I have never liked bucket lists, I guess because it involves kicking the bucket. Instead of freaking out that I am in my last year of my 30’s, I am going to make my own personal 40 by 40 list. A celebration of living to 40. Here goes.
- Visit at least one local Marian Shrine. The more the better. So far, I’ve visited the Black Madonna Shrine and Our Lady of the Snows Shrine!
- Ride roller coasters at Six Flags—I am always pregnant and have to watch!
- Stay overnight with my husband out of town. By ourselves. Doesn’t matter where.
- Start learning Latin, even just a little.
- Take a Zumba class.
- Go floating in a canoe with my husband. Once again, it doesn’t matter where.
- Jump in muddy puddles with my little ones.
- Visit a winery with friends. Bonus points if my husband gets to come with us!
- Visit the elderly in the nursing home.
- Re-teach myself to play the flute.
- Sing in the church choir.
- Make dairy free, chocolate covered strawberries and share them with my husband.
- Teach my girls how to twirl a baton.
- Go shopping for new clothes! I have been pregnant so many times that my wardrobe needs updating desperately.
- Figure out when all 11 of us were baptized, enter those dates in our Google calendar, and celebrate our baptismal birthdays. We can never eat enough cake!
- Let my oldest daughter, Erica, teach me how to ride a horse. Or maybe sit on a horse. Or at least pet a horse—they kinda scare me.
- Send out Christmas cards!!!! It’s been
a fewseveral years.
- Go to the zoo and ride the Wild Somalian Ass on the carousel. Read this to understand the significance.
- Read a book that is totally for fun. Nothing religious, spiritual, autism, or health-related.
- Watch for falling stars with Mike—we used to “watch for falling stars” a lot when we were dating. 🙂
- Go to the ballet.
- Take a ballet class.
- Memorize the Hail, Holy Queen prayer and the Act of Contrition. My grownup brain can’t seem to memorize anything anymore.
- Sing karaoke with my friends.
- Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation more often, perhaps every month.
- Take the kids bowling.
- Hula hoop with my kids.
- Run under a sprinkler with my kids.
- Trace the sign of the cross on my kids’ and husband’s forehead every day.
- Get professional family pictures made.
- Do less laundry. Perhaps I will relinquish control and finally let my kids do some laundry.
- Exercise a little every day, no pressure. Just to be strong and healthy.
- Read a book or take a class on how to give a fantastic massage. Hmmm, maybe my husband should do this, too!
- Take a train ride.
- Go shopping with my mom.
- Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum again.
- Go to the beach, dig my toes into the sand, and enjoy the sound of the waves.
- Make pottery at one of those Glazed and Confused type places.
- Have Kelsey teach me how to use her sewing machine.
- Re-teach myself how to tat, just like my Great-Grandma Fisher taught me as a young girl.
OK, that was really hard to make this list! Either I am not fun anymore or I haven’t spent 10 minutes thinking about what *I* would like to accomplish in my life! This was a wake up call to pay a little more attention to *my* needs! As a mother, it’s so easy to let myself—who I am besides “Mom”—get lost amidst the craziness.
Here’s to an amazing year, my last year in my 30’s. I thank God for every single gray hair and laugh line—it’s proof of how blessed I am!
This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it. Psalm 118: 24