My Bucket List

I was reading some blogs the other day, and I ran across a post over at in which she described what’s on her bucket list. I think everybody knows what a bucket list is, but in case you don’t, it’s basically the things that you hope to complete before you kick the bucket. I liked the idea so much, I thought I’d also start one for myself. I’ve been thinking about this list for a long time anyways, so I thought I’d show you what I have so far…

Things I want to do for myself
Learn to speak Italian…not fluently; just enough to carry on a somewhat understandable conversation

Walk with my mom in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk to honor family members affected by breast cancer (my mom is not included in that count, thankfully)

Read all the books on my ‘to read’ list. It’s currently at 493 books, but I’m adding to it constantly

Finish my MBA, not because I want to go back to work, but because I started it and I need to finish it. It’s like a little black cloud hanging over my head; the perpetual ‘To Do’

Become a sommelier (okay, this will never happen because I don’t have the nose for it, but without dreams, what do we have left?!)

Bake the perfect chocolate souffle

Stay in touch with friends I’ve had since high school and watch our kids grow up together (Christi, you know I’m talking about the twins and your sweet angel!)

Grow old and wise so my children, and even my grandchildren, come to me

Pass along family traditions along to our children

Put together all my recipes and pass them along…with handwritten notes

Create a “secret” family recipe

Write a children’s novel using my children as the characters and get it published

Complete a family tree

Learn to love and accept myself as is, faults and all, no strings attached

Things I want to do with hubby and the kids

Spend a month with travelling throughout Italy with hubby, specifically, it’s famous wine regions and the Isle of Capri…we even have a mural (a replica of a Howard Behrens painting) of Capri painted on a wall in our house

Travel through all 50 states – not all at once though!

Build our own home with lots of acres of land so that we can have a huge garden and guest house for the kids and grandkids to stay with us

Teach our kids, and see them become, responsible, respectable adults

Teach our kids to understand money and finances and how they work

Teach our kids to understand hard work and make sure they develop the work ethic so many young people today don’t possess

Dive the great barrier reef while vacationing in Australia

Yep, it’s a long list, and I’m hoping to get through…eventually…

What’s on your bucket list?

And I wanted to announce the winner of my Waterpik showerhead giveaway!! The winner is…

Congratulations to Gina from The Ish Blog…you just won the Waterpik Easy Select showerhead…woo hoo! I sent you an email; please respond with your full name and address so that I can send it to Waterpik! Thanks to everybody that participated – be on the lookout for my next giveaway coming later this week.

And so it goes…


  1. Dazee Dreamer says:
    I love the ones that include your kids and grandkids. I love my kids and grandkids so much it hurts at times, so I understand exactly how you feel.
  2. Kristina, MA, MLIS says:
    Hi! I'm stopping in from the Lady Bloggers BBQ. I think we posted the "next line" at the same time, but mine was posted right after yours. On well! Anyway, LOVE your blog! A toddler AND infant twins-- Wow! You have your hands full. Great bucket list. I love the idea of making a family tree.
  3. Pumpkin and Piglet says:
    Excellent list! We have several of the same things, including to complete a family tree, which I think is a popular one. I hope you get to complete your MBA. I want to finish my degree, like you say it was started so needs to be finished!
  4. what a fabulous list!
  5. That's a great list. You're looking for far into the future. I'm just aiming for 40 right now....

    Off to clean the kitchen.
  6. Kristin Glasbergen says:
    That's a great list. I will have to give this some thought.
    Hooray for Gina!
  7. Cheeseboy says:
    493 is all? Oh that should only take years. I'm sure it can be done though.
  8. Funky Mama Bird says:
    I did not know what a bucket list was. I now need to create one, though.
  9. Your list is AMAZING! Start checking them off and sharing with us! :)
  10. NanaDiana says:
    Love the list- I think at this age I need to shorten my own bucket list a bit~but, hey, maybe not....I COULD live to be 128~ who knows?
  11. One Love Mama says:
    Loven your list! Everything is fabulous and totally doable!!
    I really want to get all of my recipes better organized, so I can pass them along to my Daughter (complete with hand written notes).
  12. Allyson & Jere says:
    Awesome list, and great to have goals. I have that black cloud of a Masters hanging over me too. UGH!

    Love your recipe book idea. Isn't it funny how every family has "their" recipes. Things that just feel like home and love.

    Good luck with that list.
  13. Traveling the world would definitely be on my list.
  14. Great list. Writing it down is half the battle. Loving the new blog design.
  15. These are so great!! Guess what? We have a secret family recipe for caramel corn. We give it at Christmas time and people always ask for the recipe. It's D-man's grandma's recipe. So one year, we all decided not to give it out so that it could be "special". We've created quite a stir. It's so fun!!

    The 50 states thing is one of my hub's goals, too. In our RV of course! ha ha

    Love the new look. I'm working on one too. Not sure why I'm trying to do it myself! ugh
  16. Traveling the 50 states is on mine, too! Oh and the thing about teaching your kids about work ethic. That is one of those things I feel really strongly about. NOBODY has any idea how to work hard anymore. They all want the easy way out. Your bucket list is awesome. See you next time!
  17. great bucket list. i would totally love to wrote a childrens book also.
  18. The Urban Cowboy says:
    Awesome list, I look forward to your posts updating us whenever you have 'checked' one off! I too would love to dive the great barrier reef in Australia.
  19. The Bipolar Diva says:
    Hi! I found you on the Lady Bloggers BBQ!

    This is such a thought provoking post, I really think I need to do one. Your items are I come!

    I'm following you now and can't wait to read more!

  20. Ms. Understood says:
    What a great list! I need to sit down and figure out what I would put on my bucket list. I think Vegas is gonna show up on there somewhere. I think it's beautiful that you want to do the Susan Komen walk. I think I'll do it one day.
  21. This was SUCH an inspiring list! There were oodles of great things on here, and some really lofty goals (um, 493 books??). I don't think my bucket list would be this long. I guess I'm an underachiever. :(
  22. I have a bucket list and you just inspired me to add "create a 'secret' family recipe" to the list. It may take me YEARS but I'll get one eventually!

    Great list! I hope to follow your blog long enough to see you scratch a few off your list.
  23. Awesome list! We have a lot of similar "to do" items. I wrote a blog a month or so ago about the MTV show "The Buried Life", have you seen it? It's a great show and have been working on my list ever since. It's hard, but fun to think about!
  24. Meg - [Life of Meg] says:
    Just stopping by from Lady Bloggers Society! Super wonderful blog!! :)

    { SO cute! }

    - Meg

    [Life of Meg]
  25. Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud says:
    This was a great list! Since you'll be learning to speak Italian, I'd love for you to travel to Italy with me. I'll need someone to translate all the flirtacious things Italian men say. lol
    I really enjoyed your list. Thanks for telling me about it. :)

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud