Well, I didn't win the Elf Contest! Even though I had traditional Finnish "elf" shoes... Leather and hand cobbled even!
There were a few other Elves dressed up, and everyone looked awesome! One person had taken a red dress and a green jacket, cut the dress up the legs, sewn it into a bright red union suit, then cut the arms off the green jacket, used the arms as sort of Leg warmers, and the rest as a vest, and she looked so awesome that I couldn't stop taking photos! Another lady had sewn an atikluk and for a hat, she used a fox tail. Yet another had taken fox puffs (fur made into little puffs for tree ornaments) and used those to adorn her red atikluk, complete with green tights. A few more had store bought costumes and were amazingly bright as well. (I don't have photos of them, because it was a company party, and I don't want to use our company photos for my blog...)
After the contest I tried to explain to my daughter, it was OK that I didn't win. She wasn't having it. She was very upset. I think I have a child who needs to learn that it's OK not to win, or be right all the time.
At school, she's always right. She knows all the answers. Her teacher even says, "Everyone BUT Kaisa, what's five times four...?" Or whatever question she's asking.
I should have known that she would have a melt down. Because every time we play Bananagrams, or Scrabble, or Scene it, or crazy 8's, or just about anything, she freaks if she doesn't win. Where does she get it from?! I mean, seriously, am I like that!?
You can learn a lot from watching your children, cause everything they do is a learned behavior. Sigh...
Anyway, there was an inkling of hope because one of the door prizes, among all the round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines and other fun stuff, were two iPod Nano's. You know, the new ones that can record video?!
Well, I won one of those. Kaisa picked the green one and even though I explained to her that it was MY nano, she held onto it like her life depended on it.
My cool elf shoes were cut off!
She told EVERYONE who came NEAR it, "My mom is going to save this for Christmas. She is going to give it to a VERY NICE little girl in her house. She already has an iTouch, so she's going to save this for SOMEONE SPECIAL, in her house, that's a girl. Right mom?!" Then she'd smile this scary, grinchy, crooked smile. (That's muh girl!)
I think people were sort of scared of her! I know I was. Needless to say, immediately after the party, she was sent to bed WITHOUT ANY SUPPER. (Just kidding, we ate at the party, but I wanted to sound like Max's mom from Where the Wild Things Are...)
And guess who woke up at six this morning all by herself to watch "A Dora Christmas." ??? You guessed it...a VERY NICE little girl in my house. Bright eyed and bushy tailed!