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Cheers to 2021

2020 has proven to go down in history as the worst year ever!

Between covid 19, elections,  riots, and even murder Hornets… that’s enough to drive you to the nut house.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough year, but I am also very thankful for 2020.

2020 has shown me how precious life is. So many people have lost loved ones this year, and I was blessed to still have my family.

My mom was in and out of the hospital more times this year then any other year, but she always recovered and she is still here with me.

So many people lost jobs and businesses and are truly struggling. 2020 taught me to be happy with what I have.

We may not have tons of money but we survived 2020 and are not in debt.

2020 did bring out a lot of hate in people and made people that were once friends, turn to enemies. But also showed us who our true friends are. It’s amazing how bad times will show you who is truly there for you.

This year also brought many changes, one of the biggest being remote learning. It was a difficult time in our house for sure, but it also made my son appreciate school more. He no longer gives me a hard time about going to school, because he now knows what being at home all the time feels like.

Covid definitely made my busy schedule go to non existent for a while and made me feel like I was losing my mind. Now, I appreciate being able to do more and find myself not complaining about busy days.

Lastly, I am thankful for all the great times I spent with my family this year. I think being stuck at home together made us grow closer. And even through all the changes this year, we were still able to make great memories.

Through all the madness, my family and I enjoyed camping together, enjoyed every holiday, celebrated my daughter turning 21 and my son turning 14, and celebrated 20 years with my husband. We enjoyed drive through events and made the best of every obstacle 2020 threw at us!

I am definitely not sad about 2020 coming to an end and I am looking forward to what 2021 brings us, but I am thankful for what 2020 brought me as well.

Happy New Years, I hope 2021 brings so much happiness to you all!!!

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Social Distancing Halloween Fun

Who says you can’t have fun while staying safe and social distances??

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected and changed our lives in so many ways. Why not let the kiddos have some fun and pretend life is back to normal for one night.

Halloween is one of my favorite nights of the year. Getting to dress up, carve pumpkins and watch all the scary movies I want! I cannot imagine a year without getting to celebrate Halloween.

I ran across some really good ideas off of the Oriental Trading site, that I want to share so that maybe everybody can still enjoy that one night a year it is acceptable to dress up crazy and be a little spooky.

Candy in the Bushes

How cute is this idea! Just get some clothes pins and hang candy all in your bushes for kiddos to come up and grab one, or two.

Set up a table with treats in your driveway

Decorate a table with a spooky Halloween tablecloth and add some cute Halloween cups filled with individually wrapped candy. The kids can just grab a cup and go!

Candy Graveyard

How fun is a candy graveyard!! You can pick up some graveyard decorations from Oriental Trading, or even make your own. Just make it super spooky and add some candy, kids will love searching your front yard graveyard to find yummy treats.

Neighborhood Trunk or Treat

I really wish I lived in a neighborhood, I seriously have 3 neighbors on my road. This idea sounds like so much fun! You can have fun decorating your trunk all Halloweenish and back it up to end of your driveway, and let the kids just run from trunk to trunk piling up on the candy!

Boo Bags

I do this every year for the few neighbors I have. I just find some cute Halloween bags or buckets and fill them with special Halloween treats and leave them on my neighbors door steps with a special “You Have Been Boo’d” sign to go in their window. You could also just have Boo Bags set out for kids to come up and grab.

Scary Movie Marathon

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Okay so this is my kind of activity. My kids are older and done with trick or treating, so a scary movie marathon would be a fun night with my kids. You could even set up an outdoor movie marathon for your neighbors to enjoy as well. Add some popcorn and you got a fun Halloween night.

Pumpkin Decorating

The ultimate Halloween tradition is Pumpkin carving or decorating a pumpkin. You seriously cannot have Halloween without getting your hands all slimy inside a pumpkin.

Haunted House

Why not set up a haunted house in your driveway or yard? My family likes to make a haunted trail in the creek behind our house for friends, family and neighbors to enjoy. Just make sure to practice social distancing and not have too many people at one time.

I have you have enjoyed these ideas for a safe, social distancing Halloween. And I hope you all have the best Halloween.

Stay Spooky my friends!👻

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2020 You Are Not My Friend

2020 seriously has me throwing the bird, no slash that, a double bird, while sticking my tongue out and stomping off!

Covid came creeping in like that creepy neighbor always knocking on your door and looking into your windows to see if you are home. Now, we are all hiding out in our homes, in fear that the Corona will soon get us.

