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The Floor is Lava! {Elfie and Elfa – Day 5}

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.

Cookie Time! {Elfie and Elfa – Day 4}

As in the tradition of elf culture, it wasnt long until Elfie and Elfa wanted us to make yummy cookies for Christmas.

They even spelt out cookies in chocolate chips in case we didn’t get the hint with the ingredients and flour snow angels

Elfa was a bit neater than Elfie, as usual, hanging in the bowl with a mixer…

The cookie baking exercise was a big hit…Thomas approved.

I even decided to try instastories this morning.

Click on the pic to see the silly video. ❤️ We had way too much fun with it!

Letters to Santa {Elfie and Elfa – Day 3}

The kids were on their game this year, writing letters without elf prompting and some even wrote to santa starting in November!

So, the elves decided last night to make the magical trip to the North Pole to hand deliver them to Santa himself.

They brought back a 2018 souvenier with them, to match our 2017 and 2014 ones. Along the way, they picked up some magical sparkly north pole snow!

I have a personal soft spot for snow globes, and seeing the kids share in my adoration is what the holiday season is all about for me. ❤️ We can’t wait to see what the elves get into tomorrow! Until then…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas {Elfie and Elfa -Day 1}

Year seven of our elf visits started this morning. The kids awoke one by one this morning and patiently awaited on the top of the staircase until they were all ready. {Colin was the sleepyhead today!}

Then they were off, filing quickly through the hallway to find the elves this morning in the kitchen.

They didn’t disappoint. Elfa and Elfie had carried the reindeer down the steps and decided that they needed some new colored lights…

Elfie was being his usual silly self.

They brought us yummy hot chocolate and peppermint stir sticks.

Colin was quite excited about that…

Marcus is very happy that the elves have returned!

Molly is happily sharing the elvish tradition with her “babies”…

The ever-cubing Thomas is still loving our December mornings.

…and the wonderment in Colin’s eyes makes all the Christmas seasons magical.

What will they do tomorrow? Who knows! But, I can’t wait to see what the kids find. ❤️

Christmas time is here again.

It’s only November 26th, and while I usually have a “rule” about decorating for Christmas before my birthday (on the 28th) this year, it’s already happened…

Maybe I’m getting old…

Maybe it’s just that the weather has been so odd this year that it has almost felt as if autumn never really occured…

…or maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with this little girl’s smile.

Whatever it is, it just feels right.

So, im just going to go with the flow, enjoying every minute of their childhood that I can.

Usually, the elves bring up our decorations the morning of December 1st.

I was looking back on their past visits, and came to the realization that this will be the 7th year that the elves have been with us every morning in December, helping us countdown the holiday season until Christmas arrives.

That guy up there was 8 years old when we started the family tradition.

This awesome gamer was only 2.

This littlest dude will never know anything different.

I will be blogging every morning this year, chronicling what the elves are up to. So, be sure to check back here to follow along. ❤️

Something something… [insert as good of an excuse as any for not blogging here.]

As our family’s birthday season is quickly approaching (Starting with Marcus’ birthday coming up this Wednesday… what?) I stopped for a moment to realize that was already 3 months in to 2018. How did that happen??

While we are on the topic of how did that happen

When did this little chubby baby become a smart young man? Gosh, he’s turning EIGHT! How has it been 8 years already? All this thinking leads me down a slippery slope, because this cute baby girl…

Is now a beautiful and talented dancer who will be ELEVEN by month’s end.

Don’t even get me started on my almost TEENAGER…

That little baby of mine is now studying PreAlgebra, and is speed-cubing and photobombing like a pro. ❤️

And not to leave out my littlest dude…

Who is turning out to be as crazy and funny and smart as the rest of the crew…

Not to mention his photobombing skills that rival that of his oldest brother…

So, that’s what’s going on around these parts lately. We have been rocking 2018 with homeschooling advanced subjects, which has been as fun for me as it is for the kids.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods?

Raising Litterateurs {aka… my kids LOVE books!}

Every time Autumn comes rolling in, I feel a need to evaluate our curricula. Seeing what is working for us, and what we’d rather do without, is a vital part of keeping our homeschooling not only educational, but fun. This year, we took a modified summer approach to our schooling, choosing one day a week to cover the “essentials”, we really were able to fully emerge in the topic of the day {my favorite being a tie between History Fridays and Nature Wednesdays}. Another thing that I discovered is that, although we chose to focus on just one topic each day, reading time every day was solidly carved into our lives and we would naturally gravitate towards ‘quiet time’ and story telling to one another, especially when the kids recieved a new book. These two realizations are what brings me to this post.


When I sat down to see what we loved day to day, and what the kids naturally gravitated to, the answer was clear… BOOKS. More more often than not? Usborne books. From our history lessons to our free reading time. When learning about how our body works to exploring the world atlas, the resources we reached for time and again was our Usborne books!


This massively awesome pile or reference books is just the ones we’ve used in the last week. We just love them around these parts! What are your favorite books?

Christmas Card Outtakes

It’s that time of year again! The taking of photos and the making into cards.

  

Inevitably, some of those photos don’t end up making the cut. 3R3A8749-Edit-Edit

It’s always so hard to choose though, as {well I think} these kids just can’t take a bad photo!3R3A8827-Edit 

Here’s to this year’s outtakes.  I’m hoping by sharing them here, they get to spread a bit of happiness all the same. ❤️