I have this mad ambitious plan: to make, do, experience and try out 212 things this year - some as a family, some on my own, most with the kids, and a few random and slightly adventurous ones thrown in for good measure.
You know how much I love lists; but I have to admit, it wasn’t my idea at all. Our young cousin started it all when he began an ambitious bucket list; then Kim decided to make a list of things she wanted to do this year; and what else could I do? As if I’d ever pass up an opportunity to jump on the make-a-list bandwagon!
I’ve loved creating and crossing things off slowly as the weeks tumble on by; and it’s given us an opportunity to be very organised, sometimes quite spontaneous, and definitely more motivated to get more out of the time we spend together.
They’re not all complicated or expensive experiences – some are actually things that we should or would like to do, like give blood, or cull our un-played-with toys, or to bake delicious things for our neighbours.
#24: Read the Magic Pudding to
every night before bed Judah
#29: Send postcards, drawings, and letters to the people we love
#58: Make a loaf of bread and eat it straight from the oven
#79: Host a dinner party
#91: Brew our own beer
#97: Make a time capsule and bury it in the garden
#107: Make a collection of things every day for a week, and display them somewhere in the house
Today, we crossed another one off the list – #41 - taking the kids to Yum Cha for lunch. We stuffed ourselves with delicious pork buns, dumplings, moreish rice, and warm custard-y tarts, and drove home lazy and full-bellied, smiling at how good it is to (sometimes) be so indulgent.
I do love this list; and I love that it’s making us slightly more adventurous as a family.
What new things have you tried so far this year?