The Great Bagel Delivery, Part 2

Last year, Stevie’s sister, Michele, decided to send us a little taste of New York for Christmas–a box with 1/2 dozen fresh egg bagels in it. She wanted to surprise us, which was awesome, but she’d never met Electra. How was she to know that our dog is a crazed food whore who would chew through layer of packing tape, a cardboard box, and a Ziploc freezer bag just to get to the bagels inside.

I caught Electra, with her head shoved in the box, just as she was attempting to swallow one of the bagels whole. Stevie and I couldn’t decide if we were angry, or a little impressed with her good taste.





After the Great Bagel Heist of 2013, Michele let us know that we should keep an eye out for another delivery this year. The box arrived on Saturday, and Stevie made sure to set it on top of the piano where it was well out of reach. Electra spent the morning parked in front of the piano with her nose in the air, licking her chops, reminiscing about the delicious bagels of yesteryear.

By the time we began unpacking the box, she was drooling on the floor and panting heavily.

She gave it a valiant effort, stretching as far as her beagle/basset legs would let her, but she came up short. This year, sweet hound, the bagels are ours.





Elf on the Shelf 2014 – Days 14-21

Okay, so I’m officially the worst Elf on the Shelf blogger this year. Between keeping our house show ready to sell and all the other craziness that comes with the holiday preparation (plus a little extra craziness), it’s just been a little too hectic to keep up.

So here’s your elf overload and what Cosette has been up to this week:

After spending a night away while she delivered Cadence’s Christmas List to Santa, Cosette reappeared the next morning in a hot air balloon she fashioned herself…


The next morning, Cadence was excited to find Cosette showing off her acrobatic skills…


Then, we found Cosette building snowmen out of marshmallows. She wanted Cadence to build one too, but Cadence was more interested in eating marshmallows for breakfast…










The next morning, we woke to find Cosette displaying her artistic skills with Cheerios…




And then being silly trying to hide under a glass. We see you!


Cosette loves Cadence so much…



And this morning we woke to find the silly little elf trying to get in one one of the family pictures on the wall…



What will she think of next??

Elf on the Shelf 2014 – Days 11, 12, & 13

Well, I haven’t been very good about finding time to post this year, but that doesn’t mean our little elf hasn’t been busy. Here’s what Cosette has been up to the past few days.

First, she played a little hide-and-seek with Cadence and found a good spot to hide in the Christmas tree…





Cadence was tickled when she found her. Tricky little Cosette!

Then, we woke up and found Cosette and Buzz Lightyear in the middle of a rowdy game of Uno…





It was a good game, but Buzz won.

And this morning, we came downstairs for breakfast to discover that Cosette had rounded up all her friends for a little party and a sing-a-long. Who knew Buzz Lightyear was such a great piano player? Looks like they all a lot of fun!





Elf on the Shelf 2014 – Day 10

I think the best part of being an adult is that you get to carry over certain things from your childhood. You can still love your favorite movies. You still have some of the same friends. And you still get to eat your cereal (and you get to eat it anytime you damn well please because, well…your house, your rules).

So, in between all the time we spent making sure we’re eating enough fiber and trying to increase our vegetable intake, Stevie and I still enjoy indulging in the occasional bowl of our favorite cereals…as long as we share them with Cadence.

Stevie and Cadence have a long list of favorites–Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops. Hell, Cadence will even share a bowl of Fiber One with her Daddy. My go-to favorite has always been Cocoa Puffs (or as Cadence calls them, Cocoa Pops). And we discovered this morning that apparently our mischievous little elf is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs too. Silly Cosette. She didn’t even bother with a bowl. She just dove right in…




Elf on the Shelf 2014 – Day 8 & 9

Well, it was an epic battle to free our dear Cosette from the clutches of the evil ninjas, but we prevailed. And it wasn’t long before she was back to her usual orneriness.

She likes to make Cadence laugh. And why wouldn’t she? The kid has a great laugh.

And we got to hear a lot of it the past couple days as she hurried downstairs in the morning to find that Cosette had finished decorating our tree with some candy canes, and decided to use one on her very own living room zipline…





And then this morning we found something even sillier…




Yeah, she got a good laugh out of the googly eyes. Silly, little elf.

Elf on the Shelf 2014 – Day 7

It all started with a dental appointment…

Cadence and I had appointments a few weeks ago to get our teeth cleaned, and the hygienist saw a tiny little shadow on one of Cadence’s molars. A couple x-rays later and it was confirmed…the beginning of a cavity, right on top of one of her teeth.

Now, for a kid who has had exactly three sips of soda in her life (she has tried a sip of Sprite, a sip of Ginger Ale, and a sip of Root Beer, and hated all three) and who drinks at least a gallon of milk a week, we were a little surprised by the news. We’d started brushing Cadence’s teeth when she was just a baby, and had worked it into our morning and evening routines.

Yet, perhaps our fault was allowing our little girl to assert her independence and take over the job herself. I guess we forget sometimes that Cadence is only 4, and that she might not be doing the most thorough job when she’s left to “do it myself” as she so often insists.

And so, we made an appointment to have the teeny cavity filled. We did our best to prepare Cadence for what was going to happen, but how to do you really explain to a 4-year-old that your mouth is going to go numb and the dentist is going to stick a drill in your mouth, chip away at your tooth, and then fill it back up again, good as new? We explained it all as well as we good, and then we did what any good parent would do–we resorted to bribery. We told Cadence that if she was good and brave and didn’t throw a fit, we’d take her shopping for a new toy. We knew there were a few things she had her eye on. She agreed.

Overall, she did really well. She climbed into the chair like a big girl, and didn’t seem to mind at all when the assistant smeared on the mint-flavored topical anesthetic. She just sat in the chair wearing a pair of Elmo sunglasses, listening to her playlist on my iPod, and watching Cartoon Network.


But about the time the doctor came in and started talking to her about what was going to happen, showing her some of the tools he was going to use, and the drill, Miss Cadence started to get a little nervous. The doctor told her he wanted to get a look at her tooth, and managed to give her the shot without her even seeing the needle. She cried a little, and complained about the bright lights shining in her eyes. And she had a momentary freak out when the shot kicked in and her mouth started to go numb. But by the time the doctor returned to start working on the cavity, she was doing okay. Stevie and I held her hands and talked to her while the doctor worked, and in 10 minutes, it was all over and her tooth was good as new again.

The minute she was finished, everything was right as rain. She smiled sweetly when we told her how proud we were, and asked if we could go buy a toy…or two…seems she talked her Daddy into sweetening the deal on the way to school that morning.

Totally worth it.

Yesterday Stevie and Cadence got to work building the Ninja Turtle Lego set she picked out, and they spent the evening playing and giggling and helping Leonardo and Raphael and Master Splinter defend the lair against the bad guys.

And it looks like Cosette wanted to get in on the action, but managed to get herself caught. Cadence discovered her this morning, and immediately jumped in to help the Ninja Turtles free her favorite elf…












Now, try to stay out of trouble, Cosette.

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