Guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back? Yep, our elf Nico made his annual return to our home this morning! And what happy faces it brought!
Speaking of the title of this blog, ever feel like you're living life in fast forward?! I do!
Halloween decorations are out in July, Christmas decorations are out in October, etc. Even Travis' beer, Octoberfest is gone by the time October comes. Isn't that whole point of Octoberfest? To enjoy it in October? Same with Winterfest. I cannot put up my Christmas tree up until Thanksgiving is over. Actually I refuse, haha. Why? For me, I like to wake up, enjoy each day and not constantly prepare, think or worry about the future. I see how that might sound irresponsible but to constantly live in the mainframe of, "I can't wait for next week" or "My life will be awesome when I get a raise", I am forgetting to enjoy the journey rather than the destination. For me, living today no matter what happens, help keep me in the moment.
That is why I love Elf on the Shelf. I love seeing the kids expressions when they find Nico every morning. Nico has been coming to our home since 2011. Now that Brayden is 10, he understands how this works. But he is still happy to help his little youngest brothers find the elf and help keep the magic of it alive. I love this idea of enjoying everyday in December, no just on Christmas Day. And hey anything to help my children behave and be little more grateful, I'll take!
What's that saying? The days are long but the years are short!
Ask any mom and she will agree! I was introduced to this mindset in Yoga Teacher Training a few years ago. I try to apply it everyday to my life and to instill in my kids. I still like to prepare for the holidays yes of course (hello I have three kids, I have to!) but waking up with a smile, grateful heart and a carpe diem type of attitude help me stay grounded, fun, transparent and in the present moment. This all might sound cheesy but life is short, I wanna be in love with today. And everyday.
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Any December daily traditions you do with your kids?