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Kid Bucket List

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Last night, I climbed into Soren's twin bed to console him. He had to scoot over, then he rolled over and tried to cuddle just as close as he could. His feet kicked me in the knees and his head tucked up under my chin. I inhaled his tow-head for awhile. Then he wiggled, and his body became all sharp knees and jabbing elbows. I sucked up the pain and cuddled him some more. The thing is, he's big now. I mean, really big, and he won't stop growing. He's got those big kid teeth he's growing into and his mannerisms are all twitchy and kiddish. It made me want to cry.

He's going to be 8 in a few months. Yeah, 8. In four years, he'll be 12. And, then, the kid years are over.

As I laid there in uncomfortableness, I started thinking about that. He's in his prime kid years. Suddenly, it's time to start doing all those things I always said I wanted to do with my kids, while their kids.

I all too aware that those years can slip by fast. I certainly don't want to miss out on taking my kids to do some kid things. So, I started a kid bucket list in my head.

On the list are things like the North Pole in Colorado Springs, some kind of a zoo-feeding, Disneyland and a treehouse.

I'm going to write them down and start working toward ticking them off the list but I feel like it's a list that should be worked on. 

I'd love to hear what things you have done with your kids, or plan too, that should make my list.


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Oh a treehouse!  That’ll be the best ever.  Treehouse memories are forever.

How about taking them to a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field? Or a trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science? Glenwood Caverns Park for a coaster ride? How about climbing a 14er?

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