So our elf, Mr. Underpants has moved around a lot this week ;-). Our son has got use to him completely now, and he actively searches for him in the morning. No more avoiding him – it only took 3 weeks. Here are the positions we found him this week.
Day 15: Master Bathroom – Towel Rack
Day 16: Bonus Room – Lego London Bridge
Day 17: Bonus Room – Amongst my fabric stack
Day 18: Living Room – Between the vases (where’s the flowers??)
Stayed here for 2 days as Mr. Underpants did not have good things to report today.
Day 20: Kitchen Room Divider – Amongst the flowers
Day 21: Kitchen Sill – Camouflage (is it working??)
One more full week before Christmas and then Mr. Underpants job is done for the year.
So our five-year old is now use to the elf (see our previous problem) – in fact he ignores him until we do something wrong. I called something, the hubby did the other day, stupid and our five-year old told me that I should say “Sorry” as the elf could here and I was not nice. I suppose it will keep us all in line :-).
Day 8: Hallway – Window sill (Mr. Underpants (our elf) stayed here for two days since behavior was a slight issue on the first day)
Day 10: Master bedroom – Side table lamp
Day 11: Toy Room – Shelf
Day 12: Kitchen – Pot Plant
Day 13: Sun room – Record Player
Day 14: Sun room – French doors
Below is our photo journal of our first week ever using elf on the shelf, or better known in our house as Mr. Underpants.
Day 1: Living Room – Fireplace mantel
Day 2: Kitchen – Top of the fridge
Day 3: Hallway – Stair case
Day 4: Sean’s Room – on top of shelves
Day 5: Bonus Room – On an easel
Day 7: Guest bedroom – Shelves with mask from Venice
The mountains put on a scene that was amazing today. This was our best and last day in the mountains. The autumn/fall colors really came in, these are a couple of trees surrounding our cabin.
We spent the morning in Boone, strolling down the main street enjoying the park benches and the flower gardens along the pavement (footpath).
Next stop, was lunch in Blowing Rock. We tried Bistro Roca, while the food landed up tasting good, it was a little disappointing. Our lunches of Salmon with fries and a Veggie Burger, were cold the first time out. The second round the food was great; the veggie burger was Eggplant and Quinoa with tzatziki, and would recommend giving it a try.
For the trip along the way, we grabbed a coffee at the acclaimed “Bald Guy Brew of Blowing Rock”. They made the best Latte I have ever tasted….I will be stopping by there again tomorrow – one for the road, so to speak.
The afternoon of sight seeing started with the overlook at Linn Cove. It was totally worth the stop.
We got back in the car to spend the afternoon at Linville Falls region, a little further south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had decide to go to the Linville Cavern and do the Linville Falls walk. I would definitely recommend both – Sean’s favorite is the cave. Some facts we learnt about the cavern:
- There were fresh water trout that go blind in the dark after approx. two years of living in the spring cavern creek.
- The stalagmites grow up (grow with all their might), stalactites grow down (they hold on tight). They are made mostly of Calcium Carbonate, Iron oxide give them a rust color. Algae (green) grow over the growths.
- The bats return to the cave in winter when it is cold enough for them to hibernate.
We throughly enjoyed the 0.8 mile walk (each way) to the Linville Falls. Sean went a little crazy and pretty much ran there and back, jumping off every rock, tree stump or step he could find – exhausting just to watch let alone keep up 🙂 (I am getting old).
We started the walk around 5 pm, and got great sun-light in the late afternoon.
As sun was setting as we made our way home, stopping quickly to catch the sunset at the Grandfather mountain overlook.
It is always a little daunting at night on a windy road….I kept myself entertained by experimental with some night shots :-). The last of our photo tour.
Well, I hope everyone enjoyed our vacation photographs. We had a successful vacation and, yes it was relatively STRESS FREE=RELAXING!!!! Goal achieved.
So, what would a 5 year old take photos of, on his vacation in the mountains? This is the experiment we are trying out :-).
This vacation, we decided to let Sean have his own camera to take his own photos. He has been so excited about it. I think he has done a great job!! Here are some of his photos.
The Streets of Blowing Rock
Bass Lake Walk
Linn Cove Viaduct