This year an Elf named PJ (from Pajamas, June named him) came to visit our house and stayed with us until Christmas eve. It was our first year having an Elf on the Shelf and it was really fun. Now I know I hear a few critics of Elf on the Shelf in the crowed of readers, thats cool, to each their own... but all the little shenanigans and messes our nice little elf PJ made was totally worth the pure joy we saw everyday on Junes face. That excitement every morning, she came into our room and told us to hurry out of bed so we could go find PJ, was so fun. She loved PJ. My little ones are only little for so long and I firmly believe in letting that pure joy shine as much as it can. Even if it's over make believe things, or pretend magic. To them it's real and the excitement is definitely worth it all.
So now PJ will be back each year, keeping an eye on us, making sure we are on our best behavior! :)
The first of December he made us mini pancakes and left us a note!
He played with Cheerios
He colored on our pictures. June thought this was particularly funny
Played with Stickers
Left us little mini Oreos in our cookie Jar
Missing the North Pole cold weather, so he was lounging in the ice maker
Dan even carried on with PJ while I was in Colorado.
Angel making in Powder Sugar
Brushed his teeth with June's toothbrush
Played with June's pretend food
Had a "snowball fight"
snuck in the bag of M&M's
Put a Christmas puzzle together
On Christmas Eve Morning we found PJ with a note, telling us how much he has loved being with us, and how when Santa comes he will head back to the North Pole with him. June was pretty sad, but she understands way more than a 3 year old should, and said goodbye to PJ for the year.
A few pictures we missed. He was apart of our Nativity and bowing down to baby Jesus. He was in our stockings and read books. It really was fun finding new ways to place him each night. Thanks PJ for adding just one more element of special to our Christmas!