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 were very much in the fall spirit this year around our home.
And somewhere along the way I fell in love with burlap and gold.
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Our Thanksgiving card.Our entry table.I added a photo of us from the pumpkin patch this year to this sweet family blessings frame that I found at Joanne’s.The pin that my Mama sent me that I put on the decorative pumpkin was one of my favorite touches.
Our front door.The fall wreath that I made.Lovey helping me put the leaf clings on the windows out front.I dressed up our garage lights with burlap bows that I made.Our dining table. Love.Fun magnets that Lovey’s Grammy sent him to decorate our fridge.Thanksgiving card display.
Thanksgiving morning Lovey and I watched the Macy’s parade together.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition.The rest of the day was spent at home just the three of us. We watched football and in the afternoon we ate the Thanksgiving dinner that I made.I am so thankful for my boys and for the love and light that they bring into my life!That night, we brought in all the containers of Christmas decorations from the garage. As Thanksgiving came to an end at our home Christmas began.The boys put our tree up together.Keeping with my new-found love for gold, it’s going to be a golden Christmas.
Meticulously placing ornaments all around the three. That night, we began the Elf On The Shelf Tradition by reading the story for the first time before bed. More on Elfie our elf coming soon!I’m thankful for another Thanksgiving with my boys. Our warm home. Food in our bellies. Our health and lots of love between us.
It’s that time of year again, when I bake my Dad up some German Chocolate goodness for his birthday.
Remember the German Chocolate cookies and German Chocolate truffles that I made for his past birthdays?!
I love this tradition between us and I always look forward to brainstorming a new German Chocolate recipe for him.
This year I made him… drum roll please! 😉 …
German Chocolate brownies.
Fudgy brownies with chopped pecans throughout and topped with German Chocolate frosting, a chocolate drizzle, toasted coconut, sprinkled with more chopped pecans and a whole pecan in the center of each one.
After making the brownies, I found myself on a German Chocolate kick, so for good measure 😉 I made him a half-dozen German Chocolate cupcakes as well.
Happy Birthday, Dad!
I love you so much!
Lovey enjoys being my little helper in the kitchen when I am baking or cooking but especially baking. He always says “Mama make cookies?!” Because of this Santa may be bringing a certain little someone a play kitchen for Christmas this year, but you didn’t hear that from me. 😉
When I came across an adult and child make your own gingerbread aprons in last years after Christmas sales I snagged them up knowing they would be perfect to make and wear with Lovey the upcoming Christmas and hopefully many more Christmas’s there after.
The first order of baking business once the aprons were finished was to make gingerbread cookies, it only seemed fitting. So we made gingerbread ‘people.’
Our day was filled not just with sweet cookies but sweet memories to last a lifetime. ♥