Thursday, January 5, 2012

The BIG 3-0 Bucket List

Well, it's been almost 5 months since I've posted.  I have no excuses;)

But, quite a bit has happened in our life in that time.  I quit my job and began watching children in our home and besides all of the chaos and transition that comes with all of that, I am now 17 weeks along with Baby #2!  As we never thought we'd have children in the first place, this is a true blessing for us.

And, as of today, January 5, 2012, I have now entered my thirties!

It's sort of depressing.  I mean, 30 always seemed ancient when I was growing up.  But, being a practical lady (am I old enough to be called a lady?), I figured that I had two choices.  1. Embrace 30 and all that is yet to come in my life or 2. Be miserable forever.

Although the latter does have its appeal at times, as I reflected more and more often on all that has happened in the 30 years I've been alive, my heart is full and I am happy with my life thus far.

If my life can be as full when I look back on the next "tri-cade" (like that? Don't worry, I made it up.), I am content.

So, in the spirit of looking forward and making the most out of life, here's my bucket list for my thirties.

1. Tackle projects with confidence, even when I have no idea what I'm doing.
2. Learn to play the Charlie Brown song on the piano.
3. Cook real food with real ingredients as much as possible.
4. Embrace my life exactly as it is.
5. Snow ski for the first time.
6. Travel to NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
7. Take a sleigh ride in Vermont in January.
8. Run a half marathon.
9. Sky dive.
10. Visit the Harry Potter park at Universal Studios.
11. Grow plants I love.
12. Complete my first quilt.
13. Finish projects I start.
14. Go swimming more often.
15. Decide what I want to be when I grow up.
16. Renew my marriage vows.
17. Make homemade ice cream and chestnuts on an open fire.
18. Get a real Christmas tree.
19. Take my children to Disney.
20. Travel to England.
21. Practice peace.
22. Exercise more.
23. Go to bed earlier.
24. Have date night with my hubby.
25. Take my kids fishing.
26. Have more no-boys-allowed (and no kids allowed) sleepovers with girlfriends.
27. Spend more time just hanging out with family.
28. Snuggle more, even when there's work to be done.
29. Ask for help.
30. Know God more fully.

"Maybe if we are surrounded in beauty, someday we will become what we see."  ~Jewel

Cheers to the next 30 years!!