Today is December 1, 2020. We are in the home stretch now of 2020!!!! Woooo!!!! One month to go until a fresh start in 2021.
Honestly, I don’t think anything will magically change when the calendar reads 2021. But given the general cultural, worldwide disdain for this year, I’ll go with the flow and hate on it for a second too. 🙂
It’s so ironic to me that this year turned into such a rollercoaster ride…it started out so strong for me!! I distinctly remember telling Ivan around the end of January, “This year is just going really great so far!” I felt extra organized, motivated about my 20 for 2020 list and resolutions, excited about the future, the kids were doing well in school and their sports, we had the big Europe trip planned….and then. Ha. That’s life for you. 🙂
For me, personally, there have been so many good things about this year too though that I really feel yucky when I hear people totally trash talk the entire year. In this upcoming season of reflection and as the year ends, I want to spend some time really pondering what I’ve learned this year. There’s no point in going through trials and tribulations if you don’t come out stronger on the other side, right?
I love the month of December. We celebrate Christmas, so for my family that is obviously a huge focus of the month. Asher’s birthday is also TOMORROW, December 2nd. (!!!!!!) I think we are mostly ready. I need to wrap his gifts yet tonight. We have a “doughnuts for breakfast” tradition at our house, so tomorrow morning I’ll need to sneak out early to pick some fresh ones up.
I want to spend a few minutes jotting down a little holiday fun list sometime this week. I don’t usually make an actual “list”- most of our holiday activities are traditions, like decorating, baking cookies, etc. that are kind of hard to forget about. 🙂 But it might be fun to add some specific new activities on there. Like, I don’t know- going for a nature walk somewhere in the snow with to-go cups of hot chocolate (if/when it snows again). Or, watching a virtual performance of A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker or something like that. Maybe planning to read a longer, classic Christmas book together by the fire. Putting together goodie baskets for a couple of friends. Etc. The holiday season is busy enough, so I’m not looking to add a ton, but I’d like to give it some thought.
Back to virtual school
The boys started virtual school back up yesterday. They’ll have 3 weeks now of virtual, then 2 weeks of Christmas break, then 1 more week of virtual school before resuming in person classes (supposedly). So far, so good. This is their third go-round now with virtual classes (spring, early fall, now), and it definitely seems like experience is paying off. The first day seemed easy and smooth. I’m trying to stay out of it as much as possible this time. They have a nice mix of a few more Zooms/ streamed classes mixed with independent work time, so I’m feeling pretty good about it on the whole.
Finally, a little reminder as we head into the last month of the year. This is a great time to think about what’s working and what’s not in your life. Feel free to make some changes as you see fit! 🙂
I am grateful for getting the rest of our Christmas decorations up last night and for paid time off to deal with Ethan’s recent ortho appointments!