Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do

A few weeks ago several of my blogging besties did this post and it left me wondering one thing (or maybe 10.) What would be on my list?!?! If you know me well you know two things. #1 I love to make list. I am one of those girls who writes down something she already did on a to do list, just so she can cross it off. #2 I love making and setting goals. 

Honestly I think that is what scared me off a bit from this post. I don’t like to let myself think to hard about this kind of stuff. I am afraid of growing attached to the idea and then finding myself invested, committed, and feeling like a failure when I read this in 10 years. Hello future Beth. You are stinking awesome even if you can’t cross a single one of these things off, capeesh?

So with no further delays… ( Did you notice it feels like I am stalling as I write this? That’s because I am.) here is my list.

#1 Run a marathon.

Is it insane to think that this may be the most realistic thing on my entire list. Since when did running 26.2 miles become a realistic possibility?

#2 Drive Route 66.

I would love to drive the entire thing, end to end, but unless we wait til retirement, the odds of doing that seem unlikely. Even if we could drive it from Chicago back to Missouri I would be completely thrilled. Russ and I can both be complete vintage history nerds so this would be so much fun for us to do together.

#3 Take a class or course.

On what, I don’t know! Baking or Photography maybe? I never went to college and my high school was rather… nontraditional. So taking a class as a grown up when I can really appreciate the experience would be so much fun. Yes, I am apparently a nerd.

#4 Go on a trip with my girls.

I see so many girls taking trips with their mama’s and it seems like such a fun thing to do. I would love to grab my girls and go somewhere for the weekend just for fun. This would be such a neat tradition to start-up in a couple more years and keep it going as long as we can. 

#5 Rock dread locks.

Did I for real just type that? Yes? Oh my word… well… it’s out there now. I know, I know they can’t be so, homely? (And that’s putting it nicely.) But man they can be pretty cool too. Could I just have them for like a day, maybe two or three tops. Please tell me I am not the only one. I blame Angelina Jolie’s roll in Gone In 60 Seconds. Yes, I love that movie. #dontjudge

#6 Meet up with a blogging friend.

Over the past several years I have made some pretty amazing friends via the blog. The idea of never meeting any of them just makes me so stinking sad. So I am not so patiently waiting for the opportunity to meet someone(s). It will happen eventually, I just know it. 

#7 Be debt free.

Any Dave Ramsey fans out there? Russ and I read his book forever ago and we have really taken a lot of what he has to say into consideration. The one thing we have yet to tackle is the house. Well, we kind of are debt free right now, but we’re “homeless” too  😆 . Being able to own our home and not have a mortgage is something we have been talking about for YEARS now. It is definitely something we are working towards.

#8 Learn to autocross race.

Two months ago this wouldn’t have made the list but y’all I am obsessed! I want to … need to learn how to drive a car like that. 

#9 See a Giant Panda in person.

This one may sound silly to most but I lived a good chunk of my younger years completely obsessed with panda bears. However, I have yet to see a Giant Panda in real life. This one really needs fixed. I am pretty certain when I do get to see one I’d gladly stand and watch it for hours. 

#10 Lear to play the piano.

I know just enough about music to get me in trouble, nothing more. I have always wanted to play the piano but never had the discipline to really learn.

Tell me one thing you have always wanted to do?

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Friday Favorites 6.23.17

Hello Friday!

This week FLEW by friends. With only about 6 weeks left until we start school, (Oh. My. Goodness) I feel summer break slipping through my fingers and I don’t like it one little bit. But the only thing left to do, is to live it up all the more. We have to take advantage of every moment that we can. And that is exactly what we intend to do.

Let’s take a look at this weeks Friday 5

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Kids Summer Reading Club, June 2017

We’re back again for another month of the Kids Summer Reading Club. If there is one thing Marissa has done this summer, it’s read. She’s read well over 50 books and completed all 4 levels of our libraries summer reading program, in less than 4 weeks, making her a “super reader”. Her love for books seems to always be growing and sometimes it is challenging to find her new things to read. She recently read the entire Never Girl series and loved it. She even carries a book inside her purse almost everywhere she goes. I joked with a friend that she is just like Rory Gilmore, and she doesn’t even know it. If her love of reading evolves to her picking up Tolstoy, I’ll know for sure. 

We are feeling abundantly proud of our book work over here.

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Turning Nine, A Birthday Recap

This past weekend my sweet girl turned 9,  😥 . I was a little sad over just how quickly she is growing up, (Aren’t all mama’s sad about this on their child’s birthday?) but I put my brave face on and we celebrated all day long. Today I wanted to recap our birthday adventures so you can get a glance at how a 9-year-old girl might choose to celebrate her birthday.

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$10 at Target, June 2017

Last month I confessed that I almost hung up my hat and quit the $10 at Target team. With our current housing situation (BTW, we officially sold the house last Monday!) and the major purging we’ve been doing over the past several months, plus the uneasiness over what the next few months are going to look like… Do I really need to keep going to Target and buying more stuff?

Then I snapped out of it. I mean, can you ever really quit Target? I’m fairly positive the answer is no. So instead of giving it up I decided to come up with a new game plan. I hereby promise to shop intentionally for things that we actually need. It seemed like a fool-proof plan, but old habits die hard. Would I really be able to change my strategy?

Spoiler alert: This month Target got the best of me.

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Celebrating Marissa, Nine Years

We’ve been counting down the days for weeks now and it all is leading up to tomorrow, the day my baby turns 9. It’s her last single digit birthday and the first year to officially be a “tween”. I’m not so sure how I feel about all of this, but I don’t really seem to have much of a choice in the matter.

Today I want to introduce you to sentimental & mushy slideshow Beth. She’s the one that pulls out the external hard drive and spends nearly a whole day looking through old photos of her first-born child, because she didn’t have a blog back then to document all of the milestones. She also noticed that somewhere in the middle years she stopped taking as many pictures and over the last couple of years has really upped her photog skills.

So grab your coffee and get your scrolling finger ready. Today we are looking back on 9 years of Marissa Renae. 

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