Monday, May 03, 2010

Our Baby Bucket List

I've had a sliiiight case of baby fever lately (I know I'm not the only one), so just for fun I sat down I listed out the 54 things I want to do before having a baby.

Me with my friend's baby in 2009...

(disclaimer: before I get a million comments about not over-planning my life, and about how we could be blessed with a baby before we want to be, and about how you can do these things WITH a baby, blah, blah... let me just say this is an aspirational list. If this doesn't all get done before having a baby, that is OK!)

1. Travel to Europe : Complete 5/31/10
2. Take the Mr. skiing in Utah: Complete 2/6/11
3. Go on a cruise Complete 12/26/11
4. Travel to Brazil/South America
5. Do a wine tour in Napa
6. Do a wine tour in Oregon: Complete 10/2/10
7. Go to New York City as an adult: Complete 12/4/10
8. Visit 4 more US States (then I’ll have been to 40/50)
9. Visit Catalina Island
10. Go to New Orleans

Domestic Stuff
11. Take a cooking class
12. Learn 5 good, healthy, “go-to” meals: Complete 6/22/11
13. Take a sewing class and learn to sew
14. Finish redecorating our condo: Complete 7/5/10
15. Make an earthquake/disaster preparedness kit

16. Learn and do yoga regularly: Complete 7/1/10
17. Join a Tennis League (or at least play tennis more)
18. Work out with a personal trainer
19. Learn CPR and first aid
20. Purge my house of BPA plastics: Complete 8/12/10
21. Make my own organic cleaning supplies Complete 11/1/10
22. Quit buying non-organic foods from the dirty dozen list: Complete 8/19/10
23. Donate blood again: Complete 5/7/10

24. Collect 20 collectible bottles of wine: Complete 2/12/12
25. Attend my 10 year High School Reunion: Complete 9/21/11
26. Shoot a gun at the shooting range: Complete 12/28/11
27. Go on a hot air balloon or blimp ride
28. Go on a hike in Los Angeles: Complete 7/25/10
29. Do the Warner Bros. or Paramount Studio Tour
30. Go on a boat ride in Long Beach: Complete 8/9/10
31. Go to the Pageant of Masters: Complete 8/13/10
32. Visit the Ronald Regan Library: Complete 2/27/10

33. Complete a Bible reading plan
34. Find (or start) a ministry team and be active in it
35. Learn to actively pray for my husband daily: Complete 1/2/11
36. Complete a Daniel Fast
37. Complete a Couples Devotional

38. Complete an entire year of budget and budget tracking Complete 9/1/10
39. Save money for a new car Complete 4/12/11
40. Pay off our student loans Complete 4/12/11
41. Write a will and living will
42. Build up 3 months of expenses in an emergency fund Complete 1/26/12
43. Get a promotion (aka earn more $) Complete 8/23/10
44. Get life insurance Complete 1/1/11
45. Figure out what to with our condo Complete 1/26/12

46. Learn Photoshop Elements Complete 1/23/11
47. Upgrade my camera to a DSLR Complete Complete 6/10/11
48. Read every book in my “to be read” pile (12-15 books a year) Complete 1/1/11 (and will continue to do)
49. Get rid of all of the records we inherited from the Mr.’s grandpa Complete 2/13/11
50. Complete all my official name change stuff Complete 1/25/11
51. Finish old paper scrapbooks Complete 11/6/11
52. Put all of my digital photos into digital scrapbooks/albums
53. Complete wedding albums for our parents Complete 6/26/10
54. Get my professional wedding album and make a personal one as well Complete 3/2/11

Just for fun... a sneak peak of what it will look like when the list is done... white trash party in 2006...


I think I'll use this post to track which ones I complete and when, so check back to see how I am doing.

Complete so far: 36/54 = 67%

What's on your 30 before 30 list, baby bucket list, 100 things list, or other life list?


Lindsey said...

I love this list!! And that picture of you preggers is great!

Risley said...

great list!! Im happy to say I have done about 70% of those :)

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I have done the same, since I have a case of baby fever, too. My number one thing is to write a cookbook!

California Wife said...

I love this, and although I don't have baby fever quite yet, my husband and I both have a list of must do's before children. Putting it all down on paper is a great idea!!!!

Alee said...

This is a great list. I totally know how you feel. I think having a list of things we want to do before baby is helping to stave off a little of the baby fever for now. :)

Jess said...

