Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blessed Bucket List

In exactly one day, I'll tidy up my office, organize my school supplies, open up new packages of markers and crayons, sharpen pencils, and create fresh bulletin boards (my absolute least favorite thing about the teaching profession).  And while there are few things I love more than brand new school supplies, I'm so so so sad to see this summer end. It just can't be happening yet.  It's too soon.

I'm always in a little denial about school starting but this year I think I'll keep my blinders on right up until the minute I actually walk through the school doors.  The month of June was freezing cold and rained for days and days.  The month of July was consumed by tears and grief and doctors appointments.  It was spent asking the Universe the hard questions and not being given any answers.  It was spent waking up,  slowing down, taking deep breaths, and healing.  That left us with a little sliver of August, which has been spent exhaling a little bit and enjoying what few summer days remained.

It's so easy to complain that summer went too fast, but it always does, doesn't it?  I wonder if part of the reason summer is so sweet is because it's so brief.  We just start to settle into it, just start to take the early sunrise and late sunsets and warm, humid, evenings for granted.  Then one day we realize that the birds are waking later and the sun is setting earlier.  The evenings are getting cooler, the humidity has lessened.  Autumn is knocking at the door, folks-- and I'm definitely not ready to let it in.

I have exactly one day of summer vacation left-- and while a part of me wants nothing more than to bemoan this fact, another larger part is focusing on the smiles and laughter and adventures we've experienced in the blip of the last 72 days.

2103 Summer Bucket List:
(items in blue have been completed)

*  St. Louis trip

*  Play at Parkersburg Park

*  Picnics

*  Play in baby pool

*  Roadtrip to Ames to check out Sister's new house

*  Farmers' Market

*  Bare feet mud play

*  Chicago (Cub's game, boat ride, horse-carriage ride)

*  Dairy Queen in jammies (in Spencer, of course)

*  Waverly Wooden Park

*  Felix Grundy Parade

*  I-cubs game

*  Grundy Co. Fair

*  State Fair

*  Fourth of July Celebration

*  Waterloo Bucks Game

*  Star gaze after bedtime

*  Eat outside on the deck

*  Pool/ Swimming Lessons

*  Family Golf

*  Hartman Reserve Nature Center

*  Flea Markets

*  Go Camping

*  Find a new park

*  Catch lightning bugs

*  Go for a boat ride/ swim in a lake.  (pee in a lake for the 1st time)

*  Cottage

Wow.  Just looking at that list brings back memories that are only a few weeks old.  I'm feeling a deep sense of gratitude-- we've done so much in such a little span of time, we've had so many opportunities to do big and small things and spend time with loved ones.  We're hoping to head up to the cottage and I'm trying to convince Mason to test out camping in a few weeks.  So, there's a good chance we'll actually cross off the remaining items.

As I sit here and reminisce about the summer, I feel so thankful to have had the opportunity and resources to make this list happen.  And not only did Charlie and I have numerous adventures, but I also made a point to spend a bit of the summer wrapped up in frivolous 'me-projects'.  C played at daycare a few mornings during the week which allowed me time to scrapbook, up-cycle random pieces of furniture, get back on my road bike, and attempt to organize the basement.  Of course, I actually finished very little, but still feel productive for taking a little better care of myself.  And right now, at this exact moment in time, I'm feeling rested and ready for the new school year.  And while sometimes I think we overuse the word blessed, as I look at the above list, I can hardly feel anything but.     


  1. You did an amazing job marking off your summer bucket list! I'm so sorry about the events in the month of July! I know how much that can erase days and weeks from your life in such a devastating way. Best of luck for the start of school! I miss the first days of school! They were my favorite!

  2. Wow! I'm impressed at how much you crossed off your list! Nice job!