So there has been A LOT of commotion about elves on shelves and my post ( http://anothertiredmommy.blogspot.com/2011/11/we-have-elf-on-shelf.html ) has gotten a lot of publicity--not because of the ACTUAL elf, but because of the descriptors chosen to describe said elf (or hula dancer, I believe...)in the comments section. Because of this...incident...I have been able to read about other families and their elves and I have to say, I am quite impressed (NOT with the fact that there is so much...strife as a result of one of my posts, but with the fact that some of these elves REALLY chose some great homes. MY elf is going ot get elf-envy).
Jimmy, for example is quite mischievous after (or maybe before...) he travels back to the North Pole to report the happenings of the day. On the first day he created an "I'm BAACK" sign, one day he was caught with a cupcake, another he was repelling down the side of a cupboard...whether he is bulding a town out of blocks or stuffing himself into a wine glass, Jimmy is always caught doing fun things. Considering OUR elf (Ernie) has only moved ONCE in two weeks (probably because A. he has SO MUCH to report to Santa--he has to wait until our behavior IMPROVES a bit before he goes back or 2. Someone touched him so his magic is fading. My children don't fight ENOUGH, so I try to give them MORE to fight about--mission accomplished. NOW they are spending their time "figuring out" who touched the elf and stole the magic. If I could get more sleep, I swear I would be smarter.
Anyway, check out Jimmy on http://www.alittlelucidity.com/p/jimmy-elf.html and take a look at Perspective Parenting's poem at:http://www.perspectiveparenting.com/2011/11/30/the-elf-on-the-shelf-who-mocks-me/. There is also a contest for the MOST inappropriate elf at www.babyrabies.com. Vote for number sixteen (What HAPPENS at the North Pole STAYS at the North Pole), but be warned--it is INAPPROPRIATE, so if you DO NOT LIKE inappropriate things...well, vote anyway (it's just the nice thing to do!), just don't be offended.
Just as a sidebar...NEVER be offended when you read something on here. EVERYTHING is done with a light heart and a love of humor, so PLEASE...laugh it off--life is WAY TOO SHORT to take yourself (or anyone else) too seriously. After all, if I didn't laugh, I'd cry--and I would MUCH rather laugh--wouldn't YOU?
I am a former teacher/ SAHM of three who needed to do SOMETHING so that we would all come out of this alive and unscathed. I don't really have a blogging philosophy, though I have many THEORIES...for example, "In THEORY, it would be a great idea to get off of the computer and wash a dish..." yet here I sit. I have a THEORY that my musings may help people to see that they are not alone--or maybe they will just make ME realize that I AM alone...nah--I'm sticking with my first one. Better than therapy, I tell you!