Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Lifebook is Done!

While I may never finish our China Travel Video and am well aware that the header of this blog does not yet include the child that has been a part of our family for 2 years, I thought I'd share that Meili's lifebook is complete...for now. First and foremost, I have to thank the fabulous M3 at the Salsa Blog for inspiring me with her 'Lifebook as Rough Draft' format. Until recently the whole lifebook thing was so overwhelming that I couldn't even get started. Then I discovered M3's brilliant idea to put the lifebook together in a Word document, then print it out and put it into sheet protectors in a three ring binder. If a page gets destroyed by three year-old hands, no problem! I just print out a new one. If I come up with a better way to explain a concept later, then I can do that! And when Meili is ready for more detailed information, I can just add to this basic book. Better yet, she can help me do it! The Aha! moment I had about the format, plus a peek at M3's table of contents and a few of her pages was all I needed to get out of the lifebook quicksand. I was able to bust this out in a few hours.

I let Meili pick out the binder and she is really loving it! She asks almost everyday for me to read 'Meili's China Book' to her. I've even caught her 'reading' it to herself a couple of times.

Anyway, in the interest of paying it forward I hope that this might help someone else get their lifebook crossed of the To Do list!


M3 said...

SO awesome to see this!!! Aw, just makes me grin. And I'm so glad Maili likes it too.

Sherrie said...

What a wonderful idea! I LOVE IT!!