Wednesday, May 11, 2011

This summer’s bucket list (REVISED)

I find it interesting that my blog post about my summer's bucket list has already shot to being my #1 read blog.  People seem to be very interested in other's summer plans, but I can't really blame them.  I like to know what people are doing too!

With that being said, due to an unforeseen circumstance, I had to revise ONE thing on my bucket list for this summer.  I guess I shouldn’t say “unforeseen” because this was very much planned.  Here’s the new list.
  • Spend LOTS of time with friends and family that I haven’t gotten to spend quality time with at all in the past 5 years.
  • Shop
  • Get my hair cut and colored by Rachel 3 times.  (Rachel, expect me to be in your chair the first week I am home!)
  • Take Abbie to the pool a few times, preferably with friends.
  • Eat at a hibachi grill.
  • Go boating with my family and introduce Abbie to the fun that can be had on the river.
  • Shop
  • Grow a baby. 
  • Take a trip out to CO to see family and friends and to spend some time in the Rockies.
  • Enhance my photography skills by taking pictures of friends’ families and animals and anything else they want me to shoot.
  • Shop
  • Learn how to use Photoshop and practice using the photos I take for my friends.
  • Read a lot of books.
  • Take violin lessons.
  • Do a “mommy and me” class with Abbie.
  • Shop
  • Learn more quilting techniques from people who’ve been doing it for a long time.
  • Go out to eat at least twice a week with friends. 
  • Do a girls weekend, maybe to Chicago.
  • Take Abbie to the zoo a few times - Madison, Lincoln Park, Omaha, etc.
  • Shop
  • Write to Mark at least 2 times a week.
  • Take Abbie to story time at the local library weekly.
  • Visit my friends in OK and maybe NM if I can make it that far.
  • Watch TLC, HGTV, and The Food Network as much as possible.
  • Potty-train Abbie.  (I’ll let her pee all over someone else’s house.  HAHA!  (Just kidding, mom…)
  • Play my piano regularly.  (Need to remember to take my music back with me!)
  • Shop
  • Take some great photos of my hometown.  (Shouldn’t be hard.  It’s very picturesque!)
  • Throw Abbie a huge 2nd birthday party.
  • Keep in touch with my friends back in Italy and the ones that are going back to the States too.
  • Shop
  • Plan a fun vacation for when Mark returns.
  • Spend a lot of time with my 95 year old grandma.
  • Send care packages to my husband at least every other week.
  • Buy a new suitcase to take all of my new clothes back with me.
  • See an off-Broadway show, maybe in Chicago.
  • Do day-trips with Abbie
Did you catch that?  If not, let Abbie help you out.

Yep, we're pregnant!  Baby #2 is due mid-December and I am 9 weeks along.  We are VERY excited!


Evan, Courtney, Porter & Eli said...

CONGRATS!! Hope you're feeling good too. Abbie will be a fun big sister!

Anonymous said...

yay!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! I am so excitied for you and Abbie! (and of course your husband) but you two will love it! Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

how about I spell excited right, I was just that excited for you all! ha

Amanda said...

Congrats!!! :)

Em said...

I DID catch that. Congratulations, Monica. :-)

So you and Mark were busy before he deployed, eh?

Elsbit said...

LOL,I have already told you before but I will say it again... YAY! And congrats!!!! :)

Lillie said...

Monica, I am so happy for you and Mark and Abbie. This couldn't better news. I hope you don't end up missing Mark even more going through this pregnancy, but with family and friends around, the time will fly. Are you still writing to Mark as frequently, since you get to talk to him every day? Did you get Skype so Abbie could see her Dad?

I'm sure I would jump a time or two seeing a life sized figure of Mark on Abbie's door also.

Enjoy and I'm really happy for you.

Love you all, Lillie

Brittney said...

Congrats again! Happy for you guys. Can't wait to see you all preggo when you get back! Now....let's see if the second part of my dream comes true, it was right about the preggo, now let's see if it's right about the girl :)

Texas Type A Mom said...

Congrats! That's so exciting!

Erin D said...

I caught it! I was like...wait...go back...what??...OHHHH!!! :) CONGRATS!! I'm so happy for you guys!!

Tanya and Patrick McNally said...


Our Jeremiah 29:11 Life said...

I caught that right away! (Just haven't been around in weeks due to LOTS of out-of-town visitors). Congrats you guys!!!