A New Christmas Tradition

This was the first time we made gingerbread anything. I’ve wanted to try it for a couple of years but knew that Miggz was probably still too young in the years earlier. I thought this year was just right…he is three years and four months old, and can actually help out with the building and decorating.

Instead of making the traditional gingerbread house, we opted for a gingerbread train kit.

This is me doing a little prep work while Miggz looks on…he’s got his hands near the red and green M&M’s for easy access 🙂

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And the rest of our photos chronicling what we hope would be a yearly Christmas tradition from here on…

Candy in his hands = candy in his mouth! Hence, that smile!!!

Candy in his hands = candy in his mouth! Hence, that smile!!!

Miggz helping me with the train cart's body.

Miggz helping me with the train cart’s body.

Create an annual tradition by purchasing a kit like this for less than $10 at your local grocery or arts & crafts store.

Create an annual Christmas tradition by purchasing a kit like this for less than $10 at your local grocery or arts & crafts store.

Miggz in action...

Miggz in action…

He enjoyed alternating between eating and decorating the gingerbread train!

He enjoyed alternating between eating and decorating the gingerbread train!

Detail shot...

Detail shot from above…

"M" is for Miguel.

“M” is for Miguel.

Detail shot of the train's engine.

Detail shot of the train’s engine.

This is me enjoying this activity, probably a LOT more than Miguel did!

This is me enjoying this activity, probably a LOT more than Miguel did!

The finished product ;)

The finished product 😉

Can't wait to make another one next year!!

Can’t wait to make another one next year!!

Christmas in November

I had my craziest 27th of November to date. It was the night before our early morning flight to Pinas. Dad threw a party for his brods. Miggz was just recovering from three days of fever. We are still packing some last-minute items into our carry-ons, and we needed to leave at four in the morning. YIKES. I don’t know how we managed to do what we had to do in the little time we had left before driving to the airport.

Being that it was our last night with the family for the year, my siblings and I agreed to have an early Christmas at home. And so in the crazy last weeks before our flight, Te and I managed to buy most gifts, wrap them, and even write out Christmas cards for the immediate fam, all before November was over. We exchanged gifts that night, in the midst of the hustle-and-bustle of my parents’ home. Rushed as all of this might have been, it all turned out fine. It wasn’t as I imagined…I pictured that night to be relaxed, laid back, and with even some sleep to spare.

We didn’t have any sleep, of course. But what I remember most from that night was this boy’s energy and excitement at the sight of his gifts and upon opening them (and everyone else’s).

Miggz loves his new Crocs from Uncle Tedi.

Leave it to a child to wipe out a month’s full of tired-ness in a minute’s matter of time =)

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