Hey guys! Hope you are having a great week so far! Thank you for all the messages and comments. Talking with you has been great!
I wanted to real quickly come on here tonight (this am if we want to be technical) and ask you how many of you do THE ELF ON THE SHELF? We started it back in 2012 with our little ones and let me just tell you, it has been a ball.
Our guy, Marlin…
I will just tell you tonight that we named our Elf Marlin because that is the name my husband wanted for our children. He is an avid fisherman and our children’s names fall in line with that theme but I just couldn’t name one of our children, Marlin. Nothing against it, truly. It just wasn’t for me. SO, I thought, I would name something Marlin- and that special someone was our ELF ON THE SHELF and he has turned out to be a pretty amazing and fun guy! Our Christmas would not be the same without him, that’s for sure!
We are super excited for his return this month and I just bet he has so much fun stuff in store for our family!
I did, however, kind of wanted to take you all on a journey of where Marlin has been, what he does during his “down time” and ways I have come up with to keep his memories intact for the little ones for their whole lives. I hope you all will stay tuned!
Here is a photo of Marlin in Haiti last December. He was in Labadee just soaking up some sun! That is the cruise ship he was on.
This is the song that played in my head when I found…wait for it…the Damn Hermit Crab! Woohoo! We sure missed Mr. Crab and he was safe and sound in a bowl that was actually under the table that had his condo on it. His condo is about 5 inches off the floor so it was not a far fall. He was very happy to see us and is thrilled to be back in his habitat. I was thrilled that my children weren’t involved. Though to be honest, the hubby doesn’t buy it. He still thinks Dapper may have had a hand in mishap. I will keep my mom blinders on indefinitely. 🙂
Speaking of Dapper, he has reached a huge milestone today- the big 05! I guess that makes him Under the Hill! He had a great day. At school he was the center of attention for his special day and tonight he opened lots of good loot.
As he told me before he went to bed, “Being 5 is the BEST!”
I just kissed his head and thought to myself, “No, babydoll. Getting to be your mom is the best! ” Happy Birthday, Dapper!!! May you have a lifetime of amazing adventures and enduring love!
Since writing my last post, I have news. I will get to the good in a moment but FIRST- Where is the damn hermit crab? I began a journey to get back to myself. I was excited and feeling in the groove. Then my daily chores started calling me back. One being to feed Mr. Crab (kids are not getting any originality awards with this, I am aware). Low and behold, he has gone on his own journey of self-discovery! The lid to his condo was slightly off and he was no where to be seen. Our living room is a closed room. There is a step to get into it so there is NO WAY Mr. Crab could have left…voluntarily…
I armed myself and my children, Clever, Dapper and Spicy with flashlights and told them we were going on a “Creature Rescue”. I promised grandiose items to the successful searcher. No crab.
My husband is convinced that Dapper is responsible. That perhaps Mr. Crab took an unplanned, unauthorized field trip to Hermit Crab hell (ie, the play room). Dapper assured me he did not such thing and I believe him.
So friends, I embark on a new search today. Please wish me well that I find a healthy Mr. Crab. Preferably in the living room so as that my child is not a lying kleptomaniac.
My last search for self proved beneficial. Many of you shared my blog on Facebook (thank you!). I got several new followers. Success. 🙂 Baby steps….
Now, off to find this crab!