Natalia and I invited Kelly Reitenbach and Jeanna Berg to compete against us in a gingerbread
house building contest.


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So, Natalia and I wanted to decorate a gingerbread house but thought that it would be more fun if there was
a competition involved. This is Natalia getting started on our workspace.


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Jeanna and Kelly got the bigger workspace (that's right - we're nice people) but also brought an extra
gingerbread kit. I still claim that this was illegal, but seeing as our rules were so well formalized,
I couldn't do anything about it. Did I mention that this was something like Jeanna and Kelly's 4th date?


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This is Kelly trying like hell to make his house stand on its own. A direct quote from Kelly after his house
collapsed, "Jeanna, I'm shitty!"


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Kelly working on the train portion of their North Pole train station.


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While I can take credit for a very tiny portion of the design of our entry, it was very much Natalia's
perfectionist decorating that brought the design together. Here she is opening a bag of licorice.


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Jeanna had the brilliant idea of making trees with ice cream cones. Here she is with green icing getting started.


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Jeanna brought a sweet icing delivery mechanism (I think it's called an "icing bag").


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Here's Kelly putting the finishing touches on the train. Note the great roof made with almond slivers.


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The theme of our entry was "Christmas in Calgary".


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"Christmas in Calgary" from another angle.


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Note the snowman fishing for blue whales. I think this was one of my favourite touches.


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The North Pole Train Station.


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From another angle.


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From the top.


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Natalia and Jeanna and our great houses.


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The winning participants. I think we all won on this evening.

Videos

Video of Kelly calling Jeanna a "pookie bear": VIDEO

Jeanna interpreting their North Pole Train Station: VIDEO

Natalia explaining our awesome "Winter in Calgary": VIDEO

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