Here's my throwback to the start of Eazyfruit, when I was planning our move to Barbados.
From September 2020
What do you do when a pandemic turns your life upside down?
You pack your four kids and your dog and rent a townhome by the beach in a small town in Barbados, of course. And then you start a blog about it.
Why are you here?
You love me and want to stay informed as to my family's antics and what will inevitably be ridiculous and entertaining stories from Barbados.
You are coming to Barbados on the Welcome Stamp, like us, and would like to know what the f to expect (unlike us, You're Welcome).
You accidentally clicked here. I'm delightful if that helps.
Welcome to my life! Thank you for visiting! You may call me Liz, Lizzy, Jones, Jonesie, Mother of Dragons or simply Lopez.
I have five kids, a husband, a dog, a house, and a very tight-knit group of extended family with whom I see more than regularly.
My husband and I try to grab the low-hanging fruit when possible. Despite the deliberation that would come in uprooting your family anytime, let alone during our first pandemic, escaping America during the first COVID winter seemed like grabbing the easy fruit.
Our family decided to abandon our home for 9 months to enjoy a nearly COVID-free winter in a tropical paradise. My job as a Sr. Business Analyst has always been remote, and COVID turned my husband’s job as an IT Consultant remote as well. My older daughter signed up for virtual learning instead of in school because of no real COVID protocols put in place by the school, and my older son is trying online as well because traditional school doesn’t work for him. My youngest daughter should have started Kindergarten in September, but her Spanish Immersion school started the year virtual and we weren’t prepared to work and teach all year long.
Our family has survived a lot over the last decade of togetherness. There have been amazing events, like adding our babies to our original family of five (even though they're four and five now, wahh), and there have been events that challenged us and tore us apart before making us closer again. The thought of a COVID winter made us unanimously decide to bite the bullet and say let’s do it. The timing seemed right; we wouldn’t be able to be with our extended family like we had been all summer, once outdoor gatherings weren’t possible because of Wisconsin temperatures. I would never voluntarily miss the holidays with our family, but these were trying times during a pandemic and nothing is business as usual.
Pandemic or not, my favorite place to be is outside. You can find me walking the dog with earbuds in, listening to an audiobook or the latest current events podcast, or playing sports outside with my 4-year-old or finding new bugs and flowers to examine with my 5-year-old. A bit of a neat freak, I don’t hate cleaning and doing yard work. That could be because I get to listen to my book and enjoy the quiet time, or because I really like a clean house and a nice yard, but most likely just both. :)
Follow my families’ journey here in Barbados as we navigate a new culture, new foods, new scenery, and a (temporary) new life. We’re excited to share our adventure with you <3
This question was asked literally every time we mentioned our plans. The answer was easy.. they offered it! Barbados' economy suffered (like everywhere else) when the pandemic hit. With travel at a standstill, they sought ways to bring their country back to life. Enter the Welcome Stamp, which allows those who work remotely to reside in Barbados and work for up to 12 months. The nation did a remarkable job at keeping COVID at bay and handle each new case responsibly, with aggressive contact tracing and mandatory quarantine when necessary.
Here is why we said Yes to Barbados:
They asked us to come!
Low, low COVID numbers
We predict things will shut down during WI fall/winter/flu season, and that would be far less bearable than it was during spring in WI
Certain family members loathe Wisconsin winters, throwin' him a bone
Family adventure and bonding
We wouldn’t be missing much here, with our favorite holidays and events likely not happening
Kindergarten in a new culture is far superior to virtual kindergarten
9 months on the beach isn’t something to sneeze at
Chance to go out to eat again, dance with my spouse, and enjoy other people
Bonus: Avoiding America’s election (although we did vote, of course!)