Here is a rundown of the adventures of Spike the Elf in the Maurer household.
Day 1: Started out pretty simple. He just sat down in a high chair in our dining room that we used at Thanksgiving time(I know too lazy to carry it down to storage). For an obvious spot Spike was not noticed all day until the time of getting ready for bed. Simple and not too glamorous of an entrance.
Day 2: After sitting unnoticed all day in an uncomfortable spot he need a soak in a marshmallow bath. He was noticed right away as the kids tried to brush their teeth before school. They were fascinated by the magic marshmallows from the North Pole and took extra caution not to touch. Spike also wrote them a letter back on the paper that they hid the first night. Thank goodness someone overheard the kids talking strategy about hiding the paper to test Spike! This could have proved disasterous.
Day 3: Once again he was easily spotted as he accidentally trapped himself on the mantle of Christmas decorations. He somehow got wedged in this container and was trying to break free. It was pretty crazy when the kids were talking about Spike being stuck and he moved his arms while we were all around him. It really startled them all.
Day 4: Spike moved to the top of the fridge for our next day. He was spotted in record time despite being hard to notice. He was wearing these amazing glasses that turn Christmas lights into 3D shapes and patterns. These particular glasses make Christmas lights look like Snowmen. He was spotted and was in great viewing for the behavior of the kids who were not being the best! Spike took note and took copious notes.
Days 5 and 6: Spike became quite clever with this next challenge. In our dining room he set up a brainteaser. One his note behind the candle it stated that the kids had to move two toothpicks to create four equal squares. If they did this, then they would receive a prize. It took the kids two days of trying before they gave up. Needless to say no prize was given, but brain cells were lost during the thinking process. Spike moved on to another spot and gave them a chance to recover.
Days 7 and 8: Spike moved on to another hiding spot that he thought would be super obvious, but lo and behold he was stuck idle hiding in the Christmas tree for two full days before being discovered. Spike could not believe that he had to sit upside down for 48 hours. This was one that he thought for sure would be easy after the challenging brain teaser from the days before.
Day 9: Spike returned back to the giving spirit by creating a cool little setup. He asked the kids to plant some peppermint seeds and water with candy sprinkles for a tasty surprise to grow. He set three containers up for each of the kids. Addy and Ava were on this quick and ready to go. Now the kids have to excercise some patience waiting for the treat to grow. What will it be? Only Spike knows…….
Stay tuned for the prize and the rest of the events to unfold.
Spike has been all over the place lately. I think he must up to some tricks based on the places we have found him lately.
The last place we left off on the journey we found Spike sitting on one of our chairs
Here are what the letters stated
The next day we found Spike in a stocking checking things out with a note
The next day we found Spike hanging upside down from the tree. We figured that he was working on something interesting for the tree, fell, and found himself stuck. Who knows?
This morning it looks like Spike had too much juice to drink and had to go to the bathroom. Who knew Elf pee was green!!
I can only imagine where he will end up next!!
So yesterday Spike drew on the pictures of Aiden and Addy. He left a note asking them to draw a picture of him. This was the perfect thing to do because Aiden has completely moved this day to day operation in a style that makes it very simple to follow suit.
Aiden drew a picture of Spike as pictured below:
Aiden then took his creative brain and built the following little package
It might hard to tell what this all is so let me explain. First, the glass of orange juice to give him something to drink. The picture is below. The wood structure is a table with some cereal for the Spike to eat. The block with the little paper is his seat to sit down and enjoy the meal. Spike did not have to be real creative last night. Spike just needed to respond to what was given to him.
This morning Aiden and Addy woke up to the following scene
Spike left a note explaining that he drank all the OJ, ate the cereal and framed his picture over the photo of Aiden. He is beyond excited to see what the snack is going to be. I wonder what the snack will be?
Spike has continued to make his way around the Maurer househhold. I thought I would share some pictures to document his journey so far.
Here is the link to the first day he arrived: http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2011/12/spike-elf-on-shelf-has-arrived-in-house.html
The last few days some crazy things have happened with Spike being in our house.
First, Aiden thought that Spike would be hungry watching all day so he put a pretzel next to him. Of course Spike took a bite and left Aiden a note.
Spike then moved around to the top of the fridge and was hiding in a basket to keep a watchful eye on their behavior.
Spike then became a little crafty and had a little too much fun while we were all asleep and left us a little mess, but a good mess. It might a little hard to read the letter, but Spike and Aiden correspond through this paper. The message with this image reads, “Have you ever made an Elf Angel in the snow?” Aiden explained to Addy that Spike is able to write because Santa has provided him the magic to write and think. He also gave me a 3 minute explanation about how Spike is real because his eyes are real eyes and not fake sticker eyes like baby dolls and superheroes.
Last, we woke up this morning to see Spike still on a roll with having fun in our house at night. I don’t know how we keep missing all the fun when Amanda and I are up with Ava all night 🙂 You will notice that Aiden wrote Spike back stating he has not made an Elf Angel. Spike left another message, “Do you like my art? Draw a picture of me.” So far, the kids have not located this scene yet so I will be interested to see how they respond.
Whew! Great thing I remembered this morning while looking for my footpod to set out Spike(name of our Elf on the Shelf). I stuck him in a location that allowed them to find it easy, but out of the way of being touched. When I returned from the Y, the kids were super jacked up that he arrived. They have been waiting since Thanksgiving. We told Aiden and Addy that he does not arrive until December 1st. This morning Spike arrived and they received a piece of candy from their Advent Calendar.
Let the imagination go to work as I find new spots for Spike.