just buy the ones that they have here at Walmart. That one." Jay pointed to the "easily assembled" kits in the seasonal candy aisle. "Want this. Want this one." Fifi pointed to the same kit and Lola begged me with her eyes. I shoved the kids and kits into my cart and hurried to the register.

But this year. THIS year I was smart. I captured it all on video as a friendly memo to myself to purchase the pre-assembled kits, the ones that come with 1/2 the frosting, before Thanksgiving 2009.

Because after devouring most of the frosting in the kit, the three kids... well... they were... a little buzzed. Stay tuned to the end...



The Gingerbread Buzz from OHmommy on Vimeo.

71classy comments:

Stephanie said...

That looked like my Punky the night we put up the tree! She was like a little tasmanian devil, running around like crazy! And thanks for the warning, I was thinking about getting one of those kits...guess I'll be waiting until my kids can hold their sugar. hehehehe

Spoiled Mommy said...

Tooooo freakin funny!!
hahaha!!
My 2 yo is sitting on my lap begging to see it again & again & again!! She is saying NO EAT, NO EAT, NO EAT....your teef will fall out.
I guess now Im going to have to go buy one of them house...dang it...you & McMommy need to stop posting these things or my man is going to beat me for buying it all. *winks*

Nap Warden said...

I just saw one of these kits at Trader Joes...Very fun!

Nap Warden said...

...and sugar buzz was all I thought;)

Jo said...

OMG! Totally worth being late for work for......hahaha

Courtney said...

I love it! It's funny because when you told Jay no because his teeth would fall out, I was waiting for him to come back with, "Daddy can fix them" then at the end you put good thing Dad is a dentist!

Very cute!

Nan Patience said...

We did gingerbread men, trees, and reindeer. I already had the cookie ingredients. My daughter and I bought the decorating supplies at the grocery store, I made the dough myself on the weekend, and the kids rolled it out and had fun with it on Monday evening. Now if I could just start my holiday shopping...

Irene said...

I just have to say, and I mean this in the nicest way....but talk about torture!! Putting a table full of candy and frosting and cookies in front of 3 little kids and then saying "don't eat any!". Kind of reminds me of when you put treat in front of a dog and then say "no". LOL!!!

Anyway, it was hilarious and I do have to give you credit for undertaking such a project. I have never built a gingerbread house, in my life! So sad! But I know my kiddos would love it so I probably should try at least once.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

OHMommy -you are so cute! Love this - baby girl does a little jig to try to distract you from candy popping!!

renatamic said...

shocking that your girls were the sneaky candy thieves. and there was precious little jay asking ever-so-quietly if he could have one. awwwwwww...

Megryansmom said...

That Lola she is a negotiator. A lawyer in the making maybe? You're very brave, I'm not ready to attempt that with TOF until he's about 30.

The Daily Stroll said...

LOL..that was so funny! Love the video. My husband bought Jonah a gingerbread house kit this past weekend at Target! We decided not to put it together during the week night for fear of the sugar rush-not-going-to-bed-until midnight factor! We'll be attempting it this weekend. Stay tuned! :)

LceeL said...

If I get do-over I want to be YOUR kid next time.

Kimmylyn said...

I sooo needed this laugh today.I love the part where you say "because your teeth will fall out" You say it so calm and matter of fact like..it had me rolling..

GREAT job Oh.. I loved this.

Marinka said...

So adorable! And I like that you spelled "NO" for her.

The Glamorous Life said...

That is SO CRUEL. "here kiddies- here are BOWLS of CANDY and frosting...and NO ou can't eat it. You can decorate with it. Touch it. Smell it. But not EAT IT???

I can tell by the end of the video you caved. Good mommy. Good mommy.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

I congratulate you on your lovely, well-behaved children. My kids would have put their heads in the bowl and slurped it all up like a puppy.

Kalle said...

That was a truly great video. Thanks so much for sharing. The dancing at the end is classic.

Tara R. said...

I may now be banned from my favorite cafe since I was laughing so loud while enjoying this fabulous holiday tradition in the OHMommy house. Your kids are wonderful. Loved all the 'dancing' at the end, and end....

