Last year was my first time doing the infamous elf on a shelf tradition, what can I say I guess I caved into P
interest peer pressure. While I did not go to overboard on our elf’s ventures everyday and when my girls got over the fact that our elf was a boy, it was a lot of fun. Not that I remembered to do it every day but it was still enjoyed by all.
This year my adorable growing up way too fast 10 year old came to me a week before thanksgiving with a fabulous idea. She knew I was the woman behind the elf last year and she wanted to take over the duty of moving Christopher jingles everyday to a different spot. BRILLIANT! I loved how excited this made her!
After having a 5 hour meeting about this important duty and making her sign some legal documents I agreed. I have loved watching her come up with ideas. Although it has only been a few days she is doing great and I love how it has actually helped my kids get a long so much! First off I got to witness an adorable display of her reading the book to her sisters, than every day she is so excited to see her sisters reactions to what she has done. They have no idea it is her and it is all kinds of adorableness. I will definitely keep updating you about her most recent elf on a shelf places as Christmas gets closer.
Now if only our mischievous little toddler would stop picking him up!
A few weeks before Thanksgiving I had this random thought. I all of the sudden realized that we could actually have outside christmas lights for the first time ever! This made me a lot more giddy than it probably should have. We have lived in our house for about four months and I am still loving it so much. I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact it is ours!
My Husband did a fabulous job putting them up. I did not even have to nag at him to do it (which I am sure made him happy). He was just excited as I was. My girls love using the remote to turn them on and off. I doubt we will ever be all hardcore with our own choreographed light show to music on a personalized radio frequency. But really, this is enough for me!
(But if we did have lights dancing on our house to a Christmas song it would have to be to one of my favorites ”This Christmas” I love to groove out to that one frequently, or anything sung by Donny Osmond would of course work as well)
As a mom you are prepared for bad days and good days, lack of sleep, and preparing a billion boxes of mac and cheese, but when I signed up for this mom gig I don’t think I expected the drama that can come at the drop of a hat. The drama that can rear it’s ugly face so quickly it can take your breath away.
For example A week or so ago I was preparing my four year old for preschool. It was purple day. We were in luck! My daughter has many purple outfits. There was just one problem. The one and only purple shirt with stars adorning it. the only one that she actually wanted to wear was missing.
The tantrums begun. I even looked in our black hole of a laundry room. No where could I see this precious purple shirt. My daughter now in a heap yelled that she could not attend preschool because of this predicament, The screaming that can come from my very petite daughter was quite monstrous!
After a few hours she finally settled on a gray shirt with a girl on it who had purple hair, a purple skirt and purple leggins. I was exuasted but got through it because I knew once I dropped my daughter off I could come back home and put my baby and myself down for a nap. There was going to be silver lining after all.
As we pulled into the parking lot she was all smiles and ready to start her purpleicious day. We greeted her preschool teacher who promptly mentioned as I was about to tiptoe out of the room. “Where is your purple item to put on the purple wall?
I officially give up!
I have kind of been in a shoebox packing frenzy the last few days and I wanted to update you and tell you how it all went. As I mentioned here I had a goal to help pack around 20 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This seemed a little lofty to me and I was nervous. I rallied my friends and family and I am so happy to say that the total amount of boxes packed full of wonderful things for children was 41!!!! Forty One amazing boxes packed with simple things children from all over the world will enjoy and more importantly the message that God loves them!
My sweet friend Harmony (Pictured with me above) organized a wonderful packing party at the ward (Church building) I attended before moving. I spoke to them about my trip and showed them this inspiring video.
The people attending had all brought wonderful donations and packed 23 boxes! It was so neat!! Thanks to all who helped and attended!
My Second packing party was planned for my family including my Mom and Dad, My brothers, their wives, and my nieces and nephews. Wow was it chaotic! In a good way of course! They LOVED packing the shoeboxes and all enjoyed writing a letter to the child who would get their box full of goodies. We packed 16 boxes! Thanks also to my sweet Mother In Law who packed 2 boxes up to the brim for me!
I HAVE GOOD NEWS! You still have plenty of time to pack and drop off a Shoe box! Collection week is going on now until the 25th. You can find your local drop off location here. I so recommend this as a fun family activity. Such a great way to teach your kids about service! Thank You to all who helped me and lets pack even more next year!
School picture day and I do not get along. We have been mortal enemies for awhile now. It starts when my kids bring home that bright flyer with the perfectly pictured kid on it taunting me with that cheesy grin. I’ll admit that I don’t pay much attention to it. Ok, so none at all. I usually throw it on top of the fridge and completely forget about it until I am dropping my kids off at school a few days later and notice all the students perfectly dressed up with there hair all done with those envelopes in there cute little hands.
I freeze! Oh NO!! I run home to grab some money. I reluctantly have my child called down to the office to hand her the money just hoping she wore something semi decent that day and I notice that she did not particularly have the best hair day that morning. No worries I have my purse, it holds my whole life, there has got to be something in there to fix this mess. So I find an elastic and a barbie brush. Viola. I bust into hairdoing magic while my then eight year old looks at me very strange while I brush her long locks with a tiny two inch doll brush.
You better believe that this really did in fact happen to me a few years back and it followed with two more years of completely forgetting about picture day.
This year I was going to be better. I remembered, and even though I only planned on buying a class photo which still costs way too much. I wanted my girls to look spectacular. We picked outfits the night before and planned for cute, curly, and fun hairstyles. We woke up early and started getting ready. Nothing was going to get in our overpriced picture day way. I had seen on the flyer that you could even pre pay online WOOHOO I thought, I have got this!
That morning when time starting getting a little tight I ran downstairs to the computer to pay online. As I started the process I read that you would have to print the receipt out to put it in the envelope after you had paid online. Deal breaker. we had no ink in our printer! I then ran for my wallet. I had cash but not in the exact amount I would need. I then started searching for my check book. Who even writes checks anymore these days? It was impossible to find! After texting my husband and searching everywhere, I found it. I then needed both picture flyers for both of my girls to hand in there money separately. I seriously felt like I was running a marathon. This is more complicated than anything in the entire world. I deserve a doctorate or something for completing all of these steps!
After searching through all of our strewn about papers I found both envelopes filled them both out. I crammed the checks inside and gave them to both of my daughters. I then sighed a breath of relief. I had done it! They would indeed get there pictures taken, all was not lost!
Can you do me one favor though? Don’t ever ask me to show you the pictures, because past evidence shows I will never be able to actually find them.