2020 will certainly be a year that we won’t forget anytime soon. It was a very unpredictable year and one that left many of us reeling. While I would never downplay the seriousness of everything that happened this year, that doesn’t mean that I can’t look back and remember the things that I enjoyed about the year too. There is more than enough emphasis on all of the doom and gloom this year had to offer on any news site you look at, so I want to end this year thinking about the beautiful experiences I had. In a time that was like no other, we made the best of it and even had some fun along the way.
-My Last Snow Day – We decided that we were going to move to Florida back in December of 2019. The original plan was to move in the spring of 2021, but we changed our plans when the opportunity came to move in August instead. Little did I know at the time that this would be the last snow day that I would get to enjoy for the foreseeable future. I always did enjoy a good snow day to stay home and snuggle in and this last snow day which took place in February was a day that I enjoyed the snow one last time.
-Our Last Dinner and Show For The Year – In early March we went to our last dinner and show for the whole year, although we did not know it at the time. At this point covid was only a small blurb in the news, probably less than 10 known cases were in the US at this time. We had tickets to see Les Mis at the Durham Performing Arts Center, so we dressed up and went to dinner and saw the late show. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the performance. It was our last normal “date night” for the whole year.
-Our Trip To Jacksonville, FL – Since we knew that we wanted to move to Florida, we decided to take a trip to Jacksonville in early March to tell my husband’s family that we were moving and to look at some areas that we might want to live in. It was such a nice trip as the weather was quite warm and sunny (it was still only in the 40’s and 50’s in Raleigh). This was also the time when everything started shutting down due to covid. It was a little scary because we knew so little about it at the time and no one was even aware of wearing a mask at that time. We are very fortunate to have not gotten it, but despite all that we truly enjoyed our trip to Jacksonville.
After everything shut down and no one had to do anything really, it was a time of peace and rest. Those early days of the shutdown really forced us to stop the business for the most part and just stay home. Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurant take-out’s and hospitals…these were the only things open. There was no shopping, seeing a movie, bowling, not even visiting a park. It was all shut down for weeks. During this time we stayed home and truly rested. We would basically either watch old movies, occasionally order delivery, sit outside on the back porch, reading a book or taking a nap, these were the new “date nights”. I really enjoyed this time of slowing down and just keeping things simple.
-Picnics in the Park – I think it was around April that things started opening up again. At this point we were ready for a change of scenery, but didn’t won’t to put ourselves in danger, so the easiest and safest thing to do was to have little picnics in the park. Raleigh has many beautiful parks and we would stop in at a coffee shop to get a coffee and pastry and go to the parks. It was a way to get some fresh air and enjoy being out of the house for a little bit. It was such a simple pleasure, but one that we enjoyed all spring.
-A Road Trip To Wilmington – Travel was certainly a lot different this year. We had a few trips planned for 2020, but everyone of them fell through as you can imagine. But we took a little road trip to Wilmington to go to the beach and stay the night. It was a short trip, but one that we enjoyed nonetheless.
-Moving to Florida – And before we knew it we were packing up and moving to Florida. I had lived in Raleigh for 11 years, the longest I have lived in one place besides growing up for 18 years in Kentucky. North Carolina will always feel a little like home to me, but it was time for a new adventure! When we arrived in Florida it was still 2 weeks away from moving into our rental, so we rented an Airbnb for the first 2 weeks and enjoyed everything Riverside had to offer while we stayed there.
-Moving Into Our Rental Home – While although we enjoyed our little Airbnb in Riverside, it was time to move into our rental home on the other side of the river in San Marco. We got to move in the first weekend in September. We were excited to get unpacked and to get settled in and we have loved our little rental home ever since.
-Exploring Jacksonville – Even though we are still in the middle of covid, we were still able to discover some beautiful places in Jacksonville. We have visited some parks, a museum, shops and of course taking some trips to the beach. I am falling in love more and more everyday as we get to explore our new hometown. There is still so much more to see and experience and with the vaccine slowly coming out, hopefully 2021 will be the year that we get to really experience even more of what Jacksonville has to offer!
*BONUS* The Queen’s Gambit – Who didn’t love this show? The story, aesthetic, style and Paris? I’m not sure that I really need to say more! Joseph and I had so much fun curling up in a blanket on the sofa and watching this limited series on Netflix every chance that we could get. Add in a hot cup of tea and it’s was the perfect ending to the evening.
Although 2020 was a tough year for many, I hope that you too had moments throughout the year that you enjoyed and gave some beautiful memories. We can always look to the good while acknowledging that bad things happened too. I always look forward to the new year and I have no doubt that 2021 will be another great year filled with love, adventures, fun times and making memories.