‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the house
An Elf was snoring and dreaming of sprouts…
Elfie decided he needed a rest, all his nocturnal activities had finally worn him out. Plus he needed to save his energy for what he had planned the next night. It would take bravery and skill, he needed to be alert and raring to go for his expedition. Climbing a Christmas tree is serious business and only for elves who know what they’e doing, it’s no laughing matter. Unless your 7 or 5, then it’s absolutely hilarious…
Another week, another load of Elf adventures. On Saturday night, Elfie decided he’d play with Little Robots Hot Wheels Nitrobot toy. He’s a brave little Elf, not scared by a mean robot, so on Saturday morning we found him like this…
On Sunday night, Elfie felt a bit homesick. He missed the chill of the North Pole so set about recreating some snowy fun. He seemed to know I wouldn’t be happy to find flour or icing sugar all over the floor and he used cotton wool for his snow angel instead. The Mini Robots were rather amused to see Father Christmas had joined in the fun.
Elfie is still causing mischief in the Robot household (in other words, we haven’t forgotten him again….yet!)
Though we had to improvise on Tuesday night. My Elf on the Shelf Ideas list requires bananas and marshmallows for some of the ideas. We didn’t have any. So Elfie and his new friend Octopus, played Labyrinth instead.
Big Robot found this rather amusing when he came down for breakfast on Wednesday morning. Then I went shopping. Armed with a bunch of bananas and a sharpie, Elfie set about creating some minion friends. On Thursday morning the Mini Robots found this…
That little mischievous elf is still in our home getting up to all sorts of things during the night. On Friday night he decided to build a snowman…with no snow. He used toilet rolls instead and borrowed the kids hats and scarfs. Big Robot was the first one downstairs Saturday morning, we heard him cracking up with laughter all the way upstairs.
On Saturday we visited the local Christmas tree festival, something we love to do every year. Then later on we put up our own Christmas tree with new decorations so, for the first time, it looks amazing to Little Robot too. On Sunday morning we found Elfie counting money, not sure what he wants to go shopping for.
Earlier this year, we discovered Little Robot is colour blind. From then on, things made sense. How he’d struggled to learn colours when we tried to teach him. Why he’d always draw in black or dark blue. Why he’d tell me his favourite colour was black.
It came as no big surprise to me, after all my brother is colour blind, my granddad was colour blind, it runs in the family. Though hearing those words made me sad. Had he ever felt frustrated, confused, even stupid because he couldn’t see colours the same as us and we didn’t know. That thought and one other upset me greatly at the time.
Yesterday I shared my 24 Elf on the Shelf ideas because this is our first year of Elf mischief. We decided Elfie would arrive on 1st December, yet 11pm on the 30th November got here and nothing had been done!
So I dig Elfie out of the cupboard and plait some wool to make a rope. I stuck it into the fireplace because surely an Elf would climb down the chimney. I get back to my computer, I must write a letter from Father Christmas to explain this Elf thing. My mind is blank. I consult the wise one for ideas, the one who knows everything worth knowing…Google. I decided not to do the Elf-is-watching-to-report-to-Santa thing (too much like 1984!) and I wrote that Elfie has come to visit but may get up to some mischief instead.
This Elf on the Shelf thing, I’m sure you know it, started when the Robots were teeny and yet we’ve never done it.
I was tempted to but the craze passed us by in the end. Now at 7 and 5 years old, I was thinking they’d probably be too old for it. However Daddy Robot wanted to give it a go this year and I think it’s a nice idea. At this age, they still believe in Father Christmas and will also be old enough to remember the elf’s mischief.
Looking at some of the pictures on Pinterest, I think this could become a family tradition that’s still fun even when the kids are older, there’s lots of Elf on the Shelf ideas that are a bit more grown up!
With Halloween less than a week away the Mini Robots have been very excited.
This half-term Big Robot wants everything to be Halloween related. We’ve done Halloween colouring, watched Halloween TV programmes, he’s played Minecraft with a Halloween theme and so our baking just HAD to be spooky too.
Fortunately I have some mini biscuit cutters in various shapes so the gingerbread man became a zombie, the house shape made haunted houses and the cat shape was great for making vampire cats (I did suggest witches cats but the boys covered them in red icing and declared them vampires).