We have jumped on the bandwagon and have a new friend at our house for Christmas. Our Elf (or Elk as Emma likes to say) on the Shelf was waiting at our front door last night when we got home. Thankfully he brought along a book for us to read that explained everything. After much deliberation, he was finally given the name Doodle. In case you don't know about the Elf on the Shelf, they are magical elves that keep watch over kids everywhere. You can't touch him or his magical powers will disappear. After everyone has gone to bed each night, he makes a quick trip to the North Pole so he can report whether the kids have been naughty or nice. After his trip, you never know where you'll find him so every morning kids have to search their house to find their elf. This morning we found him hanging out in the lamp in the living room. We can't wait to see all the places he'll end up before Christmas arrives. Hopefully he won't cause too much mischief. Welcome to our home Doodle; we wish you luck in keeping Emma and Josh on the straight and narrow!