Where have you been?

I’ve been waiting to post until you came back – only kidding – it’s all my fault. You know it’s not easy being a 7-year old in an instantaneous world that provides and demands everything immediately – I’m usually on the demanding end – I’ve got CEO written all over me.

So to catch you up on a few things….Halloween rocked. I went as Sonic the Hedgehog and mommy, Grannie, and daddy all went as other Sonic characters. They weren’t as “lucky” as I was because they only had hats that looked like the character while I had the whole costume – Sonic, baby! Anyway, I got A LOT of candy from trick-or-treating. Mommy and daddy swear I’m still on my sugar high and are waiting for me to come down.

Moving on….Thanksgiving rocked. We had some good food and had a relaxing day with family. I should have taken a picture of our spread, but evidently, we are all too hungry to stop and pose. I did have my annual Thanksgiving lunch at school. Mommy and daddy came up to school to eat with me. I just love it when they come eat lunch with me. I think I have them conned into eating with me once a month each and Grannie, too. I was pushing for each of them to come eat with me once a week, but I can settle for once a month each.

Now we’re pretty much up to date on everything except for one thing…..BUDDY IS BACK IN TOWN! Yep, my own personal elf is back in town and I love me some Buddy. First, he always changes locations. Sometimes they are silly and sometimes they are normal, but it’s always fun to try and find him in the morning. It really serves as good motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Second, and perhaps the best part, Buddy always brings me 24 little pre-Christmas gifts from Santa and I can open one each day if I act right, e.g., brush my teeth, clean up my toys, read, say my prayers. And yes, there were times over the past couple of years that I did not get to open a present because I wasn’t acting right – bygones.

Below are some pics from the past few weeks. Also, stay posted because I am getting on the #TBT (ThrowBack Thursdays) train so stay tuned for some pics from my past on Thursdays.

 

action shot

action shot

me being thankful

me being thankful

1st day back above my stocking

1st day back above my stocking

he just can't get enough of me

he just can’t get enough of me

free-fall from the light

free-fall from the light

he thought we needed a new tree topper

he thought we needed a new tree topper

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I wasn’t just dreaming of a white Christmas…..

….because for the first time in my life, I had a we had a white Christmas. It was totally unexpected and totally welcomed. And it was actually perfect timing because I got to wake up early (5:30am) to make a huge mess opening all my presents with mommy, daddy, and grannie, then played with the gifts, and then got to go outside and play with mommy and daddy in the snow – it really couldn’t have been any better. And with all the excitement, we made sure we all understood the reason for the season.

As special as the day was, there was one downside – Buddy, my elf, went back to the North Pole for the year. I always get a little sad when he goes away, but I think about him a lot over the year. He’s my elf and the best elf ever so see you next year Buddy – can’t wait to see what silly things you do next year.

The following pics are from the Christmas season with Buddy and the family. (Note: one of my favorite pics is of me trying to catch snowflakes with my tongue.)

 

Angry Bird Buddy

Angry Bird Buddy

Lego Buddy

Lego Buddy

Pokemon Buddy

Pokemon Buddy

Giddy-up Rudolph

Giddy-up Rudolph

Our annual gingerbread house

Our annual gingerbread house

Buddy likes snowflakes

Buddy likes snowflakes

Santa - Proof he exists

Santa – Proof he exists

Snow 18 Snow 22 Snow 26 Tree 8 Unwrap 2 Snow 32

Buddy update

I probably won’t do this every day, but Buddy was busy last night making himself a silly Lego chair. He is being more creative this year because he knows I get the humor more this year.

BTW I have been a good boy so I have been able to open presents each day and the list includes: a large stuffed dog, Santa pajamas, checkers, and a gingerbread house that mommy and daddy will be cussing when we put it up – but it’s tradition:)

 

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He’s Back!!

Buddy is back, Buddy is back, Buddy is back!!!!

