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summer 2018 bucket list roundup

Before I begin, let me start by saying MY BABY STARTED KINDERGARTEN TODAY! He was a very brave boy and went in serious but also curious. He’s been all over the place in terms of starting school, so we really weren’t sure what to expect this morning. But he summoned his courage (and his excitement for learning how to read and write) and went for it. Wasn’t he just born yesterday? SOB

On to the summer bucket list!

  • Go on 5 night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas!!!!!! DONE
    We all had a fab time and this really needs its own post… To come? Highlights included 2 days on Castaway Cay (Disney’s private Carribean island), the food, the characters, and nights with cocktails on our verandah.
  • Visit Kennedy Space Center. DONE
    This was incredible. They have the space shuttle Atlantis and the set up for it is really incredible – like chills, goosebumps incredible. We want to go back.
  • Go to You Are Here exhibit at NCMA. DONE
    Super cool exhibits and photo ops 🙂
  • Visit local splash pad. DONE
    There is a newish splash pad that we hadn’t visited yet. Mommy took the boys on a playdate and all of the boys loved it.
  • Visit Granny & Papa. DONE
    The plan was to visit them at their house but we ended up meeting them at the beach and spending a few days.
  • Go to big pool. DONE
    Did this several times over the summer and enjoyed ourselves.
  • Go to Super Hero, Bug, and Karate camps. DONE
    Both boys attended all of these and had a great time.
  • See movies (Incredibles 2!). DONE
    We saw Coco in 3D on the cruise, Incredibles 2, A Wrinkle in Time, and others that are escaping me at the moment. We have a $2 theater near home so Mommy and boys saw lots of stuff I didn’t.
  • Host a backyard water play playdate. NOT DONE
    Considering a Halloween party instead…
  • Get bikes and check out local greenways. NOT DONE
    I don’t know why it seems so difficult to get damned bikes. We are going to do this soon, I swear.

BONUS!

  • Visited the sunflower fields.
    A local park planted a huge field full of sunflowers. It was beautiful, even though both boys were afraid of the bees.
  • Attended Raleigh SuperCon and Wizard World Winston-Salem.
    Mommy and Mama are HUGE comic book and sci fi nerds who used to attend the mother con (San Diego ComicCon) so we thought we’d introduce the boys to this world with Raleigh SuperCon. They LOVED it (as did we), so we vowed to attend any that are in striking distance from now on.

    Can you believe the very next weekend was Wizard World in Winston-Salem? So, we did it again! This time the boys wanted to dress up, so the Marshmallow was the world’s cutest Mario (Nintendo) and Monkey was Ninja Deadpool (lolol). Next up, North Carolina Comicon in Durham in November! WOOT!

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summer 2018 bucket list

Yes, friends, I’m still alive! Before we leave for our DISNEY CRUISE, thought I sketch out our summer bucket list. Bet you can’t guess the first item on it!

  • Go on 5 night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas!!!!!!
  • Visit Kennedy Space Center.
  • Go to You Are Here exhibit at NCMA.
  • Visit local splash pad.
  • Visit Granny & Papa.
  • Host a backyard water play playdate.
  • Go to big pool.
  • Go to Super Hero, Bug, and Karate camps.
  • See movies (Incredibles 2!).
  • Get bikes and check out local greenways.

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2018 goals

OMG you guys! Two posts in two days! As I pulled together my 2017 round-up, I started to think about things I want to improve on in 2018.

Goals for 2018 (NOT resolutions, because fuck that – lol)

Read! I love to read, but I’ve cut way back on it due to laziness. I just bought a book light and am ready to get back to it!

Initial list (because I already own them):

  • I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
  • Antagonists, Advocates, & Allies by Catrice M. Jackson
  • Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (OMG YESSSSS!!!!)

And beyond! (See? I’ve been keeping track of books I want to read!):

  • What Happened by Hillary R. Clinton
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (graphic novel – started it but fell off at some point)
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
  • The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, Cornel West
  • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

I’m kind of all over the place, but whatevs.

Another goal is to strengthen my body. I think my kids are finally old enough that I’m ready to focus on myself a bit.

  • Pay more attention to the food I eat.
  • Incorporate exercise (family bikes?, family walks, use the free gym at work).

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