2011 Elf Ideas

I’m making a list so I can check them off instead of searching for another idea each night!

trapeze from fan
marshmallow fight behind lego walls
Lipstick on mirror message
take pictures of each other
Listen to child’s ipod
make superhero wingsfor all our shoes
Plant magic seeds with directions to water once a day. On 3rd day something will grow. Secretly plant lollipops on 3rd day.
Type /write an amazing letter of all the wonderful qualities your Elf has witnessed of your child!!!!!!!!
elves write Christmas lists
Create a scavenger hunt for the kids with clues leading to mischief
small gift left for each child
Fill room with lots of balloons or hang them from ceiling
ask child to finish Elf’s half written story making it as silly and creative as possible
sit on top of folded laundry
hide in snow boots or coat pockets
do interesting things with candy canes – hang everywhere
play tic-tac-toe on the bathroom mirror with lipstick or spray snow
hide in random places (lamp, picture on wall, pantry, microwave)


joyride in Barbie’s car
try to eat ice cream
marshmallow bath
sleep in the dollhouse
read books
one taking pics of the other with my keychain camera
red dot on nose, note to look in mirror
fish in the betta tank
playing a board game with other toys
Switch cars and elves with Seester!!!
TP or Mr. Fox’s undies on the tree

Elephant Watering Can and AL State Flag Cookies

One of R3’s chores is to water the plants. She was carrying a cup of water back and forth to fill it about 3 trips and was asking for a watering can. :) I found the cutest idea in the Family Fun magazine and decided to make it for her.

Here we are gluing on the eyes and ears.

And here she’s showing it off:

Sister had to jump in on the pic:

And here she is using it!

Big brother likes it too:

Later on, after Seester and her crew arrived, we made AL State Flag Cookies.

Wanna make some?

Graham Crackers
Cream cheese (or icing)
Twizzlers (or red piping icing)

Put icing/cheese on cracker, arrange twizzler/red icing in an X – viola!

Memorial Day Weekend in Mentone

My sweet, wonderful friend Catherine invited us to stay with her and her awesome family at their cabin in Mentone this past weekend and it was a BLAST! The kids all got along WONDERFULLY and we all had so much fun! There were quite a few firsts:

R1’s first time driving (a golf cart, but driving on his own, no less)
R2 and R3’s first time in a boat and in a lake
R1 and R2’s first time hillbilly skiing
All three had first time fishing experiences, golf cart rides and shooting BB guns!

I got to lay around and read (TWO books) on the SC BOE’s new Nook (shhh!), which I quickly fell in love with. And have wonderful conversations with Catherine and the other adults. I am enamored with Catherine’s amazing parents and thoroughly enjoyed having morning coffee on their back porch with them three mornings in a row – they are delightful to be around and an inspiration.

I, of course, took a ton of pics. Not as many as I normally would have but I was trying to BE in the moment and not just photograph it. It was hard! LOL

So, enough talk, here’s some pics (click to enlarge):

And a video of the Hillbilly Skiing:

I’ll Never Forget

Saturday night R1 and I spent the night with my friend Roxie. Her two sons are friends with R1 and we thought since her DH was out of town it would be a great opportunity for us to hang out and let the boys try a sleepover.

It occured to me halfway through the night, when R1 looked at me like I was crazy when I told him that most kids spend the night without their moms, that my child has a much better life than I did. :) I was trying to explain to him how most kids do the sleepover thing and he said, “Why? It’s more fun with you here.” I said, “It won’t be long before you won’t want me to tag along” and he said, without missing a beat, “I’ll never not want you to come.”


Boys are such sweet little monsters. They had so much fun (and us moms did, too) playing, snacking and watching movies. They got to stay up late, have root beer (au naturale) with dinner AND two rice krispy treats (homemade). It was a great night.

Here’s a pic I snapped of the boys watching a movie before bed.

Happy Halloween!

Chris and I took our kids and T’s, too, since she had a baby last night, to our church’s Light the Night and then to a nearby neighborhood to Trick or Treat.

The kids had a blast. My kids didn’t go last year, since they all had Chicken Pox, so this was a big deal for Raeghan. :) After EVERY house she ran to me and said, “They gave me candy!” It was so cute. :)