Last week I introduced you to our Elf on the Shelf…Beego! Here are some of his adventures.
Our elf arrived on December 01 and Adaline was so excited
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Adaline named the elf “Beego” and he was found sitting on top of our television armoire. And yes…those are Sweatin’ to the Oldies VHS tapes to the right of the DVD/VHS players. Obviously I’m extremely serious about fitness.
Beego was hanging on to the blinds and he had a special note for Adaline!
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It was a card from Santa saying that Adaline has been put on the nice list 🙂
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What has your elf been up to this week? Let me know in the comments!
*Phone Calls from Santa:
A list of websites where you can request a phone call from Santa Claus
*Uncle Ugly’s Christmas Sweater Jamboree:
Rules and Regulations for the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Contest
*Traditions, Truces, and Cartoon Moments
*Food as Tradition: Norwegian Butter Cookies
*10 Ways to Shake Up Your Christmas Pajamas Tradition
Looking to start a new pajama tradition? We’ve got the ideas!
Posts of Christmas Past
*My Letter to Santa 1984
*Christmas 1993: (N)O Christmas Tree
*10 Day of Christmas PJs!
Showcasing our family Christmas jammies from 2001-2010!
*Uncle Ugly’s Christmas Sweater Jamboree 2010:
Photos of the 2010 ugly sweaters
*Merry Christmas! 2010
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Warning: This post is much longer than it should be. I was in the zone. I apologize in advance. Good thing I can count this as Wordful Wednesday 🙂
On Saturday we planned on traveling out to Volant for their various Easter festivities and also stopping by Kraynak’s in Hermitage, PA to see Bunnylane. It was raining quite a bit in our neck of the woods so we decided to drive out to Kraynak’s anyway since it’s an indoor activity and we’d stop by Volant if it dried up. It seemed like quite a far drive just to see Bunnylane. I was just hoping that meeting the Easter Bunny wouldn’t be as traumatic as our last trip to Kraynak’s to meet Santa and then again at the mall. Well.
A few weeks ago my mom and I drove out to Boardman, OH with Adaline and she fussed the entire ride there “up, out, down” (yippy). Thankfully she was a perfect angel during the trip to Kraynak’s. Not only did she not fuss, but she even did a little “dancing” in her car seat (these are the thrilling details here, people, try to stay awake). When we got to Kraynak’s we found one glorious available space in the front parking lot (yippy for real this time). It was still raining so Daddy rushed the little princess into the store as fast as he could. They were both still wet. Both of their hoods flew off during the sprint. When I finished attempting to dry off my family I had a really awesome view straight up Adaline’s nose since her Daddy was holding her and he’s 6’3 and I’m 5’1 (there goes those details again). I could see an entire family of dried kangaroos up there, and this is unacceptable, so I started picking at the poor dear in the middle of the store. She hated it and the people came by and took my Mother of the Year Award away.
I’m not sure exactly what time we arrived there, with all of the excitement from the rain and the boogers I forgot to check my watch (which would actually be my cell phone since I don’t wear a watch and you wanted to know this because, that’s right, you love the details), but it must’ve been the perfect time because there wasn’t a gigantic line for Bunnylane.
We went right into Bunnylane and Daddy walked Adaline around while I busied myself taking videos and photos of every precious second.
Here are 20 photos of Adaline looking at displays.
They are probably too small to see but when it comes to picking out photos of Adaline I am chronically indecisive. I’m certain that everyone wants to see her sweet little face from every.possible.angle. You are welcome.
Because I wasn’t thinking clearly when I made the photo collages I didn’t match up the photos of Adaline looking at the displays with the actual displays themselves. So now I shall show you displays and tell you about that while you’ll have to imagine what her face was like as she looked at them. If you’re really ambitious you can go back up to the collage of Adaline and try to match the tiny pics of her to the proper display, but that’s probably asking too much. Moving on…
The first display was the duckies and Adaline loved it. The song about “the one little duck with the feather on its back” was playing over and over. She didn’t want to leave that display, but eventually we got her to move on to the bees and the gnomes.
The bunny display had a tv with The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music playing over and over. Adaline gave us a little shimmy, but wouldn’t let me catch it on camera. She liked the bunnies and pointed out “big” bunnies and what they were wearing and doing.
