Last year I wrote a bucket list, full of thing that we wanted to do together as a family during 2017. You can read that post here. Last week I wrote a follow up post to let you all know how we had done with our bucket list, what we had and hadn’t managed to tick off. We actually managed to do, or partially do most things on the list and it was such a fun year for us. I love writing bucket lists as a love planning, it give you things to look forward too and means you’re able to prioritise what you want to do.
Although last year was super fun, it was also so so busy and in all honestly we are looking forward to a slower year this year. Here’s what we’re planning…
Family holiday to Fuerteventura
This is already booked for April and we cannot wait! We haven’t been on a sunny family holiday abroad since Corfu in 2016.
We are hoping to visit Italy with Eurocamp in the summer. Nothing has been booked yet but fingers crossed it will go ahead and we will finally get to visit Italy, which is something I have wanted to do for a very long time.
Visit more UK cities
Last year I started my UK cities checklist challenge, which basically means we are trying to visit every city in the UK. We did manage to tick off a fair few cities last year, including Brighton, Nottingham and Canterbury. I am excited to carry on with this little challenge with Liverpool and Hull at the top of our list for 2018.
Finish decorating Max’s bedroom
This is one from last year that we very nearly finished, but not quite. I’m hoping his room will be completed within the next week or so and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
Live a more minimal lifestyle
In last year’s bucket list I said I wanted to declutter and we kind of made a start on this but it didn’t really scratch the surface, we just have so much stuff! This year rather than just having one big clear out, I’m going to regularly (maybe fortnightly or monthly) sort out a bag of things to take to the charity shop in an attempt to have less ‘stuff’ in our house. I want to think more about the things that I buy and bring into the house. If I don’t really need it, I won’t buy it. Or at least that’s the plan…
Be tidier and more organised
Following on from my last point, I want to take more pride in the appearance of our home. Ever since the Christmas tree came down and I got my living room back I’ve felt really motivated to keep the house tidy and organised. I’ve come to realise that when the house is messy and cluttered it really effects my mood so I want to make a real effort this year to keep on top of it. I’m going to come up with a cleaning rota and stick to it!
Although this bucket list may seem like it’s contradicting this point a little, we are actually hoping to save some money this year and just generally be more sensible with our money. We are planning to do a lot less than last year, in terms of holidays and days out.
This is one that the kids have added to the list. They’ve been asking to go to CBeebies Land again ever since the last time we went in 2015. I’d like to do it this year as I think that any longer and Max will have outgrown it.
We want there to be less rushing around and more lazy days at home this year. Like I mentioned earlier, 2017 was such a busy year, this year we want to spend more time at home enjoying the little things.
I’m not entirely sure if this one will happen as we are really trying to save money. But I am really keen to visit cornwall some time soon. It’s such a beautiful place and it’s been years since I’ve been.
Time just the two of us
It’s hard work raising these two kids and it can be easy to forget to make time for each other. Ideally we want to have a monthly date night, even if it’s just to a pub for a couple of drinks. We have already booked to stay at the hotel that we got married at for our wedding anniversary in August, which we are really looking forward to.
Have the best summer
I feel like I live for the summer. As difficult as the summer holidays can be at times with both kids off school, at least the weather is usually good and there’s always lots to do. Strawberry picking, visiting the lavender, a trip to the beach, National Trust days out, there is just so much fun to be had over summer and I really want to make the most of it this year.
As I did with last year’s bucket list, I will write a follow up post at the end of the year to let you all know how we got on.
What’s on your bucket list for 2018?
Thank you for reading.