For Christmas Eve this year we had the grandparents and Robert come over for dinner, gingerbread houses and some present opening. Paul and I decided that this year we would let the grandparents help with the gingerbread houses since we've done it so many times. It somehow ended up in "teams", Hunter with Grandma and Grandpa Lanphear and Dakota with Grandma and Grandpa Phipps. I'm not sure who "won", but Dakota did at one point say something like "hurry, we're winning". Who knew decorating gingerbread houses would turn into a race? The grandparents did a great job. Kudos to Grandma Lanphear who perservered even after Paul (aka Lenny) squeezed the frosting bag so hard that it burst open at the seams! She managed to fashion a frosting bag by snipping the corner off of the green frosting bag. It was quite impressive!
The gingerbread houses were followed with opening presents from the Lanphear side. The boys got new Transformers pj's, Wall-E, Kung Fu Panda, some Tupperware ball popper thingamajigs, clothes, all kinds of toys... It was a great evening. We are so glad that we were able to spend it with our parents.