Buddy, our elf on the shelf, has finally arrived!
The kids searched everywhere for him this morning and just couldn't find him. Yeah...well...that's because Rich and I completely forgot to set him out last night.
Ugh. Parenting fail. I'm blaming it on the fact that we're in denial that it's December already. Yep. That's why.
We redeemed ourselves, though. While the kids were upstairs getting ready for school, I sneaked down to the basement, Rich told me where he had stashed Buddy and suggested a perfect place for me to put the merry little elf where the kids probably hadn't looked this morning.
Teamwork! High five!
The kids were surprised at what they found when I told them to get their vitamins out of the cupboard. Buddy! They pieced together a theory that Buddy was probably very hungry after his long journey to our house from the North Pole, so he busted into our Frosted Flakes and set up camp in the cozy cupboard.
They even drew some pictures for him and asked me to draw his portrait on the chalkboard.
I love how all in they are, that they don't for an instant doubt any of the magic and spirit of Christmas - Jesus and Santa and snow and trees and nativity scenes and decorations and family and friends and gift giving and getting...they love and appreciate every aspect of everything. Experiencing Christmas through the eyes of your children and watching the joy they wallow around in all season long is one of the greatest perks of being a parent.
Now let's see if Buddy's magic can keep their joyful little bums in check this Christmas!