2020 is over! Although the beginning of 2021 might still feel the same as 2020 with the pandemic, we are hoping this year brings blessings to everyone as we certainly feel like we were blessed during 2020. Buying a home during all this was an adventure, and the adventure continues now that the holidays are over and we are working to get settled into our first home!
There is still some painting left to do. And the loft space/game room isn't quite ready, but we are so happy to be starting 2021 in our first house. I can't wait to use all my Home Depot gift cards from Christmas to buy all the lawn equipment and tools I will need. I loved mowing the lawn growing up and am so happy they put in the same type of grass I grew up with and know how to take care of.
We had a wonderful Christmas with my side of the family. We've been safe during the pandemic and kept a tight circle and felt comfortable to visit my family since we could drive there and avoid other people. Meaghan said it was a successful trip because she never left my mom's house and didn't have to wear a mask the whole week! It was lots of games, cards, eating and laughing!
It was a different Christmas this year with some of our old traditions mixed in with new stuff Mom wanted to try for the first time. We made Krumkakes, like always. They're like a waffle cone but from Norway and have detailed designs in them. We made a double batch, so it took the whole family to do it this year. We opened presents via Zoom with my sister's family since they couldn't make the trip home. Unfortunately, we skipped the oyster stew on Christmas Eve and attending church. Instead we watched our church's Christmas Eve service online. We were happy to show my family what our church is like since Meaghan's family got to experience that last year. Mom wanted something different for Christmas dinner so Meaghan and I made a prime rib roast like we do with her family, and it was delicious.
Our families are very ready to add another baby into the family to love on and make memories with.
Meaghan and I are ready for the next semester to begin at school. It has been a very strange school year, and hopefully we can finish the year without any more snags or hiccups and then next fall everything is back to normal. Teaching through a screen and holding "staff meetings" on Zoom have really been an adjustment.
Time to get back to work on the house. Today we're putting away the Christmas tree so we can organize everything.
We know that 2020 may not have turned out how any of us had planned. We pray that 2021 will be better for us all and that blessings may flow.