Hello December! (Have I said that already?) We are now one full week into the month and I already feel like I’ve fun a marathon – in a good way, of course. We have been having non-stop fun with Christmas outings and traditions, the little guy’s birthday, and I even slipped in some girls-night fun at Paint Nite last night after taking the kids to the town tree lighting to see Santa. Good thing I was ahead of orders for laundry drying racks because yesterday was the first chance I have had to paint racks this month. (we are having an inventory clear out and these are going fast so if you have been meaning to pick one up you might want to do it soon!)
One of our favorite traditions for the season is having our Christmas Elves come for a visit. This is my variation of the Elf on a Shelf that has been trendy for a few years now – and we’ve been doing it long enough that I have developed a few tips and tricks for hosting one (or two!) of your own HERE. The kids anticipate their return every year and really enjoy the search for the elves each morning. You know those elves – they are constantly up to something! I have been posting daily #elfantics photos on Instagram (so be sure to follow me!) but I thought I would share their adventures on the blog as well.
Day 1 – our elves arrived! The kids found them hanging from the clock with a note that said “Looks like we got her just in time. Happy December! We can’t wait to spend the month with you. And don’t forget we will be reporting back to Santa!”
Day 2 – found the elves in the kitchen making donut reindeer
Day 3 – We have been deep into prep for Tyler’s Avengers themed birthday party and after seeing all the plans the elves must have wanted to be in on the fun too. They found Tyler’s dress up box and pulled out the Iron Man and Captain America costumes. Tinsel even figured out how to “fly.”
Day 4 – Tyler had been reading his dinosaur book and before going to bed he instructed the elves to do something with the book (which I found amusing to watch and a bit puzzling since dinosaurs are not one of his current obsessions). The elves found a printable game from The Good Dinosaur movie and were partially through the process of setting it up when the kids woke up.
Day 5 – Happy Birthday to Tyler! The elves certainly couldn’t be left out of the festivities and decided to decorate the hallway with crete paper. The boys (Tyler had a friend sleep over the night before) though it looked like a great laser maze and wanted to use it as an activity for the party but the dog ran through the hall and accidentally pulled it all down before party time.
Day 6 – found the elves in Kaitlyn’s closet trying on her clothes. Twinkle was wearing Kaitlyn skirt for the band concert and trying to play her flute while Tinsel went the more manly route with jeans and Tyler’s cowboy hat.
Day 7 – We had finally managed to set up the tree on Sunday (I purposely waited until after the birthday party) and the elves were happy to build a “tree house” using the discarded boxes from birthday gifts Tyler had left laying around.
Do you have a Christmas Elf or Elf on the Shelf? What have your elves been up to? I would love to hear all about it!
Or if you need additional inpiration feel free to follow my elves antics on Instagram or check out my Pinterest Board when I am continually adding new ideas.