Top 7 For 2020

Top 7 for 2020

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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 πŸ™‚

My favourite 7 posts of 2020

In no particular order, here are my favourite blog posts from 2020:

1. EYFS space activities

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.

top 7 of 2020 space activities

2. Annoying things about parenting during lockdown

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!

annoying things about parenting during lockdown

3. GoBoat Kingston review

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.

GoBoat Kingston review

4. A day out at Jimmy’s Farm

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.

Twins at Jimmy's Farm on a staycation in Suffolk

5. Pumpkin picking in Surrey

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.

pumpkin picking in Surrey

6. ToucanBox craft kit review

We had lots of fun taking the photos for this post and the twigs loved the activities in our toucanBox!

ToucanBox craft kit review

7. A letter to my twins on their 5th birthday

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!

the twiglets are five

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 πŸ™‚

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.

Family photo at Mayfield Lavender

3. Holidays

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.

Top 7 for 2020 family holiday

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.

Top 7 for 2020 walks in lockdown

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.

top 7 for 2020

7. Studying

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!

6. Theatre

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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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,

Hannah xx

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21 Comments

  1. Haha god yes I hate the word unprecedented!

    I think seeking out the positives in last year had real value – it would be so easy to write it off as an awful year wouldn’t it!

  2. You went to Jimmy,S farm, how wonderful, I love watching this on television #mischiefandmemories@_karendenbid199@gmail is

  3. Love the positive vibes. 2020 did have a lot to offer, especially in the summer, but also even being cooped inside with the children. Glad you managed to get away! I think the unusual Easter sunshine was quite sanity saving. Also loving the 2021 things to look forward too. Bring it on! #MischiefAndMemories

  4. Great post fun of positivity and happy vibes. We are so regretting not taking the chance to get away for a family break, I guess we were being over optimistic about fitting one in during the autumn half term. I look forward to popping over to your blog this year! Here’s to an easier time of it, sending love xx #MischiefAndMemories

    1. We were really lucky with the timings that we happened to book between lockdowns etc! Not so lucky with other things like Santa’s grotto visits but hey! Fingers crossed we will all be able to book some fun things fairly soon!!

  5. Awww what a lovely post! I love that you all look full of smiles and happiness. I’m not sure that’s how I’ll remember 2020… In fact I think our blog suffered the most with pretty much no posts at all! LOL but you’ve definitely inspired me to reflect on the positives. Thank you for joining us for #mischiefandmemories

    1. Haha no I’m not sure I’d remember it like that either!! But good to try to find the positives πŸ™‚ My blog has been, erm, sporadic haha!! xx

  6. I felt really sad when I saw my Google timeline and saw how little we had travelled and eaten out last year. Hoping that 2021 is good for you and your family! Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAndMemories

    1. Aw I know, crazy isn’t it! Hoping this year will be better but it’s not looking amazing so far!!!!

  7. So lovely to see images of days out! We lost so much in 2020 but we gained new things and an appreciation of the important stuff. I can’t wait to return to the theatre either. #MischiefandMemories

  8. I loved your post about lockdown parenting; it made me giggle. Also ‘Unprecedented’ should be removed from the English language it is making me crazy! Thanks so much for joining us #MischiefAndMemories

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