The next display was the most popular among the toddlers that were there…Sesame Street. I’m not sure exactly what Sesame Street in the Old West has to do with Easter or spring, but the kids loved it.
The wheel that Elmo is attached to was spinning. I find it a little disturbing to find a beloved Muppet strapped to a spinning wheel with the implication that someone was shooting arrows at him. The kids didn’t mind (sorry Elmo). Adaline loved pointing out and naming all of the characters and we had a hard time convincing her to go to the next display.
Adaline loves animals and she’s really good at naming a whole bunch of them so needless to say she love the Noah’s Ark display too. I’m not sure which animal was her favorite (I’m partial to the kangaroo with the animated joey popping out of the pouch 🙂 ), but she seemed the most excited about a barrel of apples that was towards the end of the display. Okay then.
With all of the political correctness these days I’m glad to see that Kraynak’s was not afraid to display The Last Supper and a Cross with a sign that says “Forgiven”. 🙂
Still the bearded mannequins freak me out a little. Or maybe a lot.
At the end of the display was the line to see the Easter Bunny, but they had just put up a sign saying that the Easter Bunny was going on a break. Fine. So I told hubby that we could walk around the store while we waited. This resulted in us spending a lot of money we hadn’t planned to spend. Oh well.
So, we started looking around and saw a person dressed as a big jellybean handing out…jellybeans (duh). Daddy was carrying Adaline and she seemed to like the jellybean and waved to it, but when I said, “Let’s take a picture with the jellybean” (with every intention of my husband being in the photo and not handing my daughter over to a giant candied stranger in the middle of a store), Adaline was suddenly scared of Mr. Jellybean and clung to her Daddy. She now didn’t want to be anywhere near the jellybean.
(Oh I can’t wait to see how this Easter Bunny thing will go…but they already took my Mother of the Year Award so what the hay?!)
Adaline loves playing the piano.
We’re thinking this might be a 2nd Birthday present 🙂
Eventually we go back to stand in line for the Easter Bunny. While we’re in line Adaline notices some bears on the other side of the rope that she didn’t notice when we’d left Bunnylane. We cross the rope to go visit the bears. Adaline gives them hugs and kisses, but never long enough to catch a decent photo. Use your imagination.
The whole time that we were shopping and while we were waiting for the Easter Bunny Adaline kept repeatedly asking for the ducky song. We told her we’d go see it again before we left.
We were getting closer to the Easter Bunny and finally we were waiting there while a little boy was on the Easter Bunny’s lap. Suddenly Adaline cries, “Big Bunny!” and when I tell her we have to wait and hold onto her before she runs over into the middle of some other kids photo…she starts to cry. I’m thinking that other people probably think that she’s crying because she’s afraid of the bunny, but she wasn’t. As soon as the little boy was out of sight I let her walk up to the Easter Bunny and she asks, “Touch?” and I tell her that she can and then I say, “Do you want to sit with the Easter Bunny?” She says yes and I put her right in his lap! She got slightly nervous when the bunny moved his arm (I’m pretty sure she thought it was a stuffed animal prior to that), but she was fine and started poking the Easter Bunny in the eye. Nice. I told the girl taking the picture that Adaline wouldn’t smile, but that didn’t stop her from trying over and over again to get her to smile. Okay. Then the Easter Bunny gave Adaline some Smarties.
I have video of this entire exchange which I was going to post here and then after seeing that I appear about 8 times bigger than I actually am (or than I actually think am I), it grossed me out and I decided to leave that little gem for immediate family. Sorry about your luck.
When we left the Easter Bunny I got into line to pay for our stuff while Hubby and Adaline got into line for Bunnylane. The line was long now, clear past the front door. By the time I was done with my purchase they were just approaching the Bunnylane entrance. Adaline was in ducky song heaven. It played over and over and over again and she stood there and stared at it and did a little wiggly dance that got a lot of ”awww”s from passersby. When someone else would dare to get too close to her beloved ducky display she would get upset and tell them “No! No!” Woah, there, settle down Princess NoNo the Duck Nazi…spoiled much?!
Here is a cute little video of Adaline dancing to the ducky song.
