Elf on the Shelf: Spying on Santa's Spy

In the past couple of years, the little one has enjoyed a little Christmas magic through Rosie, the sneaky Elf on the Shelf who constantly spies on kids and reports to Santa whether they have been naughty or nice. It's a fun Christmas tradition Mamaw Kathy has started with Ariana and her cousins. The kids (and adults too!) always have a blast spying on Santa's little spycurious where the magical little helper will show up next!

Where did we spot the sneaky elf this year? It appears Rosie has been busyplaying chameleon, hiding in cold places and even sharing a lovely afternoon tea party with a friend. 

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Even Rosie needs a little break from keeping an eye on the rambunctious little munchkins. To have a little bit of "me" time, our favorite elf enjoys an afternoon tea party with Barbie who, as we all know, is not one to turn down a lovely party invitation. 

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Goodness gracious, can our little elf handle four screaming girls? Rosie, ever so resourceful, knows the only way she can keep up with hyper-active kids is to hop on a skateboard so she could outrun them. That's right, when it comes to this magical elf, you can run, but you can never hide! 

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Just when you thought she's not watching, our little elf pulls off a sneaky move! Rosie blends like a chameleon among poinsettias and watches over with eagle eyes on who's been naughty or nice.

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Huh, there's no way you'll get into the holiday sweets and frosted cake without getting past our sneaky elf first! Rosie guards the cookies, cakes and desserts so no tiny fingers can get to them without mommy's permission. Although, there's also a good chance she's hiding inside the fridge because she's missing the North Pole and wants to be in an icy place for a change.

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Umm, we think this is Rosie's way of saying "I'm chillin' like a villain!" The little elf wasted no time lounging on her own private tub so she can watch over the kids without breaking a sweat.

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The Four Musketeers: The little one and her cousins bond over the holidays. The girls were adorably a handful, even for a kid-expert elf like Rosie, but no one's complaining: Excuse the mess, these girls were making memories!

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Love Letter: 10 Ways You Stole Our Hearts

Ariana at six months old.

Ariana at six months old.

The heart patrol is on a haunt for a little heart thief named Ariana. It's no secret, the moment Daddy and I first laid eyes on you, you stole our hearts. Here are at least 10 ways you've landed in our "Most Wanted" list:

1. You flashed your then-toothless smiles. Yes, those days are still fresh on my mind, and it couldn't get anymore adorable than that!

2. You boss Daddy aroundin the cutest possible way. Remember how you, like a #GirlBoss, tells him you're closely watching (with two fingers pointed at him)? Or do you recall how you would send him gibberish texts each time you were mad, like that time when he took the liberty to throw a favorite toy away? 

3. You giggle with every tickle. Playtime involves wrestling with Daddy and tickles with Mommy. The sound of your giggle is contagious, it makes Mommy's heart skip a beat.

4. You turn car drives into a mini concert. Car rides are never boring with you. You demand that we turn the volume up when songs you love (Alicia Key's "This Girl is on Fire" is still on replay in my head). What's most adorable is that you don't hold back even when you had to adorably make up most of the words!

5. You break into a dance while Snap-chatting. They say if you don't know how to Snapchat, you are too old. How adorable that you had to teach Daddy how Snapchat works, and never break out of character when recording short videos for Mommy to enjoy!

6. You throw "Drama like a Southern Mama." Oh yes, you do! Need I say more?

7. You try really, really try hard to speak Cebuano. It melts Mommy's heart that you even try, asking me before you go to bed "Mommy, palihug, tubig (please, water)" in your best American-Cebuano accent.

8. You've got style. When it comes to style, you are fearless. You always tell me you want to look "fabulous" (your words, not mine) so I let you explore your creativity as you stack up with jewelry that do not match and colors that clash. I take pride that you are learning independenceeven at times when I feel the need to wear a sign: "Please don't judge me, she dressed herself up!"

9. You have better negotiating skills than a diplomat. You've proven this time and time again. You are capable to getting out of trouble with your charm. You somehow manages to trick Daddy into giving you "one last chocolate" after the supposedly last one, or to let you stay up for another minute even after you are past your bedtime.

10. You believe fairies, unicorns and mermaids are real. Sure you complain that Santa never gets you the right gifts (maybe because Santa is cheap), but you believe that unicorns, fairies and mermaids existand they all live somewhere near confetti-sprinkled rainbow!