The Return of Elf on the Shelf, Part II

Day 9 | Flying High
Buddy and his friend, Sock Monkey, set up a zip line for day nine.

Day 10 | Buddy The Baker
Buddy offered his baking skills to make cookies for the reception following Sophia’s piano recital on day ten.

Day 11 | Holiday Greetings
Time to mail the holiday cards.  Buddy showed up with his giant pencil ready to sign off on each card on day eleven.

Day 12 | Sugar Buzz
Buddy found the stash of peppermint patties and was caught red-handed on day twelve.

Day 13 | Tree Topper
Buddy filled in as the angel on top of the tree for day thirteen.

Day 14 | Snow Angel
The subzero temperatures kept Buddy inside on day fourteen as he found a creative way to make a snow angel.

Day 15 | Tangled Up
On day fifteen, Buddy got a little tangle up trying to add lights to the Christmas tree.

Day 16 | On Santa’s Lap
Buddy gave Santa his Christmas list on day sixteen.

The final eight photos will be posted on Christmas Eve.


Jack o’lanterns

Yesterday we brought out our knives and creativity to make this year’s jack o’lanterns. The cast of characters from left to right below are: Triangle Man, Mummy, Pumpkin Eater and Owl.

Ready for their close-ups:

Pumpkin Eater by Mary…

Owl by Sophia…

Mummy by Mary (on behalf of Sebastian who opted out of carving a pumpkin this year)…

And last, but not least, Triangle Man by Mike…

Happy Halloween everyone!  Be safe and don’t eat too much candy.  🙂

Easter Cupcakes

Sophia and I tapped into our creativity and decorated Easter themed cupcakes tonight.

Easter Bunnies

Bunnies – cupcakes with buttercream frosting, marshmallows sliced diagonally and dipped in colored sugar for ears, chocolate chip eyes and a Cadbury mini egg candy nose.

Hen & Chicks

Chicks – cupcakes with yellow tinted buttercream frosting, chocolate chip eyes and a sliced Swedish fish beak.

Bird’s Nests

Bird’s Nests – cupcakes with buttercream frosting dipped in shredded coconut with cocoa powder and Cadbury mini egg candies.

The Process

Sophia is a pro at decorating.  Perhaps Cupcake Wars is in her future?

I hope they taste as good as they look.