Spring Bucket List

I mentioned yesterday that I was thinking about making a Spring Bucket List/Spring Family Fun List. Well, I made one and I’m sharing it with you today. It is available for you to download.**PLEASE NOTE: This download is for personal use only**  To print your own copy simply right-click on the image and save it to your computer and print.

I hope it inspires you to get outdoors and enjoy the new season!


You might notice that some of the activities on the list are repeats from previous Summer or Fall lists. I decided to repeat a few that were on the lists that either never got crossed off because we didn’t get to them or were activities on the list that we did when Harper was a baby and she couldn’t really participate in, such as painting birdhouses.

I can’t wait to start having some Springtime fun!


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Spring has Sprung!

I think it’s safe to say that Spring has finally arrived here in the Midwest…well, my part of the Midwest anyway. Bright blue skies, lots of sunshine, warmer temps and Robins are all good signs that Winter is on its way out. We’ve had four days that the temps reaches 60+ within the past week or so. And looking ahead at the forecast, it shows 50’s & 60’s. I’ll take it! I’ll take anything above 40 at this point!

With temps on the rise, I’ve been thinking about all the things I want to do outside this Spring and Summer. Here is a list of everything I would like to do and get done outside the house. You know I love a good list!

  • Host a launch party for my photography business (I would love for this to be outdoors instead of in, but it’s definitely up to Mother Nature)
  • Plan & Plant a garden (I want to involve Jeremy and the kids this year)
  • Get a swing set for the kids
  • Remove about 7 bushes from our backyard
  • Plant tall grasses where we remove the bushes
  • Powerwash and stain our deck
  • Seed and Fertilize the lawn
  • Plant flowers…a lot more flowers this year
  • Empty the sandbox and refill with pea gravel instead of sand
  • Plan a family vacation
  • Take the kids camping for the first time
  • Lots and lots of family outings (I’ll be listing these on our Summer Family Fun List again this year. You can check out last year’s list here.)
  • Get a new front door
  • Wash the windows
  • Spray paint projects (I can’t spray paint all winter because it’s too cold out, even in our heated garage)

Whoa…that’s a lot of stuff! I could probably keep going, but I think I’ll stop there before I totally overwhelm myself! Ha ha! I hope the weather sticks so that I can get going on this list as soon as possible.

I was also thinking about maybe creating a Spring Family Fun List this year. I have a list for every other season, so it seems fitting to make one for Spring as well.


What are your plans for the new season? Are you as excited as I am?!

Update: Fall Bucket List

We’ve had a ton of fun crossing activities off our Fall Bucket List this year! Our fall has seriously been magical. The weather has been perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying all the beauty of autumn.


As you can see, we’ve been very busy having fun. We’re still hoping to make it to an apple orchard this weekend even if we can’t pick our own apples anymore. There’s an orchard close to Omaha that makes apple donuts. That’s reason enough to visit!

And of course, there’s still time to make a couple of turkey crafts before Thanksgiving rolls around.

I’m just not sure we’ll get to have a fire to roast marshmallows though. Every time it’s been warm enough to sit outside it’s also been really windy. High winds and fires don’t mix. But this weekend may work. The kids love roasted marshmallows, so I hate to miss that one.

Autumn seems to be coming to a close here in Omaha. The trees have slowly been losing all their leaves and the beautiful colors are disappearing. I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet though, so I plan to relish in every last second of it before the dreaded snow comes along!

A couple of weeks ago we took the kids to the Wildlife Safari to see the animals one more time and to get in a hike (one of the activities on our list) to Frog Pond. It was a gorgeous day. One of my favorites of the season!

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Please excuse our dirty dashboard and the crack in our windshield. We really need to get that fixed! IMG_9773


I hope you all have been enjoying fall where you live!

**All the photos were taken with my iPhone 5 and are unedited.**

Our Fall Bucket List

Now that it’s officially fall, I thought I would share with you one of our little traditions. For the past four years (since Hudson was born) I’ve been creating us a Fall Bucket List. Yep, we have a Summer Family Fun List and a Fall Bucket List. Have I ever mentioned that I like lists?!

There are a few activities that we love to do every fall, so I like to be sure that we get them all in, plus a few extras. I tend to keep the regulars on the list every year. You know, pumpkin patch, carve pumpkins, hike, etc. But I also like to try to incorporate a few new activities each year too, like going out for coffee and donuts or make a turkey craft.

Fall is such a magical time! I can’t wait to start having fun!

Here is our Fall Bucket List for 2013.


If you would like your own copy of our bucket list, click here: Fall Bucket List

I would love to hear about your autumn adventures if you decide to join in the fun!


**NOTE-this download is for personal use only**

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Summer Family Fun List: Progress Report

We’ve been doing a really good job of crossing activities off our list lately. The past couple of weekends we were able to cross a bunch off and had lots of fun with the kids. They get excited about the simplest things, and we get excited about them getting excited! It’s hard to believe how fast this summer has gone by. And although I’m looking forward to autumn’s arrival (I always get ready for the change of seasons), I can’t help but feel as though summer slipped away all to quickly. Doesn’t it always though? 

