scouter raises his game


I have a confession. I’m really excited about this damned elf. I was convinced I’d be cooler than this, but screw it.


– Diary’s Facebook status, Dec 1st

I couldn’t wait for Katie to wake up and find Scouter hanging from a lit TARDIS.


{image is a photo of Scouter the elf, hanging onto a TARDIS on a string of lit .. um .. TARDISses? TARDI? Things that are bigger on the inside?}

For those who don’t watch Dr. Who, well, feel free to just move on. For those who do, I give you the best comment ever ..

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{image is a screenshot of a comment on Diary’s Facebook page reading, “Wait .. your elf is a TIME LORD!? :)}

I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Nikki on winning the Internet.

After celebrating Nikki’s win, I started thinking about how I could create little tableaux of Katie’s favorite books and with Brooke’s beloved characters. First up for Brooke were Dora and Boots.


{image is a photo of Scouter getting taken for a ride by Dora and Boots, who are wearing roller skates. I don’t mean to be critical here, but he really doesn’t seem to be doing any of the work.}

Next up was one of my and Katie’s favorite Christmas stories, O’Henry’s Gift of the Magi. In the story, a young couple struggles with how to get each other special Christmas gifts without money. The husband wants desperately to buy his wife a fancy comb for her hair and she longs to buy him a gold chain for his pocket watch. Ultimately, he sells his pocket watch to buy her the comb and she sells her hair to a wig maker to buy him the fob. *sniff*

Here’s Scouter’s version. (He recruited a friend to help.)

{image is a photo of Scouter and a friend, acting out a scene from one of Katie’s favorite stories, The Gift of the Magi. Scouter is holding out a hair comb (a 99c tiara I borrowed from Brooke’s dress up box). His friend (played by a random Barbie) is offering up a watch fob. Her hair has been cut. Off to the left is a sign that reads, “O’Henry’s Pawn Shop,” under which we see a counter (an empty paperclip box covered in white paper) displaying a pocket watch and a hank of hair for sale. In the background is a bare Christmas tree.}

I had a few props queued up and ready to go. Like these, for instance.


{image is a photo of a mini marathon bib that I made for Scouter, sitting on top of a maze. The bib reads, “Adidas 2014 Chilly Half Marathon and Scouter’s bib number is, of course 1225.}

Get it? It’s the Maze Runner. I thought it was going to be brilliant.

And then, last night, Katie raised the stakes. She started talking not just about her favorite books, but her favorite SCENES from her favorite books. “Oh, and that scene in The Fault in our Stars,” she said, “where Augustus is staring at Hazel with her oxygen tank and she’s like, “Why are you looking at me like that?” and he says, “Because you’re beautiful,” and, OhMyGod I LOVE that part.”

The little imp knew exactly what she was doing.

You want to challenge your mama, kid? Game on.

{image is a photo of Scouter as Augustus and short-haired Barbie (score!) as Hazel where they sit this morning. Hazel has her oxygen tank (a blue and white foil-covered lipstick with a piece of wire) and Augustus has a “cigarette” in his mouth (a piece of paper that reads, “METAPHOR.”)

For those who don’t know the story, it’s a heart breaker. Hazel and Augustus are teenagers who both have cancer. Shortly after they meet, Augustus puts a cigarette in his mouth and Hazel is appalled. Until he explains that he never lights it. “It’s a metaphor, see,” he says, “you put the killing thing right between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”

And that’s where we leave off.

In the current pipeline are Divergent, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Maze Runner for Katie and Godpsell, Peppa Pig and No, David for Brooke.

Four days down and twenty to go, I’m still having a blast doing this and it’s like the best distraction from the stresses of real life ever, but let’s be real, by Christmas Eve, I might need an intervention.


14 thoughts on “scouter raises his game

  1. You are, without a doubt, the coolest mamma ever. I bow to your creativity! And thanks for the warm fuzzies for my comment. 😉

  2. I am usually a “fun” person, but the whole elf thing has always bugged me. I have always hated that elf. Maybe I find him a bit creepy, I don’t know, but the whole thing with the elf doing silly things like spilling milk or leaving notes just seemed lame. But NOW. Now, you have totally changed my mind due to your epicness, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I cannot wait to see the rest of your ideas (it probably helps that Katie and I have very similar tastes!)

    • I get it. Completely. You know who feels that way? The good ones. Because it’s the doubt that drives us to be better – to listen more intently, to be more present, to love our babies with everything we have. The doubt is so hard to live in, but it’s a great tool. And I get it. Completely.

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