That Silly Elf - A Camp Hoffman Christmas Tradition
He's tiny. He's crazy. He's all over the place. He's our very own zElf on the Shelf!
ELF LOG
DATE: Nov. 24, 2017
LOCATION: : Conway, AR

In what is a first for our house elf - he followed us to our family's house in Arkansas over Thanksgiving and made his first appearance well before he traditionally does... he is NOT to be trusted.


These guys didn't even feel his teeny little presence...


Looks like he's upping the ante this year... BEWARE!

ELF LOG
DATE: Nov. 25, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman - Colorado Springs, CO

i dunno WHAT this dude is up to - cuz the last 2 years has seen him showing up after we put our tree up. But he surprised us in Arkansas at my sister's house and then tonight - after we got home LATE - I heard some alerts on my phone and checked our Ring account to find this...

ELF LOG
DATE: Nov. 26, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman - Colorado Springs, CO

we typically put the tree and lights and stuff up Thanksgiving weekend. And that usually triggers the appearance of The Elf on the Shelf (ours is Ralph) as well as this crazy "zElf" the last 2 years..

But look man... it was like 70+ degrees and sunny today - we wanted to play outside instead! So no tree yet. No lights yet. No stockings hung by the chimney with care yet...

And then tonight... i get this message. How on earth did he get my number?

ELF LOG
DATE: Nov. 27, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman - Colorado Springs, CO

I don't even know what to think of this jolly little dude this year - he NEVER shows up before the tree is up... and tonight he pops out of our tree box and about gave us all a heart attack!

ELF LOG
DATE: Nov. 28, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman - Colorado Springs, CO

So... I pulled in to the neighborhood a little late tonight... KNOWING I didn't have time to get the tree up yet - but I certainly wasn't expecting to be greeted by THIS dude when I stopped at a stop sign in the 'hood!


Then - I took 3 turns and look who is staring at me from the driveway! I don't even know how he got there that fast!


He is NOT a happy elf and I think I better get that tree up STAT!

ELF LOG
DATE: Nov. 29, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman - Colorado Springs, CO

Finally got the tree up - it was kinda rushed but fun - set up the camera on the tripod for our annual family pic in front of the christmas tree and BOOM! Look who shows up. Not once...


Not twice...


Not three times...


But four times! FOUR TIMES that crazy elf photobombed us. He's getting nutty this year... I'm on high alert.

ELF LOG
DATE: Nov. 30, 2017
LOCATION: : Daddy's Pathfinder - Colorado Springs, CO

I thought the terror attacks were over since I got the tree up... NOPE! Glanced in my rearview mirror at the gas station and about had a heart attack!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 1, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman Living Room - Colorado Springs, CO

Friday nights around our place are reserved for movie nights! These guys were all set and ready to watch "Frozen" - but looks like the crazy elf had other plans! So "Elf" it was...

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 2, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman Front Porch - Colorado Springs, CO

We historically put white lights on the front porch. While the girls were playing with a friend - they heard a CRASH and ran out to find the crazy elf all tangled up in a set of colored lights he was trying to replaces ours with... HE'S NUTS!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 3, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman Back Porch - Colorado Springs, CO

Who Let the Dogs Out? Mebbie went to let the dogs outside for one last lawn tinkle before bedtime and BOO YA! Crazy elf at the door... guess you're holding it tonight little puppies!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 4, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman Football Night - Colorado Springs, CO

It's Monday Night Football... and Steelers at Bengals to boot... and the crazy elf has to post up right beside the TV!


Little man was SUPER tempted to grab him... he was scoping who was watching for sure!


Luckily - the Steelers were just enough distraction to help him keep his hands off!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 5, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman Master Suite - Colorado Springs, CO

Nothing is off limits to this crazy little elf! Laura just wanted a nap. A simple nap...


Nothing is sacred!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 6, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman Bathroom - Colorado Springs, CO

Z-Dogg wasn't feeling spectacular last night and he just wanted to soak in the tub. TOO LATE! Some crazy little elf beat him to it!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 7, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman Living Room - Colorado Springs, CO

Granny was here and wanted to celebrate Christmas with the kids while she was in town... She said "Go gather 'round the tree, guys..." Only one tiny problem... THE TREE WAS GONE! Some crazy little elf beat them to it!

The crazy little elf dude had SOMEHOW moved our tree out of the living room and managed to bust a tree-boy stance and give himself some lighting and sparse decorations!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 8, 2017
LOCATION: : Camp Hoffman Mailboxes - Colorado Springs, CO

The girls ran down to grab the mail today and guess who was there to greet them? You got it... that CRAZY ELF!


They looked away for a split second and the little dude levitated up to the top. He's crazy... and a little nuts cuz this feels like it could be a federal offense!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 9, 2017
LOCATION: : Cracker Barrel - Colorado Springs, CO

Granny and dinner at Cracker Barrel is kind of a tradition... and tonight she wanted to treat us all to dinner there. Z-Dogg and I ran in fast cuz he had to potty - and look who we missed! CRAZY ELF!

