While New Year's Resolutions are all about changing habits and making lifestyle improvements, a bucket list is all about coming up with plans to make the most of what 2018 has to offer.
Here's what we hope to get up to over the coming 12 months.
1. Go to Cadbury World
Beatrix is learning all about chocolate for her topic this term, so it's a perfect excuse for a half-term trip to Birmingham to Cadbury World where we can learn all about how chocolate is made. Educational, yummy and, hopefully, the perfect excuse to catch up with friends in the area.
2. Visit The Making of Harry Potter
Elliot is a big fan of Harry Potter and I'd love to take him to The Making of Harry Potter WB Studio Tour. It's a bit of a trek for us, but it's not too far from friends or my Grandad, so we could make a mini holiday of it. Tickets sell well in advance, so it's likely to be something we do towards the end of the year in October half-term.
3. Go on an aeroplane
My younger two have never been on an aeroplane and it's been a few years since the older two have flown. However, we have booked flights in the summer holidays to visit my cousin and her family in the south of France. I just need to remember to ensure everyone still has a valid passport!
4. Go to a festival
This has been on my bucket list since my teens and I have never managed to do it. So this is the year! As it will be our first festival experience, I'm hoping to find something fairly local and small with lots of things for the children to do.
5. Get a dog
We've been talking about getting a dog for a few years now, but the time has never been right. Once little Ossie starts to sleep through, I will hopefully have a bit more energy so will be able to commit to caring for a dog. Plus, Elliot is nearly old enough to be able to take a dog on short walks now. We're keen to get a collie-type breed, which will need lots of exercise and stimulation. Hopefully, this will be the year where we can free up enough time to care for a furry companion.
6. Go on a retreat
Over the past year I've recognised that with the build up of sleep deprivation and trying to do too much, my cup really is very empty and I've been looking at getting away from it all for a bit of self-care. A retreat away for a weekend really seemed to fit the bill, but I wanted something that would not only give me an opportunity to get away from everything for a couple of days but that would energise me too. Oh, and price was also a big consideration. Just before Christmas I found something that looks to fit the bill. The Flea Retreat is a blogging retreat organised by Flea Enterprises. It's just over the border in Somerset and will enable me to connect with like-minded people, help me think about where I want to go with this blog and I'll learn new skills in the many workshops available. I can't wait.
7. Go wild camping with Elliot
I used to love going walking and camping up on Dartmoor and I really want to share that passion with Elliot. With three younger siblings, I often feel guilty that Elliot misses out on older child type activities because the little ones aren't quite big enough to join in. So I'd really like to do something for him. We'll sit together to plan our route and chat about safety. Then I'll show him how to use a compass and map read as we navigate across the moors looking for letterboxes before setting up camp in the middle of the moor. Hopefully, it will be the perfect opportunity to reconnect as we stargaze before settling down for the night.
8. Potty train Ossie
My youngest baby turns three this year, so potty training is almost definitely going to happen in the next few months. My older boys were a couple of months shy of their third birthday when it happened and Ossie is definitely showing an interest so it won't be long. I'll be sad to say farewell to my beloved cloth nappies and the last vestiges of babyhood, but also excited to see my youngest develop into a little boy.
9. Get a tattoo
I've wanted a tattoo since I was about 20, but I've never been brave enough. I'm not good with needles and I've always been nervous about getting something so permanent, so I've wanted to be sure I've chosen a design that will always be meaningful. For a long time I wanted a bar code on my bum with my date of birth and 'Made in England'. But I've never gone for it because I've always wanted to make sure that the lines actually match up with the numbers or text. More recently, I've been considering a tattoo that represents my breastfeeding journey along with the names and dates of birth of my four babies. I've seen a couple of designs that I really like and could easily adapt. Now I just need to decide where to have it done!
What's on your bucket list for 2018?