So I'm going to smack myself about the face with some stuff that makes me feel happy. Blessed. Grateful.
One of Clem's favourite things in the world is making gingerbread. He's my little Gingerbread Man.
It's all about the tasting along the way... thankfully they're cooked in a good hot oven!
The recipe we use is Excellent Gingerbread Men from allrecipes.com and I completely recommend it as easy, quick, kid-friendly and always a success.
We were testing out Christmas shapes. I managed to volunteer myself to help something like forty kids at Clem's Kindy make gingerbread on Monday. Daunting, but if I keep myself in the right frame of mind it should be joyful and memorable, as well as inevitably frustrating, noisy and messy! I know it will mean a lot to Clem. Also to another little boy who turned up at Kindy last Wednesday even though it wasn't his regular Kindy day. He thought gingerbread was happening then and he didn't want to miss out. Eek, the pressure is on!
With Clem in his final pre-school year right now, I'm feeling a sense of almost-panic about wanting to eat up every possible moment of fun time with him. I fully realise he will work this to his very best advantage, and we will be making an awful lot of gingerbread in the next year. Bring it on.
Oh, and I'm going to throw in this photo from a couple of weeks ago, just because it makes me smile. Snark banished.
- Jane x