I can’t believe it’s the last Tuesday of the year! It honestly seems so crazy that this year is literally days away from being over. “Another year gone…What a year it has been!” This year seemed longer than most, for mostly the wrong reasons, yet here we are at the end of it. Despite the hardships we’ve endured, I think 2020 is still a year worth celebrating.
Without a doubt, the biggest highlight of my year is the trip we took to Disney World back in January. We made so many memories and finally printed out pictures from the trip to put in a vacation photo album. Even before we left, we were talking about visiting again. Depending on how things turn out in 2021, we’ll hopefully be making another trip later in the year.
Another big event was our ten year wedding anniversary. Thankfully we hadn’t made any big plans for celebrating it as it happened so close to the shutdown. It was the one and only time I entered a restaurant or sent the kids to stay with their grandparents this year. It wasn’t a big weekend or to-do, but it was still a celebration of our commitment and love for each other.
A couple of weeks before the world-wide shut down, I turned the dreaded thirty. I’d spent the previous six months or so ignoring the fact that I would be turning thirty. Yet when it happened, it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined. I’m not sure what it was but I didn’t experience any of the negative emotions that has sometimes accompanied birthdays. Thirty became just another number, like nineteen or twenty. We were also able to get Ade’s annual dance pictures taken, which might not seem like a big deal but is something special to us. A week later we went into the shutdown.
When I first learned of Covid, back in November or December of 2019, I honestly thought it would be like the flu or cold and would disappear with the warmer months. I said as much to my hubby and friends. I’m sure I am not the only one. I know I’m not the only one who wished it had been so. While we weren’t impacted on the same level as so many out there, we were still impacted by it. Even still, I thank God for His hand of grace and mercy that has been on us. While we have had to cancel so many plans, we still had good things happen (mostly in the earlier months before the complete chaos) that have made this time of separation and isolation endurable.
One such thing is this blog. I am thankful for each and every one of you who read my words. Thank you to everyone who has reached out, whether initially or in response to my own initial contact. The blogging community has been a welcoming one and I am grateful.
As we enter the new year, my biggest hope is the end of Covid. No matter the level of impact experienced, I’m sure we can all agree that Covid has overstayed its welcome. Bye-bye Covid! Once Covid is gone then I’m hoping some things can return to normal and others will become better.
I’m pretty sure one of the first things will be a get together of some sort with family. While I doubt we’ll be going out to a restaurant, perhaps a family meal will happen. Not being able to join family hasn’t been fun for any of us. Once it’s safe to see family again, I’m thinking a trip to see them may be in order.
Return to the Dance Studio.
I have missed being in the studio so much and I really, really hope we can go back. I’ve missed my fellow dancers, teachers, and dance moms. If we do get to go back then hopefully Ade will have calmed down a little bit and won’t be running around during class like a heathen. If that happens I may have to switch tactics and put him in some other sport. Isbe is already showing signs of following my ballet footsteps so I can’t wait to see how well she does in a structured class. I, myself, cannot wait to get back to growing in my first passion.
I want to see my blog grow and I’m hoping between the changes I’ve been thinking of and the things I’ve learned that it will happen. I have been planning a few changes to my blog for a couple of months and am planning on implementing them in the new year. From a blog face-lift to a new social media page, I hope you’ll continue to join me on this blogging journey.
Another extra reason I can’t wait to see Covid leave: I’m ready for more traveling. We’ve been loosely talking of which theme park to visit when we can safely vacation again. For us it’s not just about the theme park, though that is the highlight of any trip we take, but we usually road trip as well and see some amazing sites. The best ones are usually the ones we stumble upon. I’m hoping next year will be the year I finally get to visit Universal Studios, with a possible stop in Batuu of course.
What are some things you feel were worth celebrating this year, even amid the chaos and hardships? I hope there’s at least a few things you’ll remember fondly about this year. What about something you’re looking forward to for next year? Do you have any established plans you hope to see through? I’d love to hear from you! Happy Tuesday!