I am a resolution person. For years I’ve made resolution lists as long as my arm. I love fresh starts and do-overs.
The last couple of years I’ve passed on resolutions in favour of a word. In recent years I’ve chosen happiness and mindfulness.
But this year we have a lot on the go between our busy boy Simon and brand new Izzy. Resolutions or words can be pressure and the last thing I need right now are more obligations or pressure. I just want to enjoy our babies and have fun. They’re only little for such a short time and I want to breathe in all their beautiful baby-ness and toddler-ness and savour every second.
When Izzy was born a friend directed me to Kelle Hampton’s blog Enjoying the Small Things. Like us, Kelle and her husband welcomed a little girl with a surprise Down Syndrome diagnosis in 2010. Her blog chronicles their journey but also celebrates, you guessed it, the every day magic of raising kids and family life. I find her writing and approach to life inspiring on so many levels.
One thing that Kelle does with her kids is create seasonal bucket lists. They’re not to-do lists or resolutions, simply lists of fun things to do together as a family.
I fell in love with this idea. If I had to choose a resolution it would be “have more fun” and this bucket list idea fits fun to a tee. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the routines of naps and bedtime and sometimes getting out the door or doing something different can feel like… a lot. So I decided a bucket list is the perfect low key solution for providing motivation and inspiration.
Here is our Winter 2018 bucket list. I think it’s easy to see that a breastfeeding mama wrote it because half of it has to do with food!
I’m looking forward to ticking items off our list and making lots of memories along the way!