Life Before Kids

24 Aug

We have had the discussion that we are kid ready. As the months come and go, it has been a crazy cycle of emotions. Excited, nervous, anxious, bummed…. You can read stuff all day on how to prepare, how your life will change, the good, the bad, the ugly. I saw an article over at the Nest.com that sparked my thoughts on this.

Hitting the big 30 this summer wasn’t so bad. I am in a great place in my life and ready for change and to hit the next stage of our lives. My only thoughts are what have I missed out on while I am young and childless. I know life continues after kids, but there is always that “I should have done that” wish list.

So, since we still have some time as a little family of 2, ( well 3, sorry Houghtie)   I thought what would I like to do before we have a little rug rat running around.(Houghtie)

TOP 10 LIST

1. Travel to Ireland – Most desired place to visit. I read a book in college “Round Ireland with a Fridge“.I don’t recall much about the book now, but it was so visual and the way the land was described has had me very intrigued.

2. Sky Dive – Not sure I really want to do this, but it is always on the list of things to try! ( After looking at picture, I just got really nervous and will probably NEVER do this!)

3. Vegas – This makes me nervous, but I think I need to experience it. Maybe next spring for my BFF’s bach party 😉

4. Call in to work – I always wanted to just call in and do nothing all day. I am not sure that I will do this, but it sounds relaxing =)

5. Take the time to get physically healthy. – Not that I am UNhealthy, but I could spend more time taking care of myself. It’s hard after a long work day to get to the gym…. humphf…

6. Be more carefree – I am always the one to make sure we make it home at a decent hour, I never leave our car in a parking lot after the night out, and I always make sure everyone is home safe. So pretty much – I need to let that all go for a while and enjoy my evening.

7. Attend more happy hours – I enjoy a happy hour every so often. As the summer months are winding down this would be a great time to stop after work with friends or the hubs enjoy a few drinks and dinner then head home. Why not, right?

8. Just drive – We are always driving somewhere. Honestly, I love this time with my husband. Just the two of us and Houghtie passed out in the back seat. We go back and forth on how cold the car is and what song will play next, but it is a good time for us to just be together.  One Friday night it would be fun to just get in the car and drive. ( obviously plan something out) Go to a city we have never been and spend the weekend!

9. By a cheap plane ticket to somewhere we have never been. Right now you can get deals for CHEAP! Remember my flight to Florida and how cheap that was!  Plan a cheap weekend away. Set a budget and see what we can get out of it!

10. Spoil my niece, nephew and godson –  Right now everything I see I want to buy or do buy and send to them. I have a stack of stuff that needs to be sent out right now. I like to collect it and send a big box!

I am sure that more ideas will come to me later down the road, but for now these are top of my list. What was your before children bucket list?

Was there anything that you wish you had done prior to children or has everything worked out okay?

xoxo – Elizabeth

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20 Responses to “Life Before Kids”

  1. Jessica August 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    I had my first child at 21 so I didn’t have time to make a list of things I wanted to do before I had kids. Oh well.

    I hope you get to do all of these things.

    • Single Life 2 Married Wife August 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

      I am sure most of the I will not. I just hope at some point in my lifetime i can make it to Ireland! =)

  2. My Inner Chick August 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    —I pretty much did it all before kids 🙂
    Love your list. Do. It. All.
    My pick would be # 1. Travel to Ireland

  3. eileen ludwig August 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Definitely do the first nine for sure soon. Those are taking care of you

  4. Trish August 25, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    We went to Thailand before we had kids and I am SO happy we did! It won’t matter how many days you call in to work, sleep-in, see a movie on a whim – you will still miss those things once you have kids. I vote for doing all the traveling you can! #commenthour

  5. Eve @Beautiful Spit Up August 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I did some traveling in college and it was a blast. I’ve lived in several different states and I’m happy to call my current location home. It’s fun to get out there to explore and learn. Now that I have my baby, life is even better!! I look forward to adventures as a family now and that makes me smile. Thanks!! …and good luck accomplishing your list! 🙂

  6. Cindee August 26, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    Wow takes me back. We had our kids right away so we did alot of all family trips camping fun. Now that we are still young enough keyword Childbride ha. We are enjoying each other again and our grankiddos. We did the spontaneous trip last month so fun. Love your list need to start one

    • Single Life 2 Married Wife August 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

      spontaneity is the key. I think that is what I need to work on with my hubs… he love Schedules!

  7. magroves0909 August 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I had my first baby when I was 20. Now at 35, hubby and I have 14, 10, 5 and 4. I don’t know a life without kids. In fact, hubby and I just got to where we can date regularly since the 14 year old makes a great babysitter.

    But honestly, before, after, during, early, middle, later…we all have our own sheet of paper and nobody can really say this is the way. May you get to do all the things on your list, feel freedom to change your mind and discover “must dos” you aren’t even aware of yet.

  8. Chasing Joy August 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Great list!!! You should definately go to Vegas!!! It is so much fun.

    I’m not a mom or married. I’m thinking I should copy you and do a list of my own of things to do before having a family.

    • Single Life 2 Married Wife August 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

      thanks! Have you been to Vegas… Now that makes me nervous. 5 years ago would have been trouble =)

  9. classycareergirl August 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Good luck getting your list done before the kiddos! 🙂 I am right there with you!!

    • Single Life 2 Married Wife August 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      I mean, it seems realistic. It is just a matter of really putting some effort into planning and convicing the hubs =)

  10. The Cake August 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Number one is my choice! And I just did it! We didn’t make it to the western cliffs, but I suppose I can check it off my list.

  11. The Student August 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    I think number 5 and 6 would be on the top of my list. I may need to create on of these lists for myself. I think sometimes I get so career oriented that I forget to plan for those things that would make life with pregnancy and children a little easier. Thanks for the inspiration to begin putting a little more thought in this area. Great list. I hope you make it to Ireland…my dream destination/vacation would be to spend 30 days traveling through the different major cities of Italy.

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