I would like to say that I caved into the Elf on the Shelf craze, but I've had our Elf for three years now. I'm pretty sure we bought it before HUT even existed, when I was pregnant. This year we finally decided it was time for him to make his debut. And this is how it went down...
Being the true procrastinator that I am, it was about half way through December 1, when I realized that it was probably time for our Elf to arrive. So I texted the U to make a quick trip around the house, ring the doorbell, then go back to the garage when he arrived home from work. I gave MeMe the green light to place the entire box on our front porch, so when we opened the door, HUT would receive his Elf for the first time.
The doorbell rang, HUT and I headed to the front door, me with camera in tow, and things were looking great. He was super excited. He wanted to open his box. He was into it.
And then he realized that I turned off Toy Story on the tv and a massive meltdown ensued. The book? He slammed it shut. The Elf? He threw him back in the box. Naming him? HA HA HA MOMMY.
Once he finally calmed down, he refused to have anything to do with the Elf. And, being the impatient person that I am, I really wanted the damn thing named. So, after hours of HUT beating around the bush and completely ignoring our pleas for him to name the Elf, I interjected.
We each got two names, folded them, put them in the bowl and HUT got to pick one piece of paper.
The U won, and, Bow (as in hair bow, bow tie, bow and arrow, etc.) received his name.
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A couple of weeks ago, when we were in the trenches with sick kiddos and stuck indoors, a little ray of sunshine arrived on our doorstep. A Citrus Lane box filled with goodies - mostly aimed at Ellie's age group, but let's face it, whatever she has HUT wants, and vice versa.
I actually used to subscribe to Citrus Lane when HUT was little and it was so much fun opening a new box of goodies every month. We received awesome toys, books, health items, snacks, etc. each month. We still use a lot of those items to this day and they've been handed down to Miss Ellie. There were a few kinks in their delivery system a couple of years ago, but now they have upped their game, improved their deliveries and have also launched a store, the Citrus Lane Shop, that you can visit anytime to purchase their more popular items (I may or may not have my eyes on a baby doll for Ellie in their shop).
This go-round our box had bath toys, teething snacks, a teething ring, wooden toy and some bath wash. It's like they already knew what was going on in our world - I've been unhappy with our bath soap lately and Ellie seems to be in the thick of cutting more teeth. At least her constant drooling and need to put everything in her mouth is leading us to think we have some more chompers on the way.
The thing that I like most Citrus Lane is that they only send quality, unique products. The bath toys were by one of my favorite companies, Boon. The teething ring and toy were wooden, which I prefer over plastic any day. The body wash/shampoo combo was by Episencial. And the teething wafers were organic.
Personally, since the holidays are rapidly approaching, I think this would be a great gift to give any kiddo in your family. It's sort of the gift that keeps on giving, you know? And you would easily spend more than $25/month if you went out and purchased the items in the box individually on your own.
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I started this post with a cute little intro. But then it dawned on me that I'm exhausted, my brain is fried and I have no creativity left in me for witty writing this evening.
But I do have this.
We're starting a new family tradition this year. The U's mom has the hookup when it comes to homemade tamales, and she always makes them right around Thanksgiving. We also just happened to hit up the grand opening of a wine/beer/liquor store last weekend that had everything on sale. Including tequila.
You can probably see where I'm going with this.
Soooooo, this Friday begins the first annual tequila, tamales and tree trimming evening in the Torres home! Homemade margaritas, salsa and tamales while we watch Christmas movies and decorate our Christmas tree.
I have a feeling the Mexican food will be welcomed by all in this household after a day full of feasting on turkey and all of the fixings.
Anyone have a fun family tradition they are starting with their little family?