Aging Expectations

Good-bye Summer :(

At the beginning of summer, I put together my 2014 Summer Bucket List. Then around July, I updated it.

Now’s it’s September and as much as I want to hold on to Summer 2014, even I have to admit it’s coming to a close.

So, here’s how this year’s list fared:

-1- Visit the Bahamas
Complete! Check out my 5 Secrets to Atlantis

atlantis secrets

-2- Swim with dolphins
Complete! Check it out: Kissing Dolphins In Atlantis

atlantis dolphins

-3- Take an Alaska cruise
Complete! AWESOME time. Start here to read all about it!


-4- Ride on a helicopter
Complete! Coolest experience…e-v-e-r!


-5- See a glacier
Complete! Check it…


-6- Go berry picking
Complete! No post for this one but it’s been on my list for two summers so glad I finally checked it off!


-7- Raise butterflies
Complete! Here’s a picture to prove it 🙂


-8- Celebrate 4th of July with lots of fun and fireworks
Complete! This picture does not do it justice.


-9- Visit the Farmer’s Market

farmers market

-10- Get a hammock
Complete! Thanks to my wonderful husband or I’m sure this would have never gotten crossed off the list.


-11- Clean up neighborhood trash/liter with my daughter
Sadly, this one did not happen 🙁

-12- Have a family spelling bee (because I like to torture myself)
When we went on the road trip, we did a mini spelling bee but it was not what I had in mind so we really didn’t do this one either 🙁

-13- Do a family puzzle


-14- Re-learn to crochet
Did not do this one. In retrospect this is not really a summer activity.

-15- Go on multiple bike rides
We did during our Hilton Head trip but I originally I meant bike riding at home but I’m still counting this one, especially because Leah rode her bike tons of times!



-16- Go canoeing
Not even close.

-17- Visit multiple playgrounds and have my daughter rate them
Complete! I’ll be posting about this later.


-18- Play mini-golf
Complete! Glow-in-the-dark, 3D mini-golf…thank you very much.


-19- Go to the beach for a weekend
Complete! Read more about it here…


-20- Create a popsicle bird house

-21- Freeze small toys in ice and have Leah break them out
This was a no-go AGAIN this year!

-22- Visit Dallas
Complete! Posts coming soon.


-23- Take Leah to Chuck-E-Cheese


-24- Visit San Francisco
Complete! Post coming soon.


-25- Create fun things with toothpicks and marshmallows
Complete! We did this at Leah’s birthday party.


-26- Take Leah to a craft class
Did not complete.

-27- Go to the movies
Complete! We saw Earth to Echo. Leah was a bit afraid but in the end she liked it. I thought it was a modern ET.

-28- Visit a lighthouse
Complete! Post coming soon.


-30- Go fishing
No where near getting this one done, and according to, it’s trout season, my favorite fish to eat. Why did I ever even put this on here?

-31- Get ready for school

school lunches

That’s it Summer of 2014 done.
Now, let’s talk about our winter plans!
What’s on your list?


One comment

  1. Oh my goodness! Look at that final picture! I feel like she aged a couple extra years over the summer. She looks so grown up! I didn’t have an official bucket list, but we accomplished the following:

    Took the whole family bowling- thanks to YOU for the inspiration!
    Visited Bar Harbor for a week- we want to go back!
    Ate ice cream four of our seven days in Bar Harbor- that was a treat!
    Went to two summer concerts- lawn seats for American Authors, The Script, and One Republic plus Katy Perry- great shows!
    Went to a play- Book of Mormon- great show and super raunchy lol!
    Made 10 freezer meals in a night (3 different times!)- what a timesaver!
    Visited the Philadelphia Magic Gardens for the first time- Leah might like it!
    Made my very first peach pie (store bought crust)- yum!
    Bought some new fall decorations for the house- trying to get in the mood! I want to enjoy the season before big, bad winter shows up.

    Happy (almost) Fall!

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