Thursday, December 13, 2012

Countdown to Christmas: Chocolate Festival

I'm joining Liz from Sugarplum Creations every week to recap what my crazy little elves have been up to AND share what we've been doing for the holidays.  My kids have now spent a ridiculous amount of time learning about Hanukkah and Kwanza so I hope this week they get to learn about SANTA!


We had a super fun week that started out with Vincent and Poe bringing the Christmas Jammies! This was the day that I found out that Alex actually hates sock monkeys and that the decal is too scratchy. For the record, Mallory loves her sock monkey jammies which is a huge relief after what happened a few years ago. (if you click on that link you will see that this is my 3rd year linking up with the amazing Liz)

Mallory is a budding fashion designer and talked to Poe all day about making her a dress.  It's obviously a BIG job for a little elf to make clothes so they did the next best thing.  Barbi is no longer naked!  I wish they would have made me a tin foil hat.

this is all iKeith's handywork. he even glued on bling!

Over the weekend, we were VERY busy!  We had the second annual LEGO Holiday House Building and watched Army lose to Navy for the 11th year in a row.

The next day was THE day I'd been waiting for!  The day of the Holiday Chocolate Festival at The Broadmoor in beautiful Colorado Springs.  I judged the cake competition and it was one of the most fun and interesting experiences of my life.  To read more about it click here.

The next few days, the elves were messing around in my kitchen.  They just love it in there!

My mixing bowl was full of broken candy canes.  I think they were trying to turn the mixer on with the hook part of the cane and they kept them breaking off.

I deeply regret leaving the flour out! What a mess!

We have another fun week planned and I'm sure there will be more shenanigans!

What did your elves do this week?  

Disclaimer:  Some Moms are getting a bad rap for using elves at Christmas.  This is starting to feel like another Working Mom vs. Stay at Home Mom situation and I really don't want to see it come to that.  The things my elves do....takes minimal time to set up, five to ten minutes to clean up and just requires a calendar and some great ideas to execute. My budget for the elves is $50 and this includes the jammies I buy every year.  Call me an overachiever if you'd like but I believe this is time well spent.


  1. I love those PJs the kids have and wish they made them in an adult appropriate size (or is that an oxymoron??).

    Jolly has been lying low this week- hiding in glasses and knitting himself an ugly sweater. He's got some big plans for next week, though!

    1. Lazy elf?

      Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for next week!

  2. Great post! Love the foil dress! May have to steal that one. You're right re: the elf stuff. It's fun and most of it easy to do in 5 minutes.

    1. Thanks!

      Steal away. Tin foil is very forgiving and easy to work with. I was also surprised how well it took glue.

  3. The Christmas jammies are awesome - I still get myself a pair each year! (this year, it's Jingle Jammies from Old Navy... still haven't worn 'em yet!)

    1. I bought myself Christmas Jammies when Mallory was a baby and then I stopped. Wish I'ld kept up the tradition for me too.

  4. Some people aren't happy unless they're bitching about something ANOTHER MOM is doing.
    Bite me.
    Oh, wait, anyway, your elves are hilarious!

    1. Yes....there is always going to be someone complaining.

  5. aw what naughty little elves you have and love the foil dress she is very talented

  6. I used to get in trouble for using my Mom's aluminum foil to make Wonder Woman bracelets and fake braces...

    that dress?

    I once made a dress out of a spray painted garbage bag
    wore it on a runway and all
    I was 13, by the way..this was not recent

    your kid has talent

    and come to think of it..I talk about wearing tin foil in my last post...weird

    and really? there is elf drama?? stay at home or work...breast or bottle...elf or no elf???
    good grief
    there are bigger issues to tackle, people..leave the elf on the shelf and move on...

    everyone just needs to put on a foil dress and get over it

  8. those pajamas are so cute! and a foil dress? barbie and I have that in common ;)

  9. I can't stop thinking about Holiday Chocolate Festival. YUM!! Where can I find one in my area, I'm wondering? That Barbie dress is gorgeous! Are you sure Keith isn't a fashion designer on the side? And, I'm not even going to comment on elves becoming a problem among mamas. That's ridiculous. This is our first year with an elf in our house. I'm having a hard time being overly original {partly because we're sooooo busy this year}, but we are definitely enjoying it! It always amazes me what people will find to whine about.

  10. I love the Lego house building! How fun! Great Barbie dress, LOL about the bling.


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