2017 bucket list

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”


2017 was a whirlwind year for my family and me. 2016 was a year of hurt and division in our family, so with the new year upon us we fought hard for, healing, fun, and adventure TOGETHER. it was a year of restoration. we created an epic year of memories. the joy of last year’s bucket list was that each of us poured in our desires and hopes for new experiences.  we created our list and off we went!

2017’s bucket list in review:


¤ obtain my conceal & carry permit

after a year like 2016 learning to shoot accurately and safely carry a gun deserves to be first on the list! bahahahaha!…just call me “eagle eye”

¤ volunteer at Sheboygan County humane society

because I am convinced if we volunteer, Miss A won’t ask me every other day for a finger monkey, horse, and 15 additional dogs…


¤ volunteer at Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary

another adventure for Miss A’s animal love/obsession!  i am certain she is an animal whisperer.


¤ Mexico trip

back to Mexico with the best of friends celebrating marriage. oh how I miss the sunshine this time of year.


¤ target scavenger hunt

one hour, one list, a picture for proof!

¤ Elroy to Sparta bike trail

set fitness goals, find a friend (or two, or three)  who has those similar aspirations to physically challenge themselves, and then ride… read more.

¤ home improvements

before  &  after (almost complete, ha who am I kidding…the list is long!)

¤ visit Olivu

because what girl doesn’t need to make her own chemical free lipstick, body spray and nail polish?

¤ grow a pineapple plant

this was started from a store-bought pineapple. i’m positive that in about 5 years i might actually have a pineapple! slow but sure.


¤ 5k with kids

color run 5k in Minnesota! what a blast!


¤ visit and camp at Devils Lake


had the awesome opportunity to visit devil’s lake twice this year. once with the fam and again for weekend camping trip with B


¤ Try a new sport Miss A

floor hockey it is…

verdict- she will leave hockey with her brother and she is going to “stick” (see what I did there) with dance.


¤ Gurnee Mills shopping

just because I had never been


¤ Mall of America

gurnee was good, but the mall of america was great! a must do at least once in a lifetime (two shopping trips back to back, thus the reason 2018 is a year of minimizing and saving! 😉 )


¤ wine & canvas


¤ try a new food


¤ visit an island

we had the awesome privilege to visit and enjoy the 4th of July weekend with friends on their newly purchased island. honestly, how many people can say they own an island?! (this, of course has now been added to my lifetime bucket list)


¤ try a new restaurant


¤ weekend get-a-way up north with the folks

an escape in the north woods. fire, four wheeling, and food.


¤ buy a sewing machine

this was for Miss A- future fashion designer, but i’ve promised myself that i too will learn!


¤ Missouri trip


visiting the grandparents – 4 generations together for the week! zip-lining, golfing, zoo trips and escape rooms… oh and bass pro!  gotta love a bass pro shop trip!

¤ kayaking adventure

tranquil river ride until you get half way down the river and forget the keys to the vehicle you are headed to! dang it!

¤ host Halloween costume party

#heismexican #iamthepinata


¤ go gray

because life is too short not to have a little fun with color!

(sorry ladies… he’s mine)


¤ smell the flowers at a lavender farm

simply peaceful


¤ niko’s first packer game

nothing like experiencing la-la-la-lambeau.

¤ pick pumpkins @ little farmer pumpkin farm

an amazing fall day enjoying the home cooked goodies and picking the best pumpkins around!

¤ girls weekend 2017

first stay at an air b n b. hot tubing in the cold & a ton of laughter… including unintentional mudding.


¤ route 127 world’s largest garage sale

this has been on my list for some time- hubby surprised me with an early birthday present! ROAD TRIP!


¤ boudoir photo shoot

(sorry no photos included for this one!)

¤ surprise hubby with dinner in bed of truck


packed dinner, wine and a deck of cards. parked the truck and got comfy. happy birthday baby!


¤ create a box garden

there has since been a fence placed, because apparently deer and bunnies like my garden as much as I do!


¤ volunteer

habitat for humanity, cancer survivors day and feed my starving children. give back to others. no strings attached. nothing in it for you. learn to give of yourself.


¤ Holy hill

took grandma for a road trip to take in the views of this beautiful church and breathtaking surroundings.


this is it.  2017 in review.  2017 taught me a lot. don’t give up. never stop being real to who you are. challenge yourself. enjoy life. love your family. stop worrying so much. but most importantly, God is so good!

(look for additional blog posts on these adventures arriving in the near future)

what did you do in 2017?

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