Tuesday, December 31

Random 2013 Slideshow

I thought this was super cute way to remember the year on New Years Eve. Google put together a 2013 slide show of random pictures from the ones it's automatically backed up during the year. It hits several key moments. Both boys birthdays. Tris getting the gift basket for winning the photo contest. Our vacation. Trevor's promotion when the kids made him a card. Trace's testing (and when he fell of the slide onto concrete and had a massive bump) and more.

Monday, December 30

Tristian With His Godfather

Tristian was very excited to get to see he Godfather, Steven who lives in Florida, last week! I was pretty excited too ;-)

It was a wonderful visit and Steven also gave us a really cool Christmas gift. A real Sea Sponge. It's a very large one and is going to be so neat to have during our ocean life unit later this year.

Tristian is already planning his next letter to Steven =)

Thursday, December 26

Pics of the Boys Playing in Snow

I am worn out from yesterday so today is pics of the boys playing in the snow a week or so ago =)

Wednesday, December 25

Christmas Morning Videos =)

A panoramic of our living room after Santa left (my camera hates our tree lights). Videos of my guys opening their presents below.

Tuesday, December 24

Elf on the Shelf in a Chocolate House

It's Christmas Eve. According to Norad Santa is already in the sky and this is Happy's last day with us until the next holiday season. He certainly saved his best (or at least biggest) treat for last. A whole house made out of chocolate for the boys in lieu of a gingerbread house.

Sunday, December 22

Elf on the Shelf Fishing

Happy got a little confused about what fishing is the other day- he though he could fish in the bath tub! It looks like he made a fishing pole out of a ornament hook, stick, some duct tape and yarn.

The boys were pretty excited to see that Happy still had his new pet with him. Maybe we should think of a name for him/her...

Saturday, December 21

Elf on the Shelf does Homework

Happy decided to help Tris out with some schoolwork. The elf mail warned Tristian he better double check those answers though ;-)
The cards Happy uses to create his elf size letters by folding and adding a label and North Pole postage are found at another blog by CLICKING HERE.

Friday, December 20

Santa Visit and Crafting Pictures

We went to Bass Pro to visit Santa and do a craft Tuesday. They boys also each got a backpack clip; Trace picked out a snowman and Tristian a Christmas tree. Then they made mini reindeer gift bags and played some of the games set up around Santa's Village there. Pics below.

Thursday, December 19

Tris and Trace Christmas Gifts List

I made a Pinterest board of all the gifts Trace and Tristian are getting from each other, Trev and I and Santa this year. Including this homemade puppet theater.

CLICK HERE to see it.

The puppet theater was made from scrape wood, an old fireplace frame, spray paint, scrap fabric, dollar tree ribbon, black contact paper and stencils. Has storage in back and a lip for chalk.

Wednesday, December 18

Elf on the Shelf Sleeping in the Frig

Happy thought the frig was a better temperature then the rest of house and ended up napping there all day.
 
Trace thought it was funny Happy was stuck behind the plastic of the butter dish.

Tuesday, December 17

Family Present Wrapping Done!

The boys were big helps in helping us wrap our presents for everyone this year. They LOVED getting to stamp the wrapping paper. I am so glad we decided to do that- they really enjoyed it and getting to be such a big part of gift wrapping (and letting them stamp is MUCH easier then trying to let them wrap lol).

They also were big helps wrapping their gifts to each other, Mom and Dad. Trace is giving Tris an Angry Birds Knit hat and Tris is giving Trace a Spiderman Crochet hat. Pics below-

Monday, December 16

Elf on the Shelf Size Table Craft

The craft directions are on the official site- CLICK HERE. I printed out the direction and bought Christmas colored craft sticks at the dollar tree, both normal size and jumbo size to create the kit. This craft cost Tris $1 from his School Bank Account (for more on bank account- CLICK HERE). 

More about how we did the craft and picture below.

Sunday, December 15

Elf on the Shelf on a Light

Today's Elf Mail said that while the boys are out like a light Happy does mischief every night ;-)
The cards Happy creates his elf size letters from (by folding, placing an address label with boy's name and address, then stamping with miniature North Pole postage) are found at another blog by CLICKING HERE.

