That night, I used the chalk board on our coffee table (really a repurposed toy chest) to write The Next Big Thing. Then I listed all of the fun things we were looking forward to and their dates. This practice has stuck with us, and the kids love it! They get excited to see their birthday on there, or that a special event they are involved in made the board. It keeps our focus on all of the fun things we have going on instead of drifting toward the negatives.
I updated the board today. As you can see, we have lots to look forward to in the next 2 months!