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People who live in Gingerbread Houses

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Christmas is like Echonip. Err… don’t go there. I aspire to make our home a wonderland the likes of which are only seen in movies. It starts the Saturday following Thanksgiving and lasts into January.

I. Love. It. I wish I could decorate like Will Ferrel in Elf.

I worry that the kids just aren’t INTO IT enough- I mean, when I was a kid, I started anticipating Christmas as soon as my older brother’s birthday passed in early November. Then they camp out under the tree and I feel relieved. They’re not total freaks.

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I like traditions. A lot. Maybe too much. But a new one, just two years old, is the decorating of Gingerbread houses. Angel enjoyed helping me “glue” them together this year. And oh yea- I cut his hair off since his birthday. It abruptly and inexplicably stopped curling (cold weather?) and was just a long, poofy MESS! So we cut it to about 1″. When he saw it cut he smiled hugely and declared, ‘I look FAB-LEE-ES!’ Because he’s four, and that’s how he pronounces fabulous.


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Though waiting for them to set was a bit less fun (5 hours! but patience has to be taught, so we did not wait that long hehe).




We went ahead and set up enough for all the boys while it was just the two of us because… FIVE HOURS!!


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Finally it was time to decorate.




Too many cooks! How many boys can you count in the next picture? Isaac decorated two houses because he enjoyed it so much. His are the front two, LK is top left corner and the one ‘Angel’ did is the top right corner.




Don’t forget to decorate the village giant, kiddies!


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About EchoStenger.com

EchoStenger.com began in early 2013 as a side project of Echoia.com. Namely, Echoia Photography. Wanting to expand to include more varied content, it seemed only appropriate to change the site's title.

It currently is an outlet for many of my interests and passions. I share my work in and write tutorials for Adobe Illustrator, review products (mostly purchased by me), experiment with my Silhouette Cameo machine (hashtag vector in flesh!), share my day-to-day and still post photographs on a regular basis.

Thank you for visiting and coming along with me as I grow and seek out beauty in everything.

I am a Christian mom, girlfriend, dog-mom, cat-mom and pseudo step-mom. I take up hobbies faster than I can put them back down. I am from Texas, but currently reside in Utah.

I. Love. Air conditioning.

Fiona Apple.

Angel : My seraph son. I’ll likely speak of nothing and no one so much. Born October 2009. He likes the color orange blue and almost anything Marvel.

Veda : Black. Lab-like. Born Summer 2008. A life changer. Full name and title: Princess Darth Veda Jane Sultanfuss Stenger. Usually just Veda/Veda Jane when she’s bad. Also ‘Monster’. In your way? Just say, 'Scoot, Veda.' Taken March 18, 2018. Missed every day.

Trinity : Rescued from the pound about 9 weeks of age, Summer 2009. I call her ‘Wiggle Bottoms’, 'Dummy' (lovingly, of course) or ‘Little Bit’. Big time cuddler.

Li : Dog cat. Scarier than both the dogs put together.

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