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Inspired by Colette from We’re Going On An Adventure, and her post about 2020, I thought I’d write my own little review of the past year. So here is my Top 7 For 2020, including my favourite posts of 2020, things I loved the most about 2020 and things I’m looking forward to in 2021 🙂
My favourite 7 posts of 2020
In no particular order, here are my favourite blog posts from 2020:
This has actually been one of my top-performing posts this year. During lockdown 1.0, the twigs did a topic on space as part of our home learning. I compiled a list of some of the space activities we did, including some extra ideas too.
A slightly less constructive post about lockdown, but one which was quite therapeutic to write! I think a few of you could identify with this one haha!
With 2020 involving an awful lot of staying at home, it’s easy to forget that we actually managed to fit in some lovely trips in between lockdowns etc. Our boat trip with GoBoat was such a fun afternoon out.
We were even lucky enough to squeeze in a little holiday to Suffolk! While we were there, we visited Jimmy’s Farm, which was such a fun family day out.
This was another of my most popular posts this year. I wrote about the best places to go pumpkin picking in Surrey and how things were adapted for this year.
We had lots of fun taking the photos for this post and the twigs loved the activities in our toucanBox!
I hadn’t written one of these types of posts before, but I really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely try to keep it up each year!
7 things I loved about 2020
On first thought, 2020 was a bit of a sh*tshow really, let’s be honest! But when I reflected a little more, I realised there were actually quite a few good things to come from this year.
I wrote a post before about how, although lockdown was tough in many ways, there were also lots of things I enjoyed. And I stand by those now 🙂
1. Spending lots of time together as a family
Although this was intense sometimes, it was also really lovely to have so much time together. I’m all too aware that we’ll probably never have that again really.
2. Appreciating what we have
I think if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to appreciate what we have. Our family, our house, our garden and our health.
We were so lucky that we managed to get away on two short holidays in the UK. One to Suffolk and one to Dorset. Both were lovely – so nice to have a change of scenery especially after spending so much time indoors.
4. The twigs’ 5th birthday
Even though the twigs turned 5 in July during lockdown, we still managed to have the loveliest day! We were able to have my mum and sister over and hired a bouncy castle for the garden. The twigs’ faces when they saw it were such a picture!
5. Exploring our local area
During lockdown we discovered some hidden gems on our doorstep. We explored our local park so much more than we ever had before and discovered some lovely parts off the beaten track.
6. Having the other half around more
The hubby has been working from home since we first went into lockdown. It’s been really nice having him around more. He used to get home quite late so it’s been lovely having him at home earlier to spend time with the twigs before bedtime.
In 2020 I started a copywriting course, in the hope of eventually adding another income stream to my bits of teaching and blogging. I’ve found it quite daunting being a student and submitting assignments again! But it’s also been rewarding and nice to use my brain for something a bit different.
7 things I’m looking forward to in 2021
1. Getting out and about
I’m so looking forward to being able to go on exciting trips again! It feels like it’s been so long since we travelled or did any big day trips.
2. Seeing family and friends more
I’m so hoping that we’ll be able to start meeting family and friends again more. There are so many people we haven’t seen for ages and are really missing.
3. Physical contact
I so hope that at some point this year, we might be able to relax social distancing. I miss hugs from friends and family. The twigs haven’t cuddled their Nanny since last March which has been so hard.
4. Hopefully getting some more support for C
I mentioned before about how we’ve been struggling with C’s behaviour recently. We’re not really too sure yet what the reasons behind it all are yet – possibly anxiety. But school have been amazing and very supportive, so I’m hoping moving forward that things will get a little easier in that department.
5. Going out out
I miss going out with friends. Not that I do it very often at all! But once in a while would be nice. I particularly missed having a big night out over the Christmas period. Just to get dressed up and have some fizz with friends would be amazing!
Omg I miss the theatre so much! I can’t wait to go and see a show or a musical. I’d love to take the twigs to see a show too. They got so into watching all the CBeebies pantos on TV over Christmas, so hopefully they might actually be able to sit through a show now! 🙂
7. Not having to hear the word ‘unprecedented’ anymore
Sooooooooo sick of that word – anyone else?!
Obviously lots of these things are probably a way off yet, so for now I’m just going to concentrate on taking each day at a time. I think this post by Marvellous Mrs P will be really helpful for ideas on how to enjoy January 🙂
So there we go – my top 7 for 2020! What are you looking forward to in 2021? Let’s hope things get a bit easier eh?
Thanks for reading! Til next time,