One Good Thing

There was a book exchange at the holiday party at Eila’s preschool last week.  Each kid brought a book, gift wrapped, to school, and then they each got one brought by another child.  I wasn’t there to see it, but apparently Eila’s response, upon opening her book, was “I don’t want THAT book!” and throwing it across the room.

When I heard this story, I realized I forgot to practice One Good Thing with her.  A rookie mistake heading into the holiday season.  I should have done it in November!  Anyway, better late than never.

So on Friday, I wrapped up some less-than-desirable “gifts” for Eila and gave them to her, with the instructions that she was to say one good thing about each thing she opened.  Here’s how she did:


I was very proud of her.

A side note:  The practice of finding One Good Thing when receiving gifts can be very easily and beneficially expanded to include life circumstances in general.  When life hands you something you’re not thrilled about, remember this.  Maybe it’s not what you asked for it.  Maybe you wouldn’t have chosen it.  And maybe in many ways, it kind of stinks.  But see if you can find One Good Thing about it.  You might be surprised at what you see.


Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

What’s the plural of “snowman?”  Snowmen?  And is there a more gender-inclusive term?  Snow-people?  Anyway, we wanted to build one of those.  But the buckets of rain that have been falling here don’t give us anything to work with as far as that goes.  Luckily, I saw this online the other day.  A snowman factory using play dough!  We had to try it.

Our supplies looked like this at the start:


I forgot the step in the play dough recipe where you heat it up, but that didn’t seem to affect it too much.  And we added gold glitter for a little sparkle.  I wanted clear or silver glitter but could only find gold in my house.  Eila assured me it wouldn’t look like the yellow snow in that song about huskies.

girls at work


You can see baby Marley’s hand in this one:


If you’re thinking that’s impressive that she could help build the snowman, you should know that she was actually taking the button (eye) off in the photo, and that the snowman shown there soon looked like this:


Here are some of our other creations:













Davia's gang

Davia’s gang


Shaelyn's gang

Shaelyn’s gang


Here’s Eila orchestrating a wedding between her two snowpeople.

Eila's couple

Eila’s couple


I made these next two.  The babies got to the one on the right.  The one on the left is mad about that.





Kate and Mars



Madder still, now with eyebrows.

Madder still, now with eyebrows.



That’s all.  Sorry some of the photos are blurry.  This was a fun time and not nearly the disaster that many of my ideas-sourced-from-the-internet turn out to be.  Yay!