The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

Back in January we created a Bucket List of things we would like to do and achieve as the year went by. It’s now coming to the end of the year and it’s nice to see so many things ticked off. Here’s how our Bucket List looks at the end of the year:

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

I actually read a few books this year although that tailed off over the last few months. I read Gone Girl, Girl on the Train and The Husband’s Secret – all of which were fantastic books.

We went to London the weekend before Christmas and actually ticked off a few things whilst we were there. We played tourists and visited the Queen by going to see Buckingham Palace. It was a lovely weekend. Around that time we saw not one, or even two but three different Santas! That was never the plan – we’d intended to book Santa at Harrods and then we were invited to see Santa at Wyevale Garden Centre and Squires Garden Centre. I knew the kids would love it – and they did! Continuing the theme we got a new Christmas Tree Train this year as a last minute review from the lovely people at Hornby. It will have pride of place around the tree for years to come.

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

Hubby and I went on a date this year to a hotel in the Cotswolds. It was a lovely break away and something we both enjoyed. We’d love to have a weekend away every year.

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

We had afternoon tea at Waddesdon Manor for my Birthday and it was fantastic. Definitely something we would love to do again – and somewhere we’d love to visit again too. We also celebrated my Birthday with a night out with friends and I may have tried a new cocktail – or four! Anyone following my Instagram at the start of October may have thought I’d turned into a binge drinker…. It doesn’t happen often!

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

We had a family weekend on board the Anthem of the Seas back in April and as the ship went into international waters I classed that as our trip abroad for the year – we’ll be going abroad properly next summer!

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

We also didn’t get to swim in the sea but we did all have a paddle in Wales – do people even swim in the sea in the UK!? We also made sandcastle whilst we were there. Our trip to Wales as well as a trip up to Cumbria were our UK holidays of the year and we’re already planning to see more of the UK next year too. Our time in Cumbria also saw us have a weekend with our lovely friends from Mental Parentals – who we can’t wait to see again in a couple of months!

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List
The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

Since starting school LP has learnt so much more than just her full name that I had on this list. She is learning more and more each day and I am so incredibly proud of her.

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

We attempted briefly to potty train Little Man a few months ago and gave up, realising he wasn’t ready. We’ll be trying again in the spring as he has come so far in that department in just a few short months.

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

Little Man not only got a big boy bed but a big boy bedroom when we had our chimney breast removed and a whole heap of decorating done. We also got a new bathroom which wasn’t in the plan for this year at all but it may well be one of the highlights of the year for me. We did pay off our car loan but then we had to take out a new loan for the building work but hey ho – that is life! There’s always something to pay for.

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

I still haven’t baked a proper Birthday Cake but I did bake cupcakes for both Little Man and LP’s Birthdays. I had a failed attempt at hot cross buns and didn’t even attempt it again so can’t really tick that one off but I did make a different jam this year – rhubarb jam! I’ve just realised though that I didn’t write about this – I will do soon!

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

We went to a pick your own farm with the lovely Hayley from Shutterflies who took some gorgeous photos of us whilst we were there – and we picked a heap of strawberries too! I love a good pick your own farm and I think we will have to go at least once a year in future.

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List
The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

The children love castles, there’s something so magical about them when you’re a child and Hubby and I love old buildings so we squeezed in a drizzly but lovely visit to Hever Castle too.

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

We saw fireworks at Legoland again this year and it never fails to disappoint. We also saw fireworks whilst we were at Butlins but they were pretty much in the same vein as Butlins – a bit disappointing.

The End of Our 2015 Bucket List

Wow. What a year! We ticked off so much and a few things will be passed across to next year but one thing’s for sure – 2015 was a really great year for us as a family. LP started school, we did a lot to the house, achieved a lot as a family and made so many memories. 2016 has a lot to live up to!



  1. December 30, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Wow you’ve done loads! And what a fab idea to have a bucket list for the year, you’ve inspired me to start my own for next year, thank you! Happy 2016 to you all! Xxx

  2. Ruth Thomas
    December 30, 2015 / 10:43 am

    What an awesome bucket list and looks like you’ve had an amazing year! Like you say 2016 has a lot to live up to!
    Happy New Year

  3. December 30, 2015 / 11:15 am

    Wow Donna, you ticked off a lot of your bucket list. Well done. I should really create a bucket list myself but I simply don’t know what to add onto it. I have a boring life. lol

  4. December 30, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    It sounds like it’s been a really good year for you, and you deserve to be proud of the amount you crossed off your bucket list! Wishing you all a happy 2016!

  5. December 30, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    Wow Donna you have really ticked alot off for 2015. You inspired me to do our Bucket List for this year, and I need to revisit it to see how we have done. I don’t think we have done as well as you have. Here is to an eventful 2016 xx

  6. December 30, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Well done with the bucket list….It looks like you have had so much fun working your way through it!

  7. December 30, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    When you see it all together it looks fab, you’ve had a great year, love all the pics. xx

  8. December 31, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    What a year! I’d love to do a bucket list for 2016, especially as it’s the year of my 30th and obviously when we’ll meet baby girl. Have a wonderful 2016!xx

  9. December 31, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Wow-what a fab year! I love this idea for a bucket list. I’m hoping to make a dream board with my children for 2016, which will be like a bucket list for us. I love your photos. Such happy times and wonderful memories captured. Happy New Year!

  10. January 2, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Love the bucket list. It’s a great idea to do that as a family, and you ticked loads off. Makes me think that I should do a ‘what N’s done list’ and tick things off as we do them retrospectively, as I know I’m not really a goal setter.

    Great pics.

    Have a great 2016

  11. January 2, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    I like the idea of a having a bucket list each year instead of making resolutions. I might write a little one for this year and see how we get on – I’m usually quite good at forgetting I’ve written a list! It looks like you had a very nice but busy year. Hope 2016 is just as good, if not better for you!

  12. January 4, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    So amazing to have a bucket list and tick things off! Sounds like 2015 was a brilliant year for you and gorgeous pictures. I love natural ones the best and yours are lovely! Wishing you a very happy 2016 xx

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