Elf on the Shelf 2013 – Day 23

Life is all about what you do with the hand you’re dealt. Let’s face it, sometimes you manage to draw some really shitty cards, but you just never knew what’s coming next. So, you gotta keep playing. And if you’ve got some good friends beside you, you might even have a little fun.

Both Cadence and Cosette woke this morning, feeling a little better so what better way to celebrate and spend a Sunday than learning to play a little UNO?

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And wouldn’t you know, our little card shark caught on quick and kicked Daddy’s butt in her very first game. Yeah, that’s our girl. 🙂

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Elf on the Shelf 2013 – Day 22

Cadence came home from school yesterday coughing and sneezing and feeling like crap, and it appears poor Cosette was in the line of fire. Poor little elf needed a little rest and relaxation today. Here’s hoping everyone is feeling better tomorrow.

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Elf on the Shelf 2013 – Day 21

The best thing in life–better than money, better than chocolate, better than just about anything you can imagine–is spending time with the people you care about.  Friends, family, spouses, kids. People who “get” you. People who make you laugh. People who put up with (and call you on) your bullshit. People who think about you, and miss you when you’re not around. People who love you, no matter what.

Those are the people and the moments you live for. Those are the ones you do your best to hold onto–in your memory or in a photograph, something you can pull out of a box 10 years from now and it still makes you laugh.

In the end, those are the only people and the only moments that really matter.

And the bad ones? The frustrating ones? The ones that threaten to drive you to the very brink of insanity? Those are stones in the road, lessons to be learned. It’s okay to face them, to study them, and to put a little effort into moving them out of the way. But that’s where it ends. Don’t carry them with you. Don’t let them weigh you down. Respect them for what they are–a necessary step in your soul’s evolution–and then kiss them goodbye and let them go.

As the time draws near for Cosette to say her goodbyes for yet another year (less than 5 days to Christmas people!), it’s apparent that our little elf is not quite ready to say goodbye to the friends she made. So, last night, while Cadence slept, she gathered the gang together for a picture–something she can look at , maybe hang on the wall of her little elf house when she returns home to the North Pole, something that will bring a smile to her face when she remembers all the fun she had this year with the Romanos.

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Elf on the Shelf 2013 – Day 20

Paaaaaaaaarty!!!

This is sort of the reaction I expect Steven and I will have if we ever walk in on Cadence throwing a crazy party with her friends…

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Elf on the Shelf 2013 – Day 19

Cadence wasn’t sure whether she should be irritated or excited that Cosette decided to wear her homemade wreath ornament as a necklace and take over the prime spot on top of Cadence’s Christmas tree.

Either way, there was a lot of giggling and sighing, “Oh, Cosette!”

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Elf on the Shelf 2013 – Day 17

Cosette must have noticed that we’ve been a little behind the ball with Christmas this year. I mean, we just got the tree up, we don’t have any lights on the house yet (save for the giant light up giraffe we have sitting on our front porch), we haven’t attempted to take a photo or make any Christmas cards yet, and the last of the gifts we bought online haven’t even arrived to be wrapped yet. I guess she figured we could use a reminder to make sure Cadence got her letter written to Santa.

Thanks, Cosette. We’re sure glad you’re looking out for us!

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And tonight, after dinner, a shower, and a nail-painting session, Cadence dictated and signed her letter to jolly ol’ Saint Nick, and made sure to give it to Cosette before she went to bed. We know Cadence’s letter is in very good hands.

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