Woohoo! My senior mom and I had the most delightful visit last week with our long-distance grandchildren (her great-grandchildren). It was truly a joy-filled occasion. It was also downright exhausting and we are both still catching up on sleep and jet-lagginess, although the nearby grandkids are doing an excellent job of helping me get back to our schedules and time-zone with a running start. They even joined me for a rousing game of ball tag today!
No ball tag last week though. No time and it was too wet and chilly. Instead, we stayed inside and work on more foamie gingerbread houses. These, too, had a mixed reaction from all of us. The two older grandkids did the same houses my local grandkids did and they went together fairly well. The rest of the grandkids all picked a smaller house and ooooo-weeeee, it was a PICKLE to put together. We ended up having to put the basic house together one day with a LOT of help and even MORE glue! A royal pain, to be honest.
The following day, we got out the glitter and doo-dads, and they had a great time gusseying up the houses. They did come out quite nice, I must say. And, while I will LONG remember how difficult and uncooperative they were, all the grandkids thought about was how much fun it was and how great they looked. I am so grateful they enjoyed them thoroughly. And we shall all enjoy the photos, and them the houses, for a long time to come. A lot of craft projects do turn out that way, I've learned. As long as the kids enjoy them, I consider them a definite success. And usually, these foam sets are much easier. I think this particular batch was just a bit wonky. I did want to warn you so if you try one yourself, you might plan ahead – and maybe have a glue gun handy, which dries faster. But even if yours is a wonky as ours, I think you'll love the sweet family memories y'all will create with them. My grandkids and I surely will.
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