Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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My Bucket List

Today’s has partnered with Just Ask to give away several AMAZING trips and oodles of cash…all in the name of spreading awareness about a test that help inform you about your breast and ovarian cancer risk.

What better way to remind us all to keep an eye on our health, than to ponder all of the great things we want to do with our life?

In honor of the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway, I thought I would share my “bucket list”.

Take my family to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  I lived in Albuquerque until I was 12. It was completely normal to have balloons float frightening close to your house every October. I have to experience this with my kids. I’m going to spend the first morning mass ascension just taking photos of their faces as they watch hundreds of balloons inflate and rise into the sky.

Photo by Raymond Watt

Spend a week at Las Olas surf camp…with Rachael. Not sure if she was looking for company, but TOO BAD, HERRSCHER.

Attend the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

Take my family on a week-long rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.

Take my family to Walt Disney World for New Year’s Eve. My husband asked me to marry him in Disney World as the fireworks exploded on New Year’s Eve 2000. Going back with the two small people we made would be so cool.

 Image via Pinterest.  

Spend a week in an over-the-water hut in Bora Bora with my husband.

Adopt a Goldendoodle.

Dine at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco. Possibly catch a glimpse of Tyler Florence…

Learn to make gnocchi. Really well.

Brew my own beer. Exceptionally well.

Learn to quilt.

Ride in the MS150 with my Mom. (She rides in it almost every year. I am lazy. I’m going to work on that.)

Take my folks on an epic vacation. The kind of vacation that says, “Hey, thanks for raising me, hugging me, putting me through college and doing all of the things that I never noticed until I became a parent myself.”

Host an outdoor movie night in my backyard. Every summer. 🙂

See one of my photographs hanging in an art show.

Now, go check out all of the details on how to share your own bucket list for a chance to win, a family vacation to Universal Orlando® Resort, A Las Olas Surf Safari, Family Winter Vacation Getaway at Park City Mountain Resort.

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  2. Deirdre 10/31/2011 at 10:03 pm

    Love this list, and stealing MS150 & the Telluride B&B fest. My list keeps growing.

  3. Lynn Smith 10/25/2011 at 2:15 am

    Erin, I love your Bucket List! You are such a talented writer. I’m proud of you.

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/25/2011 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you! Coming from you, that means an awful lot!

  4. Becky 10/24/2011 at 4:04 pm

    So can I come to the surf lessons too? I’m a good time and don’t take up too much room.

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/25/2011 at 8:16 pm

      COME ON! The more the merrier!

  5. jen 10/23/2011 at 7:47 am

    love your bucket list! Bora Bora is definitely on mine too! I’ve been doing my bucket list online on this pretty cool website: – worth a look. It basically makes it really easy to share your ideas with friends. =)

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/25/2011 at 8:16 pm

      See, all the cool kids are going to Bora Bora. 🙂

  6. Amy Allen Johnson 10/22/2011 at 8:20 pm

    AND..The Johnson family will happily crash your movie night and your new years at disneyworld. I’m sure it just wouldn’t feel right without us 🙂

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/25/2011 at 8:17 pm

      Bring your chocolate cupcakes, and I’ll take you ANYWHERE!

  7. Rachael Herrscher 10/21/2011 at 8:19 am

    Then I get to come to Bora Bora! Don’t worry, Mark and I will get the hut next door . . .

    • Erin Oltmanns 10/25/2011 at 8:17 pm

      It’s a date, yo.