Monday, October 17, 2011

Bucket List

I'm not sure when I decided to make an actual 'Bucket List,' but I've always thought about the fun things I would like to see and do when I got older. When I got pregnant with Gray, people kept telling us to go out and do the things you have always wanted to do now "because you won't do them when you have kids."

Seriously? I can't have a life anymore because I gave life to someone else? That doesn't seem fair. 

Josh and I had a discussion about all of those people's "advice" and decided that wasn't going to be us. We wanted to continue to do things that we enjoy with our kids, or get a sitter for those times when our offspring weren't allowed. So far that is working out for us. Maybe we don't go to the movies as often, but we still do go watch movies. Maybe we don't have as much time to ourselves, but we still have some. Anyone who thinks children won't change their lives are just wrong, but we think that Gray can share our lives with us instead of holding us back. That's logical. Right? 

Anyway, I recently decided to write some things down that I was really interested in doing while I'm able to do them. I read a quote from an elderly lady who said something like we don't regret the things we do, we regret the things we don't do. I personally don't want to be on my death bed (be that at 35 or 95) and think about the things I always wanted to do and never got around to actually doing. 

These are the things I've added to the list so far, in no particular order. I foresee adding many more things, but this is enough to keep me busy for now!

1. Watch a MBA game.
*The Lakers aren't too far from home... I'm checking into tickets.
2. Watch a NFL game.
*Same goes for the Chargers.
3. Watch a MLB game.
4. Travel somewhere by train.
5. Read more classic novels.
6. Go to the Opera.
7. Visit Niagara Falls.
8. Run a race.
*Considering running another one (hopefully much faster) when Josh comes home.
9. See the Northern Lights.
10. Watch a play on Broadway.
*I'd like to do this again, because I'm sure I would appreciate it more as an adult than I did in high school. 
11. Sleep under the stars.
12. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.
13. Get a stamp in my shiny new passport.
14. Watch a meteor shower.
15. Buy/build a house with Josh.
16. Drive historic Route 66.
17. Travel more internationally! 
*I'd love to spend time in Ireland, Scotland, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Africa, Egypt, Australia etc. I have such a long list of places I'd love to see. 
18. Send a secret to Post Secret.
19. Visit Las Vegas to celebrate something!
*My 30th birthday weekend was awesome BTW. 
20. Do something nice for someone without telling them.
21. Go skinny dipping.
22. Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
*Yes I'm from Louisiana, and NO I've never been to the real thing. 
23. Visit all 50 states.
*I only have 4 left to see! (Alaska, Washington, Indiana, and Michigan are the elusive four.)
24. Marry the man of my dreams.
25. Visit the pyramids in Egypt.
26. Invest more in the stock market.
27. Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
28. Wine tasting in Napa Valley.
29. Read the whole Bible.
*Getting closer to this one, but not quite there. 
30. Go skydiving.
*I never thought I would actually go through with this one, but it was totally fantastic.  
31. Ride in a helicopter.
*My husband does this every day. So. Not. Fair. 
32. Ride in a hot air balloon.
*Temecula, CA is an amazing place to do this. 
33. Go white water rafting. 
34. Go scuba diving.
35. Take a whale watching tour and actually see whales!
36. Stand up on a surf board for more than .5 seconds.
37. Wear a big hat at the horse races (or at least go to the horse races)!
38. Donate my hair to make wigs for cancer patients
*I've done this twice and I recommend it to all!
39. Attend Oktoberfest in Germany, just to see Josh's excitement.
40. Ride a mechanical bull.
*It would be awesome if I could say I did it as well as Sissy in Urban Cowboy, but I can't.
41. Be an audience member for a TV show.
42. Take a glass blowing class.
*We had so much fun that we are going back on Friday for round two! 
43. Get a Master's Degree.
44. Renew our wedding vows in Las Vegas. If Elvis does the ceremony it will be even cooler. 
45. Go parasailing
 *Morgan and I thought that was going to be awesome. It was a slight let down. 
46. Visit Alcatraz
47. Watch Tombstone in Tombstone, AZ
48. Take a pottery class. 
49. Walk 60 miles in three days for cancer research
*Wouldn't you know that was the coldest most miserable weekend anyone has ever spent in San Diego. :)
50. Have a baby.
*Gray is totally fantastic. This maybe the best thing I've done. :)
51. Go to the Angola Prison rodeo! 

I think I'm doing well so far with about half of these things already checked off the list, but have a long way to go! So tell me, is there anything you really want to do? 


  1. What a great list! It's creative, ambitious, charitable... love it!! Very inspirational... I want to make a bucket list too now. =)

  2. Thanks Meryl! I already realized there was one I forgot! The Angola Prison Rodeo!!! You should totally make a list and share it with me!