For the past two years, the kids and I have had a Summer Bucket List (2011 and 2010). I’m a big fan of such things, and so are they. At the end of the day, it’s too easy to come home and just veg in front of the tv and do nothing. And then the whole year has passed and it’s all “what did we do?” Oh nothing.
Now don’t get me wrong. I cherish our lazy, do nothing days. I need them. The kids need them. No question. But I don’t want a whole season full of nothing but do nothing days. Although “balance is a false goal,” I want to pepper our do nothing days with fun memory-making moments for us.
One of my Top 5 favorite quotes sums it up perfectly.
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. – Diane Ackerman
So the Bucket List. It gives us those fun bits of activity to look forward to. Things to plan. Some cost absolutely nothing. Some are a few bucks. I try to mix it up. Because, after all, fun isn’t about how much money you’re spending. It’s about spending time with your family and friends. Creating memories. And moments. Things that the kids will remember years from now when we’re knee-deep in teen angst. When they have their own families to create memories with. When they’re no longer my littles.
Earlier this year, after a dinner pow-wow, the kids and I decided to have seasonal Bucket Lists, instead of just a Summer one. After all, there’s tons to do every season, why not take full advantage? Of course, this would have been awesome if I got it posted last week. You know, on the first day of Spring. But I’m not quite that organized.
I hope that some of you that know us “in real life” will join us for some of our Spring memory making. And those that don’t, that you are inspired to make your own Spring Bucket List. If you do, I’d love to hear about what makes the cut.
Until then, Happy Spring!
Tomorrow… a recipe for a Lofthouse-style cookie.
Spontaneous afternoon visits to a local dairy shop for ice cream.
It’s a good thing.
Despite the ridiculously low temperatures today.
I love the idea of living each day, of each season to its fullest and you’re right…so many weekends go by where I”m like…what did I even do?!?!? At the least there certainly isn’t enough ice cream being consumed :P I should get on that.
haha, between you and the kids, i think the ice cream nation is set.
I totally agree and wish I had made a bucket list for wintertime this year, since it feels like it passed us by. Of course, it didn’t, but you know …
I have always kept a running list of things to do with the kids. I have to change my mindset this year. Usually we venture all over the place looking for fun but Nick is really into playing with his friends in the neighborhood now. On one hand, what a money-saver (not leaving the house). On the other hand, I miss getting out and the minute no one is around he wants to do something NOW. So now I’m concentrating on stay-at-home ideas and local trips with the kids and planning some grown-up fun for me when they’re with their dad.
I wish that I had a friend like you that lived close to do fun things with! I think you are a very cool rarity. :)
aw shucks, ma’am, very kind of you!
Excellent idea! I agree that we all occasionally need lazy, do-nothing days — that’s for sure — but it’s not good to look up and realize that entire months have passed without you doing anything extraordinary. My boyfriend and I constantly talk about the adventures we want to have, saying things like, “Oh, I really want to go there — when we can we go?” but we never set a real time. I’m trying to get better about saying, “This Saturday, let’s go here,” etc. It’s easy to push everything off on “someday.”
exactly. i don’t want to look back on a life full of somedays…
this is such a good idea. it’s easy to think of all the things you want to do, but printing it out to see actually makes you do it!!!
You are a fun mom. I know I’ve said that before.