In case you forgot, Buddy is the elf that comes every December to make sure I am being good – for at least the last month of the year – I can hold out for a month before my bad streak comes out…I think.

I love when Buddy comes back – primarily because that means I get to open presents each day of the month because of the advent calendar Santa sends with Buddy provided I act right. I also like to see where he shows up every day. Last year he was pretty tame, but I have a feeling he may be a little more active than last year and maybe even a little mischievous. In any case, I still think Santa has trust issues, but at least Buddy is back!!

 

he misses Rudolph

he misses Rudolph

Have I been Nice or Nice?

When people ask me if I’ve been Naughty or Nice what do they think I’ll say? I mean they’re asking me to rat myself out. And my parents will say I’m always a good boy. Like they’re going to admit to raising a kid that has been naughty all the time. This is actually a win/win situation for me. Anyway, the truth of the matter is that I’ve been great. Sure I’ve had my moments, but who hasn’t – stone…..glass houses….anyone?

Believe but you will, but I’m still getting PAID! I’ve been able to open gifts from Santa for my advent calendar every day! That has to say something about me, right? Although the question was asked by Grannie as to what I would have to do to be considered naughty enough to not get my daily gift. I’ve gotten pretty close to not getting my gift, but haven’t quite gotten there just yet. The trick is to always throw in the ‘ol “I love you so much (insert name).” And for those particularly hard-to-melt hearts I throw in the biggest hug ever. I’ve never had to go any further than that because they are always putty in my hands by then.

I’ll get back to you later to tell you whether I’ve been “naughty” or nice 😉

Here’s a buddy update.

http://www.elfontheshelf.com/myelf.aspx?sharecode=AEE5EE1

Santa has trust issues

What happened to the good ol’ days when a boy could tell Santa he had been nice and Santa bought it trusted him? All I know is one day my home was a place where I could be my “angelic” self in private, the next day I have an elf standing guard. Elf on the Shelf just showed up one day and my life hasn’t been the same since. I mean, I’m excited to meet a real elf, but a little creeped out by the fact he is always smiling and doesn’t seem to blink.

He said his name was Buddy and his job was to report back to Santa on how naught or nice I’ve been. Every night after we all go to bed, he sneaks out of the house and up to the North Pole and gives his report. Then, he races back to my house and hides in a new place for me to find him. The rules are that I can do or say whatever I want to Buddy, but he can’t talk back to me. So I can tell him what I want for Christmas or tell him stories, but he can’t respond in any way to me. I think he’s silly because he just sits there with a smile on his face. Mommy, daddy, and I try to make him laugh by dancing and shaking our booties at him, but so far he’s been a rock – no laughing or anything. Another rule is that no one can touch him because his magic will wear off and we don’t want his magic to wear off because then he couldn’t get back to the North Pole to tell Santa how good I’ve been. Hmmm, now if I decide to go to the dark side I’m going to have to get my hands on that little sucker. Oops, I shouldn’t have documented my evil plan….back to my inner angel.

Mommy and daddy think I am being super sweet because Buddy is around – always kissing them and telling them how much I love them and asking “please” – but I would say I’m like this all the time and they just don’t fully appreciate my efforts year-round. It doesn’t hurt that I also received an advent calendar from Santa one night. Every day up until Christmas, I get a little note from Santa on the calendar and if I was sweet to my parents, brushed my teeth, said my prayers, and all that other crap good little boys are suppose to do, then I can open a small gift under the tree. So far they have been great gifts – little activity books, craft-type things, stickers, etc.

Some might say this is a bribe to make me be a good little boy for one month of the year. I would argue that I’m just getting my due for the other 11 months of pure joy I bring to everyone else. I guess it’s all perspective. C’est la vie.

Here are some pics of Buddy and where he’s hidden so far or you can click on the link below to see his scrapbook. I’ll keep you posted on how the elf thing is working out in a few days.

http://www.elfontheshelf.com/myelf.aspx?sharecode=AEE5EE1

 

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