Thursday, June 19, 2014

2014 Summer Bucket List

I have been kind of slow to develop a summer bucket list this year. I didn't seem to have any trouble writing a "to do" list though!  The funny thing is I have already done a couple things on my list which apparently I have stored away mentally...

So here is my list in no particular order.  I have titled it "Eat, Love, Pray".  Each item could fit in in one of those categories... :)


  • Eat food from a food truck. 
  • Have breakfast with Child 1 at Kolaches.  He would LOVE it.
  • Have breakfast or lunch with the hubs at Rick's Bakery.
  • Eat dessert whenever I want with NO guilt.
  • Make homemade ice cream.  (I am considering getting an ice cream maker)
  • Eat a pizza from Giordanos.
  • Try cooking 5 new recipes this summer.
  • Try at least 5 new shaved ice flavors.

Pray/Rest My Soul:
  • Pray without ceasing.
  • Regular quiet times.
  • Let people know when they come to mind and I pray for them.
  • Thank God each day for someone in my life.
  • Rest/nap each day if I want to.
  • Get together with some other adoptive moms and share from the heart.
  • Read one book for fun, another for work.
  • Finish a beach puzzle I started a LONG time ago and didn't get far on...
  • Be in the moment.
  • Go whitewater rafting.
  • See a bear. In the wild.
  • Slow dance with my husband.
  •  Watch a meteor shower.
  • Take an amazing sunset picture.
  • Ride my bike on one trail (at least).
  • Simplify and organize.
  • Take a spontaneous trip.  Maybe. :)
  • Buy a fun pair of pj's.
  • See a waterfall or two or three...
  • Float the Buffalo with the family.
  • Vacation with my sister/her family.
  • Sleep in at least ONE day until 9.
  • Visit with friends from my past.
I am sure this list will be revised a time or two...

So what is on your summer bucket list?


Friday, June 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday...Happy Summer!

Sorry to be MIA.

Three words for you.

End. Of. School.

That means lots of late nights, little sleep, and little fun time on-line.

But even in the midst of all this craziness, and there is plenty, I have a lot to be thankful for...

Things like...

  • Summer!  Okay, it isn't officially summer until June 21st I think. But MY summer has started. I finished packing up my room last night. Woohoo!
  • My husband who came with me to the school four late nights in a row, serving as both a bodyguard (schools are spooky after hours :) and as a helper in the classroom.
  • A special award for one of my kiddos (and a husband who took video of it)
  • Air conditioning. Especially this week.
  • Magnolia blossoms. They make my heart happy.
  • Beautiful sunsets.
  • Baby birds.  We have four this year in our entryway outside our front door.  They make a mess but they are so cute!
  • Gift certificates for a pedicure
  • Notes of thanks from students' mommas
  • Finding out a friend is praying for us each time she passes our street
  • Sleep.  Maybe eventually I will catch up on it. :)
  • A flower delivery at my school on my last day from my husband.  
  • Chocolate.  'Nuff said.
  • Workouts. They are my stress relievers.
  • Rain.
  • No alarms to set, no lunches to make (at least in the wee hours of the morning), no homework to check.  
  • Sweet texts from co-workers
  • Good news about the pup (we had some worries about her back)
  • An upcoming trip with my sister and her family
  • Bunnies.  (I saw two of them playing the other day when I was running/walking the track)
  • Leftovers for lunch
  • Amazon.  Especially for moms who need quick gifts for their daughter's birthday but it is the last week of school...
  • Unexpected lunches with my husband
  • Sweet hugs from students
  • Good report cards
  • Afternoon naps on rainy days
And so many more things...

How about you?

What are you thankful for today?