Sunday, December 11, 2011

Frederick's in a Tight Spot

The other night Frederick got himself into a tight spot.
 He shimmied his way into a picture box.

It provided him with a birds-eye view for all that naughty-nice watching he does everyday.
Notice...the sign on top is backwards.  Sloppy work Frederick.
But that 'tight spot' was too much even for Freddy's elf-magic.

The kids were quite surprised {as was I} when we woke up the next morning and Frederick was still in the frame.

There was quite a discussion that ensued.
"Maybe he did lose his magic when Gido touched him."
"Maybe when we touched him through the glass, we ruined his magic."
I reminded the children that they should count their blessings that Freddy didn't make it back to the North Pole to report on the day they had.
That seemed to be of no comfort to them:)

They left for school and hoped he would get himself out of this tight spot.
They suggested I take the sign off the top for I did.

Here's what we came home to...
More sloppy work Frederick.
The kids were relieved to see that his magic was alive and well.

The hunt was on...what kind of situation had he gotten himself into this time?

It seems he was a little tired and hungry after being trapped for the night.

He prepared himself a little meal.
Crawled under the covers.
And made himself at home.

Rest well Frederick.
Until next time...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Frederick has been up to no good...

Ava finds it interesting that the elf that has come to "see if they've been naughty or nice" is himself naughty.

I love that she stands really still and pretends not to look at him in hopes that she'll see him move.
She was pretty sure she saw him move his leg.
Oh, the magic of Christmastime.

I love that they are adamant that NO ONE TOUCH FREDERICK, because the book says he will lose his magic.
Ava supplied an edit to the book...she thinks it should say that adults can safely touch him without running the risk of destroying his magic.
That's 'cause Gido {not knowing the rules} touched him...
Yet he moved to a new location over night.
I think she's on to something!

So, what's our naughty little elf been up to?
Let's see...he set up a zipline for himself from the top of the tree to a our coffee table.

Then he hid in the cone-iferous forest.
Can you spy him?

How about now?

And he got into the popcorn...

I would say he's a proactive little elf...making his own fun 'n all:)
Where will he turn up next?

Wait. And. See!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Oh...that Frederick!

First he tangled himself in the lights.
But, last nights' antics take the cake.

The kiddos woke up to find that he had gotten himself into quite a mess.

The discussion began...
Elle: "Looks like he was making hot chocolate."
Ava: "He even used our Ragelly hot choc."
{You can't see it in the photo, but it's chocolate pie flavoured and has a picture of Raggedy Ann on the front.}
Daddy: {Because he may be the biggest kid in the house!} Hot chocolate with baking powder? I think he was trying to make cookies.

I guess we will never know.
What'll he be up to next?


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Frederick has Returned

And it would appear that he is a little more comfortable in our home this year.
Not surprising as this is his second year 'round here.
Last year, he showed up in a new spot every morning.
Watching over our table...
Nestled in our tree...
Not once did he get into any trouble.
I have a feeling this year is going to be a little different.

That silly elf of ours...he's got a mischievous side.
This morning, I received a call from a certain 9 year-old girl who announced that I "was not going to be impressed!"
It seems Frederick got himself into a bit of a tangle. 

The girls are pretty sure he was using the lights to climb the tree, like a rope, when things went wrong.
Terribly wrong!

We found him at the end of the string of lights, tangled and smirking.
We may be in for some trouble ahead.

Come back to see what other messes he gets himself into.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas...

As of late, my brain has been suffering from too much work and not enough play.
So, when I stopped by Superstore this morning and was greeted by their greenery and Christmas trees I scooped up some of those wintry greens and headed for home.
~magnolia leaves and cedar boughs~
I updated a "B" {that has had previous lives as a green, blue, orange and white B} with some Christmasy paper, sprayed it with lacquer and spruced up my 10 minute swag with a little personality.

It really is as easy as placing the magnolia leaves on top of the cedar boughs, fastening with an elastic and then burlap ribbon.
Hang the 'B' from one of the branches...and tada....

Now...that's better!
Balance really does feel best {{wink! wink!}}

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Sunday, November 20, 2011


One of our favourite holiday traditions is taking our own photos, turning them into cards and sending them out for Christmas.
By some strange alignment of the planets...the pictures were taken, cards were ordered and received all before December first!

With all that extra time on our hands, we decided to one-up ourselves.
Last year, we sealed each envelope with a reindeer kiss.
{click on the picture to visit the post}

This year, we sealed them with a {Frosty} kiss.
Thumbprint Snowmen

personalized with little hands
Classic Frosty 
Googly-eyed Frosty
Frosty a-la 6 year-old hands.
Ear-muffed Frosty
You-be-the-judge Frosty!

 Isn't it interesting that the older the artist...the more 'classic-looking' the Frosty.
Food for thought!


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas To-Do List

Typically my Christmas to-do list means running to and fro picking up this and returning that.
This year things are going to be a little different 'round here.
That's because we may finally have our priorities straight!

You see, these are my kiddos...
And I want them to understand how fortunate they are.

In the wise words of Dr. Seuss...
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in our shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
{From: Oh, The Places You'll Go}

In an effort to help them know what they know, we're prepared to steer them in a direction we choose.
So, as a family we've decided to make a to-do list that focuses on the real reason for the season.

We want our kiddos to know that Christmas is not about that gift under our tree.
It's about the gifts we can put under others' trees.

It's not about spending a lot and getting the newest edition of this or that.
It's about giving others what they would not otherwise have.


It's not about sending Santa a mile-long wish list.
It's about writing a mile-long list of things for which you are thankful.
Elle and her cousin Liam wrote this for their Baba and Gido - all on their own!

It's not about racing to a party here, or a party there.
It's about spending time with one another. Real time.

Christmas is about giving.
Giving time. Giving love. Giving hope.

So...what's on our to-do list?

The Boyko Family Christmas To-Do List
~ wrap toys for Santa's Anonymous
~ give socially responsible gifts {Free the Children}
~ spend time together
~ deliver toys for Santa's Anonymous
~ bake cookies and deliver them to our neighbours
~ rally our teams {hockey & ringette} to help collect items for our local food bank
~ consciously decide to do kind things for others {and share during our dinner-time conversations}

This weekend the fun begins as we start decorating our tiny little corner of the world.

What's on your Christmas to-do list?

Monday, October 31, 2011

One for the Archives

We celebrated All Hallow's Eve with one last hurrah.

My little goblins gobbled up this meat-loaf mummy.

I've got my eye on you!

With the extra meatloaf I made a second mummified head.

Want to make your own?
All you need is your favourite meatloaf recipe, mozzarella cheese and black olives.

Sculpt the raw meatloaf (I know...) into a mummy shape.
Bake according to the recipe.
Apply the mozzarella bandages.
Reheat until they're slightly melted.
Serve it up as a pre-trick-or-treating feast.

Add this one to the archives for next year!

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