She’s back! Yep, Sparkles returned and we had so much fun with her this year! I work now on weekends, so even my husband was involved with the elf! Here are the adventures of Sparkles for 2013. And, great news.. I have a picture of every day this year! Yippie!
Day 1: Sparkles Arrival. Today Sparkles arrived. I wrote a nice little arrival note (okay, I took a picture of the elf.. but not this note.. sorry!) – but again, the note is basically saying Sparkles is here to have fun with Keri, report back to Santa about when a good time for him to visit would be, what kind of lights we have on the house for the sleigh team to find us, what the weather conditions are like here, etc. I do not do the whole “elf shows up and reports back to Santa if you have been good / bad” or using the elf has a weapon towards getting good behavior. Dont do that in this house! Elf is purely for fun here.. and we sure did have FUN!
Day 2: Sparkles decided to get the Christmas bows, hang them on the cabinets in the kitchen.. and hang upside down from them!
Day 3: And.. begins the weirdness. Yes, I am weird; therefore, Sparkles is weird. Ha! This is one happy elf.. putting post it notes all over Keri’s door! NOTE: If you try this one.. you will need tape!! We did this shortly after Keri went to bed, and about 1/3rd of the post it notes already fell off – Had to tape up several before I went to bed. The stickiness is not enough to last the whole night.. much less a couple hours! So, use tape to put them on the door. And before you ask, yes, my very observant daughter notices there was tape on some.. and not others. Awesome. SO… double sided tape, use a long piece and loop it around on the back.. whatever you gotta do!
Day 4: Keri lost a tooth!! This was an impromptu elf improvise because of that. I made the little tooth box for her a long time ago, before she started to lose any teeth. The box makes it a lot easier to find the teeth at night! She also gets two $1 coins for each tooth. So, Sparkles decided that she was going to help out the tooth fairy and cut out a bunch of teeth and put in the box to get more money. Didnt work. Nice try Sparkles! (Whatcha think of the note the Tooth Fairy left under Keri’s pillow? Loved it!!)
Day 5: Sparkles hanging from Keri’s slinky from the top floor.. Just hanging around!
Day 6: Keri wrote a note asking Sparkles for eggless donuts from the North Pole again. So, someone woke up at 5:00am to make eggless donuts for Keri. (HINT: It wasnt the elf!). Even made a tiny donut just for Sparkles.. isnt it cute?! They werent bad donuts – they were made from the refrigerator biscuits.. just fried, and chocolate frosting. They would have been better to eat immediately after making – but about 2.5 hours elapsed before we had them. She still loved them though.. thought they were the best thing ever – but, she doesnt know any better since every single donut place here has eggs in it!
Day 7: The Cats Will Not Eat Me. Oh yes, we brought the cats into the elf shenanigans. You have probably seen the notes by now.. Yep, I used notes this year to communicate with Keri! Well, this day the elf came was a very very bad mistake.. You see, Keri had a beautiful picture of Santa, her elf, etc. on the chalk board. But, it was so early in December.. I didnt think she made it for Santa! I thought she was drawing, so didnt think twice about erasing it. So.. I erased it. When Keri woke up and saw this, she broke out into tears! She was very angry and sad at Sparkles for erasing her drawing. Oops. I felt so bad!!! I tried to make light of the situation with the cats will not eat her thing.. kinda helped, but note to all parents out there.. if your child draws a picture on the chalk board.. do not erase it!
Day 8: So this note has a lengthy P.S. about being sorry about erasing her picture. Anyways – so Sparkles decided that she wanted to take all the candy canes to feed to the reindeer at the North Pole! Guess she didnt get out in time!
Day 9: Sparkles returns back from the North Pole.. with all the candy canes, plus more, stating that Santa sent her back refusing to give the candy canes to the reindeer b/c they make them hyper. Ha!
Day 10: Sparkles wraps up the TV! It was all great and awesome.. until after she went to bed when I had an hour to waste until I could take it down and move Sparkles around!!
Day 11: Okay, this one.. I have no idea what is going on here. I was bored, didnt know what to do with the elf – so.. just set up a bunch of shoes and put Sparkles in the front. What she is doing with the shoes.. I have no idea! Being weird!
Day 12: Sparkles raided Keri’s socks and hung them on the counter. What, what?! Weird little elf.
Day 13: Sparkles had a rough day. She fed the cats catnip.. and they chased her all night long due to being hyper. Oops. The note also mentions how awesome Keri was for helping to clean her room.. made it easier to put the socks away!
