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The Beginning of Christmas Season and the Return of Rampanissen

1 December

Yesterday was so much fun. I came home in time for us to all eat dinner together (day 2 of Thanksgiving leftovers. Nice!) and then afterwards, we cleaned up and daddy and Leslie played on the floor with a huge storage box of Legos while mommy and baby took a few minutes to relax on the couch. It was so fun and Leslie built such high towers with the Legos.

Leslie playing with “Uncle Luke” the policeman

I’m amazed at all the things she can comprehend and do at just 2 years old… it blows my mind. Of course there was also some snuggling and tickling and silly papa games too.

Mommy snuggled Leslie to bed (or vice versa) at around 730pm while I cleaned the house, table, dished, etc. then at 8pm we finally snuggled together on the couch for about an hour (or tried… as there’s no longer so much room for the 3 of us with that huge baby belly ❤ ). Then, we made some cards and surprises from Santa and from the Elf on a Shelf to give Leslie a fun morning.

Leslie slept in her bed the whole night and only woke up briefly a couple times around 4am, to which I gladly went in and gave snuggles and kisses until she fell asleep.

She is sooo cute… her favorite is to lay with her head on top of mine and stroke my hair as if she’s the one putting me to sleep. Then when she is tired again and almost asleep, I gently slide her off and hold her little hand in mine until she starts snoring. And of course, I give her a gentle kiss on the head and tuck her in before quietly sneaking out again.

This morning, when she woke up she was standing in her bed with her little decoration lights turned on and she said “Leslie har sove hele natta, pappa (Leslie slept the whole night, papa)” and then she gave me a big hug and I kissed her on the cheek and told her how proud I was.

Then of course she wanted to find mama. Mama was in the bathroom with Elf on a Shelf (Rampanissen) who had thrown toiletpaper around the whole bathroom and was sitting on Leslie’s toilet with 3 small almonds in the bowl. Naughty, naughty Rampanissen… we laughed and Leslie said “no, no, no” and we all laughed.

Naughty naughty rampanissen (AKA Elf on the Shelf)

Then we took on her clothes, did the morning routine and went upstairs for breakfast. There in the Christmas tree, a mini santa was holding a hand-drawn note to Leslie saying “Merry Christmas”. Leslie was so proud to receive a note from Santa.

Leslie’s note from Santa. “Look papa, skis!!!”

Dear family, I hope you are as ready and excited for the holidays as I am. I love you with all of my heart and I love this time of year and it is so fun to watch Leslie grow and begin to learn about Christmas. We are ready for snow, for a long Christmas at the cabin, and for lots of fun and games. We are also soooooo ready to meet little baby. We love you baby and can’t wait for you to join us!!!!

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David Smith

David Smith

Hubby & daddy. USMC veteran. Marketing professional. Entrepreneur. I like mountains, whisky, travel and mischief. Live in Norway. Insta: @americanvikinginnorway