Friday, December 12, 2014

Elf on the Shelf: Elfabit Victor Week 2 2014

Leading the sack race.
 
 
Collecting can goods to donate.
 
 
Playing tic-tac-toe on the bathroom mirror.
 

Riding the dragonflies in Em's room.
 
Playing hide-and-seek in the bathroom.

Calling the forces & catching Darth Maul, Darth Vader, and Jabba.

Twister with Rudolph, Clarice, and Bumble.
 
More Elf on the Shelf shenanigans here.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

On the 6th Day of Christmas...

we attended The Nutcracker Ballet at The Whiting Theater.
 

 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Elf on the Shelf: Elfabit Victor Week 1 2014

It's our fourth year of Elf on the Shelf.
 
In case anyone wonders why I do this: why I create an Excel spreadsheet in early November that details possible ideas and sorts the shenanigans into different rooms of our house and details supplies needed and then double checks it against my countdown ring spreadsheet, to make sure the elf and the ring meshes, well, it's because I'm the very definition your average Type A overachiever and I enjoy the shit out of spreadsheets, but it's also because of this:
 
Keeping the magic in my kids' heads for as long as I possibly can.
 
Their excitement and joy and belief in the magic of Christmas means everything to me.
I love it more than I love spreadspreads even, and that's a lot.
 
So without further adieu:
 
 
He arrived on our doorstep in a package addressed to the kids. The box was filled with Elf on the Shelf pajamas (who knew they even made such a thing), movies and popcorn, candy, cocoa with mini sized Christmas mugs, and a sweet letter.
 
 
 
A breakfast surprise.
 
 
Playing Minecraft.
(Narls LOVED this one. Except by the time he woke up, his character in the game had been killed by a creeper and/or zombie and he wasn't too thrilled about that. So keep that in mind.)

 
Apparently they did want to build a snowman.

 
It's elf-o-clock.

 
 
Who's up for a balloon bubble bath?

 
Ah, a perler bead version of ones elf (see what I did there?)
 
More Elf on the Shelf shenanigans here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

On the 3rd Day of Christmas...

we wrote letters to Santa.
 
 
 
Emerson, who believes herself to be very good and is in a stage where she dots all her i's with hearts, would like an American Girl dolls and accessories (allllll the accessories), a big Barbie with makeup, and Beanie Babies (allllll the Beanie Babies).

 
Narls, ever the diplomat, would describe himself as a little good and a little bad. This is extremely accurate, by the way.  He would like video games, a guitar, a pogo stick, and A REAL LIVE CALICO KITTEN FOR ME. Gah, this boy. Apparently I mentioned always wanting a calico kitten and he's never forgotten.  I don't know if Santa Clay will agree to the kitten, but if he does, I have names ready! ;)

 
The letters are wrote, and stamped, and mailed, and on their way to the north pole.
♥ ♥ ♥  
 
Santa letter template from here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree




 
As per Church tradition, we put up & decorated our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.
 
Complete with kids in Christmas pajamas and mini marshmallows in hot cocoa and Rudolph playing on our Christmas playlist and stories about where each ornament came from. 
 
This really is the best time of year ♥
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