Although I'm fairly certain Zach could care less about the calendar, Allie is enthralled. In addition to labeling our intended vacation dates, we also coded our family activities (such as preschool, church, Mommy's flute lessons, play dates, etc) with corresponding stickers.
Allie loves the independance of being able to consult the calendar for the weeks' events. I am still shocked that she remembers the meaning of each sticker and symbol. Because she likes to have activities planned, she is definitely a little hesitant of having days without markings. When I explained to her that we need some days to rest or accomplish things around the house, she looked at me like I was nuts. So, I added on that we might need to keep some days free in case other things come up. Not surprisingly, she was much more receptive to that explination rather than the first.
I'm sure this will not be the last kids' oriented calendar we put together. In fact, I'm trying to figure out how to do one each month because it has been so helpful to Allie's sense and awareness of time and our family's events. Plus, I don't have to answer the age old question, "Mom, what are we going to do today?" every single morning.
So, I guess January hasn't been all that bad. And, it's looking like February holds some exciting events for us too. Before we know it, Spring will be here and Summer will shortly follow (please do not burst my bubble by reminding me that it often snows in April in MN...I'm doing my best here to focus on the positive)!