Monday, January 21, 2013

Graffiti Walk

Today the girls and I were near Phoenix Children's Hospital and we came across this really cool section of buildings that were covered with really awesome sugar skull graffiti. I begged the girls to get out and do a little photo shoot! They did!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

10 in 10 Update for 2013

I start off every New Year with my 10 in 10 list. 5 years ago I was inspired by the movie The Bucket List to make a list of things I hoped to do, see, accomplish in my life time. The whole idea behind 10 in 10 is that a bucket list can seem a little overwhelming. Especially as you get older and realize you are STILL not crossing anything off it. So the 10 in 10 was a way for me to narrow down my list. I choose 10-20 of the things I think I can REASONABLY accomplish in the next 10 years and then see how many I can cross off.

Just making the list makes you motivated to cross the stuff off. Almost like once you touch the pen to paper or type the letters on the keypad, these tasks, trips, and goals don't seem just like an idea anymore. They seem like a calling. They take on a life of their own. At least for me. So I've actually been crossing more than one off a year and hope to keep doing so. Especially since my bucket list is pretty long. :)

PS: the list changes every year as I cross things off and as I am inspired to add new things to it. :) Here are my newest 10 in 10 for 2012 followed by the items I have crossed off my bucket list in the last couple years...

1. Learn to sew
2. Take Ryen to Disney for her 5th Birthday
3. Try rollerblading for the first time
4. Picnic/horse and carriage ride in Central Park
5. Take my girls to Fenway Park
6. Sky Dive
7. Work on a house for Habitat for Humanity
8. Snorkeling in Australia
9. Go back to Hawaii
10. Visit Chicago
11. Visit Seattle
12. Go to Atlantis in the Bahamas
13. Ride a tandem bike with my hubby
14. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
15. Go ice skating again
16. Renew my vows in Italy
17. Take some cooking classes
18. Go to Europe
19. A tropical vacation
20. Volunteer at a Hospital
21. Get involved in a local Church
22. Help spread the word about skin cancer prevention
23. Become a substitute teacher for Chandler Unified School System

Crossed off the list:
Have another Baby (2008)
Become a Brunette (2009)
Complete a Triathlon (2009)
Start a side-Business from home (2009)
Renew my Wedding Vows (2009)
Get really into fitness (2009/2010)
Go Skiing for the FIRST time (2010)
Get on the Bone Marrow Donor Registry (2010)

Become a runner (2010)
Run a Half Marathon (2010)
Take a photography workshop (2010)
Donate my hair to patients with cancer (2010)
Take my children to Disney (2011)
Take my kids to Polar Express (2011)
Buy a bike (2011)
Swan boat ride and duck tour in Boston (2012)
Volunteer in my community (2012)