Our family has been having a great time with “Elfis,” our Elf on the Shelf. The kids love getting up each morning and hunting for him. This morning my five-year-old daughter ran into my bedroom and yelled, “Elfis messed up the bookcase and cleaned up the living room!” Elfis had taken toys, Christmas placemats, and the book about him and carried them up on the bookcase with him.

See him looking all innocent up on top? Don’t be fooled by those rosy cheeks and calm demeanor.


Yesterday we celebrated my twelve- and nine-year-old daughters’ birthdays with a party at Build-a-Bear! I can’t believe I forgot my camera, but here’s a shot from my phone:


The girls have assorted curly and flattened portions of their hair. A kiosk worker was desperate to sell us Jose Eber curling irons and straighteners, but the lowest price he offered was $86 each. NO WAY! This one I just found on ebay for $25 looks an awful lot like the one we tested on the girls.

macbookI ended up visiting Build-a-Bear for a second time last night. One of my daughters left the Target gift card she’d been given as a birthday present, and thankfully they’d found it. The second visit to the mall gave me a chance to stop by the Apple store and check out the MacBooks, which are at the top of my wish list. I could make such good use of a laptop, and I’m hoping to save enough for one before next summer’s She Speaks conference with Proverbs 31 Ministries, where I’ll be teaching a class about changing colors on your blog, designing blog buttons, etc. The Apple rep had a fabulous suggestion about creating a presentation in Keynote.

What over-the-top item tops your Christmas wish list?

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