Our Advent Activity for Dec. 22 was ice skating. It was the first time either kid had been on the ice, and it had been since I was a tween that I was on. Annaliese had double-blade skates, so she was able to walk across the ice with no problems. That didn't stop her from whining and throwing a tantrum every time Darrin and I didn't help her. She saw us giving Ian help and wanted some for herself; that, and she wanted to go fast. Oh, and she was very opinionated about the direction she wanted to go, too. We'd skate three strides and then she'd say, "No, not this way, go that way!" which was always opposite the way the other skaters were skating. While she should have had the easiest time skating, she spent most of her time complaining. Ian said this was his favorite activity of all of advent. We figured out he actually did a better job just holding his arms straight out and getting no help from us. We tried helping him to begin with, so that he could see how you actually glide on the ice instead of step, but his legs would become jelly-like every time we helped him.
This video is about 2 minutes after we stepped on the ice. Yes, I lost my balance at the end while trying to show Ian how to skate backwards. No, I didn't fall on my bum. This was the high point for Annaliese. The only time she'd skate by herself again was stomping off the ice while throwing a tantrum. Ian, however, wants to go skating again. I think it might become some boy bonding time in our family.
Our Advent Activity for Dec. 23 was open new pajamas. We do this every year the night before Santa comes so that in the morning, we can get a picture by the tree in our new pj's. Ian was super stoked with his Darth Vader ones, and Annaliese loved her princess pj's (which were an XS in girls, not toddlers!).