Christmas has founds its way to the Richards' home! Finally!
The boys could not be more thrilled about all the decorations, music, candy, and preparing for the 'big day'. What I have enjoyed most has been seeing how excited they are and being able to teach them the true reason we celebrate Christmas.
One of my favorites Christmas activities this year has been our new guest, Shelf the Elf. Yes, he is an Elf on the Shelf, but Daniel was set on calling him Shelf since that is where we first found our red little friend. Shelf has kept us (Bryson and I) on our toes this holiday season as Daniel expects him to fly to the North Pole every night to report to Santa, and naturally, he has to fly back to our home and land in a new spot each morning. We messed up one night and Daniel was very confused why he was in the same location the next morning. Another time he fell and Daniel found him face down on the ground and was just distraught. I explained that he was just resting and distracted him with something in another room. I then quickly put him back on his perch in the kitchen. Despite a few 'incidents', it has really been a very magical thing for him.
And both Daniel and James love the advent calendar filled with candy. I have been surprised at their self control in only opening one box every day. We are all very excited for Christmas to come!
|The first day we met little shelf. What a cutie!|
|Making delicious sugar cookies|
|James was not as interested in making the cookies as he was eating them|
|One of Daniel's many silly poses. He is wearing his new Christmas sweater from his great grandma.|
|Soon the boys got sick of decorating the tree and moved onto their favorite pastime- wrestling.|
|And this activity always ends the same way- with someone crying. This time is looks like it was Daniel who got hurt :(|
|James has really taken an interest in our Little Tikes nativity set. I think I may see a few individuals here that most likely did not visit baby Jesus. Can you guess who?|
|And here is Shelf the Elf in his current location. He is such a cute little guy (but there is something a little creepy about that smile). As Daniel reminds all of us- be good because he is watching you!|