sweets. and more sweets. :: minneapolis child photographer

One of our family traditions is to make and decorate a gingerbread house. Some years we fail, and don't do it at all, despite good intentions. Some years we get so busy we just buy a kit. But this year, Michael spearheaded the project, and started planning it a week ago. He downloaded house plans, looked up recipes, bought candy. Then a couple days ago he baked and assembled the house, complete with stained glass windows. It sat for a few days until we had some time together as a family to decorate it. So last night we hauled out the candy, prepared the frosting (a.k.a.glue) and got busy making memories. Here are some shots from the evening. Leave me a comment about your favorite holiday tradition, either from when you were a little kid, or now, with your own family. I'll pick one winner, and that person will receive a $25 gift card to Pacifier, one of my favorite local hip kids clothing and toy stores. (And by the way, if you're looking for an outfit for a photo session - check them out... eclectic. cool. fun.) If you're not local, they have a website and will ship nationwide. The winner will be chosen randomly this Saturday the 12th at midnight and announced on my facebook fan page, so check back there to see if you have won!

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I love seeing how differently my kids decorate their sides...

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These are taken with no natural light, no flash. Just our overhead light. I hiked the ISO way, way up. 6400, to be exact. Embrace the noise. You know you love it.

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Love this texture and color that Bea came up with on the back. Love her embracing Elliott. And love his pouty lip.

The finished product... Notice the light, emanating from inside? Illuminating those stained glass windows? That would be Michael's bike light. fa la la la la...

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