Our elves were busy building a huge domino rally last night and they also shared progress reports with the boys. Yikes! So far everyone is on the nice list but there are some areas to improve including extra kindness to each other and picking up after themselves. If your elf needs report forms, check Magnolia Creative Company for a download (link updated with the 2013 version that includes a report for the elf that the child can fill out!). I think our final reports will arrive closer to Christmas, this progress report was to help get everyone on track. Instant panic set in for my child who has never had his name on the board at school or anything like that. I’m thankful our elves left the progress reports on the nice list form and not the naughty list, they did leave a sample naughty form behind with a warning not to be placed there. Ralphie felt bad and left another note by the backpacks that said not to worry about the report. This was unusual because our elves never move in the morning before school, it brought instant relief. If you want a Domino Rally set of your own you’ll find it at Hearthsong.
Our Elves found a pair of reading glasses that had been left behind by a visitor. Ralphie and Roderick were watching us like hawks this morning. We found them beside a note that said they are watching and listening and like to hear and see good choices. They thanked the boys for the good choices they have made with no mention of the not so good, lucky boys!
Today we found our elves playing on the computer. They left a note saying they had been playing Club Penguin, we’re waiting to see how many coins they earned. They also noted that they can hear adults as well as children. They must have heard the 4 year old telling me the elves can’t hear me because they only have ear-holes when kids are talking. This was when I was having a chat with the elves about some undesirable behavior.
This morning the elves were spotted hanging out around the newly hung stockings. Our bearded elf, Roderick was hanging by his folded arms, Henry the Moose was clinging to the fireplace screen, and Ralphie was sitting like a pro on the edge of the screen. The stocking s are handmade by me. They are reproductions of the stockings my dad’s mother made for him and his siblings. Sadly, she passed away when they were young. When I took sewing in High School I was able to do a project where I made copies of the stockings for my mother, brother, and myself. I’ve made countless more for other family members. They are not as fancy as a lot of the stockings out there but they are dear to us nonetheless.
Legos! Our Elves had a great time building with Legos last night. Ralphie built a Lego building and Roderick was pushing Henry on a Lego car. The boys jumped right in and made some creations of their own.
Once they were done with the Legos they used the remainder of the day to sled down the stairs strapped into a helmet!
Our gang was easy to spot this morning, they were flying high as they hung from some lanterns! It looks like they were having a great time. The entire family enjoyed the movie they left yesterday, An Elf’s Story. It was much better than I expected and will definitely be a holiday staple around here.
I’m amazed at how Black Friday has changed in a few short years. I made my first Black Friday expedition 3 years ago. It was a lot of fun. I had a few small items I was hoping to score. Knowing quantities were limited made the thrill of the hunt exciting. But I knew I had a chance to get what I wanted. The doors opened very early Friday morning, so early that I had to set my alarm and decide if I really wanted to go out. I went, I had fun. That was Black Friday then.
Fast forward 3 years and Black Friday begins on Thursday. I debated whether Black Friday on Thursday is a good thing. Does the bonus pay make it worth an abbreviated Thanksgiving holiday for the employees? Ultimately I was lured out by the promise of an iPad purchased at regular price with a bonus $75 gift card. I would not normally go out for a big ticket item since quantities are always limited and I am not the kind of Black Friday shopper who is willing to wait in line for hours before opening, but the 1-hour guarantee got me. What did I have to lose?
Well, I knew I was in trouble when I pulled into Walmart’s parking lot and it was at maximum capacity. This would have been a good time to turn around and go home. Lines of cars were parked along the street, an adjacent parking lot was full. I ended up parking across a major road in another store’s lot. I chose a well lit spot as close to my destination as I could. I called my husband so I was not walking completely alone late at night with a purse full of things someone else might want. This might have been a good time to turn around and go home. I enter the store and I am greeted with a line of shopping carts filled with enormous boxed television sets that extends to the back of the store. This would have been a great time to turn around and go home, but no, I ask where I need to go for the iPad. I’m directed to the shoe department, odd. I get to the shoe department and I understand why. There is a line, a very long line, that twisted through the aisles of the shoe department reminiscent of the lines at an amusement park. Do I stay or do I go?
I had gotten this far so I stayed. I really should have gone. Waiting in this seemingly stationary line I tried to estimate how long it would take and weighed that against the value of my time. I was far better off without the bonus $75 gift card, my time was more valuable, but I was already there so I stayed. I ended up with a guarantee card and I should have the iPad soon. This Black Friday was not so much fun, by the time I was done with the iPad line all of the smaller items I would have liked were gone. I’m not sure there will ever be a deal good enough to get me out on Black Friday on Thursday again. Anywhere farther away than my local Target, that is, and only for the small stuff!
Did you venture out for Black Friday on Thursday? Did you have fun?
I was greeted with squeals of delight when my oldest wandered downstairs and discovered that our Elf on the Shelf, Ralphie, had returned. With him was his friend Henry the Moose and a brand new Elf who is yet to be named. Our new elf has a cute little goatee and mustache. Fun times ahead, no doubt!
Our guests were perched on the table with a Happy Thanksgiving note and something special for breakfast. Cinnamon roll waffles! I think Ralphie has been spending some of his downtime on Pinterest.
Magically, everyone is behaving extremely well this morning. These elves are something else.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!