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).
To My Love
I look back to when this all started, 7 years ago. Before I met you, I’d spend so much money on dusters, tissues and make up remover. I’d spend even more on all sorts of cleaning products for the car, TV and kitchen. All of it has been replaced by squidgy packets of you. I only have eyes for you now.
But don’t think it’s just the money. I look back to how much time I’d spend, gathering those different products and using them. Time that I just didn’t have once the children were born. Who has the time to go to the kitchen cupboard, wrestle with a child lock, remove dusters and furniture polish, spray all dusty items (of which there are many since it doesn’t get done often), dust and then tidy away again? I simply had no time for this when the baby was noisily demanding I congratulate him for finally sitting up unaided and the toddler will push him over as soon as I’ve left the room.
I’ve just had a hot and steamy session on the kitchen floor, the bathroom floor, the toilet floor…even behind the u-bend…
Get your minds out of the gutter! I am, of course, talking about my new Vax SteamFresh Power Plus.
I’ve wanted a steam mop for ages, I’m fed up of the ol’ mop and bucket. The bucket is left out in a corner of the kitchen as it doesn’t fit in the cupboard. Not exactly the prettiest home decor! It soaks the floor, even with microfibre mop heads it takes an age to dry in winter. Time to upgrade.
I have fond memories of my school holidays as a child. Whether it’s the long, lazy days of summer sunshine (ha! OK, maybe not in the UK) or the cozy, comfort of Christmas, there’s always been good memories made. As a parent, spending more time with my children is the obvious plus (I also rate not having to get out of bed at 7am and face the school run as a major bonus too) but I do feel I need to create the fun times of my childhood for my boys.
We’ve enjoyed the summer holidays this year, taking a trip to Hunstanton early on and since then we’ve visited the park, cinema, swimming pool, played lots of games, ate much chocolate and caught many, many Pokemon together.