Thanks to Some of Santa’s Elves

We’re a lucky lazy bunch over here. Papa is off of work on plant shutdown even though there hasn’t been a plant in years and we’re all enjoying our Christmas goodies. Santa must read your blogs because you all certainly helped with the gift selections this year.

First we had two beautiful backpacks made by Melissa:

I’m not sure how she got them done with all those babies but I remember from when Tristan was an infant, sometimes you just have to get something finished — it can be anything, really — and I’m guessing these backpacks might have been one of those things. Santa added a few books to them before leaving them under the tree. Katie got more Bob books for her collection and Tristan got My Friends and Sparkle and Spin as recommended by Martha.

Then there was this:

Matryoshka Ornament

The ornament was made by Melissashe has a few left — and is gorgeous. Santa also found a matryoshka necklace in MoonstruckMo’s etsy shop. The charm is hinged to reveal a small matryoshka inside. At the bottom of that package Santa gave Katie a real, live matryoshka. She has three of them now so a real, live collection has started. Papa’s been commissioned to put up a shelf.

To Katie -- From Aunt Julie

My sister gave Katie a flower press and a few golden guides — trees, weeds, and wildflowers — as recommended by Stef. The guides are really good and inexpensive as well. Stef indirectly inspired another gift too. Tristan got an explorer pack. He is very into the idea of exploring and Santa went with the idea and gave him a kid-sized camelbak with a compass, thermometer, head lamp, whistle, and binoculars. I’ll have to get a photo of him wearing it because it is just unbearably cute. The other night he had Stefan and I pretending we were pumas so he could watch us through his binoculars.

So Santa did well this year even if (s)he was a little harried at the last minute. Thanks to all those elves who helped out, you sure made the urchins’ Christmas.

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9 Responses to “Thanks to Some of Santa’s Elves”


  1. 1 melissa December 31, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    looks like you did really really well, mama! xo happy new year!

  2. 2 Sonya December 31, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Really wonderful gifts – I had some handmade help this year too! Wishing you a very Happy New year!

  3. 3 amandajean December 31, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    wow! those backpacks are impressive!

  4. 4 Butzeballchen December 31, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Sounds like a jolly Christmas. I swear I saw somewhere on the Internet where you could get Matryoshkas painted of your family…I’ll have to remember where I saw that.

  5. 5 erin December 31, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    yay for santa’s elves. happy new year, jennifer!

  6. 6 anina January 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Lovely! Happy New Year!

  7. 7 bekaboo January 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    You definitely have some great friends!!

  8. 8 martha January 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    glad I could help out -two excellent books. O would approve:)
    Happy new year Jennifer!


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