I was born way back in the late Seventies. Back in my day there was no Elf on the Shelf. I'm not sure if he was not born yet or if he just chose to skip my childhood home. Because of this I didn't think it was a big deal that he did not visit my house now that I'm a grown-up with two young children (and a very young at heart husband.)
One day Lauren (my 4th-grader) came home from school and drew a picture of an Elf. She said one of her classmates' Elf on the Shelf ate half of his candy bar and she thought that was hilarious and she wanted an Elf herself.
Good Job Daddy!!
This is what the kids woke up to in the morning.
Lauren and Tyler were flabbergasted.
How could the real Elf on a Shelf know that Lauren drew a picture of and apparently challenged Santa's Elf?
The Elf, who we named "Chris" had a lot of fun with us everyday until Christmas.
Sharing some gummies with GF Barbie (and Romy)
Playing Connect 4
Flying on Reshiram
Playing (a heck of a hand at) Poker
Hiding from Army guys
Capturing Army guys
Being naughty and writing on the mirror with dry-erase markers
Doing flips in the rafters
Hanging out Under There.
(in Tyler's UnderWear!)
Snacking on Oreos
Swinging on the Ceiling fan
(I had to stop the fan to get a good picture.)
Swinging on an empty toilet paper roll.
(ignore my messy kitchen in the background)
Christmas Eve he settled down and read The Christmas Story from Tyler's Adventure Bible.
We had a lot of fun with "Chris" our Elf on the Shelf.
I hope he is back at the North Pole coming up with some evermore creative ideas for next year.