Awesome list!!!!

There's absolutely nothing wrong with having goals before you start a family. And, like you said, if God has other plans for you......... you both will be more than fine with it. You are great people and any baby will be blessed to have you as parents!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

great list!! so fun! i can't wait to see you check these fun things off your list! :)

Becky said...

I have a link on my blog for my 101 Things list. Good luck with yours!

Chardonnay said...

I have a "100 by age 30" list. It's a ton of fun! There's a link on my blog under "Important Posts." :D

Sweet Simplicity said...

This is a great list! You will look fantastic pregnant. (minus the beer can of course.) haha.

Katie said...

we are not there yet as far as babies go, so I think this list is really helpful to focus on the fun things you can and should do pre-baby instead of just waiting for the right time when you can have a baby.
I've totally got baby fever!

Whitney Molder said...

What a great list!! I'll have to sit down and do one later this week!:) I don't think we've ever really talked about it. Just talked about when we'll be ready for kids!

Vee said...

I love the idea of this list! At 26, I feel like I have a lot of things to do before I procreate, but my fiance (at 4 weeks from 33) is chomping at the bit. So I've been doing a lot of thinking about what is important to me!

Belle said...

Love this! The hubs and I have many of these on our list!

THE Stephanie said...

OMG! That picture is fabulous!! LOL

Chelsea said...

Good list! I have been keeping a 23 before 23 list on my blog - it's starting to make me nervous since my birthday is 5 months away now!

amy (metz) walker said...

Ha, loving this post...and yes, I'll be an adorable prego lady!!!

Cherish said...

Fantastic list and idea!! We also don't have children yet, and have a list of things we want to do pre-baby. I want to go to Disney World for the first time before we have kids (we are hoping to in Nov). Also, I would like to lose a good bit of weight...and like you, get a lot more reading done.

mjellis said...

What a great list! Love it! I have a 30 before 30 - but I'm not sure I'm going to get them all finished :) 30 is coming so quickly!

The Shabby Princess said...

Catalina Island is amazing!! Love that it's on your list!

Jamie Pickle said...

This is a great list!! I have to start a list of my own.

Nicole said...

im with you on #18, we live in the southbay... oh and I see a naturopathic dr in Santa Monica that i LOVE..let me know if you want her info!

Lil' Woman said...

Great list..I have a 101 list and I love being able to cros things off there.

Valerie said...

Your list is so inspirational! I have the baby fever too and I want to do lots of things on your list before I have kids (especially travel to South American and go on a cruise).


Crazy Shenanigans said...

This is a great list!!!

Rachel said...

I looooove this post! I shared it with my husband and we want to make one of our own. Such a great idea!!

Meagan@Megs7827 said...

I'm a new follower! Your blog is adorable!

Meant to be a mom said...

lol that picture is hilarious. Love the bucket list. You better get started. That's a long list :)

OceanDreams said...

What a great list and for a minute I thought you were pregnant, but then I just read that this list was before you have a baby, right?! The picture just looked so real! Fantastic list and I love your blog - I'm a first time visitor. :)

Shoshanah said...

I've never been to Catalina, which is kind of silly since I grew up in Long Beach. I've taken several whale watching trips towards Catalina, but as far as I know I've never actually set foot on it. So if I made my own list, I'd probably add that one to mine as well.

Mrs. H said...

This is brilliant and hilarious! Definitely going to start one of these on my blog!

Taylor @ The Undomestic Momma said...

such a good idea! and love that pic!

Emma-leigh said...

I love this list!! The preggo pic is too funny!

Pamela said...

Trust me when I say after you have a baby nothing on your bucket list except spiritual things will matter. They are truly a gift from God and you have your entire life to do those things not just before you have a baby. Think Empty nest syndrome. Wonderful list though.

Lauren said...

I found your list while googleing for ideas for my own list... Thanks for the inspiration :) Also, good luck on getting all your stuff completed :) It's great seeing how you've crossed off what you've done so far. That's awesome!

-L said...

Great idea! I think I'm going to make the same kind of list... it will probably help my husband's nerves when I start talking about babies! :)

Megan said...

I just found your blog via a post you did on Kelly's Korner and I had to read this! :) I have a 40 Before 40 list but it was started AFTER the baby. I would have loved to have been able to do some of your list before my daughter, but that's not my case. Good luck finishing it, or doing a good portion... it looks like you already did a great job!

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