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Elfcapades 2014: Days 17-19

Our elf seems to be getting a little more mischievous as we get closer to Christmas…

Day 17 (Monday), the kids woke up to find ALL of their underwear thrown around the house.  It was in their bedrooms, in the hall, down the stairs…  There was underwear everywhere!

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They decided to follow the mess to see where it led them; in fact, they went on an elf hunt.  There was a very clear path from each of their rooms, down the stairs, then it split in two: left to the Christmas tree and right towards the kitchen.  At the tree, they found Elfis had hung 5 or 6 pairs of underwear on the tree.  They couldn’t believe he did that!  (It seems Cooper forgot that Elfis has done this before.)  When they followed the trail back towards the kitchen, they saw it ended right in front of the freezer.  In fact, there was a pair of underwear in the water/ice compartment!  When they opened up the freezer, they found… guess who???  Yep, you got it.  Elfis was in the freezer, cozied up inside our portable freezer bag, wrapped in a nice, cuddly pair of Cooper’s underwear.  He is quite the silly little elf!

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Day 18 (Tuesday), we woke up to find that Elfis had helped himself to the bag of gingerbread men & sugar cookie snowmen!  —  He was so BUSTED!!! —
The boys thought it was funny, but were very concerned that the cookies would be all gone and they wouldn’t get any more.


Day 19 (Wednesday), the boys discovered a bunch of wrapped presents under the tree.  They were excited and yelled to me, “Santa came and brought us presents!!!”  Boy, were they excited.  But then I had to be the downer and remind them that Santa isn’t coming until Christmas and that those presents were from us, that I’d just finally started wrapping them the night before.  Well, they weren’t too disappointed because they found Elfis right then and there.  He had gotten himself caught up (stuck?) peeking inside one of Natalie’s presents.  That sneaky elf!

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Elfcapades 2014: Days 15 & 16 (Weekend fun!)

The weekend was here (hooray!).  Saturday morning (Day 15) the kids and I headed downstairs to look for Elfis.  We couldn’t find him in the tree or the kitchen, but Bennett quickly found something on the kitchen table.  There was a note and three water bottles filled with… something…?  Chocolate kisses!??!  YUM!


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The note read:

With little elf eyes watching you, there’s not a lot that Santa misses.  So, to help you be good today, here’s a bunch of sweet elf kisses.
Drink the kisses up then enjoy your new cup!  It’s gonna be a fun day, now let’s go and play!
Remember not to hurt, yell, or fight, and surprises could happen; they just might!  In fact, there is one now I bet.  Have you found your theater yet?

What?  What theater?  What’s he talking about?  And where’s Elfis?

Well, after eating one elf kiss each, they got down to see what was going on.  Again, Bennett was the first to see something.  We heard him say, “What… heck?”  (So cute, his way of trying to say What the heck? with the perfect pause in the middle while missing the the.  …  Right in the hallway to the garage, we found a little puppet theater set up.  There was a curtain stage and a bag full of animals and a princess puppet.  What fun!  We also found Elfis close by on the wall in the hallway, hanging on one of the sconces, in a perfect position to watch the puppet show.  (We had so much fun playing with his surprises, it seems we forgot to take his picture this time!)

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Sunday morning (Day 16), Cooper woke up first.  He came into my room and told me that Elfis tried to tape a trap for him to stay in his room!  … So much for our nice elf!  I asked him what he meant and how he got out, he told me that he just crawled under!  Well, one point for Cooper and none for Elfis – this kid can’t be tripped up!  He didn’t walk into it, and he didn’t get frustrated.  He thought it was pretty clever.  (The kittens were pretty impressed with it too – they kept trying to play with it.)

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Bennett was a sleepy head this morning and we had to wake him up.  Rather than break down his trap to go in and get him, we knocked on his door and told him to come see what Elfis did.  He opened up the door (still half asleep) and was so confused.  He stuttered, “He – He – He  – He trapped me in here???”  Once he woke up a little bit though, he also thought it was funny.  Here he is showing us how he could get out of his trap.  Then, later on in the day (no pictures, sorry), he took his swords and ripped it all down.

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It seems Natalie couldn’t be fooled either.  She also crawled right under hers to get out.  Cooper found Elfis wrapped up in a bunch of tape outside Natalie’s door.  We’re not sure what he was planning to do, but figured he didn’t get to it since he trapped himself by mistake!  Silly elf!

