Summer 2017 Bucket Lists

As we prepare to head to our nation’s capital, we have been thinking about what we want to get out of this summer and have each come up with a short bucket list for our adventure.


  1. Go to day camp
  2. See the Panda bears at the zoo
  3. See the Butterflies at the museum

Amelia gets to try out two different day camps this summer. A STEAM themed one and one run by the Smithsonian. She remembers the pandas at the National Zoo and the butterflies and bugs at the Museum of Natural History being two of her favorite things in DC which she would like to see again.

Amelia checking out some bugs (National Museum of Natural History in 2015)

Fiona (with lots of prompting from Amelia)

  1. See the tigers at the zoo
  2. Bike rides with Papa
  3. Go swimming in her new Elena bathing suit

Fiona still isn’t very chatty so Amelia asked her if she wanted to do the above. She enthusiastically agreed.

Fiona swimming with her Papa in Arlington at 7 months old (2015)


  1. Robert E Lee’s house
  2. Monticello
  3. Mount Vernon

My history teacher husband came up with three historical sites he has never had a chance to see. Robert E Lee’s house oversees Arlington National Cemetery. Monticello and Mount Vernon were the homes (and plantations) of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, respectively. We’re going to be busy checking out these places on the weekends.

Amelia, obviously thrilled to be checking out National Landmarks at 3 months old (Lincoln Memorial in 2012)


  1. Find a potential long-term mentor
  2. Meet Elizabeth Warren
  3. Visit the Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

I am still trying to figure out what it is I want to do with my law degree. So far, I know quite a few things I do NOT want to do. I’m hoping after this summer I will have a better idea if I want to go into some sort of public policy career. It would be great to have a mentor I am comfortable keeping in close contact after I come back to Michigan, who can help me determine what my next steps should be in moving towards a fulfilling post-law school career.

I don’t necessarily agree with all of Elizabeth Warren’s policy opinions but in general her exasperation with some of the ridiculous realities of our economic system and banking regulation make me refer to her affectionately as “my spirit animal”, in a way only a progressive millennial would. Meeting her is probably a long shot, but a liberal snowflake can dream.

The Air & Space Museum at the Smithsonian is one of my favorite places to visit in DC but I have never had a chance to check out the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport. It is a hangar setting which holds some of the items too large to be displayed in the main museum.

Amelia posing with Amelia Earhart’s plane (National Air and Space Museum in 2015)


I leave in less than two weeks and it hasn’t quite hit me yet. We are going to have such a fun and busy summer!

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