Iroh is back for more shenanigans. Mom can barely keep up this year!
Iroh got off to a good start this Christmas season. We’ll wait and see what other mischief he can get in to.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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……
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…..
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.
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!
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.
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.
Peeking at presents? That behavior will land you on the naughty list Iroh!
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!
This month is just flying by and Iroh is keeping busy!
Iroh dug into the kids bookshelf and built himself a little tower of books to make sure he had a good view of the living room. It’s a great way to keep an eye on the situation!
Iroh brought in supplies for this one. He brought a bag of sticky bows and decorated around the tv screen. Chiara loved this one, actually borrowing some of the bows to decorate in her room.
This was a quick and lazy night for Iroh. He apparently was playing around with our nutcrackers. He was really enjoying the view from the tv side of the room. Three nights in a row!
I think this was my personal favorite! Chiara started dance class this year and Iroh had to show off his own moves. This involved a Monster High stand, coffee filter and a tiny hair tie. Nothing like a pretty ballerina!
This one stumped the kids for a little bit. They looked everywhere before seeing him on our family picture wall. Our clocks are a little small for this one, but it was still funny!
The cat kennel was brought upstairs to deal with our new kitten, he was being overly feisty, and apparently Iroh got himself stuck overnight. Silly Iroh!
Keep a lookout, more from Iroh coming soon!
Christmas has rolled around again. I’m never quite sure how it comes so fast, but I love it every year. We have our little family traditions that we’ve developed over the years, and some that we’re still adjusting to suit our family.
One tradition that we’ve been very consistent with is setting up our tree shortly after Thanksgiving. Depending on work schedules, we set up our tree sometime between the day after Thanksgiving and the first of December. We’re very serious about keeping our holidays separate. Halloween / Thanksgiving / Christmas. We don’t do Hallothanksmas!
Another tradition we’ve stuck to is a new ornament for everyone each year. As the kids have gotten older, they get to pick out their own, and they love it! We stick to Hallmark, as they have such beautiful ornaments.
There are a few ornaments I get even though the kids don’t choose them. For instance, the Rapunzel ornaments, we’ve gotten them each year (I still need to get this year’s) because I love sets. We don’t exactly do themes for our trees, so it’s a nice eclectic look!
Window snowflakes are a tradition that we started last year, and the kids love it! At first they looked a little silly because I was folding the paper weird. After a few forays onto Pinterest, I found a good folding technique to get these awesome six-pointed stars. Almost any time the kids get bored around Christmas, they’ll bring me paper and ask, “can I make a snowflake?”
I think one of my current favorite traditions is our Elf on the Shelf, Iroh. He started visiting us last Christmas and the antics just keep going! It can be difficult with my new third shift schedule to keep him in motion, but it stays fun, especially with Pinterest to help me!
I don’t have a picture to go with this one, but it’s a tradition of ours that just sort of evolved since Arthur was little. Presents had to stay hidden, mainly because Mr. Man kept opening them, or tearing at the paper, like any child will at that age. The presents remained hidden until he went to bed on Christmas Eve. Now that the kids are five and eight, they know I have the presents in the basement. They’ve seen my wrapping station and even the pile of wrapped presents when helping me do laundry. It remains exciting though, even knowing they’re coming, to see that impact Christmas morning of all the presents “suddenly appearing” like magic!
Another one we started last year is the decorating of gingerbread houses. The kids loved this! We usually do it the week before Christmas so that we can demolish and devour them within a day or so of Christmas. I can’t wait to do this this year because Arthur is getting a train gingerbread kit!
I’d love to hear about different Christmas traditions you have with your family.
Merry Christmas everyone!
The kids were very excited to have Iroh come back this year! They love having our own family elf! Iroh has been up to his usual antics, making the kids laugh, while keeping Santa informed about their behavior.
Iroh arrived, bright and early, December 1st, just like last year, and brought the kids some new jammies. He also spelled out a message in yummy chocolate kisses.
December 2nd, Iroh just found a good place to observe everyone. He stashed himself in one of my baskets hanging from the curtain tiebacks.
On December 3rd, Iroh was checking on the oral hygiene habits of the kids. There was some concern from friends on how we would brush our teeth with Iroh in this position. Our elf’s magic isn’t dependant on not being touched. He is allowed to travel back and forth to the North Pole as long as he doesn’t talk to the kids.
Iroh had a little fun with some bananas and a marker on the 4th. He drew funny looking Minions. Chiara spent a few minutes explaining that we don’t draw on our food!
Iroh started playing Jenga in the early hours of the 5th. Chiara has wanted to play several games since then. She was only a little bummed that Iroh couldn’t play with her.
Iroh was feeling a little lazy on the 6th. He crawled into the tissue box to take a nap!
Iroh has been pretty feisty so far this year, and I’m looking forward to some more shenanigans this year!
It’s hard to believe how fast the month has gone by, but here it is, Christmas Eve and Iroh will be making his way back to the North Pole for the year. I know the kids and myself will be looking forward to his return next December.
So, before he goes, here is what Iroh has been doing these last 6 nights:
Iroh had found himself a perch next to the tv. He had a very good view of the goings on that day!
Iroh got into the milk and cookies. He was taste testing them for Santa Clause!
Iroh also enjoyed playing peekaboo from one of my Longaberger Christmas baskets.
Iroh had to make time to climb the tree. Way up top, next to the angel, is a great place to observe from!
He also dug into our Christmas hats, finally settling on my elf hat. Even if it is a few sizes too big!
Sadly, on his last night with us, Iroh found true love with one of my porcelain Barbies.
I can’t wait to see what mischief he gets into next year!