Let the 2014 Holidays Begin!
Saturday, November 29th, we woke up with a nice little blanket of snow on the ground. It wasn’t much, probably less than an inch, but it was white outside. And guess what else? Elfis had arrived! The boys found him at the window by our front door with a note that read: “I’m back! I brought snow. Let me in!” We opened up the door and found a letter on the porch. It was Santa’s letter, a reminder about Elfis keeping an eye on our family, making sure we’re good, and a reminder that we need to keep an eye on Elfis because he’s only 3 years old and still tends to be a bit of a trouble-maker. The boys were so excited! (Although, it took Bennett a couple of minutes to come around. At first, he didn’t want Elfis to come in our house.)
We quickly ate breakfast then bundled up the boys so they could go play in the snow. They didn’t last very long since it was soooo cold (under 30 degrees for sure!). When they came back in, they noticed that Elfis had found his way inside. He must have come in when we opened the door to go out back? I dont’ know… Anyway, it took a few minutes, but we found him perched in the Christmas Cactus, right by one nice pink bloom. Did he make that bloom, too? I hadn’t noticed it before then.
Later that afternoon, we decided it was a good time to pull out the Christmas decorations. We put the tree up and let Natalie do most of the ornaments with a little help from her brothers. Grandpa Jeff came over for the day, too. Cooper asked him to read a couple of the Christmas books while we were unpacking everything else.
Turns out our kitties are fond of the tree, too. I figured they’d be knocking off ornaments left and right, but that’s not the case. The truth is – the pickle is not the only thing hiding in our tree this year:
Sunday morning (Day 2), Elfis was nowhere to be found. The kids searched the house top to bottom probably at least twice. Natalie finally found him in the pantry, even though she claims the first three times she looked in there he wasn’t there. Well, whenever he snuck in there, I can’t say, but when we found him, he was wrapped around the bottle of syrup drinking it with a straw! Cooper could not believe it!
Also on Sunday, we made our annual trip to Bellevue Square to see Santa. The boys had told me for a couple weeks exactly what they were going to ask for from him: Bennett – a rocket (huh?!?!) and Cooper – BumbleBee and Optimus Prime (transformers) and Leonardo & Raphael (ninja turtles), specifically with Raphael being fo rhis brother – such a thoughtful big brother! Even though we arrive a half hour before Santa’s Workshop opened, we still had to wait over an hour to see the big dude in red.
Everyone did well with Santa, and the requests are in. Hopefully they behave and they’ll get what they asked for. 🙂
Day 3 – Monday, we found Elfis had built himself a ladder and large chair (throne?) made out of Mega Bloks up on the mantle. He also made a HUGE mess of the rest of the blocks all over the floor. He was in another prime position to watch over us for the afternoon. We kept on our best behavior!
Day 4 – Tuesday, Elfis was elusive yet again. It took nearly an hour of searching after school (since they couldn’t find him in the morning) before he was discovered. As Cooper said, “He’s camouflaged!” I suppose he was trying to blend in, but his red outfit is not quite subtle among the green grass in the vase. The boys just stared at him when they found him. Bennett even came back after about 5 minutes trying to show me, very excited, where Elfis was. I think at first he didn’t get it, then it must have sunk in or something.
Well, that’s it for now. We’ll see how much the kids and the elf manage to behave before Santa comes. Fingers crossed there’s not too much trouble caused by anyone!