It’s easy to disregard 2020 and classify it as the WORST YEAR EVER, but it’s more challenging to look back and appreciate the good things that happened. We battled a global pandemic and watched as the world changed as we knew it.
But some good things happened, too.
Here are a few great memories of mine that happened in 2020:
Our daughter turned one.
We enjoyed the spring flowers and went on hikes
I was spoiled by my fiancé for Mother’s Day and I bought a new car (my first real big girl purchase!)
I returned home from my military activation to support a COVID testing site
We celebrated a friend and took a party bus to the city
My fiancé and I took a trip to Grafton just for fun – a weekend away is always needed!
Dylan bought a new truck! We both upgraded our vehicles this year — something we worked really hard for and are super proud of!
The satisfaction of accomplishing something on your own.
Let’s talk about it.
First off, WHAT A GREAT FEELING!! I’m talking about that moment when you’ve successfully done something that you set out to do ALL BY YOURSELF.
Like… You didn’t know what you were getting yourself into, but your dedicated self didn’t let that stop you.
I remember applying for financial aid for college my senior year of high school. I was the first kid of seven in my family to really pursue college, so I had no idea what I was doing. I walked in blindly, researched tips along the way, and explored the new chapter at my own pace.
And I went to college, got PAID to do so, and did it ALL on my own. I OWNED that $h#t!
Tonight I’m watching my fiancée bask in the glow of that same feeling of achievement. And it’s GLORIOUS!
Watching people succeed is THE BEST!
Dylan bought the truck he had been dreaming of back in October of this year. He didn’t want fancy, he just wanted his own style. He has a very interesting style (it’s one of the things I chuckle about the most). He’s very particular. He is the type to get frustrated over bad hair days and to want a specific hat for a given look. He’s never been one to care about what was “in.” He’s always just wanted to be unique and retro in his own way. So initially he wanted a Chevy truck with four wheel drive and he found exactly that in his 08 Chevy Silverado (He’s a very simple man, I appreciate that).
Well last week, the Silverado’s drivers side door wouldn’t open. We had to crawl in and out of the passenger seat to get to the drivers side for like a week. We’ve been short on money, so Dylan decided he was going to fix the door on his own and not take it to the shop.
I was doubtful, admittedly.
He researched the issue and went to the auto parts store bought a new cable. I was shocked he made that big of a move, but I still wasn’t convinced he was going to pull it off.
That night he stayed up until 1am working on that darned door.
He came in that night discouraged, but not defeated.
The next night he wanted me to go out there with him while he worked on it. I agreed on the grounds that I could just SIT out there and be company; not actually help in any capacity.
I went out and sat in the garage on my laptop for a bit, helped a tiny portion, and returned back inside to the heat.
The next time Dylan came in the house, the door was fixed.
He had no clue what he was doing initially, but he was determined to get the job done! I think that is such an admirable trait.
Della had such a big day with the babysitter at daycare that she didn’t even make it home before she was dead asleep in the backseat. She napped for a bit once we got home so we had a late night playing under the lights.
It’s a Friday night, who cares?
She was in such a happy, energetic mood and it’s moments like these that make me cherish my family so much. We were laying on the floor laughing and playing and the view was so beautiful that I’m glad I thought to get the camera out to capture some of the love we all felt.
I’m so blessed to have built a cozy, loving home for our daughter alongside Dylan. We work so hard on being the best parents that we can be, so seeing the glee on Della’s face tonight was just the vibe I needed to start preparing for the end of 2020 (finally!). There is so much to be thankful for.
This year hasn’t been perfect, but there have been perfect moments within it. I’m glad I’m still able to cherish the lights. 🎄