Elf on the Shelf 2016: Installment 4

Got into a fight with the Tooth Fairy

Enjoying some ice cold chocolate milk

Digging into our breakfast stash

Acrobatic Elf

Perched high on the tv

Trapped in the mouse ball

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Christmas Vacation Christmas Card

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This was actually Tony’s idea. He pitched it for our Christmas card and I loved it! I was only introduced to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation a few years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. Of course to prep for the photos, we had to watch the movie in October to pick our shots.

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Tony, of course wanted the iconic moment of plugging in the lights. Easy enough to set up: you need an extension cord, winter wear and a ball cap.

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I chose the kitchen cleanup, with the added bonus of a guilty looking dog. This involves a little more setup: tipped over trash can, an empty trash bag and pieces of garbage. I made sure I had some non-disgusting trash to spread around my kitchen floor. I tried to include both dogs, but my husband’s dog took one look at the mess and ran away, afraid to get blamed I guess……

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Arthur’s was fun too, involving very little prep work. Take some lights and roll them up. I wrapped 3 strands of these lights around a winter hat to give it a fuller look. Then make sure you have a ski cap and you’re all set.

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Chiara’s I think was the cutest one, as far as least disastrous anyway! We did a little twist on Ruby Sue’s enjoyment of The Night Before Christmas.

All in all, Tony had a great idea for a Christmas card and it came out beautifully. Way to go honey!

Elf on the Shelf 2015: Installment Four

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Iroh played some pretty silly games his last week with us this year. He tried disguising himself as a present under the tree. The kids needed help finding him!

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This was a grab and hide, I guess. Just somewhere to watch the goings on in the house. This is the ice/water dispenser on the refrigerator.

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Iroh found Tony’s iPod and Chiara’s headphones sometime the night before. He was just rocking out on the couch when we got up that morning!

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Apparently you do not upset the nutcrackers! They don’t get mad, they get even. Thankfully they used painters tape! I’d be mad if they messed up the paint in my living room!

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Holy cow Iroh! What were you thinking?! Although, ziplining does look fun. I might want something a little more secure than a candy cane though……

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First the nutcrackers, now Queen Elsa? Why do you keep making people mad Iroh? At least he thawed quickly, Chiara was a little upset over him being frozen.

It’s been fun Iroh! I can’t wait till you come back next year…..

Elf on the Shelf 2015: Installment Three

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It’s tough to see Iroh in the picture, but he put himself in the toilet paper roll and rolled around the tree a few times. The kids were completely dismayed at the mess he made.

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I had so much fun with this one! I got to dig into my Longaberger baskets and yarn collection. I used a balloon, taped to the ceiling, and a nail through the slats of my basket to pull this one off. The kids were amazed at Iroh’s engineering!

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The sack race was a big hit! Iroh pulled in a few of Chiara’s babies and set up a race across the kitchen, using paper bags. Chiara helped them finish the race after school.

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Iroh got into Chiara’s stickers. This was very funny because of Chiara’s reaction. I wish I would’ve had a camera ready to catch her shock. Her whole attitude was one of, “Those are my stickers!” She then peeled them off, declared them ruined and threw them away.

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Peeking at presents? That behavior will land you on the naughty list Iroh!

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Iroh making another pitch for oral health? I guess it must be important!

I can’t wait to see what Iroh does in his last week with us this year!