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New Year Resolutions


How did your 2020 "New Years Resolution" turn out? What did you plan for the year? I'm sure none of us anticipated the year we ended up with but still, what did you complete despite the adversity you faced? At the beginning of this year, I committed to spend less money on "things" and more money on "things to do". I decided that my family had enough stuff and I wanted more memories.


So, the first week of March we headed off on our first ever family vacation. Nothing spectacular, but we spent four days at a hotel in the Wisconsin Dells. As worried as I was about the virus looming, the hotel refused to give us a refund so we stocked up on hand sanitizer and I spent the week urging my kids not to touch their face. Yes, I'm that Mom. The overly worried BUT always prepared kind. Now, as funny as it is, we don't have any photos of this dells vacation. All I took were a couple videos. I feel like we ran around like crazy the four days we were there between play areas, arcades and swimming pools; barely getting any time together to really enjoy the moment.

Then two weeks later, the stay at home order hit Illinois. I'm sure that means a lot of different things depending on who you speak to but for me, it meant more time at home, more time with my kids and absolutely no income for two months. We thankfully survived. But this moment also helped to validate everything I had been feeling earlier in the year. It's the moment when I fully decided that I wanted to purchase a school bus. It was during this time frame that all my friends yearned for life to "go back to normal" when I realized that our "normal" was going to look completely different from here on out. I decided to follow my heart and see if it leads me to where I really yearn to be in life. Happy.


Summer started and we discussed going camping. This is something we have done in the past but not since my younger two kids were born. After a ton of online searching, we determined that camp sites were just not a good option for us this year. State Parks seemed to be overbooked because of the pandemic and most did not offer much private space. We would be spending all of our hiking and exploring with masks on, doing our best to avoid other families. So instead, I searched for private cabins we could rent. I found two with great reviews within four hours of our house, both on private farmland. I booked one in July to go on a trip with our two little boys and one in September to go on a trip with all four of the kids.

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This turned out to be the highlight of my year. Unplugging with my kids was absolutely wonderful. My three older kids raved about the cabin we stayed at and begged not to leave. They told me how much they would rather go on a hike and see the farm animals then stay at another hotel with waterparks. Yes, you read that right. My kids would much prefer the quiet, calm, slow setting of a cabin then all the play places, go karts, swimming pools and arcade games.

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Then in November, we got the offer to scrap anything we wanted to use in our school bus conversion out of an old RV up in Wisconsin. I jumped online and booked another cabin in the north woods for three days. We headed off on another trip with our two little boys. What a wonderful way to end the year! I started the year never taking my kids on a vacation and always buying them stuff. Now, I still have to slow down on the buying of "things" and start purging our rental house like crazy in order to minimize before we move into the bus BUT I have come so far from where I was last year. We somehow ended up taking FOUR vacations in a year that we had very limited income. I have so many great memories from the cabin trips we took and I can't wait until next year. The only thing that makes 2021 better is that all of our trips should be in our big yellow school bus!


What's my goal for 2021?

To finish our school bus conversion, of course!

What's yours?

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