That scary ass elf is back!
“Warning: this home is under elf surveillance”
It’s that time of the year when our elf, Dez, returns.
This year will look a little different and a lot less stressful (for me). Not because of COVID-19. It’s because my oldest finally knows the truth about this damn elf 🙃 I broke down and told him last year because he caught me in the midst of moving him one night!
To add salt to the wound, I also told him Santa doesn’t exist 🙈 Neither does that bougie ass Tooth Fairy who leaves $5-10 per tooth 😵 Thanks, baby daddy #1! Thank goodness all of his baby teeth have fallen out! Anyways, the story of my “vomit mouth” we can save for another day.
That said, I’m looking forward to having Jayden share some of his ideas because Lord knows, this mama fried some brain cells trying to figure out what to do each night 🤔
For this post, I wanted to share some of my favorite ideas from over the years. Following Dez’s shenanigans has become an Insta favorite for many of my followers. Be sure to follow Mommy Means A Latte on Instagram to see what he gets into this year.
Disclaimer: not all of these are unique ideas, so read on and feel free to use them!
My favorite one is probably the toy purge idea. Having the elf instruct the kids to give up some of their toys for donation is a lot easier for them to digest than hearing it from me. I call that a win-win 🏆
Moment of honesty
I’m already exhausted and haven’t even really started 😩 To let you know how it’s going so far, I woke up to all the kids already awake (I had my niece over this morning). I realized that I did all of this work to get the elf ready before bed last night, but then neglected to actually set up the damn thing 🙄 This morning, I had to get my oldest to take my niece and his brother upstairs so I could set up the elf.
This is pretty much how most, if not all, of my mornings, are during this time of year. Given that Jaxson is glued to my hip right up to bedtime, it’s harder to get the elf set up before we go to bed. Once I’m in the bed, I legit try to talk myself into getting up to move it. But, the comfiness always gets the best of me 🤷🏽 Then, I find myself scrambling at the butt crack of dawn trying to put together a clever idea. This year though, I wrote down some ideas. So, that way I can scramble a little less 🤪
Sharing is caring
How many other parents out there participate in elf in the shelf shenanigans? 👀 I’m looking for new ideas. Fortunately for me, I don’t have my boys every week so I will get a break! If I did my math correctly, I’m looking at about 10 days or so of moving 👏🏽
I’ve seen some really interesting ideas online. By interesting, I mean inappropriate. It makes me wonder how the kids of those parents (mostly dads) react to these WILD ideas! 😲 I tiptoe the fine line of rated PG and PG-13. I try to keep it as age-appropriate as possible. Every once in a while, I’ll do something that the kids won’t really understand, but that adults will get a laugh out of.
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