"Take love, multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever...

... and you still have only a glimpse of how I feel for you."

- Meet Joe Black

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bucket List

Dear Daughter

I overheard a friend of mine talking to a few others about their "Bucket List" last week. I had never heard of it before, so I asked them. It's their "Before I Kick The Bucket" List! Of Course! I've probably said......." Oh I would LOVE to do __________ before my times up..." But I have never wrote it down. Which is crazy!

I'm a list maker! I journal, love sticky notes, still use snail mail at least once month and had a secret paper with baby names on it from when I was 11 hidden in my jewelry box.

But I still hadn't started a Bucket List. I thought about it an decided that their are just too many things I want to do. So instead, I made my Life List! My Life List isn't just for things I want to do, but who I want to be. Who I want to be for you. Things I want to do together. Things I want to see, hear, taste, touch....

So here it is......Here is my Life List (in no particular order at all...just as they came to me)

-Grow old with your Daddy (sappy I know, but it's true)
-For once...finish all the laundry
-Always try to new things
-Build a house
-Buy a really expensive bottle of champagne to celebrate something
-Sample some escargot...and order it like I do it all the time
-Compete in a marathon
-Cultivate a successful vegetable garden (and by successful...I want things to actually grow!)
-Be generous/volunteer more
-Be really really surprised
-Get a family photo shoot done outdoors
-start new traditions
-Continue old traditions
-Start a 'Family History/Traditions/Memory"Book
-Go on a cruise
-See You, my Sweet Baby Girl graduate/get married/have babies etc
-Learn to two step...(so I look like I know what Im doing)
-See the look on your face when your Daddy wins his next race!
-Make a pie...from scratch...no cheating
-Record a cd of my letters to my baby girl so she will always remember my voice
-Watch you meet Ariel at Disney world for the first time
-Win  on a scratch ticket
-when you reach 48", drop everything and go to an amusement park and ride every ride there
-Have a 'whole family meal' (in-laws, aunts/uncles and GG's)
-Go to Ireland and walk among the ruins
-Feel the trunk of a baby elephant
-Finish all my scrapbooks....that I already have started
-develope each and every picture, and keep them in photo boxes
-Figure out how to make Gramma's Ham Sauce.....or start a bottling company and sell hers on Ebay
-Rock Out to Great Big Sea Live in a small pup in NFLD
-Skype more with family
-Maybe....Possibly...By the Grace of God....Give you a little brother or sister
-Bottle feed a monkey
-Be 75 years old and still walk hand-in-hand with your Daddy
-Be the Best Mom that I can be
-Learn how to make something practical
-Spend a week at Knoxville Nationals and give your Daddy the BEST vacation ever!
-Live in a house, city or province for more then a handful of years
-Learn to make something SOOOO YUMMY that people ask for it at every party
-Tell you I love you everyday. Followed by kisses and hugs

There it is! My Life List!
I know you might not think this list is very exciting, but I don't need to "be a rock superstar, live large, with a big house and 5 cars" and I don't need to go "sky diving, or rocky mountain climbing" and I definitely don't need to "go 2.7 seconds on a Bull named Fu Man Chu"

I guarantee you I will add to this list over time. That there will always be things I want to do, see hear etc. I also know that I probably wont do everything on this list. (That Ham Sauce is my enemy) But you know what Baby Girl, that's ok. I'm ok with that. This list will always be changing. Adding and subtracting. There are only a few things that I need in my life. You are one of them. You and your Daddy, happy and healthy by my side is all I really need. The rest, is just icing on the cake.

I love you Baby Girl
Always & Forever