August hasn't shown much interest so far in Elfis -- but that's mostly due to his lack of verbal skills. Even though his ability to communicate is snowballing, he's saving he two word sentences for conversations about Thomas the Train and cookies. Though I'm sure Beatrix's enthusiasm for Elfis will infect him soon enough.
Beatrix is in LOVE with Elfis. She wakes up every morning and runs to see to where he has moved. But even though he's one of Santa spies, her behavior is not improving in the least. If anything, it's worse. The holiday season has spiraled my children into a frenzy of bad behavior. After a difficult day where Beatrix purposely urinated a puddle in the middle of her bedroom carpet followed by August pulling every single book and puzzle off of his shelf into a heaping pile of discombobulated literature, I wrote a letter from Santa to my children. Elfis is going to deliver it tomorrow morning.
Dear Beatrix & August,
I am happy to hear about the warm welcome you have given my helper, Elfis. He is excited to be spending the month of December in your home. He is one of my sharpest elves and is anxious to do a good job as a scout elf. Please be sure to be on your best behavior and keep him company while he’s away from his family at the North Pole.
Beatrix, you are such a good helper to your mommy and daddy. That makes me very happy to hear! I can’t wait to taste your special homemade cookies on Christmas Eve! But I wasn’t happy to get a bad report from Elfis yesterday. It is important to maintain a clean house so that I can find my way around on Christmas Eve and that includes no peeing on your carpet! Please be a big girl!
And August, I’m very proud to hear how well you are learning to talk – and how well you have done with potty training. If you keep up the good work, you will surely get some special big-boy underpants in your stocking! But you have to be good about going to bed on time and not throwing your books and puzzles on the floor.
I am cheering for you both to be on THE GOOD list this year. Please do your best and you will be rewarded on Christmas Day.