Hello July! 👋

I blinked and now we are starting another month of quarantine. When 2020 began we all had so many plans and things we wanted to do before the pandemic made the world stop. I’ve been having good weeks and bad weeks like many other people. Mid-June I packed up a suitcase and rented a car to stay at my parents house for the summer. I’m currently not working so I wanted to give myself a summer vacation I will never be able to have again at my parents house in North Carolina. My parents recently moved to their dream home to retire in a cute historic neighborhood on the water. Not only is the house gorgeous, it has a big backyard with a pool where I spend every morning getting some laps in and a screened in back porch where I can read at night. One thing that was really getting to me was sitting idle the last few months. My dad keeps joking that it takes a lot of work to maintain a house like this but it’s been great for me because I can spend a few hours a day working on a project.

Last week my dad and I went on a long bike ride through the neighborhood and I didn’t realize how much I missed the suburbs! We rode around the marina to see the boats and stopped to get a scoop of ice cream as a sweet treat. We wore masks and were able to socially distance but for a few hours, it felt like everything was normal again. It’s little moments like this that bring me so much joy! I’m looking forward to a lot more days like this during the summer. I’m really proud of my parent’s town because whenever we have to run errands, everyone is wearing a mask. It makes grocery shopping or walking through town a lot safer.

My mom and I have a few house projects planned during my visit which is a great way to stay busy while at home. There is a great hiking trail near my parent’s house which we like to visit to get a long walk in while staying safe since it’s pretty empty. I can’t wait to share photos when we are done! We already started working on turning a storage room into a proper craft room which has been a lot of fun.

The popular holiday that truly kicks off summer, the 4th of July is going to look different for everyone this year. We still plan on a cookout in the backyard and stopping by a neighbors house to safely socially distance for a drink. I still plan on wearing my red, white and blue! One thing I love about staying at my parent’s house is being able to wear my summer wardrobe and get out of my pajamas! It has definitely helped my mood and it’s great to get dressed up every day even if it’s just to stay in the house.

I hope everyone is able to make the most of July with picnics, bike rides or long walks to enjoy the summer sun!

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