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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve brought family presents for the kids to open, well, Elfie brought them I suppose. My MIL’s presents were a huge hit.





By days end, our Christmas tree was full and Santa still has yet to arrive.20121224-230955.jpg

The kids decided to leave cookies for him anyway. 😉 Couldn’t hurt, right?20121224-231006.jpg

Precious moments.

20121223-204601.jpgWith only two days left, Elfie brought sun catchers for the kids to paint. They even decided to decorate grandma and grandpa’s Christmas presents with them. These certainly are precious moments.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

This is the second Saturday morning that Elfie did something for Marcus alone, as the kids once again were feeling better and spent the night at grandma and grandpa’s house. 20121222-121404.jpgDaddy, ahem Elfie, had this one covered as he she knows two things about Marcus; that he loves any moving vehicle and last time the car track was a hit, so trains totally seemed like a natural next step.

20121222-121416.jpg Too bad there isn’t another Saturday before Christmas, as we could have completed the trifecta. 😉 Oh well, there’s always next year!

Stringing up the popcorn.

20121221-225947.jpgMolly told Elfie last night that she’d like her to gather all her stuffed friends downstairs to the living room for a Christmas surprise.

20121221-230012.jpgShe was more than happy to accommodate, complete with movie accompaniment and popcorn.

20121221-230116.jpgThis time, however, the popcorn was not to eat, but to string up to decorate.

20121221-230248.jpgThe kids had watching Frosty the snowman, and they made some pretty impressive garland while they were at it too.


What we did 5 days before Christmas.

Today was another awesome day in preparation to the fun and joyous day that is December 25, otherwise known as Christmas. Elfie visited again this morning, building snowman in a bowl.




…and then we made yummy cookies, and after that I completely rearranged my living room, having to take down all the decorations and put them all back up again. What? Everyone doesn’t do that 5 days before Christmas?

20121220-204954.jpgWell, my friends, you are missing out. 😉

Marshmallows roasting on an LED candle.

Elfie taught the kids about nutrition today.
20121219-104956.jpgI suppose she’s just going by the old elf standard; “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”

20121219-110230.jpgNot only did she make s’mores from the “bad ingredients”, but she made the kids want to eat them. For breakfast.


Rudolph the red painted reindeer.

Elfie brought us wooden Rudolph ornaments, paint, and brushes to have a little painting party today.

20121219-023319.jpgShe even got out the kids’ aprons and was wearing Molly’s as we all came downstairs to see what she was up to.

20121219-023327.jpgMolly was especially excited because Clarice has become a favorite this season.

20121219-023521.jpgThe boys were equally excited to get their paint on.

20121219-023538.jpgGood thing it was washable Crayola paint, because they literally got their paint on everything.

So worth it.

Taking on new heights.

We had a very uplifting visit from Elfie today, and her antics soared sky high over the kids heads.

20121217-081045.jpgWhen Marcus saw, he was quite concerned for her safety, “Get down, now!!” he yelled over and over again at Elfie.

20121217-080747.jpgDon’t try this at home kids. I assure you that Elfie is a trained professional, and no elves were harmed in today’s elf antics.

Elfie caught our cold.

20121216-083549.jpgWe’ve all been sniffly and coughing since Wednesday, so I figured it would eventually make it’s way to Elfie.

20121216-083601.jpgWe are firm believers in laughter being the best medicine, so in that light, Elfie brought us some Christmas jokes to tell while we are all on the mend.

20121216-083611.jpgMolly’s favorite?

What do monkeys sing at Christmas? Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells. Jungle all the way.

It was just a matter of time.

20121215-175400.jpgOh yes; the ubiquitous elf making snow angels in the flour happened today.

20121215-175425.jpgI suppose it had to be done. So, why not today, right?

20121215-175439.jpgShe also printed out a biscuit recipe and scribbled Christmasy modifications on it to use holiday cookie cutter shapes, so that is at least a tiny bit original, right?

20121215-175450.jpg…and the kids loved it.