Our Christmas Elf, Sparkles, has been with us for a little over two weeks now, and she is doing her best to entertain us with her antics. While it is certainly impossible to top her Christmas miracle of locating and re-caging Batman’s beloved Wamstey, she has tried her hardest to do at least something every day.
Some of her efforts have been (quite frankly) a little boring. Like appearing to bounce around in the various Christmas trees decorating our house.
Leaving a message written in marshmallows on the kitchen table was only slightly more entertaining.
She has gift wrapped a variety of items around the house, like Annabelle’s NRHA plaques that decorate the walls in the living room.
And a couple of pictures in the hallway, matching Annabelle’s beribboned door. To Batman’s horror, she reclined on top of one of the picture frames for an entire afternoon. He implored me to utilize my mommy-elf-touching-dispensation to move her somewhere else.
He said it “didn’t look safe up there.”
The elf also wrapped the recliners in the living room.
And then used the same bubble wrap on the pillows of both kid’s beds.
If the wrapping looks a little cursory to you I urge you to bear in mind that Sparkles is a very busy elf, and sometimes it is better to do something a little quickly and imperfectly than to do nothing at all.
The elf was probably also in a hurry when she toilet papered both kids’ rooms last week.
But she did take time to quickly dress-up the antlers that Batman got last year after Daddy’s deer hunt.
And then sat there all day the next day wrapped in the tissue.
It appeared that Sparkles had a little more time to prepare this snowy diorama on the dining room table.
This has been by far Annabelle’s favorite Sparkles adventure this year.
For an elf she has pretty good taste in horses. She is riding NRCHA World Champion Topsails Rien Maker, or “Slider,” autographed by none other than Slider’s owner and rider, Russell Dilday.
Russell graciously inscribed “To Annabelle: Keep on Ridin’ and Slidin’. Russell Dilday.” She cherishes the little Breyer toy.
Sparkles and Slider are leading none other than NCHA World Champion mare Bet Your Blue Boons. We have “Bet” in the house because she is the maternal grandmother of our great little mare Freckles.
She sure looks pretty in all dressed up, doesn’t she?
Last night the elf delivered some of me and the kids’ favorite cookies. I say “some of” because apparently she got hungry on the way back from the North Pole and ate three whole cookies, as well as a small bite out of the one she was holding.
That’s the only explanation I can think of.
The elf has a little over a week left with us before she returns to the North Pole with Santa until next year.
I am hoping she will write the kids a letter reminding them to be good and stop chasing the dogs with the remote control truck and to brush their teeth without being asked. And to stop fighting in the morning too, while she’s at it.