I am literally so tired of being in my home. Cleaning, cooking, remote learning with a 14 year… A stinky 14 year old boy mind you. I get the pleasure of smelling toots and bad breathe all morning while helping him get his day started.

Why did I choose remote learning you may ask…well I was worried about him adjusting to the changes the school has made for the safety of the kids. Such as masks all day, 90 minute classes, and no socialization.

Now, you may ask, why not put your mask on and get back into the World. Well first off, I am not against masks, but it is Texas. We are in the hotter than Satan’s toenails part of summer and I am a sweater. By the time I take off that mask my nose is sweating down into my mouth 😣. Not too mention I am a bit dramatic and I feel like I am suffocating in the mask after a quick grocery store run.

Nothing is fun anymore. I use to love going shopping and browsing every item in the store, now its like supermarket sweep. I get what I need and get out.

When you have a special needs child, that already has breathing problems, you just don’t know how safe it is to take them out. Even with a mask, there is uncertainty!

I just want my life back! I miss socialization! I miss parties!!

I am a planner and I like to have everything planned out and this Covid is wrecking my world. Can we have Halloween? Will there be any Fall activities? What about Christmas and Thanksgiving? There is too much uncertainty, it is driving me crazy!

Not to mention all the hate and violence 2020 has brought into the World. The hate is the worst, people are fighting just to fight, in a time when we should all be coming together as a country.

Then they tell us there are murder hornets and suspicious Chinese seeds being sent to people. That is enough 2020!

2020 has me going on strike in my own home. I stare at trash and think “someone will eventually pick that up“. No such luck, when my strike ends a day later that wrapper is still there waiting.

2020 has brought health problems to my family members and Covid made it where I could not even be with them. Having to sit in the car while calling a nurse over and over again for an update on my parent, is not fun!

I think about last year at this time, we were getting ready to take a trip to Disney World. Now, I get excited just to go to a drive through Birthday Party!

If you have a suggestions on how I can keep my sanity in this difficult time, leave me a comment! Or let me know what you are doing to keep your sanity!

Please 2020 hurry up and go away!!

Here is to 2021, may the World get back to normal!

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What I have learned during COVID 19

The past few weeks have been stressful, to say the least. School is closed, shelter in place has taken place, it is hard finding groceries and everyone is scared and panicked.

My family’s routine is completely out of whack and there is no structure to our days at home. I spend most days just cleaning the house since we are here making messes all day. I was really finding it hard to see any bright side to this situation until I sat back and looked at the situation from another point of view.

Through the midst of all the stress and uncertainty, I have learned things I may have never know otherwise.

* My kids just want attention

As I was going over my to-do list for the next day, I noticed my son asked my husband about cars. He was curious about how his dad knew so much about cars. My husband then told him he learned by working on them. So for the past week my husband and son have been working on his truck, because it broke down right before shelter in place, and I absolutely love seeing them bond together. My son gets so excited when he learns something new and I can tell it brings my husband joy as well. In the past, my husband would be too tired from working all day and the weekends would always be too busy. Now they have time to spend time together, hopefully, after all this is over with they will still take that time to bond over working on stuff.

I think we get so caught up in life we assume they would rather be playing on their devices, but in reality, they just need a little attention.

There are still nice people out there

Over the past month, I have seen so many people going out of their way to do nice things for others. There are some people placing blessing boxes on their doorstep with essential items for people to pick up. There are others who are doing grocery shopping for the elderly or families with a special needs child. I have seen some delivering meals to special needs families doorstep.

With all this craziness right now, I am glad there is still good in this World. I only wish I was doing more to do my part.

There will always be something to clean

Being in the house for weeks has taught me that I could clean 24 hours a day and there will always be more to clean. I feel like I have wasted time with my family by just focusing on the house. So I have learned that I need to stop worrying about the house being spotless, I mean really who is going to see it, and spend more time with my family.

I miss social interaction

Before this epidemic, I had become a bit of an introvert. I was ordering my groceries online and picking up from my car, I was using Amazon for a lot of my shopping and I spent most weekends at home. Now that is all I CAN do! I miss talking to people, I miss nights out, I miss sitting at a restaurant.

It is funny how a horrible situation can make you change your mind about the way you were living life.

So while this is a horrible experience for all of us, there is good to come from it. Enjoy family time, show people you care, stop obsessing over the small stuff and remember to enjoy life more when this is all over with.

My prayers are with all the families suffering from a loss right now and all who are sick, my heart goes out to you.