Are you adventing this year? We are trying to squeeze things around all the commitments. As I've said before, don't try moving to a small community to find the 'quiet life' - there is no 'quiet life' - even with a four-day school week things just keep on getting busier.
So yes, Advent: While Lily is still busting with excitement with each new day's simple idea, I have discovered that Amelia is less enthused about the activities this year. She wants to be excited and then when she opens the card she does a little sigh of disappointment. There is such a fine line between keeping it simple (achievable) and making it appeal to the jaded pre-pre-teen crowd. She cut one snow flake before telling me it was "kinda boring" and headed for the hills. Breakfast for dinner (not just a bowl of cheerios but the full eggs and bacon extravaganza) was apparently "no offence mum, but pretty lame."
That being said, it hasn't been a complete fail - She really, really liked our "unplugged night" (thanks to Maya for the idea) where we ate and read by candle light. Unfortunately Lily hated it, being terrified of the dark. Last night we did "fancy dress for dinner time". The air was thick with the smell of hair gel and everyone looked sharp. Sock puppet story time still seems to be a favourite, despite Amelia's grand old age of 9. Next year I might add in some extreme sports to spice things up.