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!

 

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