The Yearly Bucket List – Year 1 Recap

Nacogdoches photographer's yearly bucket list project

Well a year has come and gone, and another birthday is here! I didn’t cross every item off the list (missed it by 3 1/2), but I’m happy with how the first round of this personal project turned out! Some of the items that didn’t get done will probably make an appearance on future Yearly Bucket Lists. Before I move into the next list though, I want to take a second to look back on the moments this list has created this year…

  • Go camping.
  • Write & mail hand-written “love letters” to important people in my life. Done – July
  • Read at least 4 books – two recommended to me by loved ones, at least one non-fiction, and one just for fun. Done


Nacogdoches photographer hosts wine tasting party and completes an item on her Yearly Bucket List


  • Print more of my photography for our house. Done – July 24th
  • Have a picnic. (This should have been a simple one to cross off the list, but waiting until it’s 1,000 degrees outside wasn’t a good idea… this will definitely make it’s appearance on a later list, I’m sure!)
  • Go on a weekend getaway with Max. Done – December 20th-21st

Nacogdoches photographer celebrating her birthday in Houston, Tx

Nacogdoches photographer celebrating her birthday in Houston, Tx

  • Run two 5k races. (I apparently should have gotten on this one early in the year because pregnancy symptoms sure did make sure I wasn’t running much!)
  • Try a sewing project (something other than pillows or burp cloths). Done x 2 (4th of July dress for Peanut & curtains for her play kitchen)

Nacogdoches photographer photos of dress on toddler, completing an item on yearly bucket list

  • Plant hydrangeas in our yard. (This one was kind of done – we planted lots of plants and plenty of flowers, but the flower bed that the hydrangeas will go in needs a major overhaul, so we didn’t get hydrangeas in this year.) 
  • Re-finish or re-purpose a flea market or antique mall find. Done – July 22nd (I’ll share some photos of this project soon!)
  • Give gifts to 2 or 3 people, “just because.” Done x3
  • Go to a museum. Done – USS Lexington, March 18th 


Nacogdoches photographer self portrait maternity shot for yearly bucket list

  • Keep a happiness journal everyday for at least a month. Done – October (Journal updates hereherehere and here)




While it was fun to cross things off the list and all, I truly enjoyed this because of it’s ability to make me remember to enjoy little things. To take time to play. Take time to be appreciative. Take time with the people I love. Take time to challenge myself to step out of my normal day-to-day and try something new. Take time to really live life. It’s helped me to remember to focus on my word of the year – balance.

What have been your favorite bucket list items? What has been a way you’ve made time for living life? 

Taking Time To Be A Kid

So after one of those days where I felt like I just couldn’t quite catch up to the pace my day decided to go, I ended up making a point to just be a little kid. As Peanut and I pulled up to the house, I noticed that Max had the sprinklers running in the front yard. Watching the evening light dancing around in the water droplets just called my name. It seemed like the perfect time to just play, cool off a little, and cross something off of my Yearly Bucket List!


I knew I’d have fun running around through the sprinklers, and I figured Peanut would too, being the water baby that she is… but I wasn’t 100% sure though. She spent a few minutes assessing the situation, and eventually seemed up for it. (Side note… those little pigtails? They get me every time. Even when they end up all crooked by the end of the day.)




Aaaaaaaaaand go time…. (Thanks to Max for snapping some pictures!)SprinklersAug2014-8_WEBSprinklersAug2014-9_WEB


This one just cracks me up! SprinklersAug2014-13_WEBSprinklersAug2014-14_WEB



We couldn’t leave Max out of all the fun, so he took a turn too.


And then my heart melted. It never gets old seeing those two together!! SprinklersAug2014-21_WEB



Pretty sure the little one LOVED running through the water on her Daddy’s shoulders…


All in all, it was soooo much fun, and just what I needed. I hope I always remember to take time to do silly, fun, spur-of-the-moment things with Peanut… These are the things I want her to remember as she looks back on her childhood. These are the times I want her to know are important… the times spent playing, laughing and being with family.




Here’s to making the most of the summertime we have left. Here’s to shrieks and squeals & giggles of delight. Here’s to sprinklers. And here’s to the Peanut who makes things like this even more fun. SprinklersAug2014-34_WEB