Darren and I have never made a gingerbread anything together before, so this was the year to try it. We made a date, got the stuff, and then really considered just snuggling on the couch instead.

But we didn’t!

Do you ever do that? Come up with a really terrific idea, make the plan, and then decide, “Nah, I’m too tired (or whatever)”? We’ve done it more than once, and sometimes that’s cool. But there was not one good reason to skip out on this.

We mixed up the dough, rolled it out and got to work on cutting out all the pieces of the scamp and a few accessories. We found a tutorial that seemed like just what we were looking for. We made a few adjustments to make ours a little more scamp-like and got them in the oven.

Let me just say here and now – Making a gingerbread structure is not easy. Good thing frosting covers a multitude of mistakes.

We got them all cut out, and they mostly made it through the baking with help from some bamboo skewers propping up a few pieces.

This recipe is described as something like “edible, but it’s more for construction”. I believe it. The dough baked up like bricks. It is HARD. Good thing we have lots of treats to keep us from nibbling on the leftover pieces and needing dental work.

We called it a night and planned to finish it up in a few days.

It was in the in-between days that I discovered something interesting.

We did the bulk of the work in one evening. The next afternoon when I thought about the previous day, it seemed so long ago. Strange.

So I looked into that strange way time works. Here’s what I found in Psychology Today

“There are various theories as to why time seems to move briskly as we age. The one that makes the most sense is that when we’re young, we encounter a lot of “firsts,” such as our first sleepover, our first kiss, our first love, our first day of college, or getting our first car. Each “first” is fascinating because we pay attention to each unique detail of the event. The more detailed our recollections, the better we remember them. When we’ve lived similar experiences over and over again, time tends to go more quickly.”

So when we sit on the couch after dinner to snuggle and watch a show, night after night, there isn’t really anything new to distinguish one day from the next. As much as we love doing that, we should change things up a bit and take time to notice what is going on if we want to make time “slow down”. 

How cool that because it was our first gingerbread sculpture, we got to experience this.

When we got back to the gingerbread scamp, we got everything glued together.

We decided at this point to go simple with the frosting.

Check out the accessories – Don’t you love this little fire? And the lights on the camper? How about the lights inside?

So happy we didn’t skip out on making a Scamp, a memory, and time slow down just a bit.

Have you ever made a gingerbread something? How did it turn out? 




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