Elf on the Shelf 2017 – Days 19, 20, 21, 22

We’ve officially hit the frenzy. Final few days of work, kids’ Christmas concerts, holiday parties, last-minute shopping.

But through it all, the elves have been mischief-making.

December 19 – Calleigh and Marie (from Splatoon), Sabine and Ezra (from Star Wars Rebels), and Iron Man decided the elves had been making too many messes around the house and decided to put them in time out.


December 20 – But that plan backfired when the elves escaped.

Later in the evening after we returned from Cadence’s Christmas concert, we noticed the elves were gone, but we found a note that they left early. We were puzzled, but figured there was a good explanation.

December 21 – The elves returned with a special treat for Miss C! She was so excited that they got to see her sing (and even more excited that they brought her gum)!

December 22 – While Cadence and I were at the Christmas concert (and Stevie was home putting Henry to bed), Stevie managed to get us completely caught up on laundry. Woohoo! Then, as he was going into Cadence’s room to put all the laundry away, he found a giant pile of dirty clothes that had been accumulating in her closet (and that she neglected to throw down the laundry chute when he asked her to earlier in the afternoon).

You know, when we first moved into this house, the laundry chute was one of Cadence’s favorite things. Apparently, the novelty has worn off. Now we beg and plead a threaten to get her to throw her clothes down. She claims that she “forgot” or that she didn’t notice the 3-foot pile of clothes that she has to climb over to get dressed in the mornings.

Ah, the teenage years are going to be fun.

Maybe a little elf-motivation is in order. This morning, Cadence woke to find all of the dirty clothes strewn around the house, and a note from the elves to remind her that Santa is watching and expecting her to listen to her parents. And I’ll be damned if she didn’t have all the clothes picked up and correctly deposited in the laundry hamper in the basement before I even had a chance to come downstairs and see the mess.

Thanks for the back-up elves!



Give Us Dirty Laundry

I have to admit, until Steven and I got our new front load washer and dryer, laundry was one of my least favorite household chores. At some point after we married, Steven sort of became the laundry guy. I think it had something to do with the fact that I do a majority of the cooking. Steven taking over the laundry was some sort of trade off. (Or perhaps it had to do with the fact that I will put laundry off until both of us are literally out of underwear and socks). Whatever the reason, I was perfectly happy to sit back and let my husband take the reins.

After getting the new washer and dryer back in December, I’m finding that laundry isn’t nearly as big a chore as it used to be. Now we can wash loads twice as big as we used to. And, even better, our daughter is now at an age where she is suddenly very interested in helping. So today, while Steven was tidying up the office upstairs, I kicked back, relaxed, and took some pictures while Miss Cadence took care of the laundry…

Now, if we could just get her to pick up dog poop in the yard, we’d be set! 🙂

365 Project – Day 356 – Oh Laundry Day!

“If it smells like funk it must be us, cause nobody’s as funky as us. We keep it stinky…” -The Black Eyed Peas

We moved into our new house a little over three weeks ago. Our washer and dryer were delivered today.

You do the math.

If Steven and I were still a childless couple. We might have tried to stretch it without visiting the local laundromat, or at least until we ran out of socks and underwear. That’s where I draw the line.

Unfortunately, toddlers are hard on clothes, their own clothes and other people’s. Add that to the fact that we had houseguests who stayed over to help us move and that, in our haste to get moved before the first snowstorm of the season hit, we neglected to do all of our laundry before we left the rental, and you can imagine that our pile of dirty laundry was reaching truly epic proportions.

To add insult to injury, our washer and dryer were also purchased just after the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, crazy Christmas shopping rush which meant our names were put at the end of a very long list of deliveries.

Yeah, it’s been a long three weeks.

The last two Saturdays, Steven has gotten up early to head to the local laundromat to keep our new home from beginning to resemble a disgusting college dorm room. He washed enough for us to get by while the rest of our laundry continued to pile up.

While the rest of the world counted down the days until Christmas, Steven and I counted down the days until our washer and dryer were finally delivered.

Oh happy day! It’s laundry day!

I’ve already lost track of how many loads we actually did today, but believe me, the new machines have been thoroughly broken in, and our home is smelling fresh and clean.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to Mom, Dad, Pawpoo Shawn and Granny Wendy for making this Christmas ultra fresh, and to the fabulous folks at BestBuy for giving us a great deal and delivering on time as promised. As God is our witness, we will never be stinky again!

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