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And, just for good measure –
We have only 11 days left until Christmas!!!


Elfcapades 2014: Days 10-14

So far, our little elf hadn’t gotten himself into too much trouble yet.  Or so we thought.  Sunday evening on our way home from the mountain, I received an email from my Aunt Karen.  It read:

Elfis is in Trouble!
Santa told us that your Elfis got online and hacked our account!  What a troublemaker!  We’re changing our passwords so he won’t try it again.  I’m sure your kids are much better behaved than your elf!
Merry Christmas!
Love, Karen & Jim

Well, what the heck was that about, we wondered?!!?!  So, when we got home, we were only partially surprised when we found a package waiting at our house, from, addressed to Elfis.  What?!?!  We opened it up and here’s what we found:

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It was an elf-sized bomber jacket and pilot’s goggles with a note that read “Thanks for letting me use the computer and do a little shopping.  This will make my flights home to Santa more comfortable.  I’m so happy to be your elf on a shelf… even if I don’t always stay on a shelf.  From, Elfis.” 

Well, there you go.  Our elf is now a thief.  Karen & Jim, we will find a way to make him pay you back!  ;-}

So… The next morning (Monday, Day 10) – We found Elfis had returned back from his visit to the North Pole and was still wearing his new outfit while riding on Cooper’s green wooden airplane.  He’d landed up on top of the bookshelf in our bedroom.  The boys sure thought that was pretty funny.

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Tuesday morning (Day 11), the boys found Elfis reading about the Grinch with some friends.


Wednesday (Day 12), Elfis was discovered as he was taking a shoulder ride on our tree angel.  We don’t know what that was about…

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It seemed he was staying pretty tame (besides that whole shopping spree), and was staying out of trouble for the most part.  But, on Thursday (Day 13), it seemed he felt he needed to keep a closer eye on Cooper.  Cooper found Elfis hiding inside the lamp in his room!  While he wasn’t doing anything crazy in there, I figured it made sense since Cooper threw one heck of a tantrum the night before when going to bed.  (So unlike him!)  Elfis must have though Cooper needed an even closer eye on him..

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And then Friday (Day 14), it only makes sense that Elfis felt the need to watch over Bennett.  Bennett discovered him hanging on the string for his blinds looking over his whole room.  He was pretty happy about it.  Elfis surely made an impression when Bennett went to bed that same night.  His usual attempts at getting out of bed a dozen or so times to go potty (or whatever), were non-existent.  He must have been worried about Elfis seeing him not going to bed like a good little boy.

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It seems our elf is staying pretty well-behaved this year.  Maybe he’s matured since last year?  …  We’ll see.  There’s still 13 more days until Christmas!

Riding the Santa Express & Playing at Paradise (Oh, and Elfcapades days 8 & 9)

On Friday, we told the kids we were going to head to the mountain to play in some snow.  So, Saturday morning, we packed up and headed out for our long drive.  As we were getting settled into the truck, Cooper discovered that we had company:



Elfis must have decided that either he wanted to go to the mountain and play in the snow, or he thought he definitely needed to keep an eye on these kids, or maybe both…?

After we got over the excitement of Elfis coming with us, we then announced to the boys that before we got to go play in the snow, we were going to go ride a train.  With Santa on it.  Cooper asked if Santa was going to drive the train.  We told him no, but that we’d get to visit with him while the train was driving.  They were pretty excited.  The Santa train was a new adventure for all of us.  We sat in our seats, got to eat cookies and drink hot cocoa, and even visit with Santa (and the kids got presents, too!).

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The train stopped at the Mt. Rainier Railroad museum and we wandered around and checked out some of the outbuildings there.  We discovered a giant log that was being pulled by a tractor.  The boys thought that was very cool.

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Back at the house we rented, we got settled into our rooms (the boys shared a room and were super excited to try out their beds!), then watched a little bit of a movie before calling it a night.

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Sunday morning we woke up, ate breakfast, then packed up to drive up into the snow.  When we got in the truck, we found Elfis was there still (or again?) but in a different spot.  This time he was hanging from the sunroof!

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We headed up into Paradise Park where there was plenty of snow for us to have a good time.