Saturday, December 14

Elf on the Shelf Makes a Dog

Thursday the boys made lovely Elf Size Tables (more in Monday's post). Happy used the tables to showcase a dog made of marsh mellows, candy canes and a kiss.

Friday, December 13

DIY Angry Birds and Spiderman Tumblers

Maybe Trace was channeling Spider-man?
We've used these Dollar Tree kids tumblers before as a rainy day activity with just blank sheets and stickers. This time I asked the boys what type of cups they wanted and the answers (not surprisingly) were Angry Birds Space and Spider-man. So I looked up some free coloring pages and used a free word generator for their names and made some tumbler coloring sheets.

Thursday, December 12

Elf on the Shelf Took a Bath

Happy's elf mail clue to the boys said he had gotten awful dirty from all the mischief he'd been up to and needed a bath. They found him still hanging out in their bathroom.

The cards Happy uses to create his elf size letters are found at another blog by CLICKING HERE.

Wednesday, December 11

Tristian's Catechism Advent Wreath

Tristian made a lovely Advent Wreath at Catechism Sunday.

His teachers have some of the greatest crafts (they've made Rosaries too). It looks like they used mesh ribbon, pipe cleaners and beads.

We are putting it on the top book shelf in their room.

Tuesday, December 10

Elf on the Shelf Ok After Being Touched

Since happy was gone from being touched- yesterday the boys wrote "I'm Sorry and Feel Better" cards. They did the trick- he was back today with a message written in cereal.

Monday, December 9

Knit Green Diagonal Scarf (wavy striped) for Tristian

Tristian asked for a green diagonal scarf this year... I got lucky enough to trip over a pattern for a zig zag/wavy striped scarf my cousin pinned on Pinterest (CLICK HERE for the free pattern link on Craftsy).

It was a very easy pattern, and only took me a few days to finish for him. I'm going to use the same pattern to make Trace's scarf- he wants a blue scarf. More info and pictures of Tristian's Green Diagonal Scarf below-

Sunday, December 8

Elf on the Shelf Stuck in a Stocking

Happy was stuck in a stocking...

Happy also got touched =( Trace moved him from one stocking to another. That means Happy will have to stay at the North Pole a night or two and the boys are going to be writing apologies to put in the mail box.

Hopefully Happy's peppermint levels get back to normal real soon.

Friday, December 6

Pumpkin Rolling

All good things must come to an end but sometimes the end can be good too ;-) Trevor let the boys roll the giant pumpkin that's been sitting on our front porch for the last month or so down the hill and play for a bit. They didn't know you could do that with a pumpkin and had a blast =)

Thursday, December 5

Elf on the Shelf Stuck in a Tree

Happy was up to no good and ended up stuck in our Christmas tree all day. The elf letter said that he had been sneaking a peek at the presents and got tangle din some lights, whoops!

The cards Happy uses for his elf letters are found at another blog by CLICKING HERE.

Wednesday, December 4

Elf on the Shelf Caught in the Mail Box

Happy printed out some cards on colored construction paper. He cut them out, leaving a lip to fold over the card to create an outer envelope. He added a little address label with the boy's names and address; then, got the cards officially stamped at the North Pole. The boys will be finding a different elf size letter each day in their mailbox. Some are hints as to where he is. Others are just cute, encouraging or otherwise related to the holiday spirit. The cards Happy printed are found at another blog by CLICKING HERE. We bought this mailbox at the Dollar Tree but have also seen them at Big Lots.

Monday, December 2

Elf on the Shelf Countdown Chain

Sunday was the first day of December and our Scout Elf made the boys a countdown chain to help countdown to the big day. The elf letter (in the mailbox addressed with North Pole postage) told the boys to pull off one ring a day until Christmas.

The cards Happy uses for his elf letters are found at another blog by CLICKING HERE.

Sunday, December 1

Home Stamped Gift Wrap

We have about 30 people to buy gifts for this holiday season, then another half dozen December/January birthdays also. So we have been doing a LOT of wrapping =) Just wanted to share some of the presents we have wrapped with the Kraft Wrapping Paper and then used stamps on.

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