I’m not even sure how Stevie and I have managed to survive the 2016 Season of the Elves. I’m not gonna lie, folks, when it comes to being creative and remembering to move the elves every night, we are big ol’ failures this year.
Twice, TWICE, we completely spaced and just plain forgot to move the elves. The first time, they were on the kitchen counter chowing down on a bag of candy corn. Nonna and Grandma Kay came to town for a visit, and we were having too much fun and staying up to late hanging out with them that we totally forgot to reposition Cosette and Leo before we went to bed. Of course, Cadence found them immediately the next morning, and we were saved by the fact that our kid has an amazing imagination and swore the elves had spent two whole nights eating candy corn because she was sure the bag looked even emptier.
“Cosette and Leo have been eating candy corn for two days straight! Geez!”Cadence proclaimed. “I guess they like it as much as me and Daddy do.”
Why yes, Cadence, yes they do.
Elf Fail #2 happened just this morning. It hit me around 6:30 a.m., just about the time I was ready to hop in the shower, that we had forgotten to move the elves again (and I only remembered because I heard Cadence downstairs talking to Stevie). I said a silent prayer that he’d managed to get downstairs and notice the elves were in the exact same spot and move them quickly before Cadence had a chance to wander downstairs. (And it would really help if Cadence was one of those regular kids who actually sleeps in past 7:00 a.m. on stay-home days).
No such luck.
When Stevie came upstairs a few minutes later, I asked if he’d moved the elves, and I watched his eyes widen in horror when he realized we’d forgotten the damn elves…again.
“Crap! No, I didn’t,” Stevie said, but he was hopeful. “You know, I don’t think she saw them yet this morning. She’s down there playing video games in the living room. I bet we can move them quick.
And suddenly I was hopeful too.
“Yeah, let’s do it. I’ll distract her, you move them.”
“What am I supposed to do with them?”
“I don’t know. Shove them in the Christmas tree or something.”
And so we did. I pretended like I’d come downstairs to turn the volume down on the TV while Stevie crept into the den to sneak the elves onto the Christmas tree.
Or so we thought, right up until my mom arrived to watch the kids and I was getting ready to leave for work and Mom asked Cadence where the elves were.
“Oh, they’re still by the fireplace. They didn’t move last night,” she called from the living room.
Mom looked at the empty spot in the front of the fireplace and then at me.
“We forgot. We moved them this morning,” I whispered.
“Uh…no they’re not,” I called out to Cadence. “Are you sure they didn’t move?”
Cadence hopped up out of the chair and came running.
“What?!” she hollered. “What the heck? I just saw them! I swear!”
She ran around the room, looking for the elves, until she finally spied Leo perched in her Christmas tree.
“Hey!” she cried. Then she pointed to the top of the big tree. “There’s Cosette too! What the heck?”
“That’s crazy, Cadence,” I said, shaking my head. “They must be tricking you.”
“Yeah!” she said. “Cosette and Leo are really tricking me! They snuck and moved while I was in the other room! I wish I could have seen them move. Wait until Henry sees!”
And just like that, the little bubble of relief that had been building as I thought to myself that we only have two nights of this elf business left burst wide open as I realized that we likely have another five or six years of it ahead of us. Because Cadence is still more excited about the elves’ antics than she is just about anything else at Christmas time, and Henry is already showing signs of being an elf fanatic. He looks for them every morning as soon as he gets up, and he points and laughs at the silly things he finds them doing. And even when they are sitting on the floor or perched in a spot low enough for him to reach them, he knows not to touch them for fear he will ruin their magic. So he just points and turns to look at us and he smiles and waits to see what these crazy elves will do next.
And all I know is that next year, we’re going to have to seriously up our game.
We should start planning now.
And since I’ve been so very bad about blogging the elf adventures each day, here is a recap of what they’ve been up to this past week…
Merry Christmas everyone!