Maggie is pinning up her 3D Advent Calendar by her top bunk so each morning she can wake up and open a new window. She has lost two drawing pins down the side of the bunk already, I hope they have gone through to the floor and haven't ended up on Lexy's bottom bunk.
As I am scrabbling around for them Lexy is saying 'Look Maggie, I have a little bird. Look, I have a little bird' - over and over. She has opened the window on her Calendar for day one, a small bucktoothed mouse with "1" on a piece of cheese and inside a small bird.
I start typing and Maggie starts saying, Mum, 'Cara has a pretty funny type of Advent calendar'. And she pulls on me until I stop and turn and listen properly and starts again at the beginning. 'Cara has a pretty funny type of Advent Calendar. Her Mum puts a little chocoalate bar behind each window. So she opens it and wheee. It's a very silly sort of Advent Calendar'.
Dinner has started. Maggie says 'Look I wrote my name.' And there in tomato sauce are the letters M a g g i e. Maggie got up early and put on Danny the Champion of the World audio, and played the whole thing. In response to this, Joe has pulled out the pheasant our friend Helen gave us and has roasted it, complete with the laying of bacon before putting in the oven, so enticingly described by Danny's father.
'Lexy, name five things with milk in them', says Maggie.
'Is this a joke?', says Lexy.
'Name five things with milk in them'.
'I don't know'.
Maggie's day one picture is an angel holding a tree.
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