Elf Invasion!

That's right folks, there's new sheriffs in town this season and they come in the form of Elves...Santa's Elves! Here to keep an eye on the children and report back to Santa on all the naughty and nice behavior. So...as the old song goes:

You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why...

Santa Claus sent his Elves to town!

This is where we'll keep Santa posted on how our family is behaving, as per his instructions. He's very 21st century, our Santa!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Monster Storm

*sigh* It looks like our Halloween party is going to be cancelled due to a storm. The Weather Elf said that it's supposed to be the worst storm in North Pole history and that we need to "batten down the hatches" as it were. So, everyone is running to the grocery store to pick up last minute supplies (just in case the Weather Elf is actually right...for once!). Mabel gave Marvin and Percival a very detailed list of what we needed...I assure you, candy was NOT on the list! We've got enough of that around here to choke a horse...as Granny would say...thanks to early party prep! Hope they can get everything...Mabel promised to bake some of her famous fruit cookies. Yum-O!

Things are moving along smoothly here for our trip. Our passport stickers are in and the Reindeer have all gotten their shots...which is a wonderful thing because believe me...a Reindeer without the Anti Bahum Bug vaccine is absolutely no fun whatsoever! They get all grumpy and have no Christmas cheer AT ALL! So now, all we really have left is to gather up the stuff we're going to bring with us and add the finishing touches on a couple of toys.

Oh, I hear Marvin...so I better get going! I sure hope he got everything for Mabel's cookies! I tell you what...there's absolutely nothing better than the smell of baking cookies on a stormy afternoon! I see a bunch of game playing in our future...Elftionary is one of my all time favorites!

Bye now!

Love, Penny

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

He Took Gold!

That's right everyone, Marvin took gold in the Elfjack competition! We are just sooo excited for him! Of course, now we have to listen to him tell the story over and over again about how he came from behind and managed to get to the top of the candy cane 1/10th of a second before Allister to win. I suppose he does have the bragging rights now...I just hope he stops soon or it will get old really quick!

On to the preparations! We contacted our family this weekend to let them know that we can come visit them again this year. I hope they are as excited as we all are!

Over the weekend we got some good news and also some bad news. The good news is that there will be extra company at the house when we arrive which means one more person to have fun with! *giggle* The bad news is that our family seems to have adopted a couple of cats! Have I mentioned we don't "like" cats? Would you, if every time they saw you they tried to eat you? I mean really...do we look like mice to you? Ok, so granted we've got the big ears but come on! We don't have a tail and we're not grey! I don't really know what they were thinking, that family of ours. What's wrong with fish? They make wonderful pets...honest! Anyway, I just hope that they lock them away at night...we should probably write a letter making that request. Nothing like a furball loose at night to put a cramp in our style! *sigh*

Our sleigh got fixed with no problems and the collection of toys and crafts is coming along nicely. We are almost done with that part. The Vet clinic ran out of one of the Reindeer shots so we're waiting on that right now. We sent notification to the passport office of our destination so that they can send us our new stamp. Once the shots come in and we get our stamps, we should be just about ready to go. We are getting so antsy to go!

Well, I better go. We still have to figure out our costumes for the HallowElf Party on the 31st. Marvin's thinking he'll be an Ewok but he doesn't know where he'll find all the fur (Reindeer don't shed yet) but he is toying with the idea of shaving Santa's dog! We're still trying to talk him out of that one! lol Percival thought he could be a ghost but then he'd have to wear a sheet over his head and then he couldn't see himself in the mirror. So, as of right now, Mabel is going to be a witch for sure and I'll be a snow princess. I just don't understand why it's so hard for guys to figure out their costumes! :o) I'll let you know what they decide and try to snap a few pictures!

Love, Penny

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Transportation Problems!

Where to begin? We were getting things ready for our trip and we discovered that our sleigh had some problems that needed to be taken care of before we left. So Jebediah, in his infinite wisdom, decided that he should look at it and see if he could fix it. We were ok with that...after all, he has been a mechanic for over 350 years and we figured he knew what he was doing. Ummm...not so much! Turns out, there's a reason why he's out shoveling the reindeer stalls these days! Apparently, it's not a mechanical problem, it's an internal computer problem. Marvin called up the sleigh company "Jingle Jangle" so see if there was anything that we could do to fix it. Nope! We need to bring it in and they'll update the software and it should run smoothly again. *sigh* It's really hard to get away to get things like this fixed...we're always so busy. But at least we found the problem now and not right before we were getting ready to leave. o<:o)

Then...when we got back from the dealership, we went in to make some cookies. We LOVE baking cookies! It's one of our favorite things to do. Penelope is still a little uncertain when it comes to her baking skills and she ended up burning all of the cookies. I had to take over and bake some more. I just hope she doesn't try to bake cookies for our family because she might burn their house down by accident!

We are making progress in our preparations though. Percy finally settled on the belt he'll wear when we arrive *insert eye roll here* and we did manage to find the movie we were looking for. We're still a little behind on the crafts end of things but after the North Pole Elfjack Competition this weekend, we should be able to get it all done. What? You've never heard of the Elfjack competition? Well, it's just like a lumberjack competition except they don't wear kilts (those wind storms can do bad things to a skirt) and they use candy canes to climb and throw. It's really a lot of fun and last year, Marvin came in 2nd place. He may be little but he sure is strong! We're hoping he'll take 1st this year but Archibald is looking pretty good so it's going to be close!

Oh...I better go, Marvin is training for this weekend and he needs a spotter while he bench presses toothpicks. Man, those things are heavy! We'll be sure to let you know how he does Saturday! Keep your fingers crossed...we're hoping for gold! Bye now!

Love, Mabel