Thursday, December 26, 2013

Life Lessons Month of December: Blog 4- Letters from Mom & Mimi

Hi Ellie,

Oh how I love this time of year!

Life Lessoned Learned #43: Continue holiday traditions.

You had so much fun with Griz, our Elf on the Shelf this past month.  We have now had Griz in our life for 4 Christmas seasons. 

This year, he was very creative!  He hid in the cup holder of your car seat, in the freezer with your pancakes, in Will’s swing looking at your photo album, and so many more places.  When he was sitting on your desk in your playroom, I later found out that you had garnished him with glasses and a cell phone (swearing that you never actually touched him in the process).  

You know that Griz’s magic wears off if he is touched, which is why you were in a tizzy when we had some friends and their children over.  Their one year old daughter saw Griz hiding in your advent calendar and grabbed him (after all, he is very friendly looking).  But I reassured you that Santa understands that some children aren’t old enough to understand the elf rules so that doesn’t count. 

On day one, you found Griz on the couch with his Elf on the Shelf book and your own Elf on the Shelf mug with a hot chocolate packet.  You desperately wanted Will to meet Griz but remembering the rule of no touching, you came up with a unique idea: your Dad’s grilling tongs!  So instead of bringing Will to Griz, you brought Griz to Will!  You are always so sweet to your brother! 

Griz has even left you a few personally written letters on sticky notes.  One when he was upside down on the light above the kitchen sink, he wrote that you did a fabulous job dancing in the Nutcracker (which was true, you were amazing in those 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  My favorite part was when your class came out in a very small box… it was kind of like a clown car as they kept pulling each one of you out)!  

Another note was on your bed next to an outfit that Griz must have pulled from your closet.  He asked you specifically to wear that holiday get-up for your Dad’s Christmas party, which was a good idea because you probably would have chosen your very worn and beloved fleece-on-fleece outfit.  Despite saying it was a little itchy and a little tight, you wore the new reindeer outfit for Santa and Griz (and you looked adorable!!!).  

Griz is getting manipulative!  And on one of the days, Griz even left you a note saying that Santa gave his approval for you to play with him for that day only (he must have known that I had a lot of wrapping to do and didn’t have much time to play with you that morning).  This was like Christmas for you.  You smothered Griz (and told him repeatedly, “I love you!”) and you kept each other busy for hours.

For the past two weeks, you have found it amazing that somehow Griz has ended up on my nightstand every evening.  I wonder if that’s because Griz knew I woke up in a panic in the middle of the night on the same day that we found Griz in the car (and left him there).  I bet Griz thought I would be worried that he wouldn’t be able to find a new place to hide in the house and that you would be sad if he were still in the cupholder of your carseat the next day.  Good thing he always reassures me by reminding me at bedtime!  

Christmas this year was filled with so much magic Ellie.  You are at the perfect age because you have such wonderment and excitement.  And to have Will here with us too made it perfect.

We will for sure see Griz next December!

Love you Ellie Bean and Merry Christmas my sweet girl!

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