Lovey’s 4th Birthday was Hot Wheels themed, perfect for my little Hot Wheels loving boy!
We began The Elf On The Shelf tradition this past Christmas.
I discussed the concept with Lovey a week or so prior, settling on the name Elfie for our highly anticipated visitor. We read the book on Thanksgiving night and were more than ready for his arrival the next morning. Elfie was welcomed into our family with sweet, childlike excitement from Lovey and filled our Christmas season with a lot of fun and special memories.
*Lovey found Elfie in the freezer enjoying an ice cream cone from his play kitchen. Later, he came back and gave Elfie a Hot Wheel to play with “incase he became bored while he was in the freezer.*Lovey said “I found Elfie in my playroom, he is reading my little books!” Then he sat down and read to Elfie.
*Elfie was found watching the snow fall out the window on our snow day.
*We found Elfie in the gift closet. It obviously reminded him of the gift wrapping station in Santa’s toy shop.*Elfie must have overheard that Lovey was going to be seeing the big guy because we found him hanging out in the living room with our Santa.
*Elfie brought us a Cardinals football ornament for our tree and rooted them on as they played the Sea Hawks. The Cardinals won, coincidence?! I think not! *Elfie brought Lovey a Christmas coloring books and crayons.
*Elfie’s last day with us he did some cooking with Lovey in his play kitchen. We have the sweetest Elf! Before he left with Santa on Christmas Eve to go back to the North Pole until next year he left a note and made a heart out of bows for Lovey to find on Christmas morning. The note said; “I am so proud to be your Elf because you are such a very good boy! I had so much fun with you this Christmas and can’t wait to see you again next year! Until then, keep up the good work! Sending my love, your Elf, Elfie xo”
We took Lovey to have his picture taken with Santa this year for the first time and of course to give Santa a heads up on his Christmas list. Our elf, Elfie must have overheard us talking because we found him in our living room with our little Santa along with a note that said “Have fun today at your visit with Santa!”We had intended to head off the long line and crying babies back in November when Santa first arrived at the mall, golden thrown and all, well before Thanksgiving. Procrastination set in, unfortunately quite common for us, so we didn’t make it there until the week before Christmas.As we stood there in line, que the crying babies, Lovey was remarkably calm and patient. He stooped down every time the line moved ahead a few feet to get a better view of the big guy. I overheard him strategizing with another little boy in line about what they were going to ask Santa to bring them. Lovey was a little boy on a mission and knew ahead of time that he was going to ask for Hot wheels and a yo-yo. I was partial to the sweet innocence of the yo-yo. The other little boy said he also intended to ask Santa for Hot Wheels. Great little minds think alike.
Once it was Lovey’s turn to sit on Santa’s lap he climbed on up like a pro and jumped right into a full conversation with the man in red. Mister Mister and I were taking pictures and recording a short video from the side lines, which we found out later was a no-no. We didn’t intend to break the rules but I’m glad that we accidentally did because the video is priceless. Lovey smiled, talked and laughed with Santa as he tapped his little foot in sheer bliss the entire time.
Before his teeth were brushed and his face was washed.
Before I tucked him in for the night.
Before I read him a story. Before we said bedtime prayers.
Before hugs and kisses.
Before sleepy good nights and an exchange of I love you more.
He gave way to sleep, in his own time and place.
I picked him up and carried him to his room,
his sweet cheek resting on my shoulder as I walked.
A kiss on his forehead and covers pulled up high,
and a photo I will treasure for a lifetime.