Today I’m sharing our personal Year in Review 2020.
Year in Review 2020
It’s been long year that seems to have surprisingly flown by in record time.
I don’t send Christmas cards.
- We have family and friends far and wide.
- I have serious ‘card guilt’ and cannot throw Christmas cards away.
- And I’m always looking out for the environment.
But I LOVE to share photos and stories.
I have been creating a post like this for several years now, and it works – In fact, it kind of fun to look back on previous years…
It’s been a year that most of us would rather forget.
But there have been a few silver livings along the way…
Below you will find one photo from each month of our year 2020 and accompanying anecdotes.
New Year and a fresh start? Who would could have anticipated how year 2020 would unfold – Quietly ringing in the New Year we could never imagine what was just around the corner.
Snow arrived early in the season and so we were able to get in some GOOD ski days before the the ski resorts closed down with some weekend adventures in Breckenridge and Vail. Love this photo of Ella and Luke who continue to actually like each other. She’s taller then him here but that changed later in the year.
Ella’s seasonal job at Target evolved into permanent position and she became an ‘essential worker’ this year while still managing to keep up with school. She’s loved almost every minute of it – Photo taken right before the pandemic.
Pretty much sums up what we think of year 2020. This is Monday morning after the schools closed – I don’t think either one of them will ever complain about going to school again. On the upside, we got all sorts of house projects done!
Our sweet black Lab, Raven, fell ill over the weekend and a large mass on her spleen was bleeding into her abdominal cavity. We made the very hard decision to put her sleep. A vet came to our garden so we could be will her every step of the way. We miss her.
Our first family camping trip! Rocky wasn’t too impressed but the rest of us had fun 🙂
Ella turned 18!
And she’s doing the best she can during her senior year – She works 5 days a week and is taking all Honors with the majority of her school being at home this year. She’s applying for colleges but her plan continues to evolve along with current event. To be continued…
Luke was invited to spend September-November in Boston playing Lacrosse. It was quite an experience for this guy who grew up a lot this year in more ways than one. He added more than 3 inches this year and is taller than the rest of us around here.
Eric spent the months from spring into winter chasing wild turkeys, hunting for elk and fishing for trout in the Colorado Great Outdoors and beyond. Not a bad year at all for him.
Luke arrived home just in time for Thanksgiving and his 16th Birthday – We were able to celebrate at one of our favorite restaurants in Denver right before the second round of closures. He was excited to be home and it made this ‘Mom’s’ heart happy to have everyone together again.
Rocky has adjusted almost ‘too’ well to being the only ‘bear’ around here but he still does not like to wear his jacket when it’s cold outside. Proof that we can all survive and prevail even in the most uncomfortable circumstances.
Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season.
Anna, Eric, Ella and Luke.
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Hello, Aspnes Family, and Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing your year with us. The year seemed to drag on and on, but, now that it is at the end, it seems to have passed too quickly! We love all the beautiful things happening with your family – all the growth, all the change, and all the blessing – and feel privileged that you let us tag along. Let’s all enjoy the beauty of the season as much as we can, and get ready for a much better 2021. Happy New Year!
Thanks Stan. Love you guys and hope we can get together soon. Merry Christmas to you both.
All the very best and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Design keeps us sane and happy and you help with that everyday.
Stay safe and enjoy your holiday.
You too Sheree – Merry Christmas 🙂
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL AND LOVING FAMILY !
YOU ALL MAKE OTHERS SO HAPPY.
YOU WILL ALL GROW AND PROSPER BECAUSE THE KINDNESS YOU ALL SHOW COMES BACK AS IT SHOULD DO TO YOU
THANKYOU FOR ALL YOU DO AND ALL YOU ARE
You are very kind Pam – Have a lovely Christmas!
Love your annual year in review posts.
All the very best to you and yours this Holiday Season and beyond.
Please take care and stay safe.
Thank you Sherry – Me too! It’s nice to sum up the year in 12 photos. Merry Christmas.
Hey, thanks for sharing, Anna! I’ll have to start putting something like this together for my family! Hope you all continue to soldier on and can’t wait to hang in the new year (even though it may not be until summer). Stay awesome!
Thanks Sam – Yes! It’s a fun way to recap the year – We are doing well and definitely looking forward to seeing you all again 🙂
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!
Thanks for sharing your family with us – love seeing the Year(s) in Review. Makes my heart warm. And the kids have grown into such beautiful adults (well pretty much there). Does Ella have her heart set on a particular college? Good Luck to Luke and his LaCrosse plans.
And tell Eric to keep killing them hogs. I hate them. OMG, you ought to see my back yard! Pics don’t do the damage justice. The hogs hit us up again this year (after a 3 year reprieve). They even took out the walkway to our ponds before the neighbor had had enough and called some trapper-hunters. This time of year I do NOT go walking around the property. Eric is brave; they are fiercesome beasts. And they don’t run! I’m against automatic weapons but that’s the ONLY way I’d go after those creatures.
Cheers to a great 2021!
Love to you and yours,
It’s my pleasure – Many of you have watched my kiddos grow up 🙂
She’s not sure where she want to go or what she wants to do – Just that she wants to go to college.
It will really be dependent on what happens next year with the pandemic.
He loves going after the Hogs – Unfortunately they not so great to eat LOL.
I had no idea they are SO destructive.
Happy New Year Kaye!