The whole big mess started at the Iowa State Fair. Kylie, Our 6 year old daughter, usually gets to pic a little toy at the vendor booth every year.
For some reason, (Thank you, Peter Pan and Captain Hook), she took an interest in a flashing sword. I really wasn't keen on having a sword in the house, so I saw that next to the sword was this fabulous wand. The wand lit up and flashed different colors of the rainbow
NOPE! She wasn't falling for it... so, then, in mommy desperation I played the "Disney Card".
Kylie loves nothing in this world more than she loves Disney. She has never been there (that would be her 6 year old dream come true) but she lives vicariously through all her Disney DVDs and through the Disney documentaries on Netflix. (yes, I said DOCUMENTARIES)
She. Loves. Disney.
Every year we go to Disney on Ice around Thanksgiving time. So, again, in desperation to keep weapons out of my home, I threw out the suggestion that if she chose the wand she could take it to Disney on Ice!
She was immediately SOLD!
Mommy victory!! (or so I thought)
Throughout the rest of the evening, while proudly playing with her flashing wand, she talked of nothing else but Disney on Ice. It was August and with huge smiles on our faces we nodded and assured her that we ABSOLUTELY would go to Disney on Ice - in NOVEMBER- BY THANKSGIVING.
She didn't get it.
The next morning, she threw open our bedroom door and excitedly jumped on our bed squealing "Today is Disney on Ice!!!"
We groggily explained that while we ARE going to Disney on Ice that it was NOT TODAY.
Fast forward two weeks of solid references to Disney on Ice- no less than 10 times a day- (and I am not playin' yall)
We needed a *SERIOUS* Disney intervention.
So, I decided to make a chart so she could SEE how many days we have left until Disney on Ice. I laminated and made it flexible so we could use it for other Disney adventures in the future.
On the very top, I put a photo of this year's Disney on Ice theme (this can easily be changed with other Disney events in the future)
Then, I created the actual body of the chart (in power point). Kylie is really into Minnie Mouse, so I alternated Mickey and Minnie to give it some visual interest.
The top left square simply shows a pic of Mickey and Minnie and the words DISNEY ON ICE. That is the day we will actually go to the show.
I asked Kylie to look at me and smile. THIS is what I got (no, she is not a stepford child - ha! She just looks like a robot here.) That is what I get for interrupting the Disney Process...
According to this picture, we have 65 days until Disney on Ice
She is really content to mark the days off and she can rest knowing Disney on Ice is coming and how long it will be.
Here is the full chart in all its glory! Wish I had thought of it sooner!!