Like a School Girl

December 16th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Late Night Craziness

I have to be honest. For the last week or so I feel like I’ve been walking around with my head in the clouds. I barely recognize myself or my life right now. I’m so distracted it’s almost like I’ve got an innocent little crush. Moving to the new house seems more real now that we’ve been spending more time there. As our official Moving Day draws closer I find myself daydreaming and thinking about the new house more and more.

Didn’t I just write a post this morning about living in the moment? Hypocrisy thy name is Alison.

The weird thing is – as giddy as I am about the new house, I still truly love the house we live in now. We’re not moving because we’re unhappy here. We’re moving from the burbs to the city to make our homeschooling lives easier.

Still, I almost feel like a cheater cheater pumpkin oat eater as I walk through the rooms of my current house, blushing as I wander about in an attempt to box up our things, mindlessly bumping into doorways, heaving dreamy sighs and catching myself giggling like a school girl as I pack up Barbie dolls. It’s been a while since we bought a new house. I sort of forgot what this feels like and how much fun it can be.

Fortunately, we had something pretty easy on the agenda for today – and it’s a good thing too. I don’t know that I’m worth much in the way of brain power right now.

We hit up The George Eastman House (of Eastman Kodak fame) to tour of their annual Sweet Creations Gingerbread house exhibit with some friends today.

George Eastman House

The Sweet Creations exhibit is a collection of Gingerbread creations made by local people and groups around the area.

Sweet Creations

Let the drooling begin.

Our Tour

A Gingerbread House after my own heart.


Why am I suddenly in the mood for something with frosting?

More Gingerbread Houses

Chocolate Covered Pretzels are my Achilles heel – just in case you ever wanted to attempt to take me down.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

See that crooked “T” in the “MARKET” of “PUBLIC MARKET” written in gummy letter font? I snapped this photo just as I had finished swatting a certain three year old and her snaky little tongue off that T. Who needs a flu vaccine when you can just lick a gummy letter that 500 grubby little hands have surely touched?

Licked T

Grubby Hands? Observe.

Sneaky Hand

Sugar Buzz? We have lift off.

Sugar Buzz

Even a Gluten Free Gingerbread House!

Gluten Free GB House

Looks like I’m not the only one with that sweet dopey look on my face around here.

Sweet Face

One More Little Lollies

OK gang, it’s time to buzz off.


We’re outta here.


I was excited to have to go hang out with my little crush while we were in the city today. We hit up a bagel shop on the way from the Gingerbread exhibit which just so happened to be on the way to the new house. I snagged a veggie bagel sandwich and then we all went back to new house to have lunch together.

Everything Bagels are my other Achilles heel. What am I doing giving out all my secrets tonight!?


I only ended up eating half of the bagel along with the last of the leftover black bean and salsa soup. I took the other half home to The Other House.

Lunch at the New House

After lunch we did a little ice breaking.

Broke the Ice

And enjoyed some fun and flirty behavior that we won’t be able to get away with forever.


Except for some of us, the ice breaking activities were just too intense.


We reluctantly packed up to return home and find a fun package from FoodBuzz and Pace waiting on our doorstep! Two bottles of Pace Picante salsa for us to try and review.

Pace Picante

The timing of this package couldn’t have been better given I couldn’t even get my head out of the clouds long enough to come up with something real to make for dinner tonight. Someone scribble meal planning on my list of New Years Resolutions please? (Just put it right there under “Always return library books on time”.)

I cracked the jar of medium salsa to complete a very simple bean burrito dinner.


A whole wheat tortilla, spicy vegetarian refried beans, corn, black beans and Pace Picante salsa.

Before Rolled Up

Salsa makes anything taste good. I’m glad I’ve still got a bunch left to do something a little more creative with – eventually. At this rate though it seems like it’s probably going to be a while before this new house infatuation subsides.

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18 Responses

  • Cindy says:

    funny, I still have a crush on our old house…good times there even though we quickly outgrew it. JJ came home there and I spent my early days (those precious sleepless ones) with our new family.

    good memories Mama and new ones are coming.

    soak it all in!


  • Amy says:

    I love your house too! Those floors are gorgeous. Icebreakers can be a pretty stressful game – sometimes you just have to cry. The other girl’s expression as she looks on is pretty funny.

  • Erica says:

    Another fun day!Love the beehive gingerbread house. Glad you’re in love with the new place- so exciting. I love salsa on almost anything. It is my go to condiment! Have a good day

  • Jennifer says:

    Awww… are beyond excited and happy! :) Enjoy this time, although I think you will be in love with this new house for a long, long time. :)

    Those gingerbread houses are incredible! What a fun thing to see. I cracked up reading about your adventure, especially the sneaky, licking tongues. (haha)

    The last picture of Maxine crying is just precious. You captured the perfect shot. The look on the other little girl’s face says it all. (haha)

  • Oh gosh, I would totally be up in the clouds over a new house too. Enjoy each and every moment of all the excitement. 😀

    I love all the gingerbread houses!! I can remember making one as a kid but it never quite looked as nice as those…haha. 😀

  • as long as your kids continue to do crazy things like licking letter T gummy displays – I will never have to have my own kids, I can just live through you . . . because I’d probably be pretty bad at picking up the pieces of say, said ice breaker game

  • Rebecca says:

    I’m excited for your new house!! I love new and exciting things!!

  • GREAT colorful pics of the candy displays and fun stuff!
    Moving…it can be bittersweet, that is for sure. Maybe that’s not even the right word. Nostalgic? Surreal? Exhausting, no doubt. But there is a nebulous word for it. I have gone thru it many times. We have moved 9 or 10 times in 10 yrs. And I don’t think we’re done…

    The G. Post will be up later today!

  • Julie says:

    New things are super exciting!! Especially big beautiful new homes :)

    The gingerbread creations are AMAZING. Beyond indredible. I wish I had talent like that.

  • Erin says:

    OHhh poor Max!! Games are totally intense sometimes. I may or may not cry when I lose in Scattegories. Still.

    Those gingerbread houses are awesome and I love that you led Ava ride her bike in this house. Coolest Mama ever.

  • Holly says:

    salsa = all-around great condiment. fo sho.

    i am in love with all the gingerbread houses – so much fun! and ya know what? you deserve to think ahead and be giddy about a new house, that is uber-exciting! when i moved into my apartment, i was ALWAYS thinking about a million ideas of what i could do. now if i had money, i could probably do them :)

    love ya mama!

  • Frankie says:

    What a wonderful day you had (even if it was a bit much for the little one).

    Pace is such a neat company. In high school I won one of their cooking contests to be featured on a label and won $500. It was easy, I just changed ketchup to Pace salsa in my recipe.

  • Carbzilla says:

    Hi Alison – Loved your guest post on Averie’s blog. I have a feeling my issue at the moment is calories despite eating healthy. Thanks for that helpful hint. I am the same height as you so you’re a good comparison – I just don’t think I can become a runner but I can figure out how to get there another way as long as I have the calories figured out (and deal with my thyroid issue).

    Thanks for being a great, healthy inspiration!

  • Oh I love Gingerbread houses. I used to make them, but no longer have the time.

  • janetha b says:

    those houses are dope! the beehive is my fave. loved your GP on averie’s blog!

  • it seems like everyone in the food blog world gets to see these amazing gingerbread creations!!!!

  • Jane-you-know-who says:

    seeing Maxine cry makes me want to cry.

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