The kids were so excited to come home from vacation and see this:
it seems a house fairy named Clarabelle moved in while we were away. She has promised the kids that as long as they don't try to trap her or open the door to the fairy world (only fairies can open the door) she will remain in our house and leave them little notes and gifts of appreciation. Miss M has spent the whole week calling for Clarabelle to come play, and tells me she hopes she gets some pixie dust to help her fly sometime!
(Note: I purchased an unpainted door from etsy here and then Daddy painted it up for the kids.)