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Adventure Tuesday // Our Biggest Adventure Yet

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I know what you’re thinking. What could possibly be bigger than packing up and moving to the Caribbean? What could trump an epic two week vacation to Italy that included a whole week of sailing on the Mediterranean? How could we possibly top all of the magical little adventures we’ve had to date and definitively say, “THIS is the BIG one?”

Well.

In April, we’ll be adding a little buddy to our crew.  “Skip” – a tiny captain taking the reins of this operation (we’re under no illusions of who will really be in charge once he or she arrives!).

We’re thrilled and terrified and excited and anxious and can’t believe that our little one’s story will start here in Puerto Rico (Casey is really hoping the birth certificate will be in Spanish, because that will be “way cooler”).

I’m still struggling with how much or how little of Skip’s existence to share here (or anywhere online, for that matter). As much as I enjoy reading about other people’s kids and parenting on the internet, I’m just not sure that that path is for us. Not only because of privacy and potential future embarrassment for Skip, but also because I’m not really sure that this is the proper space to be talking about all of that. For me, this blog is about projects and adventures and traveling and fitness and making stuff and is, above all, a record for me, and what I am working on. So while yes, I’m currently working on growing a human, and will definitely share some projects I’ve started in preparation for his/her arrival, I don’t think I’ll be sharing the minutiae of day to day life with a little one.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Skip to the party. See ya in April, little one!


PS There has been a tiny bit of confusion about the name “Skip.” It’s just a silly nickname that we use so that we don’t have to refer to the baby as “it.” We’re not finding out the gender so saying, “Skip” is way easier than trying to figure out a gender-neutral pronoun :)

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Last year, I joined the birthday bucket list bandwagon. I have always loved making yearly goals and resolutions, but I realized that I love them so much more when they correspond to my birthday – a day all about me! 😉 When better to do some reflecting and figure out what you would like to accomplish during your next trip around the sun?

So! Here is the list of 27 things I would like to do before my birthday next year:

  1. Update kaciedesmond.com
  2. Revamp blog layout/design
  3. Run the numbers and make some big self-employment goals
  4. Become fluent in Spanish
  5. Volunteer at the art museum
  6. Invent three new traditions
  7. Go kayaking in the bioluminescent bay
  8. Organize/host a girls weekend/trip
  9. Catch a wave
  10. Take a Puerto Rican cooking class
  11. Learn to salsa dance
  12. Blog twice a week
  13. Explore town and find a favorite coffee shop
  14. Try stand up paddle boarding
  15. Go to a baseball game
  16. Finish the office
  17. Run 275 miles
  18. Drive a convertible
  19. Doodle/sketch/draw for at least an hour every week
  20. Create a signature cocktail
  21. Get our photos into albums
  22. Research grad school (is it worth it? take GRE?)
  23. Sign up for a “fun” class/lessons
  24. Explore the caves in Rio Camuy
  25. Complete five sewing projects
  26. Dream/plan our next adventure
  27. Finish paying off my student loans

This year is about tiny moments and big dreams. It’s figuring out what celebrations and holidays look like when we’re away from home and family and weather. It’s diving deep into island culture and soaking up life here and now. It’s digging in and doing the work and chiseling away at my definition of self employment. Let’s do this, 26. I feel like I’ve been waiting for you.