So this was the first year we had the creepy Elf on the Shelf. You can read about those adventures here.
...well, I'm glad she's gone.
There were so many times I would forget to move the thing. I'd suddenly remember when I was about to drift off to sleep. My eyes would snap open and I'd go, "CRAP!" This frightened my husband at first. Then he began to go, "The elf, huh?" And by the way, he still didn't get the point of the elf, and it weirded him out too. When I stuck it on the computer desk he begged me to remove it, saying it would distract him from his games.
I didn't do anything fancy with the elf. On Pinterest you'd have these mothers doing elaborate things...one elf was sitting beside a snowman made out of shredded paper....I was like, no, messy. My elf did stuff like this:
My daughter found it hilarious. This proves that you don't need fancy things to amuse the children. Stick your elf on top of a lamp. It works.
Our elf also did this:
She was shocked by what she was reading.
The elf also freaked out my son:
I think the only person who liked the elf was my daughter.
Then it came time for the elf to leave and I was like, "YAY!" I was browsing around Pinterest and saw people did GOING AWAY PARTIES for the elf? FOR THE ELF? No. Our elf wrote a letter to Natalie reminding her to be good. This was underlined many times. Natalie was sad to see her go.
Yes, Natalie is allowed to touch the elf. Remember, our elf is lax. This seemed to frighten the die hard elf people who were like, "SHE CAN'T TOUCH THE ELF!" Our elf doesn't care. Natalie was like, "I don't want to say goodbye! I love her!"
I snuck the elf away at night. She's back in her box, shoved deep into a plastic container.
Until next year...
Natalie is already talking about how she can't wait to see her friend Meredith.
"I hope she remembers me!" Natalie said seriously.