Well, it's that time of the year - we've got the advent calendar out and Tuesday night we opened our first door. I could be happy and cheery and say it was really cool... BUT... it was a rough day at the McDowell household. That's how it goes sometimes, so we just deal with it :) Reid remembered the calendar from last year but Ryan did not.
We pulled out the sheet and it said "24 days until Christmas, Elf on the Shelf." We introduced a NEW tradition on top of our advent calendar - "what was I thinking?" LOL. We read the book Elf on the Shelf and then named our elf. After much debate we settled on Charlie which didn't make Ryan too happy as he wanted to name him Hydra. The story goes that the elf has been sent to our house to report back to Santa each night on who is good and who is bad. He can't talk to us but we can talk to him. And you can never touch him or he might lose his magic. Each night he flies back to the North Pole to visit Santa and in the morning he is somewhere else in our house. Wednesday morning the boys had forgotten all about the elf and it took them quite a while to find him Wednesday night - we ended up playing hot and cold and they spotted him. Thursday morning both boys spotted him at different times in his new spot. Reid realized that the elf HAS to be real because today he's posed differently. Needless to say, now they are really into our elf, Charlie.
Wednesday night Reid got to open the door. "23 days until Christmas. Go shopping for new Stockings." We loaded up and went to Target and the boys did actually enjoy picking out new stockings (although the store was VERY picked over - if you don't have your stockings yet - go SOON). After the boys had settled on their stockings (Reid with Star Wars, Ryan's has a dog on it) we let them look through the toy aisles and then went home. A pretty successful night. Oh - and check out our MUCH needed hair cuts!