Aside from the outdoor lights, our Christmas decorations are packed and stored away in labeled bins. I love to decorate for the holidays early and have the house back to ‘normal’ by the time we welcome in the new year. We had a low-key Christmas that was filled with gentle reminders that as long as we have each other, everything will be okay. Teddy Girl behaved exactly how you’d think a 10-week old lab puppy would on Christmas morning and we learned that Alice reacts to cat nip in a manner that is reminiscent of Tyrone Biggums.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”T.S. Eliot
2020 was not an easy year. It was filled with many moments that tested our resiliency and taught us lessons that we didn’t really want to learn. And while my little family wasn’t impacted by COVID-19 directly, we saw friends get sick, have to say goodbye parents, and suffer economically from the pandemic. 2020 was a year that necessitated us to push aside our selfish wants for the sake of other people and we learned a lot about ourselves in the process. It wasn’t a bad year for our family but it certainly wasn’t the year we thought it’d be.
A look back at 2020 by numbers…
1 – the number of times we PCSed in 2020. Shortly after the Army moved us to the Chicago area, we learned that Clay was slated to attend an Army school next summer but thankfully, he was able to defer for a year, which means we won’t PCS again until summer 2022. We’re excited to explore Chicagoland without COVID-19 restrictions in place and take advantage of living in the North Shore of Chicago to the best of our ability.
3 – the number of trips we took this year; our least amount ever. We managed to squeeze in our first trip to Walt Disney World prior to the COVID-19 shutdown in January. And after much debate, we took a road trip in July to visit both sets of our parents at their respective beaches prior to PCSing. While we likely won’t get the green light for an international trip in the coming months, we’re so looking forward to traveling domestically soon.
4 – the number of times we skied as a family. 2020 was the first year our kids were up on skis and they quickly fell in love with the sport. We rented skis for the season and skied at three different Pennsylvania resorts: Roundtop, Jack Frost (went with my sister and her family), and Liberty (our personal favorite). Our ski season was cut short by the pandemic but this past weekend we bit the bullet and invested in our own skis because we plan to ski as a family for many years to come. We have reservations to ski at a local resort next week so we’re keeping our fingers-crossed that the positive cases continue to drop for our area so we can ski consistently this season.
5 – the number of trips we cancelled in 2020. Womp, womp.
9 – the number of Chicago hot dogs I’ve consumed since moving to the North Shore.
11 – the number of books I read for fun (not work-related). I am embarrassed by this number and the amount of hours I spent mindlessly scrolling social media this year could’ve been spent reading. One of my goals for 2021 is to read more than 11 books!
16 – the number of years ago we said our vows in front of family and friends. We agree that it doesn’t feel long enough to encapsulate the lifetime of adventures we’ve experienced thus far. We were only 21 and 22 but we were ready to take on the world together. We may be a little (a lot) grayer, have a few more wrinkles, and have lived in too many zip codes to commit to memory, but we still feel like the two teenagers who fell in love all those years ago.
18 – the number of hours spent paddle boarding on Lake Michigan. We didn’t move into our house on Fort Sheridan until the last week of July so we only had the month of August and the first half of September to be in the water. We didn’t get a chance to kayak on Lake Michigan this summer (we can’t get them down the hill to the water from our house), so we definitely plan to do so as soon as we can in 2021.
52 – the number of workouts Clay and I did together. Prior to 2020, Clay and I had our individual fitness routines outside of hiking and kayaking together. While we still prefer to run individually (he is much faster than me), the pandemic has shown us that we really enjoy doing HIITs together. We’ve been slowly adding equipment to our home gym (which in reality is 1/3 of our garage – ha!) and I can’t wait to see where 2021 will lead us fitness-wise.
109 – the number of miles we hiked as a family. We spent countless hours hiking the trails in Northern Virginia near our house during the spring and we’ve logged quite a few miles here in Chicagoland. We only were able to go camping once this year but we have plans to camp, hike, and explore Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada as much as possible before the Army sends us somewhere else.
157 – the number of miles biked. We plan to get the kids better bikes this spring so hopefully we can increase our mileage in 2021 as a family.
508 – and finally, the number of miles I ran (so far) in 2020. By far the most miles I’ve run in a single year…dare I say that I finally consider myself a runner?