Just wanted to take a minute and wish everyone well this holiday season. Merry Everything and Happy Always to all!
(our Christmas card this year, obviously. And on the back I shared a few highlights from the year)
Yay! We’ve almost made it to the big day! I’m almost as excited as the kids – though probably for different reasons. After all this preparation and planning, now that I have everything all set to go I’m anxious to get the party started! And I must admit that I’m a little exhausted by the need to keep staying on top of things day after day, especially when it comes to those silly elves (#elfontheshelf). The husband has been in Texas for military training all month and while I’m mostly excited to see him because we missed him, part of me would be relieved to turn over the nightly Elf Duties to him for a couple of days.
Here is what our elves have been up to lately:
*I have been sharing all the Elf Antics daily on my Instagram feed – be sure to check that out!
–Day 15: The elves found the DIY Lego Advent I started (and gave up on). Tyler thought the designs were pretty cool. Maybe between all of them they will get finished.
–Day 16: I think the elves must have heard about Kaitlyn’s field trip to the Discovery Space Center. We found them busily painting balls of newspaper and making a sign that read “Our Solar System”
–Day 17: Guess who else is excited for the new Star Wars movie! Glow stick light sabers and all – though Tyler was quick to inform Twinkle that “Storm Troopers carry guns not light sabers.” (Printable masks found HERE)
–Day 18: The elves wanted the kids to have something special in their lunchboxes for the last day of school before Christmas break so they dressed up pudding cups to look like reindeer.
–Day 19: 6 day’s til Christmas! First day of Christmas Vacation!
–Day 20: the kids have had a few days of extra good behavior and the elves wanted them to know how happy they were about that. The elves brought fun new Glow in the Dark markers with a note that said “Write on! Your good behavior is not overlooked.”
–Day 21: Found the elves “sledding” down the stairs, using my shoes as sleds.
–Day 22: We’ve had non-stop snow for a few days in a row and this morning we found the elves having some indoor “snow” fun of their own building snow forts and igloos out of cotton balls.
–Day 23: The husband has been out of town all month but finally made it back last night. The elves were nice enough to make him a giant “Welcome Home” banner.
–Day 24: As usual, on Christmas Eve the elves will be waiting for the kids with a Goodbye Letter until next year.
Wow. It just really hit me that we are finally here at the Eve of Christmas Eve. All the planning and prep for the holidays is done (or if it isn’t, it won’t be) and for the next couple of days we just settle in to enjoy the holiday and the time together. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
*For more Elf Antics and great Elf on the Shelf Ideas check out this year’s Week 1 and Week 2 on the blog. Or follow my Instagram feed for daily updates. There are also tons of great ideas on my Pinterest Board.