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Seasonal Bucket Lists

I love the idea of a seasonal bucket list.

I have a constant worry that I’m going to run out of time or forget to do the things I want to do, for myself or for our family. I get very caught up in day-to-day life, and I like having a reminder of things I want to do during a particular season – things like berry picking during the summertime, or ice skating during winter. They tend to be activities that require a little money and planning.

I am forever and always trying to come up with new ways to organize my life, thoughts, and planning. Recently, I started jotting down things that I want to make sure are on one of our seasonal bucket lists. I’ve been using the Google Keep app, which is just a clear and visually pleasing means for organizing a bunch of my to-do lists. When I have a seasonal bucket list, it makes me feel calmer – like I’m less likely to forget All The Things.

This year, more than ever, it feels good to make a list of fun things we want to try to make happen during the summertime. This isn’t our full bucket list, but here are a few things I hope we check off this summer:

  • Visit our local farmers market.
  • Swim lessons.
  • The beach.
  • Orchard.
  • The Smithsonians.
  • Leakin Park train.
  • New York.
  • Ukazoo.
  • Canoeing.
  • Tubing.
  • Hammerman Beach (including tire playground)!
  • Sandy Point.
  • Playground bucket list! (More on this at some point.)

Happy summer, everyone! Cheers to the return to semi-normal.

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Currently: June 2021

Currently reading:

I’m on a fantastic reading kick lately. Currently, I’m still in the middle of Do Right By Me by Valerie I. Harrison and Kathryn Peach D’Angelo; it’s great, but I keep getting distracted by gorgeous novels. I am halfway through How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue, and I am re-obsessed with Ann Patchett after finally reading The Dutch House. Additionally, The Four Winds was incredible, so I definitely am planning to try out a few more Kristin Hannah titles as soon as possible. It feels wonderful to be in such a good reading place, after experiencing a bit of a reading rut in March/April.

Currently listening to:

I’ve been listening to the audiobook versions of whatever novel I’m currently reading – that way, I can continue “reading” while I commute to work or clean up the kitchen. I also have been stayed devoted to the podcasts Slate Political Gabfest, The Girl Next Door, and The Mom Hour.

Currently watching:

Early seasons of The Big Bang Theory – hilarious. I’ve seen the series up until Season 9, and at some point I want to catch up on the last three seasons, but the early seasons are solid gold. In little kid land, we’ve watched Wall-E recently and the boys have had a revived interest in the Toy Story franchise.

Currently the boys are:

Wrestling nonstop, and it’s driving me NUTS. Especially since it almost always ends in tears eventually. day when it’s 65 degrees or warmer. Edgar plays blissfully and Jonas hangs in there until his teeth start to chatter.

Currently grateful for:

THE LIBRARY BEING OPEN FOR BROWSING! Edgar and I dropped in last Saturday and we were both so excited. I basked in the joy of just being in the room full of books, and Edgar grabbed every book with a truck, boat, dragon, or dinosaur on it to check out. (He also found two Curious George books and Jojo and the Magic Trick for his little brother to read.) I love how excited he was when we got home, to show off his books and to read them all. I’ve kept a steady flow of children’s books coming through the house for the past year, thanks to the library’s curbside pick-up, but it made such a difference for Edgar to be able to take the books off the shelf all by himself.

Currently looking forward to:

Our camping trip! We’re camping for two weekends in June and then going on our big trip to the Ozarks – almost two full weeks! – after school is out. I am so excited for it. Please send prayers that our kids figure out reeeal quick how to settle and sleep in a tent!

Happy, happy June! We all deserve an exceptional summer this year. Let’s make it happen!

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Currently: May 2021

Currently reading:

Currently I’m reading Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear and liking it so far. I finished The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in April and loved it. Additionally, after hearing it recommended many times, I broke down and purchased a copy of The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah and I can’t wait to dive into that one! I’m also reading Do Right By Me by Valerie I. Harrison and Kathryn Peach D’Angelo, which is a fantastic read about transracial adoption and caring for Black children in white spaces.

Currently listening to:

I’ve actually been so into watching How I Met Your Mother that I haven’t been listening to as many podcasts or audiobooks lately – other than my two fave podcasts, The Mom Hour and The Girl Next Door. Hoping to change that ASAP.

Currently watching:

Yeah, still How I Met Your Mother. Oh, my gosh, so funny! But I really need to stop, because it’s cutting into my reading and writing time.

Currently the boys are:

They are really into sword fighting, shields, and dragons!

Currently grateful for:

Being able to make (COVID-safe) PLANS again! Not many – but some. And, feeling motivated enough to set some goals this spring.

Currently looking forward to:

Loving spring – but SO PUMPED for summertime!

Happy May!

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Currently: April 2021

Currently reading:

This month, I finished The House of Silk and Moriarty, both by Anthony Horowitz, both Sherlock Holmes-themed novels. Currently I’m reading A Study in Scarlet Women – also a Sherlock Holmes adaptation! I’m on a Holmes kick at the moment. Prior to these, I read Too Good To Be True by Carola Lovering, which was a great page turner.

Currently listening to:

A lot of podcasts! I’ve been trying to zero in and get caught up on my favorites – Pod Save America, The Girl Next Door, The Mom Hour, and NPR Politics.

Currently watching:

I got on a kick of watching old episodes of How I Met Your Mother, and it’s been delightful. Enough time has passed that they feel new and extraordinarily hilarious. I also have been watching a few episodes of This Is Us – I think I stopped watching that show, last time around, at the beginning of the second season, and after it was recommended by another thousand people, I decided to give it another try.

Currently the boys are:

They like to pack up their backpacks and pretend they’re going to school or on a trip. They also are really into drawing and writing – they each have a “writing book” that they like to bring with them wherever we go. (THAT is a true sign of my influence!)

Currently grateful for:

SPRING! Warm weather, the spring equinox, and spring break!

Currently looking forward to:

I am getting so excited for our summer road trip and for lazy summer days at the new swim club we joined.

Happy April!

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Currently: March 2021

Currently reading:

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas – contains many of my favorite fiction elements, including a mysterious school, lots of suspense, and an intriguing main character. I finished Moonflower Murders recently, the sequel to Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders, and it was fantastic.

Currently listening to:

So many audiobooks! I have a million on my phone right now, and I’ve been switching around according to my mood between Save The Cat Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody, Screenwise by Devorah Heitner, Living In Flow by Sky Nelson-Isaacs, and You, Your Child, and School by Sir Ken Robinson.

Currently watching:

Not much, really. Our only true family movie night (everyone snuggled up together watching) was for the Brandy/Whitney Houston version of Cinderella, which was nostalgic bliss for me. The boys spent the new few days dressing up as princesses following our viewing and it was delightful.

Currently the boys are:

Really into playing out scenes from their fave movie Onward and loving all forms of indoor messy sensory play – oobleck, rainbow rice, play dough, cloud dough, etc. Edgar has been super into riding his “pedal bike.” We’ve also gone sledding a few times and that has been great fun for all!

Currently grateful for:

The snow in all its gorgeousness, and the creeping approach of spring!

Currently looking forward to:

Did I mention spring? So excited for warmer weather, spring break, a great month of writing, and a summer road trip we’ve been planning, Stay tuned!

Happy March!

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