Saturday I was just itching to pull out the decorations, although I said I was going to wait till Sunday. But I eventually found myself deep in a small corner of my garage pulling out decorations and stockings and lights and lawn decorations. I hear the garage door open and my son comes strolling out very curious and lost looking, “I can’t find mommy anywhere!” he said to dad.

I peeked my head out from behind a box with a huge grin on my face and he and my husband spotted me, surrounded in red stockings and green garlands and glittery stuff everywhere. As soon as my son realized what I was doing his face lit up like a light bulb.

“Ohhh Can I help? Can I please? Mommy I want to decorate everything!” I told him to start taking boxes in and setting them by the mantle. We removed all the empty liquor bottles and replaced them with an actual small village called Snowflake Village. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted a home with a chimney to decorate with a little town on the mantle and to hang stockings from it. I am so glad that I am able to give this dream of mine to my kids. But theirs comes with a little bit more magic. Chuck is our Elf on the Shelf and Randall the Reindeer is our Naughty and Nice Reporter.


I could post all the pictures but I won’t lol… but you can see the full album of decorations here.

I decorated Saturday and on Sunday morning, Chuck the elf and Randall the reindeer appeared among the decorations.


I told the kids we would read the books before bedtime and put them up on the mantle.



Trinity read Randall’s book and I read Chucks, then they got ready for bed. I reminded them that they have to go to sleep so Chuck and Randall can tell Santa if they were naughty or nice. My oldest daughter went right to bed, but the boys would not go to sleep. At 11:30 p.m. my 4 year old was finally wearing down.

Earlier that day my six year old daughter was being very ugly to me and she called me lazy because I asked her to help me peel potatoes for mashed potatoes. Yes, she was sent to her room!! While I made supper, my oldest daughter played with the baby, keeping her entertained so I could cook, usually the baby likes to want attention when I am the busiest. None of the kids realized that Chuck and Randall were watching them the whole day through.

This morning the kids woke up to a big mess in the kitchen. Chuck decided he wanted to make hot chocolate with dads coffee maker and spilled powder everywhere, then he hung upside down to drink it through a straw. Logan, four, was amazed at how he got from the mantle to the kitchen all by himself, and he was not happy about the elf not sharing the hot chocolate with him.

“Why did’t he wake me up?” Logan asked!


I said “Well maybe because Randall didn’t have a good report to send to Santa.” I then showed them the Reindeer report.


My four and six year old who are the “believers” were totally two different kids than they were yesterday. Lacey was not happy that she was put on the naughty list but instead of throwing a fit, she cried a little then she did her homework, cleaned her room, helped me pick up a little and put on her pajamas when she was told to the first time. This is not my Lacey at all LOL. She does not like to clean or do homework or do anything without complaining the whole time. I didn’t even tell her to clean her room and she did it all on her own.

“If I am good today, will Randall and Chuck put me back on the nice list?” she asks looking as if her whole life was at stake here. I told her of course he can send a nice reindeer report to Santa when Chuck goes to see him at night, depending on how she behaved. She has been very well behaved all day since she got home from school. I told her by Christmas we are going to count up how many naughty reports they had and how many nice reports. If they have more nice reports then they will get gifts instead of coal.

As for Logan, he was not happy either when I read him the report. His way of being good was taking Trinity’s good deed of playing with Emma from the day before. He has played with her all day, making her laugh, tickling her and helping me find her bottles and pacifiers. But in the other departments of being a four year old he has not been good lol. He has been fighting with his brother all day and threw a fit when I wouldn’t let him play on my Kindle. I have just been reminding him that Randall is watching him and making notes for Santa. When I tell him this he does settle down a bit, but I do have to remind him constantly. It is now bed time and so we will see how he does about staying in his room and not sneaking into the kitchen for midnight snacks.

If only my 2 year old understood who Santa was that would be perfect. But he is still the little tornado and couldn’t care less about a naughty or nice list. He doesn’t know that in 23 days he will wake up to a pile of toys under the tree. All he wants is his milk and says “Wow” when I turn on the lights to the village on the mantle.

So the first day of having Chuck and Randall here went very well. Even though I think Chuck snuck out of the house last night and broke the transmission in my car lol, but that is a whole different story.

I can’t wait to see tomorrows reports from Randall and what craziness Chuck has in store for us while we are sleeping tonight.