Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reverse Bucket List

Back in November, I posted some things left to do on my bucket list that I made back in high school. Today, I'm linking up with Kiki and sharing some of the things I've done in my life - not necessarily on my bucket list, but just some of my favorite memories from the past few years :) Here goes:

1. I graduated from college. I decided in elementary school that I wanted to be a dental hygienist, and I never changed my mind. I love dentistry, my patients, and yes, even sticking my hands in people's mouths and cleaning their teeth. :) It was not an easy program - I had to pass five sets of boards my final semester - but it was so worth it!

Dex was a great patient to practice x-rays on :)

2. I got married and started a family. John and I have been married for four years this May, and what a fun four years it's been! We've had two kids so far, and hopefully some more in the future. :)



3. I've visited 16 states and DC. My husband's family is located all over the country, so we've had lots of reasons to travel to new states together. Our goal is to go to all 50 together and to see every National Park. We have never been to any of the NE states - where should we begin? :)

Abby and I in Utah almost two years ago :)

4. I've been to two different countries - Mexico and Italy. I visited my grandparents in Southern Texas and we spent a day in a Mexican town right over the border. But my favorite trip ever was when I got to go to Rome, Italy. My dad, my sister Kelly, and I took a trip over there my senior year of college. It was a life changing experience, and I pray I get to go back someday.

Outside of St. Peter's in Vatican City


5. I got to see the Pope. While we were in Rome, we got to go to a Papal Audience and we saw Pope Benedict. I'm not sure what he said, but it was awesome :)

Hard to see but he is all in white, sitting on a white chair, with a white backdrop ;)


6. I've been in two places at once. Because after seeing A Walk to Remember, who hasn't tried to do this? ;) This was on our recent trip to the Smoky Mountains. :)



7. To end on a funny note - I had the best prom date ever. ;) I was obsessed with Lord of the Rings in high school and couldn't resist taking a picture with my Legolas cutout before heading out to the dance with my friends. I did have a real date - I'm not completely crazy ;)

Legolas ...what a stud ;)

The past few years have been full of being in weddings, switching jobs, gaining lots of new in-laws, nieces, and nephews, moving from different apartments to buying a house, becoming a godparent...so busy, fun, and I love every minute of it! :)

What is on your bucket list? What have you accomplished off your list?


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36 comments:

  1. You've been busy with travels, jobs and growing your family!! I loved this little recap. Our most recent years have included several moves, new states, new friends, Olive and lots of road trips. I'm excited to see what the rest of the year has in store for both of our families.

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  2. Our 4-year anniversary is in May as well! What date did you get married? We were May 14 :) Although we don't have any kids yet. You guys started quick!

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  3. Isn't seeing the Pope the best!?!? I almost died of excitement seeing Pope Francis drive by us at WYD in Rio....16 states? more than I've ever been too ;)

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  4. how fun that you decided what you wanted to do at such a young age & actually did it! when i was in elementary school i wanted to be a teacher or librarian... then ended up being an accountant! and i am jealous that you've been to Italy & seen the pope!!! plus, that's an awesome prom date!!

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  5. What a fun idea of visiting every National Park! My family loves camping and have been to several, but it would be super fun to share those experiences with my husband. I might have to bring it up to him!

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  6. That is such a great idea! I wrote a bucket list for my 30s just a few weeks back, but this inspired me to list all the accomplishments I've had since I graduated high school! Thanks for sharing and for the motivation to start my own reverse bucket list! (PS: I'm so jealous that you've been to two places at once. Still trying to reach that goal since I saw A Walk to Remember!)