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We stayed there for a good long time and let her watch the duckies and then I bribed her with chocolate to get her to leave. We drove away from Kraynak’s while Adaline happily munched on M&Ms and then Smarties from the Easter Bunny.
It wasn’t raining anymore and we were hungry so hubby and I decided to swing by Volant and see what was going on there. We decided to stop at a cute little restaurant, The Tavern on the Square, just outside of Volant, where we had stopped to eat when we went to The Apple Festival last October. Adaline was telling everybody about how she saw the Easter Bunny and he gave her candy and was wearing a blue bow and she poked him in the eye…and they thought she was adorable (maybe they would’ve felt differently had she poked them in the eye too). We had a nice lunch and Adaline was excited every time a horse passed by the window (attached to an Amish buggy).
There were guest books at every table, so I decided to sign one and then trace Adaline’s hand and date it. She’s always excited about getting her hand traced until the pen has to go in between her fingers and then she scrunches them up and tries to pull her hand away. This is why most of her hand tracings look like she has swollen thumbs and webbed fingers.
(I like to leave you little secretive notes on the pictures. Click on the photo (and then click again) to enlarge it and decode your secret message. Don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine.)
We really had a nice day together as a family. Adaline really enjoyed herself and I think it was definitely worth the trip to Hermitage. She’s still talking about the ducky song and of course how the Easter Bunny gave her candy and was wearing a blue bow and she poked him in the eye. Memories 🙂
Oh, and then the people came by and gave me back my Mother of the Year Award thankyouverymuch.
(though I’m fairly certain that once I hit publish the people will come by again and take away my Blogger of the Year Award that I like to pretend that I have and replace it with the Long-Winded Writer of the Year Award instead)
You might also like:
+Easter Egg Hunts and Family Fun (Local): A listing of local Easter fun (Beaver County, PA and the greater Pittsburgh area)
+Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs (Links)
+50+ Easter Egg Decorating Ideas (Links)
ATTENTION: This list was originally from March/April 2011 and has been removed. I am currently working on an updated list for 2014 which should be published by April 1. In the meantime, please check the Beaver County Family Fun Facebook Page for updates and check the links below for local events. Thank you.
BEAVER COUNTY CALENDAR OF EVENTS (Visit Beaver County)
BEAVER COUNTY CALENDAR OF EVENTS
(Town Center Beaver County Main Street Network)
BEAVER COUNTY EVENTS (PA Vendors)
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Today is April Fools Day!
I’m surprised that our family doesn’t have any April Fools traditions. Although we’re a bunch of jokesters who love to laugh, we’ve never really gotten into pranking each other. We have been known to stick things on the head of an unsuspecting old lady while she sleeps…something we’ve been doing for over a decade. (Sorry Grandma)
If you’re not really digging the idea of pranking your kids maybe you can come together as a family and create some April Fools Day fun! Declare a day of silliness and foolishness and try some of the ideas below!
*Family Traditions: April Fools’ Day Dinner:
This family has a wacky April Fools’ Day Dinner tradition!
On April 1, we share a really wacky meal that was inspired by a summer camp game. It’s wacky not because of what we eat, but how we eat it: for every course, each family member gets to have just three random things that are on the table — and only those three things. So you could wind up with milk, butter, and pepper! The crazier the combos, the more fun it is.
FUN WITH MEALTIME
*Backwards dinner!: Serve breakfast for dinner or serve dessert first.
*Mixed up place settings: Set the dinner table with all of the plates, cups and utensils upside down or put all of the silverware at one place all of the plates at another, etc.
*Use giant utensils, tiny plate: Set the table with giant serving spoons and tiny plates (like saucers or dessert plates) to eat with.
*Serve food in a glass and drinks in a bowl or in a plate?! Messy!
*Declare all utensils forbidden…eat with your hands!
*FREE Ding Dong Ditch Download: Put a “sweet” new twist to this old prank! Ding Dong Ditch someone together as a family!
*You’ve been egged! FREE Download: A great Easter tradition that’s perfect for April Fools Day! Get together as a family and “egg” somebody 😉
The family that pranks together stays together 😉
Does your family have any April Fools Day traditions?
Let me know in the comments!