Twinkle has been here a few days now, and she has been doing an amazing job of keeping Raya's tantrums in check lol. If Raya is on the verge of tears or tantrum I just shake my head and say "oh, poor Twinkle is going to have to report this to Santa" and then Raya immediately dries her tears and says "I'm being good Mama!" in her *sweetest* possible voice :-P Brielle on the other hand does not fear Twinkle in the slightest---she continues to tantrum away!
There are no shortage of ideas online as to difference scenarios you can set up for your Elf on the Shelf...but I've learned three things so far. First, all of my ideas must take place well out of the reach of Brielle's little hands. This means that pretty much everything takes place above counter height! This limits my options greatly. Two, I don't think Raya would really "get" and appreciate some of the more elaborate elf set ups (I mean, if she is thrilled by me spending 15 seconds sticking a random item in Twinkles hand, then why waste any more time doing something more complicated, right? haha. I'll save all the better ideas for next year when she cares!). Three, Raya LOVES it when Twinkle takes something of hers. Pretty much all month long all I have to do is move Twinkle to various spots around the house, each time having her hold a different item of Rayas :-)
So with all that in mind, here is what Twinkle has been up to.
After her first trip to report back at the North Pole Raya woke up and discovered Twinkle and Minnie swinging together from our fruit stand.
|Lee told me this was a little innappropriate haha---they were just swinging and having fun people!|
Raya loved that Twinkle took her toy and told Twinkle to put Minnie back the next time she went to the North Pole.
Then the next morning Minnie was back in the toy box, but we found Twinkle on top of our little Christmas tree---eating one of Raya's suckers!!
|Raya's wheels immediately started turning and she said "Mama, Twinkle will get all sticky if she eats that! I think she can just let me eat it" haha. I told her we'd have to see what Twinkle decided to do!|
|Raya happily ate it with her breakfast this morning haha---hey, who am I to argue with Twinkle's request! :-)|
|Hanging around in the laundry room!|
|She had washed Raya's panties! Silly Twinkle :-) ...Raya thought this was just the most hilarious thing she had ever seen....she laughed and laughed|
So Twinkle is now quite a silly member of the family and Raya is really enjoying it! Brielle on the other hand is much too young and doesn't understand any of it, although when she hears you mention Twinkle she always runs to wherever Twinkle is and points her out and squeals excitedly that she "found" her lol
(On a side note, see the polkadot skirt Twinkle is wearing above? Well through a mistake on Amazon's part I ended up with two of those, and I'm looking to pass my extra on to someone. However I think the g irl elves are new and so far everyone I've asked has boy elves! So if you have a girl elf and would like a skirt for her please message me through my Etsy shop and let me know your address and I'll send it to you! First person to message me can have it :-)
Can't wait to see where Twinkle shows up tomorrow!
In other news, our house is now officially decorated....and seriously, lights are a big rip off! No wonder we never did them before haha. For *3* strands of lights we paid $60 (granted they were the LED ones or whatever for high efficiency, but still!) ....so needless to say Lee wasn't spending much more than that! So this is how our HUGE light display turned out hehe ;-)
|Raya is absolutely thrilled though and thinks our house is "beautiful" now|
Of course poor Lee had one of the coldest days so far to stand out there and put up lights haha. The girls wanted to help too, so I bundled them up!
|Ready to go!|
|They didn't last out there for long though---watched from inside!|
|I love this Gap shirt and hoped Raya could wear it one more year, but it's officially too small lol...we'll put it away after today!|
|Brielle in Gymboree penguins! I found a big lot of used Gymboree penguin stuff for an awesome price, so she's also got some other penguin stuff this year :-)|
|More of Brielle's stash---everything is either hand me down, bought second hand, or bought ahead at last year's after xmas sales for dirt cheap!|
|The last of Brielle's stash---once again, nothing bought new in store this year! Love bargain hunting :-)|
|I'm stretching---sorry Raya....cherries are kinda xmas-ish right? lol|
So look out for cute fashion shows I"m sure of all these goodies in the coming weeks! :-)
And to end, speaking of hand-me-downs, I had to laugh at Raya this morning. This is what I posted on my facebook page after talking to her today:
"Brielle was wearing Raya's hand-me-downs today and I said something like "you wore these as a baby Raya, but now they are too small so Brielle can wear them" ...too which she replied, "no, I didn't give them to Brielle because they were too small--they just weren't nice anymore and I only wear nice things. She can have them because they aren't even nice anymore" LOL---and so it begins! :-P"