Oh Bibbie, how you came into our lives and brought such joy. I wonder now how I ever could have been grinchy about getting an elf on the shelf when all she did was bring such giggles and magic to our December days.
Here, the rest of our days.
Bibbie brought a party of Lego with her, even naked Santa from last years Lego calendar (still makes me laugh!) and some Lego decorations.
She hung the girls socks and undies, then decided to try Kaya’s on. Kaya was certain they were magic underwear after that and once Bibbie had moved on, wore her undies while attempting to fly off the couch hoping to take flight! Yikes!
The morning before this, Kaya was trying to read her PJ’s in the mirror. “Why can’t I read that? It’s all backwards!” I tried to teach her about reflections and secret coded mirror messages but Bibbie thought it would be better understood with a ‘Surprise!’ She was right.
I just needed a quick hide on this night, stuffed her in the Poinsettia and it turned out to be one of their biggest giggles. Perfect!
‘Bibbieman, bibbieman, does whatever a Spider Elf can…’ sings Kaya shortly after finding Bibbie dressed as Spiderman swinging above Mommy and Daddies bed. Brennyn immediately went for her Spidey costume, and later, Kaya had to cram her 6-year-old self into the size 3 costume too. Awesome!
Ah, do you have Pete the Cat? A big fave in this house. Everytime we read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, I could tell Kaya was a bit disappointed her name wasn’t on the big list of nice when so many of her friends names were. Bibbie changed all that by penning Kaya’s, Brennyn’s and Bibbie’s names, with a heeheehee for good measure!
Bibbie loved seeing the snow arrive and wanted to show her appreciation. Donning one of our reindeer stuffies scarves, she went for a slide down our bannister. The girls had whole stories about how she sled all night doing flips and spins, but never crashing since she’s soooo lucky to have magic.
And then, on the final night of placing Bibbie, the final freakin night (!!), I get busted.
Oh yes I did. Shit.
“MOM, WHY ARE YOU TOUCHING BIBBIE!!!!!” screams Brennyn who has snuck herself down the stairs and busted me in the very moment I was walking to her next destination. I throw Bibbie down, run down the hall, and make up some on the spot story about how I was just walking and Bibbie suddenly flew over, can you believe that, so cool, Santa might get mad at her though, but she did and then she tried to give me something, and then you came down and she didn’t know you were awake I guess and then she just disappeared…
My heart is racing, my mind devastated that the magic is done, and my girl just nods and gets back to the business at hand,
“I have a booboo on my finger and need a bandaid…” she pouts.
While applying a silly bandaid, I cover my tracks a little, trying not to make it too big a deal since she doesn’t seem to think it is and I put her back to bed. Thankfully, Kaya is already asleep as she would be sure to have a few more questions. Still, I suspect Brennyn will tell her as soon as she wakes up so devise an impromptu poem and cover story.
Bibbie sets up a party with Marshmallow Candycane treats and elf juice (the only thing I had on hand was cranberry juice and the girls despised it! Ha!) surrounded by hearts and a poem.
So it is, the girls can touch Bibbie on this, her final day.
As Christmas Eve goes on, Kaya is torn. She wants to go to sleep at oh, 2pm, so Santa will come, but she really, really does not want to say goodbye to Bibbie. When the time comes, there are tears. Oh boy are there tears. Absolutely heartbreaking to watch them say goodbye and tell her they are going to miss her. We group hug a teary and giggly final goodbye, before I place her beside Santa’s treats so he will not forget to pick her up on his way through (since her magic is gone from our touching her)
5 days later, I still hear daily how much they miss Bibbie and give messages to her via Santa’s little helpers (the birdies outside)
Until next year Bibbie Snowflake Spoofer! We can’t wait!