Welcome to Elf Central! If you've just stumbled upon this popular holiday series starting with this post, you won't want to miss all the great elf action we have organized for you:
Hi again! I'm Carey Pace, a mom who loves imagination, creativity, and FUN! I'm sharing an entire Elf on the Shelf season here on Peanut Blossom. Previously we covered EMBRACE CREATIVITY. Now let's get on to post 3 in our 6 part series! Let's talk about elf-ing
AROUND THE HOUSE!
This is where most family's elf adventures begin -- just having him hang out around the house with ordinary household things. Let's do that, but take it up a notch!
HIDING IN THE LANTERN
Jolly thought it would be fun to hide in a little more challenging way for this day, inside the decorative lantern on our bookshelf in the family room.
Unfortunately, the kids couldn't find him!!! They looked before school, after school, and up until dinner time! We finally gave up after dinner and showed them where I had noticed him earlier in the day while I was leaving the laundry room. This totally took us by surprise that with MUCH effort, the kids were unable to locate his hiding spot. They were NOT happy about it either.
Well, poor Jolly just felt terrible that the kids had had such a difficult time the day before. Terrible guilt, he had! So much so, that he decided to engage in some self-induced discipline and wrote sentences on the Melissa & Doug art easel we had lying around. He wrote
"I will not hide too hard again."
The kids found this quite humorous, and it seemed to mend the frustration of the previous day.
AN ELF SIZED SNOW GLOBE
Last year I did this idea with glass kitchen bowls I had on hand, but went for the fish bowl idea to try it out again. I was so excited for this idea, and let me tell you. This is MUCH HARDER than it looks! I could NOT get everything to stand up and get the bowl down. Eventually I settled for what you see. However, the kids thought it was great. That's what counts, right?
Stay tuned for the next post in the series: INCORPORATE THE TOYS!
Carey Pace believes that beauty waits to be uncovered in the ordinary moments of everyday life. She chases creative motherhood, honesty in her writing, and images that tell stories. Her faith in Jesus inspires her to explore and share the trials and triumphs of raising children while designing magical moments along the way. She is a seeker of Light, a starter of projects, a reader of books, a lover of food and flavor, and an encourager to others. She and her husband Shawn reside in Tennessee with her son and daughter.