Saturday, December 12, 2009


My best friend, Angi, told me about Elf on the Shelf last year and I knew it sounded like a tradition that I wanted to start with our family. It's an elf that appears after Thanksgiving and he's Santa's helper and reports to the North Pole each night to tell Santa how the children in that house behaved for the day. You get to name your elf and Nolan decided ours should be named Pickles.

Each night Pickles is in a new spot to get a good look on things. Nolan looks forward to finding him each morning. Well, with our rather stressful week this week, we've forgotten a couple of times to move Pickles. Oops! It's only happened twice but we're usually scrambling for an answer really quick. So far we've said, that he was really tired from his last trip and had to take a break. Ok, so it wasn't the best answer but it was the quickest thing I could think of! On Christmas Eve, Pickles jumps into Santa's bag to live the rest of the year to live with Santa. Note to self: DON'T FORGET TO PUT UP PICKLES, DON'T FORGET TO PUT UP PICKLES!

Let me tell you, this Pickles thing works! Anytime we're having behavior issues, I'll say, "Pickles, are you seeing this?" And he'll immediately say, "But I want to be good!" His teacher said that when she has to get on to him at school that he says, "Sorry Pickles!" Now before you think we're scarring him for life with Pickles, we always reassure him what a good boy he is and that Pickles is making a really good report to Santa on him each night.

Only two weeks ago before we got Pickles, he said that he didn't really like elves (they are a little scary looking). Then once we got Pickles he's decided he wants to be an elf for Halloween next year. He does get to go to the North Pole every night. Can you blame him?

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