Saying goodbye to Elfie

It was a very sad day at our house. My 3 and a half year old burst into tears when I told her it was Elfie’s last day with us. To be nice I decided to let Elfie’s magic be lifted for the whole day. My kids loved playing with her. She rested with C and watched Curious George. She even made Elfie go to our family Christmas. After she fell asleep with Elfie tucked in her arms (So she couldn’t go with Santa) Elfie quietly left with Santa to get ready for next year!

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My one and a half year old giving Elfie good-bye kisses!

20140106-085627.jpg My three and a half year old playing with Elfie

20140106-085639.jpgOpening up the last gift from Elfie: Christmas Eve presents (jammies and soft fuzzy socks)

EotS drinking smoothie day 15

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That silly Elfie! We had McDonald’s smoothies for lunch and while the kids were napping Elfie decided she was thirsty too! C got a kick out of Elfie drinking the rest of her smoothie.

Just a hop, skip and a jump! EotS Day 10

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One day when we went to a local grocery store in one of the aisles they had hopscotch on the floor. I practically had to drag my daughter out of that aisle just so we could leave. So I thought it might be something fun for Elfie to do. So I grabbed some chalk and a side of a cardboard box and created an Elfie sized hopscotch board.

Daily Activity: For her “gift” today she received a roll of masking tape to make our own hopscotch game after dance practice tonight.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! EotS Day 9

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Today in the forecast we are suppose to be getting some snow. It has snowed here already but not much and it is already melted. So now that we have Elfie I thought it would be the perfect time to bring out the snowflakes!

When C woke up this morning she found Elfie cutting up coffee filters with her scissors. She was pretty excited that Elfie had her scissors and wanted to start making snowflakes right then and there. But this morning was her Christmas program at church so she had to wait until after church.

For her “gift” that Elfie brought with her was about 5 coffee filters that she could cut and make her own snowflakes. When she was cutting her snowflakes she did not want to fold it up so she just made her snowflakes by making cuts along the whole edge.

Elf on the Shelf- Day 8

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Chugga-chugga Choo-choo! I think last night when we watched The Polar Express Elfie really got into the movie because this morning we found her riding on one of my son’s trains on his train table.

Special Activity- Last year my community started the Snowflake Express. I heard about it too late last year so we did not go because it was sold out. I was NOT letting that happen again this year. As soon as I heard about it I went and got tickets (good thing I did, it sold out not even 3 hours later).

The event is a fundraiser for local charity The Magical Mix Kids, which raises money to take chronic and terminally ill children from Eastern Iowa to Disney World. The Snowflake Express gives kids a ride on a real locomotive. It includes Santa, train conductors, a story, hot chocolate and cookies and a sleigh bell for all kids. I thought my kids would absolutely love this!!!

Just Hanging! – EotS Day 7

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Elfie must have wanted to check out the Christmas tree because that is where we found her this morning. She was stuck in the tree just like an ornament.

Special Activity- Every year I like to have the kids make an ornament to hang on the tree and also to give as grandparent gifts. I saw these cute snowman hand print ornaments on Pinterest and thought that would be the perfect ornament for this year.

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Elf on the Shelf- Day 3

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Today when my daughter woke up she found Elfie taking a bath in one of her bowls! For her gift today she got a small thing of bubble bath to use after dance class tonight.

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Elf on the Shelf- Day 2

Since today is Sunday and we have church I thought it would be the perfect day to have Elfie all stickered up with some of my daughter’s stickers. When we are at church my daughter’s favorite thing to do is just put stickers all over paper. Seriously the easiest thing ever and she is so focused on it that during the sermon it’s what she does (besides write her name on every piece of paper). So I took the stickers she was going to be taking to church and had Elfie get into them and use them up.20131201-004626.jpg

Don’t worry I can’t let Elfie use all her stickers and not have something to occupy my daughter. So for her special gift today she got some new Christmas stickers to take to church. Below is the picture of her finding Elfie, the letter and her gift. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of her stickers right away but she just couldn’t wait for church, she had to bust the stickers out right away and found other ones she wanted for church!

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Elf on a shelf Day 1: Arrival Day

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So I have read about Elf on the Shelf before but haven’t done it with my daughter. She is 3 now and is really into Santa and the holidays so I decided to give it a go this year since she is older and more able to understand what we are doing. I was going to have his first day be tomorrow but once I started going with creating my elf schedule I just really wanted to get it started right away. So one day early isn’t too bad!

I researched Pinterest to find some ideas for Elf on the Shelf and came across a few ideas. I also came across various things for Advent as well. So I am trying to mix the 2 together and create my own version of Elf on the Shelf for my daughter. Each day the elf (who she named Elfie) will be causing some kind of mischief around the house. I then linked up an activity/gift to relate to each mischievous thing the elf does.

Instead of the normal naughty/nice I told her that her elf would go back to Santa each night and tell him about all the wonderful things she did that day. We talked about how it is nice when she shares with her brother (which we are having a lot of fun with right now) and what it means to be nice and friendly (which she generally is already).

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Above is what she woke up to this morning. When she got up I told her that I had trouble sleeping because during the middle of the night someone was being really loud outside our house. I told her I heard jingle bells and thought that maybe we should check outside to see if there was anything out there from all that noise. This is what she saw when she opened the door. I think it’s fair to say she was extremely excited.  She’s a funny little girl, just to open the door she had to get her coat on because it was cold and to get the stuff off the front steps she had to go find her boots to put on as well.  At the front door was a wrapped box marked to Chloe that had a return address of Santa Claus The North Pole. There were also plates, “snow” covered donuts and hot chocolate for a delicious and not so healthy breakfast!

Side note: I seriously decided last night at like 10 that I wanted to start today instead of tomorrow and that is why nothing is cutely packaged. If I would have just waited one day I was going to go get Christmas cups and plates and have a cute set up for the donuts and chocolate. But with both kids in bed and my husband at work I couldn’t just leave and go get things so I had to make due with what I had.

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When she unwrapped the box there was a little note to her from her new elf. Like I said I put it together really quick so that is why it is so short. If I had time I was going to print off a cute note explaining everything in a more kid friendly language but my printer is broken so I was unable to use the printer. So plan B!

After a long brainstorming session with my 3 year old she finally named her elf Elfie. I also have a 1 1/2 year old who I am not doing this with (he will probably help look for Elfie but that’s about it). He will participate in some of the activities but is too young to understand the concept, I will probably start doing the Elf on the Shelf with him next year.

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This is where Elfie got to hang out today. My daughter really wanted to touch her at first so I had to make sure to put her up where she couldn’t reach.

I also DVR’d The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s story that was on the other night and we watched that tonight to help her get a better understanding. I really liked doing that because she realized what would happen to Elfie if she touched her.

Stay tuned to see the adventures of Elfie, our Elf on the Shelf!