I still can’t believe that 2017 has already exited the scene to make way for 2018. This past year was full of the usual adventures and a few new ones too. We celebrated birthdays, enjoyed two full years of living in our new home, explored NYC with the girls, took a family cruise to Mexico, enrolled Addie in Pre-K 3 and dance, visited Disney again, and again, and again, and took a weekend escape to check Niagara Falls and Cedar Point off of the bucket list. Oh yeah…and we decided to invite a new member into our family….Baby Harvey #2 is coming in June 2018.
Here is the progress made from this year: (not too shabby if I must say!)
Write my own manifesto (from Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project)—-CHECK! Maybe I will share this with you guys one day… I love Gretchen Rubin and recommend any of her books if you are looking to be more intentional in your life.
Write a letter to my future self—-CHECK! April @ age 30.
Celebrate my last day of my 20’s—-CHECK!
Plan (and have) a spa day—Hubby helped with this task! The facial and massage from Milan Esthetics was wonderful!
Do Adult Disney—CHECK!We got to see visit the Inaugural International Festival of the Arts at EPCOT!
See the Rocky Mountains— CHECK! Rocky Mountain National Park was just as amazing as I thought it would be. Colorado is a MUST SEE state in my book!
Fly fish—YES! We look lessons in Estes, Park Colorado. See photo evidence below!
Sand surf–-YES! We made life-long memories here in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. BTW…the sand gets up to 150 degrees so make sure you wear SHOES!!! (Thanks for NOTHING Trip Advisor, hahah!).
Stay in a Deluxe Disney Resort– NOPE I can’t part with the cash to pay for the price tag of this particular adventure.
Hang Glide— NOT YET
Sleep in a tree house—NOT YET
Learn about floral arts— DOES PINTEREST COUNT?
Take a cooking class-–YES, thanks Justin and Meredith!
Master the art of the sugar cookie—-HM…maybe next year!
Plant bougainvillea–-YES, thanks Hubby for the birthday gift. I hope the cold hasn’t killed them this week. 😦
Reach goal weight (finally)—Well, I am currently expanding due to this new baby.
Pay off student loans— YES! CHECK!
Develop a “big girl” skin care routine—Well, sort-of…but I could use more work on this one so I am going to keep it for next year too.
Visit a new state-— CHECK and CHECK!!! Michigan and Colorado. Currently on 38
Visit a new country—Nope, although we did go back to Canada and Mexico this year.
Explore Universal’s Harry Potter World—NOPE!
Complete a Reading Challenge—-HAHAHAH. Do Addie’s books count?
Learn Spanish (again…)—-NOPE
Prepare for an emergency (so we won’t get totally caught off guard by something like Hurricane Matthew again.)—-This is about half way complete, but we could still use some more work.
Attend Dragon Con-–CHECK!!!
Plan and implement seasonal bucket lists/monthly challenges-–CHECK! I got a little slack after morning sickness set in, but other than that we were pretty consistent.
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:
Make a stepping stone- Bought the supplies, but not yet completed. I will post picks with the finished product!
Collect and paint rocks- CHECK!
Visit the Trampoline Park- CHECK!
Paint Pottery- CHECK! Addie did such a great job. The lady who works there noted how much patience she had painting all of her pieces.
Create a spa night at home- CHECK! Aunt Mer took us to a neat place that allows you to customize and create your own bath scrubs and oils. We used these and some samples of spa lotions and nail polish that we got for free the same day.
Go to a summer matinee- CHECK! We saw Cars III….not my favorite Disney movie, but a Disney movie is better than almost anything else out so I call it a win.
Have a Random Acts of Kindness Day- I really like doing this, but it is so much more fun as a group. I will add it to the Fall Bucket List to redeem ourselves!
Tie dye- CHECK!
Have a picnic/tea party- CHECK! This was Addie’s first-official-non-pretend Tea Party. She LOVED it!
Go sea shelling in St. Augustine- CHECK (sort of). We went to Fernandina instead and there were VERY FEW shells.
Make homemade pizza- NOPE.
Make jewelry- CHECK! Addie made a necklace and bracelet with her name on it and all.
Go to the beach with friends- CHECK!
Have a lazy day around the house- CHECK! We actually had several of these….until I decide I can’t stand being cooped up and we go head to town or anywhere.
Go to a U-pick farm- CHECK! This year we actually picked tomatoes. YUM!
Go to the open studio hours at a local kids art studio (Henny Penny or Scribble Art Studio)- NOPE. Maybe sometime soon?
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:
Make a stepping stone (We did this last year, so I would like to make it a yearly tradition).
Collect and paint rocks
Visit the Trampoline Park
Create a spa night at home
Go to a summer matinee
Have a Random Acts of Kindness Day
Have a picnic/tea party
Go sea shelling in St. Augustine
Make homemade pizza
Go to the beach with friends
Have a lazy day around the house
Go to a U-pick farm
Go to the open studio hours at a local kids art studio (Henny Penny or Scribble Art Studio)
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?