Here is another look at how our fun list is progressing. With Hudson starting preschool in four weeks, we still have time to knock out a few more, then it will be on to our Fall list. Yes. I’m obsessed with lists. 

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My favorites so far would definitely have to be the water blob, nature hikes and having a real tea party. All of them have been fun though. How could they not be when we get to hang out with our awesome kiddos!

It’s fun to look at the list and see how many things we’ve done this summer so far and see some of the fun things that we still get to do. I’m thinking that we’ll probably get to at least five more of these before school starts. Here’s hoping anyway.

Summer is the best!

I hope you’re having a good start to your week! See you tomorrow.

Hello August.

I’m so happy to be flipping the calendar to a new month! Not that July was bad, but for some reason I’m excited for something new. This month I’m hoping to cross a few more things off of my personal summer manifesto, as well as our summer family fun list. We were on a roll for a while, but then life started to get in the way and we were busy doing other things.

I really haven’t been making enough “me” time this summer, but hope to steal a few more moments this month. Here is my list so far.

My Personal Summer Manifesto

Grow tomatoes and basil (I’m growing the tomato plant even though there aren’t any actual tomatoes on it yet.)

Throw a sweet little confetti party for my beautiful baby girl

Drink wine on a patio (I plan on doing this soon. Very soon.)

Eat as many meals outside as possible (We’ve eaten outside a lot and we’re not done yet!)

Add plants to the house (One)

Get a pedicure

Date nights with the hubby (Our anniversary is this month, so this will definitely happen again)

Read (I’m pretty sure I picked the wrong book to read after finishing Defending Jacob, but I have read magazines! Ha!)

Dinner at Plank (a new restaurant in town)

Perfect homemade pizza ( I need to find a good dough recipe that doesn’t require a stand mixer because I don’t have one.)

Take photos

Minneapolis trip (This one probably won’t happen until the Fall.)

Happy hour with friends

Sew a quilt in time for Fall (I may end up sewing quilted Christmas pillow cases for the kids. I was actually supposed to make them last year and that didn’t happen. Whomp. Whomp.)

Nights by the fire (We’ve had a couple, but I think more are in order.)


I’m sure that not all of these will be crossed off before the end of summer, but that’s okay. Anything I don’t do this summer can be rolled onto my Fall list!

See you tomorrow!


Summer Family Fun List: Progress Report

We’ve slowly but surely been crossing activities off our fun list. Some of the activities are simple and some are more extravagant, but they’re all fun. The kids love all of it no matter if it takes just five minutes or it’s an activity that involves hours, and that’s the most important thing. Jeremy and I always end up loving it all too. We crossed off a big one this past weekend (it was awesome!) and I’ll be sharing more on that tomorrow, but today I thought it would be fun to share a progress report of sorts. I love lists (I think I’ve mentioned that before) because they keep me accountable and help me visualize the things I want to do. Plus crossing things off of lists is the best!

Here is what we’ve crossed off so far, minus a couple that we crossed off this past weekend.



Not bad! We’re making good progress, but still have quite a few things to tackle. And there are a couple that I don’t think we’ll get done this summer like taking a summer vacation (unless it’s a weekend trip) or strawberry picking (due to the fact that the season is over), but when that happens, I like to substitute those activities with different ones. For example, strawberry season was later than usual this year because of the cold spring, so we ended up being too busy to go the weekend that it opened and if you don’t go the first weekend, chances are that you won’t get the best berries. So, instead of strawberry picking this year, I read about a lavender farm over in Iowa that sounds really cool (who knew there were lavender farms anyway?!). We’re planning to visit the farm this coming weekend. So even though we didn’t get to go strawberry picking, we get to experience something new instead, and I think that’s even better!

Today’s lesson: Don’t get discouraged if you miss some of your activities. There are so many things to do and see in every city that you can easily substitute. And the most important thing is that you’re having fun as a family and getting out to enjoy all that summer has to offer!

I hope everyone had a great holiday & weekend! Happy Monday!

Summer Family Fun List

Every summer I create a summer fun list for our family. We don’t end up crossing everything off the list, but it’s a great way to remember all the fun things we always talk about doing once the weather warms up. We try to include activities that everyone will enjoy. It’s a lot of fun!

Last year we did end up crossing off most of our activities and had a ton of fun doing it, not to mention all the great memories we made. It’s a good way to spend some quality time together.

So I thought I would share our Summer Family Fun List with you today, and if anyone is interested in printing out a copy, let me know in the comments and I’d be happy to share it!

I also try to figure out a fun way to document all our activities to add it to our Project Life. Last year I used a coin pocket page and printed 2×2 Instagrams of all our activities. I’m not sure what I’ll do this year, which reminds me, I have been catching up on PL and need to take some photos to share.

Anyway, here is our list:




We have plans to cross a few activities off of the list this weekend! I’m so excited!

I so love summer!