Elf on the Shelf, Monster Mash-Up

elf on the shelf with monster wiggly eyes

Occasionally the Elves take it easy.  Here are a few of the lower key days with the elves.  Monster wiggly eyes.  Hiding in the laundry basket, we are guessing for extra protection after a few rough days of being knocked into.  They were especially hard to find this day but that in itself is a lot of fun for the boys.  And finally just hanging around on the light fixture.

elf on the shelf hiding under laundry basket for protectionelf on the shelf posed on ceiling fan light fixture

Year 5, Elf on the Shelf 2015

The elves are back!  This is our fifth year with elves, known as Elf on the Shelf.  Our elves have been known to replicate ideas that other elves have done (I’m certain they browse Pinterest) and they have delighted us with some completely original ideas too.  They do a variety of things, as simple as hiding themselves away for a good round of hide and seek and ranging to the downright complicated.  They occasionally bring small gifts and treats.  Our elves have established a few tried and true traditions.  Each year they deliver an advent calendar, an ornament for the tree, they bring us the most delicious hot cocoa mix, and they make a special treat for the morning of Christmas Eve.  Over the years there have been a handful of accidental touches and impacts by flying objects that can knock an elf across a room.  Our remedy is a sincere apology and a light sprinkle of cinnamon.  Check back to see what Ralphie, Henry and Roderick have planned for 2015.


Elf on the shelf coloring
Elf on the shelf coloring
elf on the shelf on black lab
elf on the shelf on black lab


Hard to Find Elf on the Shelf

3 elves stacked on each others shoulders hidden behind a sofaOur elves have been hiding in more challenging places this year.  In fact one morning the boys spent so much time looking for the elves they forgot to open their advent calendars until after school.  Amazing!  The elves left a note saying they were hiding the first time they were out of sight, that way the boys wouldn’t worry that they had not returned.  They have been completely concealed in cabinets and drawers, tucked behind furniture, wedged in crevices.  They are illuminated in the photos but while we searched for them they were in shadows and tough to see.  My favorite was the day two of the elves hid in the cabinet with cereal bowls, the other was tucked into the flatware drawer.  One child yelled in surprise when he found the last one in the drawer. Child two jumped about 6 inches when he reached into the drawer and only saw the elf when he was about to touch it.  Elf on the Shelf can be fun and challenging for children of all ages.elf ont he shelf note telling kids they are hiding and challenging them to find them in 5 minutes or lesself on the shelf hiding in silverware drawer elf on the shelf hiding elf on the shelf tucked into crevice between the wall and a basket to hide. elf on the shelf tucked into holiday decorations for a hiding spot

Elf on the Shelf Traditions

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.Elf on the Shelf with ornaments. Elf on the Shelf under the tree with advent calendars.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Boy elf on the shelf with goatee dresses up in an elf skirt for fun.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.


Forget Syrup, Let Them Drink Apple Juice

Elf on the shelf wrapped around a Pinnacle farms Organic Apple Juice bottle in the refrigerator drinking the juice with straws.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!

Sweet Tooth

Elf on the shelf, with multiple elves, sitting in a small tin pail holding on tight to colorful candy canes and preventing the children from eating the candy.
Elf on the Shelf candy cane prank.

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.

Shall We Play a Game?

Elf on the shelf  with multiple elves sitting on board games.  Some old taped boxes of games like Clue and Life, Other new shiny boxes like Sorry Sliders and Twister Hoopla.
Shall We Play a Game?

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?