Day 14: We had a Christmas Party this day, so I needed Sparkles to be out of the way and hidden. The only way I knew how to do this was to have Sparkles in daddy’s office! The elf decided that she would have fun in daddy’s office making copies of herself and hanging them on the wall! Silly elf!
Day 15: So this one had a note that accompanied it. In case you cant read it.. Santa came to that Christmas Party yesterday! So, Sparkles is explaining how hard it was to keep it a secret that Santa was coming, that she was proud of Keri for sitting on Santa’s lap (Keri first cried when Santa came over!!). She also told Santa that Sparkles is weird and crazy. So, Sparkles is defending herself saying she is not weird.. the cats are weird.. she is not. Love this little elf!!
Day 16: We had a problem with sharpened pencils. Seriously. We had soooo many pencils in this house.. and not a single one was sharpened! So, I bought a brand new pencil sharpener, and Sparkles (i.e. me) decided to sharpen every single pencil in the house for Keri. Problem Solved. Except for Sparkle’s little toe.. dont poke yourself with a sharp pencil, that hurts!
Day 17: Photo shoot with bunny!! Bunny is Keri’s stuffed animal she has had since she was about 13 months old. She has loved this little bunny and she sleeps with it every single night. Well, Sparkles decided to do a little photo shoot using my photo back drop of bunny! You can see my awesome photo back drop.. sort of. The photo back drop was there to take pictures when Santa was here a few days ago. And yeah, the camera actually had pictures of bunny on it when we reviewed it! Sparkles is a good photographer!
Day 18: Seriously, what does the fox say?!?? I love this song. I can’t get enough of this song! When I found out there was a book coming out of this song, I knew I had to get it! I had this planned out in a month in advance.. just waited for that book to come. Also bought a little stuffed animal fox, of course. Although, to set the record straight, I disagree with the elf’s lesson. The fox really does say “ring a ding ding” – why else would there be a song AND a book about it if the fox didnt!?
Day 19: Do you know how hard it is to make paper airplanes? No? I gave up. Yep. I cant make them.. at all!! I watch a YouTube video.. made one.. and immediately forgot how I made it, and gave up. Here comes husband.. he made all the rest of the paper air planes – I wanted them all different!
Day 20: I knew they had an elf coloring book.. and I wanted it!! So, I used this opportunity to say “good job” to Keri for reading her book, and to get her this coloring book. She has done quite a few activities / coloring pages in it – so yay! (Even after Christmas, she still continues to color in it.
Day 21: Talk with Furby. Furby is annoying. Seriously. (And, to top it off, she requested (and got) a Furby Boom for Christmas.. b/c this Furby – the older version – was “lonely”. Awesome.) So of course the elf was trying to decipher what Furby was saying.. I dont think the conversation went anywhere. All this Furby says is “blah blah blah!”
Day 22: This one my husband did b/c I was at work. At least it is a picture.. but not the best picture (sorry!) – so let me describe what is going on. In my daughter’s art room, we have a huge bulletin board that she can pin all her artwork to. (You can see that in the background here). I copied 8 selfie pictures of the elf and told him to hang them on the bulletin board and have the elf look at them. You can see one in the picture.. I promise there are 8 of them hanging!
Day 23: Husband did this one again. Needed an easy one since I was going to be at work – so he set up Sparkles fishing with the fairies.
Day 24: Sparkles said good bye! Except, it wasnt the good bye that we had planned. Keri caught the flu! On the 23rd, we went to go see the nutcracker, and between intermission and the time we came home, she spiked a fever. I knew it was the flu b/c two other kids from her class had confirmed cases of the flu just a few days prior. So, she went to bed on the 23rd with a fever and feeling horrible. Sparkles left her a goodie bag on her last day there and a nice little good bye letter. Keri took it much better this year compared to last year.. no tears! But, I think it may have been b/c on Christmas Eve when she woke up and saw this, she was still running the fever and felt horrible all day! Nevertheless, we will miss you Sparkles – Thanks for the awesome and amazing times!
As always.. I shall leave this post with a couple pictures of my beautiful little girl and her elf. She loved the adventures of Sparkles – and I loved every moment of planning to improvising to last minute changes with this elf. We love you Sparkles!
Keri with her eggless donuts. Mmmmm!
Keri coloring a page for Sparkles – Loved this moment! She sat and spoke with Sparkles for quite some time and colored a bunch of pages for her!
I wanted a picture of Keri with her beautiful Christmas outfit and Sparkles.. this was all she gave me, ha!
<Have one more picture of Keri and Sparkles.. on another camera not downloaded yet. Will get that on here soon!>