Our Elf on the Shelf - this may just be one of my favorite traditions during the Advent season. With teenage girls in the house, it was so much fun to see what our elf would be doing each morning! Here are a few of my favorites.
|Potato Sack Race|
|Drinking some syrup!|
|And let's keep rolling with the super hero theme...Superman!|
|And our elf playing a little Scrabble with his friends.|
Todd took the big kids to the new Star Wars movie and brought home movie theater popcorn - Benjamin was in heaven!
And later that same afternoon, Esther and Eleanor were playing "jump off the couch and land on your hands" (yeah, that was the name of their game). Surprise, surprise....yep, Esther broke her elbow. Lucky for her she has a fabulous big sister (thank you Haley!) who is sleeping next to her to help her in the middle of the night and takes care of her throughout the day. She'll go in to see the orthopedic doctor this week who will re-xray to determine what to do next.
Christmas Eve dinner is always malts and pizza for our family. The kids love it and it is super easy - win, win if you ask me! The evening is spent in jammies (their first gift from mom and dad) and we open presents after supper.
Christmas Day begins with Mass. Then we have a brunch and open up gifts from Santa/stocking stuffers. The rest of the day is very low-key and even had nap time for me! After dinner, we all watched Elf and ate Christmas cookies. What a wonderful day we all had!
|The tree with the Santa gifts underneath.|
|This is our first Christmas in our new house. We don't have a mantle, so we had to get creative about where to hang the stockings. I think this worked out alright.|
|Ahhh...teenagers who clean the kitchen. Merry Christmas to me! :-)|
|Benjamin is a Jenga master!|
|Playing Apples to Apples Bible edition while waiting for supper to get done.|
|Ham, cheesy potatoes, brocolli/rice, buns, "kid wine"...yum!|
There are a ton of photos on the other camera, but I am too tired to get to them. Perhaps another time?