We do not do Elf on a Shelf around here because well, he kinda creeps me out, and we try to steer our kids away from all the Santa hoopla. And elves are Santa's hoopla builders, dontchaknow?
Which is really hard when you have kids in school, but at home, we don't really talk about Santa bringing gifts, and instead talk about St. Nicholas and Jesus' birthday. Don't get me wrong, my kids definitely know of (and possibly believe in) Santa...we just don't emphasize him. I'm sure we're setting our kids up for some huge therapy bills one day.
So why are you so messed up?
Kids, now Teenagers:
Well, our parents never taught us to believe in Santa but everyone else was doing it, so we jumped on board, but then it turned out our parents were right, which we know can't be the case. They deprived us of our childhood!
So I was VERY excited to find out from Melody that Jennifer at Catholic Inspired would be hosting a linkup for her Wise Men ADVENTures.
The gist is that the Three Wise Men are searching for Jesus and get a little lost and into a few mishaps along the way. Each night, the Wise Men journey under the stars looking for Jesus, and in the morning the kids find them in a different place. So, it's the same "fun" as Elf on a Shelf with a little religious inspiration.
We pulled our wise men out of our Little People Nativity and started them on their journey!
|Day One: Found in front of the computer, googling a map of Jerusalem.|
My kids thought it was hysterical that they were checking the map at the beginning of their journey. This is going to be so fun! Join Jennifer's linkup here!
Now on to the wise lady part...
Once a week, I come home from work and start cooking and prepping food for breakfast and lunches for the week. Tonight I made some egg muffins:
|So yummy just reheated in the morning.|
Some Butternut Squash Muffins (with chocolate chips). My kids loved them, and I was able to use up my leftover squash!
And some Roasted Butternut and Sweet Potato Soup for Phil and I to eat for lunch all week. Mmmmmm :)
I was feeling really good about myself getting all this done (Phil was all "You're on fire!") and you know what they say about pride coming before the fall. The only problem with this planning ahead is that it leaves me too tired to actually cook dinner! So it was nachos and frozen pizza tonight. I guess I'm not such a wise lady after all.