Bucket List

Last year I got to see how fast a child goes from babyhood to a toddler.  I know that it’s a year for every kid on the planet, but man that’s a fast year!  I read an article about making a bucket list of things to do with your kids while they’re still kids.  I used to think that there would be plenty of time for everything I’d want to do with the boys.  Now that I have a toddler and a baby who will  be a baby for only a few more months, I’m feeling the pressure to make a list.  So here it is — the things I want to do with the boys before they grow up.

  1. Read all Harry Potters together.
  2. See Star Wars movies, in the correct order (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3)
  3. Visit the Grand Canyon and at least one other big national park
  4. Go camping.  It should rain at least one day of the trip.  We will take lots of nature walks.
  5. Go to a drive-in movie with the kids in pajamas.
  6. Go sailing as a family.
  7. Go whale-watching.

    Beaumaris, Wales

    Beaumaris, Wales

  8. Paint their bedroom whatever color they want.  And we will paint it together.
  9. Visit Wales and spend enough time for them to feel their roots.  And we will go more than once.
  10. Take a train trip.
  11. Go horseback riding.
  12. Visit all of the historical sites my parents drug me to as a kid.  Or as I like to call them, the “burgs”.  Williamsburg, Gettysburg, Jamestown, Harper’s Ferry, etc.
  13. Say what we’re thankful for.  Every day. Out loud.  No matter what kind of a crap day you’ve had, there’s always something you can be thankful for.  Learning this early is getting the gift of resilience.
  14. Start and keep family traditions for the holidays, both Catholic and Jewish.
  15. Play a sport, play an instrument, or both

Are there things you want to do for yourself or with your family by a certain time?

What’s on your list?

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4 Responses to Bucket List

  1. June says:

    Wonderful list, Emma. We hope you get to do everything on it.

  2. popaklaw says:

    We have been taking our boys to the drive in since they were just a little bigger than yours. Bengies is the best. It has become a kick off the summer tradition for us.

  3. Dad says:

    Don’t forget an airshow and a car show. And speaking of “burgs”, how about a game of miniture golf in Gatlinburg?

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