We had tons of fun last month at Dragon Con! Here are a few pictures as evidence of our completion of this bucket list task!
While the temperature outside may still denote Summer, my school calendar does not. A new Happy Planner has been purchased and pre-pre-planning is underway. I have to go back to work a little bit earlier these days…however it is easy to get back into the school year swing when you absolutely love your job AND when the one who helps with Addie during the day is the same woman who raised you (thanks MOM)!
We had another epic Summer in the Harvey household complete with trips to Disney World, a cruise to Mexico, time spent at the Lake and Beach. It’s a wonder that we were able to complete anything on our Summer Bucket List with all that extra fun…but Addie and I are pros at this bucket list thing. Check out of progress this Summer!
Here is the list for this year:
All in all it was a great Summer. I can’t wait for many more with this little chick!
We have played “tea party” in the bath tub, playroom, at Mimi’s house, and just about everywhere. Addie has made raspberry, peach, blueberry, chocolate, and even the occasional broccoli and carrot tea. This week Addie, Mimi, and I had a chance to have our very own real tea party. Look at the pictures below. I think it is safe to say that it was a great experience, and I am sure will become at the very least an annual tradition!
Another glorious summer is here! As an educator, Summer is the season of life in which we can stay up late, pretend for a little while that we are stay at home moms, finally get to that overdue spring cleaning, READ, be the fun mom that you wanted to be all year, cook actual meals that aren’t from a box, can, or freezer, and reconnect with family and friends. Yes, summer sabbaticals are amazing. They recharge our batteries and allow us to hit the ground running at 110% come August!
Summer is great, but it doesn’t last! In order to make the most of each summer day with Addie I find it helpful to create a bucket list (of course….). In years to come I think it will be even more fun as she will get to come up with unique and crazy adventures to add to our list each year as well.
Here is the list for this year:
We still have a little bit more time before I go back to school. I will be sure to post our accomplishments then! What’s on your list this summer?
Confession: This weekend was a lot of fun. Too much fun probably… You see, I only have a few more months left to go until I earn my Ed.S degree (ekkk!) from Georgia Southern and I should have been working on my action research thesis. I should have been getting ahead of some Gifted certification course work, grading papers, and myriad of other school related tasks. I will get it done eventually, but it didn’t happen this weekend.
Reality: Here is what did go on this weekend…
1. Friday Waring and I ran the Shamrock Run. I will admit I didn’t want to run. It was cold. Our running buddies were sick. Did I mention it was sick. I would have muuuuuch rather curled up on the couch, ate a greasy burger, and watch another Hallmark movie. But….when it was all said and done I am glad that we finished strong. Waring and I are passionate about the March of Dimes because of all that they have done for Baby Addie. You see, when Addie was first born she had respiratory distress. She needed a special drug that was developed through the funding and support of this wonderful charity. This wonderful weekend with Addie was made possible because of the heroic efforts of the March of Dimes, and for that reason we ran and will keep running for years to come.
2. Saturday morning HUBBY got to ride a Lamborghini, and subsequently marked a HUGE item off of his own bucket list! (Thanks Mom and Dad for this thrilling Christmas gift!)
3. Addie got some new kicks. See the evidence below… AND she showed them off at my cousin Grace’s Sweet 16 Party. She was a showstopper!!
Now, doesn’t this weekend sound MUCH better than being holed up in a room with a laptop and a bunch of articles and data?!? Let me answer that for you. YES, yes it does. I WILL get the work done, and I WILL probably have to be up late (very late) in the near future to get everything finished. This weekend was worth it!
I am not sure if it is just the bigger journal that I have to write out my goals in or if I am just feeling overly ambitious this year, but the 2015 Bucket List is jammed-packed!
Here’s the Plan:
1. Be more thoughtful (create a thankful box and plan to send more cards, flowers, letters, and thoughtful gestures each month).
2. Read 15 books (2 personal finance, 2 parenting, 3 devotions)
3. Learn to sew and making something for Addie
4. crochet a blanket
5. Build our dream home
6. Visit 2 new states
7. Celebrate 10 wacky holidays
8. Go zorbing
9. Take Addie on her first trip to Disney (to visit Mariah)
10. Go see Tori and John in Winston-Salem
11. GO see Audra, Drew, and Baby Samuel
12. Hang glide,
14. Krispy Kreme Challenge
15. Plant hydrangea and bougainvillea
16. Fine my “signature dish”
17. Complete 2 Minimalist challenges (more on this later)
18. Create a will
19. Complete at least 2 100 Day Challenges (more info to come)
20. Celebrate the Highland Games
21. Stick to a budget ALL year
22. Dye my hair a crazy color
23. Start and keep a prayer journal
24. Get a henna tattoo
25. Give up soda (again)
26. Get to happy college weight again
27. Brush up my Spanish for the mission trip
28. Put Waring second only to God
29. Get our home’s first nativity set
30. Start an Advent Calendar
31. Learn about homesteading (Rain water collection, composting, bees, chickens)
32. Go to an stargazing event
33. Run the 1/2 marathon for time
34. Make homemade soap
35. Make our own bedroom furniture
36. Learn and use essential oils
37. Focus on 5 specific individuals all year in prayer
38. Keep fresh flowers in our new home
39. Create an emergency preparedness kit
40. Set up autodrafts into our IRA
42. Smashbook ALL year!
43. Complete the Tybee Polar Plunge!
I am excited to see where this year takes our family. We have a lot of things to look forward to this year, like finishing grad school, building our new house, and going on a mission trip with church. I know that even if I never cross off another bucket list item that our little family is BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE!
After growing to an all new-larger-than-life-me during pregnancy I knew once 2014 began I wanted to do something that I didn’t think I was physically able to do. I wanted to run a half-marathon. I half-heartedly (pun intended) added it to my bucket list for this year, thinking all the while that this was a goal far out of reach. Eleven months later, however, I am proud to say that I am a medal-wearing member of the HALF MARATHON FINISHER CLUB! Yes, I did run at the pace of a turtle trudging through peanut butter, but I made it across that finish line just the same!
I am so thankful for our dearest friends, Meredith and Justin, who sacrificed their time, sweat, and even their knees to help accomplish this crazy bucket list goal of mine. While the four of us can’t say that we are IN LOVE with running, I am thankful for the MANY MILES that we spent together catching up on the latest news and sharing our lives and heart with each other. IF only those roads could talk…they would have many stories to tell! 🙂
I am not sure what next year’s bucket list adventures will have in store for me and my family, but this one has sure taught me a lot about determination, loyalty, and love. Thank you GOD for allowing us this victory!