I struggled a bit with posting about Sneaky now, it seems so trivial in light of all the hurt…so pointless. Except it’s exactly the point, doing what we can right now to enjoy what we have. And it makes Caleb smile, I cannot think of anything more important right now.
The benefit beyond the smile? It also provided Caleb with breakfast 🙂
Sneaky is hard at work this evening, he’s preparing for a very exciting day tomorrow.
Caleb has been writing all sorts of stories at school about this Sneaky elf. I have been sending the teacher the photos every morning and they have been using them as story starters. They not only hold Caleb’s attention but they fascinate the other kids in the class. It’s become quite the social event, seeing what Sneaky has done now. His friends ask Caleb lots of questions about the pictures and Caleb answers them. How awesome is that??
Last week his teacher, who seems to love the adventures of Sneaky too, mentioned to Eric in passing that it would be fun to have Sneaky come to school. As soon as I heard, I sent her an e-mail to start making arrangements. SO! Tomorrow Sneaky will be secretly smuggled to school. His teacher and his aid have something planned there and have promised to take photos. Tomorrow also happens to be Caleb’s day to share so he will be sharing his pal Sneaky with his friends too.
I think poor Sneaky is getting a little worn out from all the trips back and forth between our house and the North Pole, it’s hard to believe he’s been doing this for almost 3 weeks already!
Last night he hung a hammock in the tree and took a little extra time for some rest. He seems to be catching up on what our neighbors have been up to this year…I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about there…
Caleb is not a fan of puzzles. He has done a very few willingly, mostly he leaves the room telling anyone within earshot, “No.” very firmly. So, fine, it’s not his thing. Do you think that ever stops me from trying to convince him it’s his thing? No? I guess you do know me!
Last night I thought we’d test the power of Sneaky. Sneaky (mostly) set up a puzzle, a THOMAS puzzle. I thought the power of Sneaky + the power of Thomas might result in a complete puzzle. I even stacked the deck further by suggesting to Sneaky that he only leave the faces out but complete the rest. See! We were even using the fragile X need for closure to our advantage too. It couldn’t fail.
So at bedtime, this is what was left for Caleb to find…
Can’t miss, right?
Yeah. My sneaky child woke up sometime last night and left this response.
*sigh* We left Sneak yet another vitamin to help keep his strength up.
Anyone need a wooden Thomas puzzle that was used 3/4’s of one time?
Our elf Sneak appears to have either undergone a name change *or* Caleb’s language has caught up a bit and he’s finally able to say his name properly…either way…the elf is now called Sneaky. Very appropriate.
Sneaky caught a bit of Toy Story with Caleb last night just before bed, it appears to have inspired him.
It really looks to me like he is flying…not just falling with style like some toys!
Sneak can be such a sweetie, last night he set the table for us!
It inspired Eric to make us a big breakfast of french toast and sausages…I might whisper a request to Sneak today to set the table every night if that is the result!
**As an aside, last night as Eric watched me glue all those ornaments to the trees for our place mats he said, “I didn’t think you would take it to this extreme.” Umm, hello? It’s like he’d never met me before 😉