Maybe he was there looking for Brad's wife?!?!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 10, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN PLAYROOM/STUDY AREA - Colorado Springs, CO

I guess he's not ALL crazy ALL the time!

Mebbie heard some rustling around after the goofballs had gone to bed... and she tip-toed out to find this crazy elf sitting at her desk... and he had FINISHED all of her homework for her!

Scares me a little... what's he setting us up for???

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 11, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN LIVING ROOM - Colorado Springs, CO

Well - tonight it felt like Z-Dogg finally just SNAPPED!


The girls FREAKED OUT when they walked in on Zechie rocking full camo and conducting what looked like a straight up interrogation!

He had the hot light on a tied up elf and he wasn't taking anything from anybody!


We're not sure if Z-Dogg touched that crazy elf or not - cuz all Zechie kept mumbling was "Take me to your leader!"

I guess we wait and see what tomorrow brings!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 12, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN LIVING ROOM - Colorado Springs, CO

i think that little interrogation stunt by Z-Dogg last night just may have ticked off the crazy house elf... the goofballs walked into the living room to find THIS tonight. Elves apparently roll musketeer style - all for one and one for all!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 13, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN KITCHEN - Colorado Springs, CO

Walked in to the kitchen this morning to find that crazy house elf in the middle of some studying!


This dude is CERTAINLY in the right hosuehold... that's for sure!


I mean... my man is putting in some SERIOUS effort over here - staying schooled!


I had to run and get Z-Dogg cuz I knew he would be pretty stoked about it!

We got the COOLEST ELF ON THE PLANET!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 14, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN HALL BATHROOM - Colorado Springs, CO

this dude isn't even trying to hide himself any more! Just making messes and smiling about it! SURPRISE!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 15, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN PANTRY - Colorado Springs, CO

This guy man... he is making himself RIGHT at home! Mebbie just wanted to grab some microwave popcorn and had the elf scared outta her!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 16, 2017
LOCATION: : CHICK FIL A - Colorado Springs, CO

took the girls to Chick-fil-A Northgate tonight and look who shows up to hold the door for us?!?!


I guess it was his pleasure... but I feel like we can't escape him!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 17, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN KITCHEN - Colorado Springs, CO

thought we might avoid it this year - cuz it seems like he does it every time he's around - but we wandered into the sugar-drunk elf sprawled out on the kitchen table. There he goes again - perpetuating every single elf stereotype ya can think of. Dude is CRAZY.

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 18, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN BEDROOM - Colorado Springs, CO

Took a little post-work out nap to catch up on some ZZZZZs this evening...


and woke up to THIS!


Freaked me ALL THE WAY out. I think little elf-homie is taking the whole "He sees you when you're sleeping..." thing a little too far!


ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 19, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN KITCHEN - Colorado Springs, CO

this dude caught the girls totally off guard as they were prepping to make "breakfast for dinner" tonight. Well played, little elf homie - well played!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 20, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN HOME OFFICE - Colorado Springs, CO

Z-Dogg rolled up on that crazy house elf of ours tonight and was mean mugging him HARD...


then dude looked like he was ABOUT TO TRY AND TOUCH HIM!


I let him know I saw him and he recovered quickly...


Pretending he was there to read to him all along! Nice move, Zechie!


ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 21, 2017
LOCATION: : MARCOS PIZZA - Colorado Springs, CO

the girls made a pizza run tonight to one of our favorite local pizza joints... and look who they run into!


He even broke standard elfing protocol (SEP) and lunged for the pizza! Dude is straight up CRAZY!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 22, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN JESSE TREE - Colorado Springs, CO

a friend made Z-Dogg a shirt and it really sums it up...


Poor dude has been under a very WATCHFUL EYE!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 23, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN KITCHEN - Colorado Springs, CO

We came home from an excellent Christmas Eve Eve service tonight to find our crazy house elf like this...


Reading the book of Luke and spending some time in prayer and the Word. The girls were SUPER EXCITED to see that our nutty little house elf chases after God!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 24, 2017
LOCATION: : YMCA - Colorado Springs, CO

The girls all decided to squeeze in a last second workout at the YMCA on Christmas Eve... and look who they ran into!


Crazy little dude was SUPER STOKED - i guess that's what Christmas Eve does to a house elf!


Kinda cool to see him putting in some work - it's gotta be tough being all the places he is and doing all he does!

ELF LOG
DATE: Dec. 25, 2017
LOCATION: : CAMP HOFFMAN FRONT DOOR - Colorado Springs, CO

Well - looks like that's a wrap!

The goofballs stumbled on that crazy house elf trying to sneak out the front door.

Not all of them shared their sadness at seeing him go though!

Thanks little guy! It's been crazy at times - but you always bring us joy!