So we have a family elf. His name is Buddy, and this is his second year visiting us. My daughter has counted down the days since he left, waiting for his return. He gets himself into some crazy hijinks and messes when he’s here. Here’s a look at one week worth of his fun antics.
Buddy’s arrival 11/22/2018 Thanksgiving Day
The book says he arrives on Thanksgiving, at least, that’s what we believed when we read it. So, that’s when he shows up.
I wrestled with the idea of HOW this guy was going to make his debut. So many ideas out there, most of them involving a mailed package, but I didn’t have any of that handy, and needed to do something baby-proofed.
My 1 year old son doesn’t understand that he can’t touch the elf, so I need to keep this month either off the ground or secured. We don’t want Buddy to lose his magic!
This look was achieved thanks to a coffee filter and twine. His mobility was provided thanks to the $15 elf kit I installed him with last year.
Of course, with him safely tucked away in the background, it made for such a cute family photo moment. So I gathered some blankets and a book, forced my kids to sit there and stare at the same page for 30 minutes while I complained of my cell phone pics turning out blurry.
It was worth it for this cute photo though.
Day 2 11/23/2018
He can’t just jump into messy situations right off the back, we need to space them out and start off slow. That’s what keeps him from getting boring.
My daughter requested he play with her toys, so he wouldn’t be lonely. *Aw.
Day 3 11/24/2018
A school photo, a dry erase marker, and a mischievous little elf.
I had a migraine all day the day before, and my daughter got on my nerves by not listening to me, so I think of this as a passive-aggressive act of rebellion against her, haha.
Day 4 11/25/2018
Buddy sits on top of the toaster oven with a shopping list in hand. My daughter was curious to know why he needed so much candy. I’m still not sure myself, to be honest.
Day 5 11/26/2018
Monday morning and the first day of school since the Thanksgiving break started last week. I can only imagine how excited my daughter was to tell her friends about her elf.
Day 6 11/27/2018
My brother bought Buddy a superhero costume, so I expect to use it several times this month. The best part of the costume? I can just dress him up and sit him there. He looks cool and doesn’t need a handwritten note or anything else to make it fun.
Day 7 11/28/2018
Tonight I was tired and unable to think of anything to do with this elf. Walked into my daughter’s bedroom and saw her robot in the corner. Perfect. With his pincher grasping hands, he can hold Buddy!
So now it looks like our elf was captured, which is totally cool because my daughter thinks Buddy’s magic brought the robot to life to play.
Now Available, Week two of Elf on the Shelf Hijinks.