This was gonna take a little quick thinking on my part to redeem this situation. I was not gonna let our Elf tradition go down in flames this soon in the game...trust me ;)
So, I decided to bring a new Elf into the mix and hears how I pulled it off:
Friday morning, the kids woke up to this new guy!
He left this note- introducing himself and saying that he was filling in this year for Trudy who had the year off. Luke totally bought it and we are back in the game :)
Jolly, our new elf, brought some powdered donuts which were a HUGE hit. I don't think my kids have ever had these before, so they really believed that they came from the N. Pole :)
(I know...the lies keep growing, but you should see the excitement on their faces- totally worth it)
Owen is in his pointing phase as you can see. Even he can't believe that we have a new Elf this year....totally cool!