This is the 4th year our elves, Ralphie, Henry, and Roderick, have spent the holiday season with us. In that time they have forged some traditions. Some things the boys look forward to each year are advent calendars, ornaments, and a special treat cooked up by the elves near the end of their stay. They have already delivered ornaments and advent calendars this year. I wonder what deliciousness they will cook up in a few weeks.
How many elves does it take to change a light bulb? With Christmas only days away the boys needed a reminder and the elves delivered with the bright idea to be nice written on light bulbs. All while hanging from a light fixture. I’m a firm believer that holidays, any holidays, are sometimes too much for children to handle and ironically parents tend to have expectations of best behavior surrounding these special events. Ugh. Come on December 26, or even 10am December 25, I can’t take much more of this.
Why should the girls get to have all of the fun? Our neighbor had some extra elf skirts so we left them out to see if our elves would play. The next morning they were all dressed up. We wonder if they wore them back to the North Pole that night. Lucky nutcrackers next to them are now sporting skirts.
This may be my favorite of 2013. While the boys were at school the elves took up hiding spots in and around the shoe baskets. My 5 year old let out a scream when he pulled his basket out and found Henry in there. They were so surprised and this took little effort for the elves. Between being super easy and the enormous reaction it got it will be hard to beat!
Our elves proved they have excellent taste today. They could have indulged in pure maple syrup, corn sugar syrup, or agave nectar but they went straight for the Pinnacle Organic apple juice. It is delicious locally grown apple juice and a special treat for the boys, who were not very happy to be sharing with the elves. Especially since Ralphie had his feet in the bottle. The boys were pleased that the milk was left untouched. No need to fear elf pee in the milk this year…yet!
We found the elves in a tree with candy canes this morning. By the afternoon, in what we think was a joke, they had stripped the canes from the tree and were holding on tight to prevent the boys from eating them. I was the only one who thought that was funny.
The elves are having fun in the playroom, today we found them contemplating which game they might like to play. A classic such as Clue, Life, or Monopoly. Perhaps a new twist on an old favorite like Twister Hoopla or Sorry Sliders?
The boys looked and looked, and looked some more. They could not find the elves anywhere! Ironically, the youngest gave up and started homework and as a reward he ended up spotting them first since they were near the homework table tucked away with the red Legos. On a side note, I love that I could use Photoshop to make the originally cloudy wall of the bin more transparent by increasing the contrast.