Why Adopt an Elf?

Last year we adopted our elf, Ralphie.  It was a spur of the moment decision.  I’d become aware of Elf on the Shelf the year before but was not inclined to add one to our home.  It really did not interest me.  I do love a bargain so maybe it was the $5 gift card offer that eventually tipped me over the edge, I grabbed one.  Best choice ever!  Instant fun.

The boys and their friends had a lot of fun with him.  That I expected.  Last year the group hunting for our Elf ranged in age from 3 to 8 years old.  As you can see in the photos above, Ralphie brought many smiles and a lot of fun to our holiday season.  Our elf inspired a few families we know to get their own elves.  What I did not expect was the amount of fun I would have with him.  I believe that I may be slightly more excited for his return that the kids are, and they are really excited.

Why have an Elf?  Plain and simple, because it is fun.  An Elf brings more of what memories are made of and who can’t use that.  We still focus on Jesus’ birth as the reason for Christmas but we have room for Ralphie too.  Of course, if anyone in your family has a creepy doll phobia the Elf on the Shelf may not be for you.  There were a few times my kids were not quite sure about having one of Santa’s elves romping around the house when they were not looking.

If you are looking for Elf on the Shelf inspiration, check out my recap of 2011 here.




Elf on the Shelf 2011, A Photo Gallery

Ralphie and Henry string popcorn
Ralphie and Henry helped us get a start on our popcorn strings.

In 2011 we welcomed our Elf, Ralphie, into our home and was he ever fun!  He truly helped spread Christmas magic to all who saw him.  A short while into his stay Ralphie brought his friend, Henry the Moose, to join the fun.  We are eagerly awaiting their return for 2012 and hoping to see them again on Thanksgiving.

Following is a photo recap of Ralphie and Henry’s antics from 2011.  Most days they simply moved from spot to spot and we had fun trying to find them.  Other days they were mischievous and played jokes on us or made a mess.  They occasionally left behind a small gift or treat.  You will see that they have been inspired by the work of other elves but they seem to have some ideas of their own too.  They certainly filled our home with an extra touch of excitement.  I hope to make a daily post about them between Thanksgiving and Christmas, come back often and see what they have in store for us this year!  Also, please Pin your favorites, thank you!


Lego Pinata


I love making pinatas for my boys’ birthday parties.  I really do.

Sure it takes a while to make and the product ultimately gets torn to smithereens but there are some benefits.  They are strong and will not bust open before everyone has had a turn and the pinata hanger will not detach rendering the pinata useless and no fun.  I can customize it to the theme without breaking the bank.  Finally, I’m rewarded with a gaggle of kids who have a great time. Continue reading Lego Pinata