Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Return of the Elf

July 31, 2009

Last Christmas, we were visited by John David, our family's adopted Elf on the Shelf.
We had lots of fun with John David. He brought the kids lots of little treats. He also did something we called "mischief." He was always doing something funny around the house, like dumping out underwear drawers:He was always re-arranging toys (spoons, candy, legos, etc.) to spell out the word "elf." He dressed the kids' stuffed animals in their underwear:He even put a bow on poor, poor Tootie dog:John David's final act of mischief was to "roll" the living room on Christmas Eve, right before he caught a ride with Santa back to the North Pole.
This resulted in a lot of Christmas pictures that looked like this:Bless Grandmama's heart, she spent half Christmas Day rolling that toilet paper back on the roll. (John David used our good Charmin, and we weren't about to let it go to waste!)This picture has nothing to do with John David, but it is something that Emma got from Santa, and it reminded me of something else funny:He left a note for the kids, explaining that he had to go back to build more toys for next year, but since they had been moping and complaining about him having to leave, he might try to make a trip during the summer for a little vacation. (The only thing he asked was that Emma make him a little bed to sleep in.)So, fast-forward to last week. The family came home from a park outing to find this on the back deck:I hope he put some sunscreen on his rosy cheeks. Nice shades, J.D. (Somewhere, there is a new naked Ken doll in the house.)In true vacation style, he slept a lot:Watched some tv:Monopolized the remote control:In true naughty elf style, he also did a little mischief:
(Does anybody think Luke looks like one of the "Three Stooges" here? "Hey Moe!" Silly elf.)

Emma had a friend come sleep over, and now she wants an elf to come to her house, too. Her mom even called me to thank me for putting this idea in her daughter's head. Yay for spreading a little elf love!

John David left last Saturday with a promise that he will be back soon after Thanksgiving. We are really looking forward to seeing what kind of mischief he will come up with then.

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10 delightful comments:

Melissa said...

How funny!!! We have a McDonald's Happy Meal Piglet who does things along those lines. He also mails himself to us when we're on vacation. ;)

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

I'm impressed with JD and his energy and creativity. I fear that any elf that came to visit us would just get bored and hide at the bottom of a toybox.

KBeau said...

Very clever. When my grandchildren are a little older, I'm going to suggest the Elf thing.

Rachel said...

That is SO awesome! I love that idea! I want an Elf to come visit us!!!!

tonya said...

I hope our elf, Kroger, does not come across John David. I can't take the "pressure" LOL.

Don't you have some Bejeweled to play or something? ~wink~ xoxo

jennifer said...

Did the friends mom call to thank thank you or to gee thanks you? Elves might be hard to come by in July... er August.

This post was too cute. I am charmed by John David!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I can't imagine spending the summer in the steamy South when you could chill at the north pole.

He is a clever fellow!

Miss Jennifer said...

Okay I have heard of the elf deal before, but never seen evidence of it. Looks pretty fun, though! Right up my alley - I'm going to have to think about this one.

Wendy said...

My parents have used a little elf that looks just like that as their tree topper since their first Christmas together. When my sister and I moved out, they went and found one for each of us for our own trees because they didn't want us fighting over "Elfie" (But I'd totally win. I can take her.) So Elfie comes out every year here, too. No mischief yet, but I feel some may be coming this Christmas...

Holly Brennan said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I just read this and about died. The funny thing is, we have an elf that looks just like that. I'm totally seeing if we can get a tradition started.