Bucket Lists

I have seen the bucket lists on Pinterest for years and they scared me.  Maybe it was having little(r) ones and being intimidated – like if I make a list I have to be able to check everything off.  It is a type-A thing, I think.

However, a friend told me that she lets her kids make a small list (5 things) they want to go this summer.  And most have to be free.  SO I handed out 3×5 cards to my kids, asked for 5 things and 3 have to be free.  In no way was I committing to doing them all, but just wanted their input.

I was pretty surprised at their responses.  Geocaching (a favorite we kind of forgot about), state park visit (another goal I was failing with), and hiking (free) – anyway it was the start of a fun bucket list.  Then I saw a few other lists on Pinterests and came up with our own.  I am pretty tickled to have a sort of To Do list to steer our summer, but not bind us to it.

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We’ve already done a bunch : fireworks, roller skating, geocache through 8 counties, and a few others.  So far this has been a fun list and not a “must do” list.  There are a few things I should have added (but it is done) – tye dye (happening tomorrow), Steel City Pops (we really need to try these), but oh well – it is done, saved and printed.  So off to do more fun things this summer……

Getting Outside

The past couple years I have wanted to get a State Park Pass – but every year it does not happen.  This year, I decided to make it happen!

So, today we headed out to Purtis Creek State Park to get a park pass, collect some seeds, and get outside!

The boys collected seeds from the native plants on the trail there, so they could put together a seed collection for a Texas Brigade project.img_0988

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Jacob taking some pics too while the others are exploring.


Anna even found a friend.

I am looking forward to a year of seeing as many state parks as we can!!


We had a great trip this weekend!!  As a family, we trekked down to Washington on the Brazos to do some sight seeing.  The next day we headed to A&M to compete in District Livestock Judging.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Washington on the Brazos, honestly I had no idea what would be there or what we would learn.  Washington on the Brazos is where Texas became a Republic. 

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We were able to sit in a building that is built to mirror the original building where a group of men met and signed the Declaration of Independence.  We heard how these men met while the Alamo was being over-run by Santa Anna and how the call for help came. 

This place is rich in Texas history, between the museum that chronicles the history of Texas, to the working farm that gives a picture of what life in the 1850’s in Texas looked like. 

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It was a great day to walk around and enjoy the wildflowers too!!

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The next day we headed to A&M to sign in for Livestock judging.  This was the district level competition.  Our boys signed up at the last minute at the county level competition during our Henderson County Livestock show.  They enjoyed it, so we thought they would like to do it again!  This time we brought a friend Christopher along, and it sure seems like he enjoyed it!!

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We even stopped by to see the George Bush Library and the gorgeous pond behind it.


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We even got a chance to find a geocache!!

Birthday Fun

We had so much fun this week when we trekked up to Dallas to visit the new Perot Museum.  We were able to get in for free since we have a Tyler museum pass – this was awesome!!

So we planned to check out the museum, and then drive over to Grand Prairie to eat at Mix It Up Burger with friends!  It was so much fun!

The museum was great.  the kids enjoyed the 3rd and 4th floor, but once we got the the second floor we hung out a while.  You take an escalator up when you start straight to the fourth floor.  Then you work your way down as you go through each floor.  The second floor was all the hands on science fun!

I personally enjoyed the 4th floor bird area the most, where we met a volunteer who is a birder  – lots of good conversation!


Lunch was very yummy, not so healthy – but we all had fun!  We met up with friends and there was certainly not a quite moment while we were there!!

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It was a great way to celebrate our oldest son’s 12th birthday!!