Mr Lady said...

My daughter keeps making me watch this with her, so when you see 8 million views, it's just us. She thinks your kids are excellent. (I do, too)

Kash said...

Funniest thing ever. Fifi is so sneaky, Lola is a piece or work, Jay loves the CARMEN song Always has even as a baby.

JustADad said...

*laughing*

Thankfully Bubs is NOT at the stage where we are building gingerbread houses! But your Wal-Mart story reminded me of when the first Wal-Mart was built in my small Montana hometown...the elderly gentleman they hired to "greet" customers would say "Welcome to Wal-Mart", but he managed to say it so it sounded like (and pardon the language) "Welcome to Wal-Mart...take a damn cart!"

:P

Laura said...

That is hilarious!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Dodson Family said...

HA!! I loved it.

Your so brave doing those. I might have to bite the bullet and give it a whirl.

Tracey said...

Oh lordy...

Lola. Sweet, loud Lola. So dramatic!

I love that Fifi was sharing food with the pets. PERFECT.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

That's really cute--and how can you keep kids away from s-u-g-a-r during Christmas--can't! ;)

Flea said...

Mom! Let them eat the candy!!!

I love this video. :) Especially Fifi feeding hers to the dog. How's the kitten?

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I cannot stop laughing.....that was quite a sugar buzz!!

Your kids are the cutest...how could you not cave and let them eat the candy looking at those little faces!!

Happy Holidays!!

Lisa

Burgh Baby said...

I'm thinking that we'll be assembling our gingerbread houses tonight, but it'll be me running around like crazy at the end. My alien child doesn't like candy that much. SO WEIRD.

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Only you would've added the Sister Sledge and the "You'll shoot your eye out," disguised as teeth falling out. Haha. Loved Fifi sneaking the gum drops. And, at least you didn't pay the $260 for the Williams-Sonoma one.

the MomBabe said...

Sugar is so lovely, isn't it?

Tara Ann said...

My favorite part was the dog running through the chaos at the end... too classic! Thanks for being so willing to share with everyone... your daily diatribes bring a chuckle to my life.

Kat said...

HOW do you say no to those kids???? They are just TOO cute! I can barely stand it!
And Fifi trying to casually to pop another piece of candy in her mouth. AHHHHH!!!!!
So cute, those kids. :)

Miss said...

OMG! I love her little attitude! ;-) Great vid girl!

CC said...

The rapid motion kids were awesome!!!

Sorry I stole your house. But next time...buy it in November. ;)

Heidi said...

that was too funny!

Krystyn said...

That was too fun! And, too funny!

I love "your teeth will fall out!"

I loved Fifi sneaking the candy and wow, that sure was nice of her to share it with Murphy!

Smart thinking to document it! Buy them quick next year...and just get a couple extra kits...just in case you forget the next year:)

Red Lotus Mama said...

Yes, I had the frosting freak out after we finished our gingerbread house! What a cute video.

Check out our gingerbread house! Happy WW: http://tinyurl.com/6gpnav

Momo Fali said...

That is hilarious! I liked, "Watch your head. Head. HEAD!"

Rhea said...

That was hilarious. Especially the end. And the head part under the table.

I was astonished you weren't going to let the kids have any candy...because it's pure torture to kids to handle candy, see it in front of them and not eat it.

But I see you allowed it in the end.

Lisa said...

we've never done those gingerbread houses. I'm remembering why now - although, if I could drink a glass of wine it might be a little fun!

Great video. Please tell Lola I love her spunk, as did my girls who mentioned that the girl on the computer was being a little sassy to her mama ;)

carrie said...

OMG, that was too funny! "No, no because your teeth will fall out!"

Yes, it is a good thing there is a dentist in the family because I don't know anyone who can make a gingerbread house without eating a little candy! :)

Including me.

Domestic Extraordinaire said...

LOL, and that my friend is why we NEVER do the gingerbread houses at all.

meg said...

very funny... word of advice - and sanity saver --- the night before you do the decorating... use a hot glue gun to put the houses together (do this WITHOUT the kids!) This way the houses stay put and who the heck eats decorated houses that have been sitting out on the counter for weeks?! FUN!!!!!

kim-d said...

