A few days ago, he appeared riding a reindeer!
Late that night, I caught him doing this:
Then, yesterday, he showed up with a note.
(He had also been coloring again. He traced the cookie cutters he dug out of our cookie cutter bin.)
I left cookie dough in your refrigerator! You and Mommy can bake and decorate some cookies today! Remember to be a good listener!
This note is for a 22-month-old, so simple is good.
(Also good, she forgot about the "decorate" part. Not only did it not happen that day, but Bernard was inspired later on.)
Here's a tip from Bernard to your elf:
Refrigerate cookie dough in small batches. Not only does that help keep it from getting too soft when you are working at toddler speed, but you may find that by the end of batch 2 that the next batch or so would be best if unassisted.
Bernard left us both plain dough and dough dyed green. We assumed that was for the trees.
While we worked, Bernard drank some (my) iced coffee and read A Feast for Crows.
That is, until he fell over into a mess of flour.
V. would not give up that he was dirty and needed a bath, but elves are somewhat modest, and Bernard was not about to just jump down and strip right there to hop into a bath.
While we were in the other room, this happened.
Personally, I was relieved that he didn't go for the traditional elf bath of marshmallows, because marshmallows are synonymous with crack in this household. Bernard would have found himself bubbleless and I would have been peeling a toddler off the vaulted ceiling. He's a smart elf, I tell you.
Cookie decorating didn't happen yesterday, so Bernard brought us a little inspiration this morning:
Cookie decorating supplies! How thoughtful, Bernard!
(Due to some last-minute holiday shopping that turned into a "run around the mall" fiasco and a nap boycott that ended 2 hours later than nap started, they did not get decorated today, either.)
We'll get to them. Eventually. Thanks to Bernard, we have all that we need save some time!