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  7. Agree!! I feel like once I graduated from college, life has been going at super speed...it's fun reminiscing :)

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  8. May 14 too!! :) It was a crazy year for us...we had weddings the next six weekends after ours! We definitely weren't expecting to have kids right away, but yeah..that's life :)

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  9. Yeah, it was awesome! I love Pope Francis and would die if I saw him. My husband was about 3 ft away from JP2 at WYD back when we were in high school...he is named after him (he's Polish :))


    And, I never traveled until I met my husband! I had only been to the states surrounding Indiana until I was in college...so now when we travel to see his family, we hit up as many states as we can along the way :)

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  10. It's probably a weird thing to want to be a hygienist so bad, but I've always loved going to the dentist...it's a good fit for me :)

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  11. We got the National Park Passport books, and then stamp them at all the parks we go to. Just stop by the ranger stations/gift shops at any of the parks and they have stamps with picture you can buy, or you can just stamp them with ink (it says the park/date you were there) for free. It's fun to see where all we've been together. You should definitely do it! :)

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  12. It was fun looking back at my bucket list and seeing what I've done and what I still have left...it's hilarious to me what I really wanted to accomplish back when I was in high school. Not the same goals now! haha
    And, definitely get yourself to a state line and be in two places at once...it's life changing! ;) My husband thought I was crazy!

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  13. What a fun list! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!

    Holly
    iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

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  14. I didn't know they made a passport! That'd be really fun. Thanks for letting me know!

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  15. I love that you are focusing on seeing all 50 states and the national parks! International travel is great, but we have such an amazing country to discover here too. My favorite state in the Northeast is Maine, mountains and beaches - can't beat that!

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  16. Baha ha! Wow you have done SO much! All of those trips sound amazing too! Seeing all 50 states, that is a GREAT goal. We want to drive route 66 start to finish... maybe someday!

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  17. Wow, I loved reading about all your travels! I've never left the country and loved reading about your travels to Rome and Mexico and across the country, too. I would love to see all 50 states someday!


    Thanks for linking up!

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  18. Totally agree - you can't beat all the landscapes/climates/cultures you can find here in the US! We keep hearing how awesome Maine is, so we're thinking that's probably where we will start :)

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  19. That sounds like fun! I've been on part of Route 66, but it would be cool to do the whole thing!

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  20. It's funny because I never left Indiana or the surrounding states until I was in college...now it's fun taking my kids to different places.
    Thanks for hosting :)

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  21. You've accomplished so much!!! XOXO

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  22. I would LOVE to travel to all 50 states. That's been on my bucket list for a long time! I'm in a weird transitional period between college and real life as I'm in grad school and doing research so I don't make a solid salary yet...once I do, I'm off on some adventures! ;) Love the picture of you and your kiddos in two states!



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  23. Good luck with grad school - celebrate finishing with a big trip : )

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  24. I am so happy to see you excited about LOTR!! The cutout is great!

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  25. Ha! The Legolas point made me laugh. And i love the idea of this reverse bucket list. I might just have to do something like this myself on my blog :)

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  26. How cool that you got to see the pope! .. and what city do your grandparents live in? I used to live in South Texas..

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  27. What states have you visited? It's on my list to visit all 50! I have been in two places at once too! Nevada and Arizona!! I would love to go to the four corners! It sounds like the past few years have been just as exciting!!! :)

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  28. LOTR is the best :) I was a little obsessed in high school haha

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  29. Definitely! Look forward to reading it :)

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  30. They lived in McAllen during the winter :) They go down there every year!

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  31. I want to do the four corners too :) I've been to Indiana (live here :)), Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, Kansas (my brother went to college in Wichita), Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Missouri. Most of those states were because we were visiting my husband's family - he is from Las Vegas, and they move a lot (3x in the past five years).


    How many have you been to so far?

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  32. No way, that's where I lived!! haha

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  33. I love this post. What a great way to remind ourselves of all the great things we have done!!!

    Thanks for linking up with the Saturday Spotlight!

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  34. This is a great idea! Lots of my bucket list items include traveling! I've done the 2 places at once at the Hoover Dam (AZ and NV).


    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  35. Ah, just seeing your comment! We went to Progresso (I think that's the name) in Mexico. That's cool that you lived in McAllen...they drive their RV down and stay in a huge RV park in the winter :)

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