Christmas is coming… and while last year, I did some fun stuff with Thomas (our elf on the shelf), like having the army guys tie him up at gun point, taking a marshmallow bath, having fun with Barbie, toilet papering the tree, even fishing in the toilet! This year, Nicholas (the renamed elf on the shelf) has not been so lucky. It's gone something like this:
Night 1: OH shit, it's Thanksgiving, I have to dig through the boxes and find that damn elf, and then set him up without the kids seeing me. We'll just put him on the kitchen counter because it's the only room no one is in. And then calm full blown meltdown because the 4 year old touched him and Santa will know. Sprinkle cinnamon on him because it gives him his magic back. Move him to a new spot before they touch him again!
Night 2: OH shit… I forgot to move the elf. Quick before they wake up, find a ledge.
Night 3: OH shit, I forgot to move the elf again… the kids haven't noticed. Move him to the painting in the living room.
Night 4: Set him on the counter with the crayons the 4 year old never cleaned up. YUP, he's in reach again… calm another meltdown.
Night 5: Put him up above the sink on the window ledge.
Night 6: SHIT. He's still on the ledge and the kids are wondering why he hasn't moved. LIE and say he must really like that spot.
Night 7: Seriously Kristan, he's still above the sink… GET WITH IT. Move him to the chandelier hanging upside down.
Night 8: Shit, he's still on the chandelier.
Night 9: Don't forget to move the ELf…. and… yup. forgot to move him. He's still hanging. And after a morning of the 4 year old not listening, tell her that this is why Nicholas is not visiting Santa, because he doesn't want to tell him that she's not listening…. and if Nicholas does not go visit Santa, Santa will not come visit her.
I have a full board on Pinterest of the PPH ideas (perfect pinterest housewife) and haven't used one. I mean… really, how hard is it to REMEMBER to move that damn elf?! Apparently VERY!
Also, the 4 year old noticed this year that he has toy tags… errrr… name tags on him. Remember to remove those next year when she can read MADE IN CHINA.
Hopefully your elf adventures are going better than ours.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
[we had a cold front come in, and we bundled up]
[his first footprints in the sand]
[hoopin in a handmade adult hoop]
[oh the hand dimples!!!]
[fierce sunsets were October, lately it's been all about the sunrise]
[ H I G H s u r f A D V I S O R Y]
watching hundreds of surfers play hooky from work.
[what Thanksgiving 2013 looked like]
I'm not sure if those who do not own small businesses truly understand the impact you have as a shopper of a small business. Like the quote that went around social media on Small Business Saturday: You're not helping send some CEO buy his 2nd million dollar home. You're helping a real family with real problems put food on their table, keep the electricity turned on and maybe, just maybe help send their daughter to ballet class. It's an amazing thing, the love we small businesses have for our customers and the love you give us by shopping.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but my thankfulness is in full force. So thank you for shopping small. And a special thank you if you've purchased anything from adelynSTONE card shop or Stiched Vintage Co. Your purchases help our family in so many ways. xoxo
Thursday, October 24, 2013
[location: Venice Fishing Pier, FL]
With words, actions, love.
Give me a hut on a beach, and I'll make it work.
Yes. Let's live simple.
How someone treats you is their karma, how you react is yours.
I have to repeat that one over and over.
It's true, but in the moment, my passive-agressive self forgets.
| just a few reminders for myself. some pictures of moments I do not want to forget. |