Thursday, June 18, 2009

Countdown Calendar

Every summer we take a trip to go see my mom who lives on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This year my boys started in May with the question, "When are we going to Grammy's?" It was never ending and they just couldn't understand just how long it would be before we left for vacation. When we went to Disney World I made a countdown calendar for them and it helped with the excitement and the questions about when we were going. So I decided to do the same thing for this trip.

First I made the calendar part, which counts down from 30 days to 1 day then the day we leave for Grammy's. The background paper is digital from Digital Design Essentials and the numbers are digital from Atomic Cupcake.

I added the beach elements from the Cricut Cartridge, Life's a Beach. Love that cart!! I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this one. Then I made little circular tags for my boys to place on the day right before they go to bed. They each take turns each night. The little circles are from the Going Places cartridge. I chose the cat because my mom has cats and it represents her, the house because it's my mom's house, and obviously the suitcase because we are going on vacation!

This is the calendar before we started the countdown:

Here is the calendar a little while later:

And here is a closer look at the tags or whatever they are called!

This has really helped and I haven't heard the question, "When are we going to Grammy's" since we started this. My boys love it and get really excited when it is their turn to put their circle on the calendar. Oh, and I know that there is a comma missing in Grammy's. I forgot to glue it on and then got lazy and just forgot about it! I'll just call it creative license! :)


  1. What a great idea I hope that you don't mind if I make one for my DGS. He would just love it when he has to go some where.

    I also love your blog very nice. I'm following along with you K....

  2. Thank you! Of course I don't mind, I would love to see yours when you do it!


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