Elf in the Tree and Bullying

What do these 2 things have in common? Nothing really unless you were in my house tonight. You see, the world can be a cruel place no matter how much magic we try to surround ourselves with and tonight, this hit home.
Our elf has been magically moving around our home all month and the babies have remained in awe of his prowess. They believe. But tonight was a different story. It had a happy ending but I’m sad because tomorrow might bring a new day of sparkles being dulled. 
We woke up and our elf was sitting in the lamp. The lamp you say? How did he get there? It was magic of course! But even with him smiling down on us, Bug fought me getting ready for school. She didn’t want to go…again. This “green” every day kid did not want to go to this place where the stepford world rules. I convinced her that the elf was watching and Santa would be kinder if she did as she was told, so she got dressed and off we went. 
It was cold so she wore a hat. No bow. Oh heaven forbid in stepford-world…you must wear a bow in your hair lest you be shunned by the stepford children. She didn’t want a bow. She wanted to wear a hat so of course I let her.
Later in the day, as always, Bubby and I walked to school to pick her up and my baby seemed deflated…again. This has been going on for some time. I asked what was wrong. She explained, hesitantly, that some of the girls had laughed at her because her hair was a mess when she took off her hat (ummm hello…stactic?)…and heaven forbid…she had no bow (I kid you not). It didn’t matter, I assured her of this (knowing in my head that they were just jealous of her natural beauty and non Vaseline-induced, natural smile)
The night went on. Dinner, clean up, bed time ready and all of a sudden, the babies noticed the elf on the entertainment center and started talking
Bubby: Oh Ky-ee how did the elf get over there?
Bug: Mommy put him there.
Bubby: No, it’s magic!
Bug: Nope, Mommy put him there Bubby. 
He looked so sad but as he looked up again, he said with joy, “No Ky-ee…LOOK. He’s in the tree now!”    
And her face changed, lit up, and for that moment, the magic was alive again. 
For the record, I didn’t move the elf. He scurried from the entertainment center to the tree all by himself…just for my Bug…to prove that magic is real as long as you believe!
I’ll always believe, and I’ll always attempt to make my children believe, that there is magic all around us…despite the mean people
Tonight Bug believed again and she was happy and went to bed early. I hope she wakes up with the belief that the world is a magical place because she is in it. That’s what she deserves. 
Today’s life lesson: Mean people suck, bows don‘t matter in the real world, and life is full of magic. Just embrace it and enjoy!  

Year 2 of Letting Go of OCD at the Holidays

Our tree is up and decorated. I know. It’s not pretty. It’s not symmetrical. It’s not what I want. But this is year 2 of letting go of my OCD tendencies for the holidays and I didn’t twitch nearly as much as I did last year. 
I twitched, of course, but the twitching was lessened by the smiles on the babies’ faces. They are proud of “their” tree with the green with the green and the pink with the pink, oh and don’t forget the purple on purple action going on. 
I’m fine-ish, and they’re happy. Their happiness is what matters most in life. The elf is on the shelf watching their every move and I’m thankful they believe even if our tree is a hot mess. 
Tonight we put up the tree, read Dora, Spiderman, another Spiderman, Elf on the Shelf, and all the while they admired their “beautiful” tree. They are happy so I am happy. 
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to organize my desk again or something. Seriously, something has to be in place around here. Happy OCD-free holidays to you and yours. We’ll take out the rest of the decorations this weekend and I can’t wait to see what they want to do with those. 
At least it still sparkles. There’s still hope!

Hi! My Name is Christy and I’m Addicted to Elf! Top 10!

Funniest.movie.EVER! If you follow along on any of my social media channels (especially Facebook) or know me personally, you know that I am addicted to the movie Elf. I mean, I don’t just laugh like most of you do, I have tears rolling down my face for the majority of the movie and I watch it a minimum of 100 times during the month of December every year. It just never gets old. I own it so I can watch it on the nights and/or days it isn’t on TV. I’m a junkie!
I quote this movie often, on FB and in real life conversation, year round actually. And come the holiday season, people tag me in their own posts on FB and share photos (like the one above) on my FB page. I even named my new Yorkie pup Buddy in honor of this work of literary excellence. I like that people around the country actually think of me often when they watch this movie. That makes me giggle too. And I feel all warm and elfy inside. 
So without further ado, I’d like to share my top 10 favorite quotes from this literary masterpiece. Seriously, this is good screenplay people! I have way more than 10 but I wanted to encourage y’all to play along at the end. 
#10: This place reminds me of Santa’s Workshop! Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.” (I feel like this quite often at Walmart actually.)
#9: No tomatoes. Too vulnerable. Kids, they’re already vulnerable.” (True that!)
#8: “You sit on a throne of lies!(So many people should be told this on a daily basis.)
#7: “I just like to smile, smiling is my favorite. 
#6: “Watch out, the yellow ones don’t stop!”  
#5: “First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.
#4: “I’m a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.
#3: “Does somebody need a hug? 
#2: Hey, jackweed, I get more action in a week than you’ve had in your entire life. I’ve got houses in L.A., Paris and Vail. In each one, a 70 inch plasma screen. So I suggest you wipe that stupid smile off your face before I come over there and SMACK it off! You feeling strong, my friend? Call me elf one more time.”
That last one is of course the perfect segway in to my all-time favorite quote from the movie. This is the one that I use most throughout the year. Drum roll please. My #1 favorite quote from this literary giant is…..
#1 “He’s an angry elf! He must be from the South Pole!”
And there you have it. My top 10. For the record, I’m laughing through tears on my end. Your turn. Please share your favorite quotes from the movie. Each and every one of them makes me laugh!