'Lil mischief, family fun, and "Parties We Have Held"
They’re Baaa-ack. Jack and Julia are ready for Christmas, 2014. On Thanksgiving, we found them in usual hiding spots. The day after Thanksgiving, Jack and Julia borrowed Barbie’s camper and headed out to the Christmas Tree lot to get their tree, as we do each year. The next day we were set to watch college footbal Rivalry Weekend games. Jack and Julia were clearly rooting for Michigan over Ohio State. Poor Buckeye elf! Pancake Sunday found Julia and the Sock Monkey ornament making pancakes on a tiny stove … while Jack hung with his Snowman peeps. December 1st. An Elf on the Shelf Advent calendar arrives, and the placemats are set to “25 days until Christmas.” The next morning we found a new pet reindeer. Unlike the elves, this little guy thrives on love and hugs and snuggles and will stay here until Christmas Eve. Our job is to fill him with Christmas love. Game Night! Jack scored a hockey goal against the Christmas mice.
Julia played Tic Tac Toe while the Wise Men watched. The next day, we found Jack in the cupboard. He was taking good care of our new reindeer. He even had apples and carrots for him! Her? We haven’t decided. Meanwhile, Julia was suggesting we bake. With Elf on the Shelf baking cups! Christmas camouflage Nice morning for some EOTS hit cocoa. Chilly nights – ready for some EOTS jammies! Ooh! A Chocolate Elf Making Station! Bitty Elves on the Shelves chocolates.
Julia is in charge of tempering the chocolate.
This one was a tricky hiding spot, since our kids do not check the liquor cabinet. Yet.
We’re going to Disney World! Jack even has Mouse ears.
Right foot, red.
Right foot, red.
Fun with the minions.
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
Julia knitting some scarves for the Christmas mice.
Playing Magic Eight Ball with the tiny town people, who have their own tiny Eight Ball.
Hanging by their mistletoes.
Julia the Milk Maid.
The Advent tree was missing on morning, and then found turned upside down. Looks like the elf made them do it.
Poker night wit the Grinch. Hope Jack is wearing his poker face, because he is about to clean up!
A little night music. The Christmas mice joined in.
Julia’s turn to play poker.
Ho, ho, ho!. New duds and a beard.
Julia taking a group shot of the village people. New camera!
The next day we did not find Julia ’til the very end of the day, when someone inevitably needed a band-aid and went to the cupboard:
Meanwhile, Jack was up near the Elf Portal (an old fuse box high on the kitchen wall), holding some just-right-sized keys.
Julia, trying her hand at ring-toss.
Jack fashioned a bungee cord out of those tiny rubber bands.
Tiny tools in the hands of tiny toy makers.
On Christmas Eve, Jack read The Night Before Christmas to some ornament friends. The stockings were indeed hung by his chimney with care, and some carrots and cookies were left for Santa’s arrival.
Meanwhile, Julia took advantage of her last day in Hawaii – donning a lei and hula skirt, tropical drink in hand, hanging out on a beach chair in the sand.
Until next year, folks!