Is it wrong that I thought that was just hilarious. I especially loved Lola's "deer in the headlights" look when you busted her on the candy cane, and how quiet she suddenly got. Score ONE for OHMommy :)! And, Fifi, after being told "no eat" several times settled for dancing a little jig to Alvin & The Chipmunks. And while all of this was going on, I think Jay was figuring the mature, quiet approach would work best. They are so cute, I love that you share the videos with us!

Karen MEG said...

I LOVED that!!!! You are as cute as your kids, do you know that?

I must say, though, they showed amazing restraint... my girlie would have had the bowl of candy poised at her mouth :).

So what time did they actually get to BED?

(This video reaffirms that it was the best idea for me to sign up me and the girlie for the gingerbread house workshop at our local supermarket ... where she can freak out on the sugar with her BFF and hopefully pass out in the car on the way home... let's keep our fingers crossed ....)

mommynotes said...

This is so funny! My pookie did the same thing Lola did by saying I said something I did not say. She just started this. Kids and sugar are so funny. I was sad because Linens and Things used to sell the pre-made ones then we would buy the soft frosting for a dollar. I cannot find the pre-made ones any where.

mwshores@bellsouth.net

P.S. I found a HS friend and two childhood friends and we all still live close so we are going out for lunch after the holidays. I love FB.

Hailey said...

You TRIP me out. You know something is funny when you laugh out loud when you're by yourself. I was laughing so loud I woke the baby.

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

That was so hilarious! Your kids are darling :D
What a fun mom (and how patient!) you are.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

That was SO flippin funny!!!

Blessings From Above said...

That is so stinkin' cute! Loved the sugar buz dancing.

3 Peanuts said...

Very cute...boy they sure did have A LOT of energy!

SECRET AGENT MAMA said...

Oh Baby, that's the best!! Loved it so much.. Now I crave sugar.

Janah @ So Not Mom-a-licious said...

That was great! Don't you just love negotiating with a toddler?! I couldn't help but laugh when you told Jay his teeth would fall out!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

OMG that is TOO funny! We got lucky, our Linens & Things is closing and I found a pre-assembled kit for $8 there.

McMommy said...

HA! Very funny!!!!!

Stephanie said...

This is just too funny. I think this may be my favorite post yet. I see now why you titled your blog with the word "Chaos". I hope you had a nice glass of wine after they went to bed!

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

OH MY GOD! We are doing our easy assmbly, do it yourself gingerbread house kits Christmas Eve. Do you think we can find a Sugar Free version online or should I scrap the idea altogether???

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

LOL! I love that video.

Those kids are way too cute.

Mariah said...

That is WAY too cute!! Loveing the little dance moves

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

I'm chucking my $15 'make your own' house for the pre-made. Mama can't do 'make your own'.

Kaci said...

OMG hilarious!

enthalpymama said...

Very sweet!

Zoeyjane said...

They have PREassembled kits?! This is exactly why we haven't done one this year. Last year we tried, but Isobel's dad wouldn't let her do it, since he was concerned about her wrecking his gingerbread train. Kids.

The White House said...

Oh my word! That is hilarious. I love the self-control that they exhibit and then at the end, the total unleashing of self-control!

Shannon said...

OMG I love it. That will totally be me tomorrow - I promised the kids we'd do one and I have to go out early in the morning and buy a kit. I'm scared of the gingerbread buzz too :-)

p.s. Adorable video, as always :-)

Amy said...

So how many times did you say NO? ;-) Too cute! And that will be us tomorrow, after our 3rd round of bday cake in two days!

Lindsay said...

The ending had me rolling with laughter - too stinkin' funny. Thanks!

anti-supermom said...

Note to self to exclude 1/2 of the frosting right out of the box along with maybe 1/4 of the candies.

too funny...

Jaina said...

Dang, I can't watch it with sound right now! But it looks cute. I'll have to come watch it later.

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Oh my. "NO EAT! NO EAT!" My baby would look at me as if I were crazy, too!

I'm glad I never started this tradition! ;-)

 

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