2019 was such a year. When I really think about it, I don’t know how I didn’t go crazy. I mean I did, but let’s just assume I’m always crazy. In 2019, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus changed the country scene with “Old Town Road”, Billie Eilish told us she’s a “Bad Guy”, and I personally always had “Sunflower” by Post Malone & Swae Lee stuck in my head. The Jonas Brothers got back together, I turned 22 years old, we found out what came after ‘the snap’ in Avengers: Endgame, and we were taken back to East High with High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
2019 brought a lot of change in my life, and most of it happened during the second half of the year. First of all, I’m not even ending the year with the same last name I started with. On July, 20, 2019, in the presence of some of our closest friends and family, I married the love of my life and became a Mercado. It was a small wedding at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Gainesville. Our reception was at the Blue Gill Restaurant. The whole weekend was everything I could have asked for.
Throughout the whole month of July, we were packing up our apartment and slowly moving things to Lakeland until, finally, we moved out of our Beacon Hill Condo of three years on July 30, 2019. A lot happened in that house. First, it was Donald, Justin, and Chief who lived there, and I really got closer to Justin. Then, when Jut moved out, Mickey and I moved in, and we waited for the birth of our first son, Zeke. This house watched us evolve from college students trying to find our way and into parents still trying to find our way.
We stayed at Leo’s house for the first couple weeks of August. Donald turned 24 on August 8, I quit my job on August 13, and on August 14, 2019, we left Gainesville to start the next chapter of our lives in Lakeland. It was an adjustment at first, especially with Donald starting his first year of his Physical Therapy program, but we finally had a good flow going after a month or two. Then came Theo.
On October 19, 2019, Sir Elijah Theodore came screaming into our lives. I wrote all about his first month here, but long story short, he is still screaming. He is getting chunkier and more interactive, but definitely still screaming. Two months later, we still haven’t really gotten a routine together, but hopefully that’s something that will come quickly in the new year. On December 20, 2019, our bigger little man, Zeke, turned two years old, and man. Time flies. We had a blast throwing him a party and going to Legoland. But most importantly, I had a blast looking at how much he has grown.
It’s so surreal to think about how much has happened in the second half of this year alone. I went from engaged to married, one kid to two, and a Gainesville resident to Lakeland. My goals of 2020 include reading 20 books, running at least one 5K, and keeping up with this blog. I have a few other aspirations up my sleeve, but I’ll tell you guys about them at a later date. Until then, I hope you all have had a great 2019, and I pray that 2020 will bring you so much joy.
For the last time in 2019, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. See you in 2020. A new decade! Wild. Love, Meg.