Elving 2012

I get so excited to create holiday magic each year. Playing Santa and bombarding my kids with all the joys of the holidays brings me so much happiness. Sometimes I wonder about my own sanity. As you know, a few years ago, the Elf on the Shelf entered our home and created quite a stir. A few months ago, I compiled a list of new ideas that I could pull from each night after the kids were fast asleep. Even if the kids think it’s no big deal some mornings, it’s pure delight for me. This year was no exception.

Even though Emme joined the family, I had no intention of adding a third elf to our mix. Our first two elves, Buddy & Piper were enough for me. However, I put the question up for discussion on Facebook and realized that I was crazy to think we didn’t need another one! Now each kid has an elf and the newest is named, Zoey.


Decades from now, I hope my kids will think back on our Elves as a fun family tradition. Buddy, Piper and Zoey will be part of our holidays for years to come. And having one for each of them will allow them to take part in the fun with their own children one day. It will be something they can take with them into their adulthood. And here is some of what they did here in 2012.

They started off with an Elf breakfast and some decorating. They did everything from Body Pump to Dancing with the Elves. A few nights they kept it simple but they also came to Disney with us with their suitcases and Mickey ears. They were angels and reindeers and even celebrated at our birthdy brunch. Elves enjoy bowling, superhero activity and of course eating all things with sugar!


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Skating Fun

You all know how much Jack loves hockey. He’s been skating for two years now and it’s really quite awesome to watch him on the ice. I’m long over due to share some of the photos and video of him.

Last Christmas Daddy got skates and we were able to go out a few times. This year Uncle Kenny got skates and was itching to try them out. So we went off to public skate last week and it was so fun. Hopefully we will get to do it a few more times this winter. There is a local Outdoor Rink we are hoping to check out soon too but we’ve had some warmer weather and it’s not been ideal for skating. Even Emme got out on the ice for a spin.


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Chrismtas & New Years

Each year I am reminded about how blessed I am to have such an amazing family. That includes the extra special people I married into that has never made me feel like anything less than a part of their family. It is so great to call so many of them friends as well. As usual we hosted Christmas Eve here at our home. The evening was full of great food, wine, hugs, and laughter. The hugs around here are great even when it’s not the holidays.


Christmas Day was then a whirlwind. The kids sure make it all worth it. This year Santa made sure to try and get most everything on their lists and he did quite well. And then they were further spoiled by the rest of the family. Thank you all for making them feel so special during the holidays and always.

The Pimentals even entered the world of HD TV thanks to Uncle Kenny. I seriously had no idea TV was supposed to look so good. The kids have had a great time all their toys and thanks to a post holiday purge of things, the playing has been easier to do and easier to clean up as well. I must say that Emme’s Little People castle may be my favorite new toy. But we all know how much I love those Fisher Price Little People. Combine that with my love of Disney and how could they go wrong. Lucy got her Password Journal and of course Jack got lots of Bey Blades.

Christmas Morning
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Holiday Fun Gallery

It is so fun to do all the Holiday events and we try to get out to see lots of lights and such each year. This year having been in Disney for a week, we actually didn’t manage to do some of our favorite things but we did manage to add some new things. I admit we started some of the fun just before Thanksgiving this year. These are some photos from our adventures for Thanksgiving, at Blink in Boston, Heritage Museum, and then at the Christmas Place in Abington. It seems these days I have less chances to snap photos but at least there are a few from each event. Also, we went on a “Like Your Lights” adventure with Uncle Kenny to the Bridgewater Festival of Lights and the Braintree Lights. Both are new traditions for sure and well worth the drives.


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Emme’s 1st Birthday

It was magical to take the family to Disney this winter and to be there for her first birthday. However, We of course had a family celebration when we returned. Our closest friends and family joined us for a One-derland Brunch that could not have been more perfect! It was full of love and yummy food. It was fun to put together a hot cocoa bar and decorate with whimsical snowflakes. Thank you all for making her first birthday celebration so special!

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