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Elfcapades 2014: Days 5-7

Day 5: Wednesday, we woke up to find quite a scene downstairs.  On the dining room floor, there was a gang of super-villains facing off with a crew of army guys.  Behind the army guys, Elfis was there with his calvary: all of our superheroes, lined up across the house in a row of shoes.  (Were they driving them?  I don’t even know.)

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Cooper & Bennett found this situation quite humorous. They got a big kick out of the fact that nearly every other shoe had a superhero inside.  Bennett was very excited that Batman was in his rain boot.  They took their time looking through at all the superheroes.  Then Cooper went and straightened up the main fight scene.  Some of the army guys had fallen over, and one of the bad guys was down for the count, too.  Before heading off to school, the boys made sure to tell Elfis that he needed to clean up his mess, and thankfully he did so before they got home.


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Day 6: Thursday the boys came downstairs to find that Elfis had continued to get into their stuff. It appeared that Elfis found their MouseTrap game, assembled it all by himself, then got caught in the trap.  However, by the looks of the three mice on the spinner board, I have my suspicions that they might have tricked him into landing on the cheese.

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Day 7: Friday, we woke up and quickly found Elfis in the dining room, hanging upside down from the chandelier holding a football.  We couldn’t figure out who he was playing with, but I’m just glad nothing was broken.  No football in the house!

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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.)

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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.


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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.

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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:

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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!

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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.

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Everyone did well with Santa, and the requests are in.  Hopefully they behave and they’ll get what they asked for.  🙂

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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!

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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.

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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!

Elfcapades 2013: Day 25 – Merry Christmas!

The big day is finally here!

It started this morning when Bennett woke up around 6am.  I let him stay in his room for a while, hoping he’d go back to sleep, but by 6:45 I knew that wasn’t happening, so I went in and got him up.  And just a minute after we’d gone back to climb into my bed, Cooper came in and asked, “Mom, did Santa come today?”  And then it all started.  Cooper had to go wake up Natalie in order to go downstairs.  Once we were all up, right about 7:00, we headed downstairs.  Cooper was worried at first glance because he couldn’t find our stockings, and only saw a picture of Elfis on the mantle.  But then he realized the stockings were on the floor (must have been too heavy to hang with all that loot inside!).  Phew!  That would not have been good if our stockings were missing!

Here are Cooper & Natalie taking a first look at our Santa goodies.


Notice on the mantle, Eflis left us another picture of himself this year.  (Must be his official portrait; it’s the same picture he left us last year.)  He did write a note on it though, that says, “See you next year! Love, Elfis.”  Oh great.


He did do something nice for me, although I’m not convinced it makes up for all of his trouble-making this year.  He left me a card with a gift card inside and a note that said to take the kids to get fro-yo at Menchies.  YUM!  We love Menchies!!!

Cooper was thrilled to be able to dig right in to his stocking:


And Natalie, too:


And Bennett went for the big present first:



Turns out Santa brought the kids what they  asked for: Vans (shoes) for Natalie, Ironman for Cooper (SUPER EXCITED!), and lots of toys for Bennett.   12.25.13-6 12.25.13-7

Santa even brought us another remote control toy, a set of bumper cars.  The boys had to start playing with those right away!



After we finished tearing through our Santa presents, we ate a yummy fruit and cinnamon roll breakfast, then headed out to the living room to dig into our presents to each other.  Right now it looks like a tornado made it’s way through my house.  This place is a disaster!  We all received a ton of great stuff – toys, clothes, etc.  Spoiled, yes.  All of us.

Here’s Bennett smiling at another one of his new presents, Sully from Monsters, Inc.  (He LOVES Monsters!)


We had a little bit of time to enjoy our new presents this morning, but not much because we had to run out by lunchtime to go to our final (6th of 6) Christmas event at Nana & Papa’s house.  We spent the afternoon there, and although Bennett was not on his best behavior (not feeling good at all), we had a nice time, great dinner, and got spoiled all over again with too many more presents.

When we were leaving tonight, Cooper asked me, “Mom, do we have another Christmas tomorrow?”  Thank goodness, no.  The last five days have been a whirlwind.  Unfortunately, tomorrow is a regular get-back-to-work (and school) day around here, but I am looking forward to our weekend coming up so I can get this house put back together, try to find a home for all of this new stuff we have, and just have a minute or two to relax!  This has been a busy month!


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