Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fireside Elf

I've been trying to get creative with this whole Elf on the Shelf deal because I'm running out of places to "hide" him.  So last night I set up this little fireside scene, using the centerpiece on our kitchen table.   I just added the small "fire pit" by surrounding a tea light candle with tiny stones & gave the elf a toothpick & a mini-marshmallow.  [I found them in the baking aisle... they're called "Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits"] 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hicktown Halloween

I know this is a little late, but I've been meaning to share the Halloween costume Jackson wore this year!  He was the cutest little Jason Aldean in our neck of the woods [& probably the only one].  It was a big hit!  & so simple... Jackson James already has the wardrobe & the lyrics down, he just needed a little facial hair & a guitar [his first, he is so excited to start lessons soon!]  At 4 years old, this kid is a "big"Aldean fan... 

For Christmas he asked us for a mic & a guitar strap!  He means buisness ;) 

& of course, I cannot leave out his sister, June Taylor.  Her costume was thrown together minutes before we walked out the door.  It's really nothing spectacular.  Her cowgirl boots went MIA & we had to improvise.  Her clothes were already filthy from playing in the dirt that afternoon, so we tossed on her camo jacket, her brother's "coonskin" hat, a bow, & some jewels.  Here's our coonskin June - the little hunter/trapper/backwoods beauty queen:

She insisted on wearing those necklaces.  It worked.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Elf Rides In

Santa's little helper made his first appearance in our house [on horseback] this morning & what a difference he has made!  As I have been power-organizing the house for the last couple of weeks [in preparation for the holidays], the kids haven't been on their best behavior... until now, under the close watch of Santa's tiny messenger.  "The Elf on the Shelf" is a magical [& genius] Christmas tradition for ALL to enjoy.

I'm just praying the novelty lasts long enough to get us through my first round of pie crusts this season, the one time during the holidays that I need this little red crutch the most.

Happy trails to all, & to all a good night!