?th Annual Graham Cracker House Party

I don’t remember how many years the tradition has been in place, but I think it’s safe to say at least twelve, or even maybe fifteen. It started with our boys and Alexandra getting together with a few packages of graham crackers and some frosting and sprinkles to construct easier-than-gingerbread holiday houses.

Alexandra in 2007

As the years went on, new friends joined them at the table.

Looking a bit glum in 2005...

There were some grumbles in recent years from the boys who thought they had better things to do that day, but Alexandra held the tradition together, making time to stop by in the few days she has back here on the West coast each year.

Victoria, Ashleigh, Olivia and Taylor in 2007

Chadd has joined us the past few years to bring some younger energy (and a maximum sugar rush!) to the proceedings, and this year our new neighbors came, providing some solid competition to the college kids’ creativity. Since all roads lead to the chicken coop, that’s where yesterday’s event began.

Young neighbor Sam makes Amelia's acquaintance

Alexandra and the ubiquitous Autumn

Chadd and Lori

Annabelle and her friend

Then everyone headed into the house for pizza and settled down to some serious construction work.

Birdie gets into the act

John and Hannah

My handsome boys!

Rebecca helps Mia recover from a "cave-in"

Ready for Hansel and Gretel to move in

Chadd and Jacob teamed up

They made the world's first graham-cracker football stadium!

John, Hannah, Olivia and Daniel

Pamela and Casey

We also used the occasion to exchange a few Christmas gifts. We were excited to give Pamela and Kirk the “clone” we found of their dog, Tahoe.

Tahoe as topiary

And we continued another tradition of gifting Kirk with underwear:

Kirk models his new "uns"

A gift to him from the "girls"

Everyone made their visions of sugar plums a reality, and as always, everyone’s house was creative and unique.

Amber and Alix made a gummy bear nativity scene

Olivia and John's racing cars - they used cherries for wheels!

Alexandra and Casey made this red-vine roofed house

Daniel and Hannah's storybook cottage

It was a fun way to celebrate Christmas Eve day – we look forward to seeing everyone here again in 2010!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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One Response to ?th Annual Graham Cracker House Party

  1. Chadd says:

    Shhh … I told my mom I ate only one piece of candy! I love being there!!

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