I've mentioned this before, but Gav truly is a great little boy. He's sweet, thoughtful, caring and kind. He is amazing at math and doing so well with his reading. He has had a little bit of trouble this year with classmates being loud, off-task, and unfortuinately Gav has taken part in this activity a few days as well. This past Friday morning Gav asked me to walk him into his classroom (usually I drop him off as a car rider) and see his class's Elf on the Shelf. As soon as we got to Gav's classroom his teacher said "Gavin! You've made Eagle! Go to the Media Center to be on the morning announcements!"
(this photo was actually taken last October, but it's Gav's same happy skip)
Without even glancing back at me, Gav skipped all the way down the hall like a happy burst of light. I followed him into the Media Center, because I didn't want him to realize he left me, freak out, and go running back to his classroom and miss being on tv. Being an Eagle is the top honor for his Elementary school. Gav received this status last year right around this time, and I'm so proud he earned it again. Students get to be an Eagle for hard work, good behavior, and good leadership. It was so special to see him receive this award!
I know it is no coincidence that Gavin's Eagle status last year and this year at this exact time is because of our Elf on the Shelf. Gavin truly believes that this elf speaks to Santa every night and reports back on if he's been naughty or nice. Gav has worked especially hard at going above and beyond to help others, and he has been rewarded. I am so proud!
Unfortuinately, as I mentioned above, some of Gav's classmates have had some discipline issues. I was generously given a handmade elf skirt for a review and giveaway by Sincerely, Paula. I have a truly magical story about the giveaway winner too, but I'll get to that in a moment.
I figured the best way to transition 'Elfina' in and also address the other kid's behavior issues was to let Gav know that our boy elf, Elfie had left to help their families this week, but would be home soon.
Elfina arrived in Elfie's car, after he drove it out the door. Gav said Elfie was only posing in the car, that elves fly, of course. Elfina arrived with a glass containing christmas tree shaped sprinkles, a note letting Gav know she'd be in town this week, and a note on the jar with instructions to plant the trees inside.
Gav said this was not Elfina, her name was Elfilina (similar, but has an L). So we went with that.
Gav was a little confused about planting the tree 'seeds' inside. But I gave him the foam I use for cake pops and had him plant in that. He set down a little holiday hand towel by the window, planted and watered the seeds. Plants grow with sunlight and water, of course!
The next morning, cookie trees grew! Gav said that he knew the trees did not grow on sticks, but Elfilina put them there to make them more fun to eat; everything's better on a stick!
I realized something this week that I hadn't known in the year we've had our elf... it's head turns! Gav was soo happy to see Elfilina in the rear view window when I picked him up from his afterschool. He said that the kids in his class were a little better, but he knew Elfie still had work to do and wouldn't come home for a few more days.
If you've seen the movie Elf, you know that elves "stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."
Elfilina has a sweet tooth. Gav was worried this past weekend that he will lose his sweet tooth and not like dessert anymore. I told him I wish I had that problem but it most likely won't happen to him. Well... unless all he eats is sugar and his teeth rot.
Anyway, Gav loves donuts and so does Elfilina!
I did a swap on Etsy for these ADORABLE cheerio donuts from Arlene of FunkyDuners.
(What's an Etsy Swap? It's when instead of purchasing an item from an Etsy seller, you send them something you made and they send you an item they made. Modern day bartering.)
I am so thankful to have traditions such as Elf on the Shelf that I share with my son. As a mom, sharing the Elf on the Shelf excitement with Gav has enriched my life in experiencing the magic of the holidays.
I also feel so fortuinate that I've been able to offer a coupple fun and festive giveaways here on my blog the past few weeks. I am so excited to announce that Maria was the winner of the Elf Skirt Giveaway last week sponsored by Sincerely, Paula. Congratulations! When entering the giveaway, Maria let me know that she did not yet have an elf on the shelf for her kids, but had entered a giveaway for one and was crossing her fingers to win not only the skirt, but the Elf as well from a different blog.
I e-mailed Maria last Friday that she won the my skirt giveaway and she was so thrilled. She said that the drawing for the Elf on the Shelf was was that day as well and I said I'd think good thoughts for her to win. Just an hour later Maria e-mailed me that she won the Elf on the Shelf!!! Now her family can celebrate the magic this year. I am so excited for her. It's truly an example of positive thinking.
There is only a week left before Christmas and Elfie still needs to make his return (Elfilina will be back next year for sure, though).
And if you haven't entered, check out the
Elf on the Shelf Photo iheartfaces Challenge.
iheartfaces to link up your best Elf on the Shelf photo! Contest is open until the end of December, so there's still lots of time to get that perfect shot.
Click here to enter.
What has your elf been up to this week?