December 2018 archive
One of Colin’s go to games is Candy Land. It’s quick, easy and colorful.
Apparently, it’s now chocolate too.
The kids jumped right in and set it up, complete with their special new chocolatey rules.
Who knew that Candy Land could be any more awesome than it already is?
This elf. Yup, he totally called it.
Oh, and this guy that won? He totally cut the winning golden chocolate reward into fourths and shared it. ❤️
We awoke this morning to tattoos and snowman rub-art via our elves.
Every day, it seems, the kids have even more fun than the last.
Today was no exception to this rule, as Colin even came up with his own songs while creating…
Even the eldest Kingston kid had to have a Christmassy Tattoo!
Super cool foursome right there. Thanks to Elfie and Elfa, our mornings are filled with giggles and songs and magic. ❤️
The elves brought out all their favorite Christmas for us to watch, but had a bit of a mishap while trying to make us popcorn…
Elfa had thought ahead, at least, and built up a bit of a safety net with some pillowy marshmallows.
The kids were all happy that no elves were harmed in this morning’s festivities and made sure that everyone had a hug…
And then proceeded to enjoy some hot chocolate and The Polar Express! HOT HOT! Oh we’ve got it!! ❤️
Always a favorite, Elfie and Elfa decided that’s today was the day for the CANDY CANE HUNT!
The kids were tasked with finding 12 candy canes in under 6 minutes!
Colin decided that once he found 3 candy canes, that he would just watch the pandemonium while enjoying his loot.
Marcus saved us by finding the last candy cane with just seconds to spare!
Check out the little video below for a sneak peek into the hilarity that the elves brought this morning! https://instagram.com/p/BrQXcAKlfor/
Not sure the elves ran this one past Santa or Mrs. Claus… but the kids awoke to a free day.
Needless to say, it was well received.
After playing for a bit, they decided to all make breakfast together and hang out in the basement. Happy Monday!
Everyone was feeling better this morning, including the elves. So good, in fact, that they decided to make paper snowflakes!
Nothing says Christmastime in our house quite like tiny bits of paper everywhere.
Elfie “cheated” a little this year, by bringing out one of our punches from our papercrafting supplies. Colin loved the idea and immediately starting making little snowflakes himself.
The elves seemed quite pleased with themselves when the kids complete. Another successful morning!
Well, it was inevitable. Every Christmas season at least one of the kids comes down with something, and they spread it to everyone in the house. Last Saturday, Molly had what we thought was a bit of a stomach bug, which knocked her out until Tuesday, but it appeared that she had kept it to herself. That is until last night. Poor Thomas was miserable all night long and stayed in bed this morning, sucking on ice chips, hoping to feel better soon.
Molly was tasked with FaceTiming him while they discovered what the elves got in to last night.
To the kids’ surprise, Elfie and Elfa had also caught it and had brought along some funny (or should I say: painfully cheesy) jokes to cheer everyone up.
Marcus decided to show me his bemused and amused look in response to some cheesy punchlines…
They all had a good time with the silly goodness that the jokes inspired.
While the jokes allowed a welcome laugh (this one was particularly funny to him), Thomas gave me a thumbs down, displaying his unhappiness with feeling so poorly this morning.
Thank you, Elfie and Elfa, for reminding us that even when we aren’t 100%, a smile can be brought to our faces.
The kids were so excited to see what the elves did today, that they all awaited one by one on the top of the stairs until everyone was ready to head down. Molly even brought her babies along to join in the festivities, and Colin decided that he wanted to film it himself this time.
Thomas was the first to find them, in one of their favorite spots; on the kitchen counter.
Elfie and Elfa had brought us a “Make your own Santa Pops” kit to enjoy.
Colin dove right in, dissecting the box to see just how it is that there were Santa Pops inside.
As the kids read the instructions aloud, he ensured that we all knew where the microwave was located, pointing so that we would know where the candy melts went when we were ready to start.
The kit came with pretty cellophane patterned bags and red foil twist ties so that we could gift them as well.
Marcus was fascinated with how well and smooth the chocolate melted almost like magic as he stirred.
Thomas dutifully filled each Santa shape mold, ensuring that the quantities were all distributed appropriately.
They all agreed that placing the sticks on was the most satisfying.
Into the refrigerator they went, and in 10 minutes we had amazing,
Marcus and Molly especially loved how curly and swirly Santa’s beard was depicted. Thanks to the elves, for another joyous December morning! One week down, two more to go until Christmas morning! I still can’t believe how fast 2018 has flown by.
This morning, we awoke to a trail of pompoms leading to the basement.
The elves brought them out so that we could make some ornaments for our makerstree.
Since we have our very own little maker space in the basement, we thought it perfect to have a tree that we decorate only with things made by us.
So far, we have bunches of perler bead ornaments as the kids love making pixel art.
Elfie thought some neat little Christmassy pompom figures would be a great addition.
While Elfa thought we need some garland to tie it all together.
The kids set off straight away, picking projects to work on.
Molly made an amazingly dorky reindeer.
Marcus is quite proud of his snowman.
Colin helped me make the pompom garland.
While Thomas decided that no tree is complete without a bit of popcorn!
Has your family been overtaken with the silly “The Floor is Lava” game? Well, today, the elves decided to make it a thing for ours.
Even Colin understood and ran for the sofa upon hearing the ominous warning!
We went on to play House of Danger, a game based on our favorite book series; Choose Your Own Adventure. So far, the kids and I would highly recommend it. The game is like an even more interactive book, and we love card games, so this is a perfect fit.