Saturday, 2 January 2021

All about my year 2020

 The last three years I have shared my All about my year 2017 All about my year 2018 and All about my year 2019. I quite enjoy writing these posts and it's a really nice way to reflect back on the year even when 2020 has become a year we'd all like to forget for the most part. However we had some good times and we spent more time together than  we probably thought we would back in January. So I am still taking a look back on the last year with the same 10 questions from previous years. 

I do hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Years despite half the UK being in Lockdown along with other places around the world. It sure won't be one we'll forget for a while.

1. What did you do for your birthday this year? 

I actually had a nice Birthday, I don't usually do much to celebrate anyway so having it at home without our family around is actually my normal. I started the celebration with a Birthday themed Elf who pulled a confetti cannon that launched all over the living room. Which basically means I stood in my living room in the middle of the night throwing tissue paper squares everywhere! I'm not going to lie it was fabulous! I got to relax, eat cake, enter competitions and enjoy time with the children. It was nice, everyone was devastated when there was no candles on my cake because I draw the line at lighting my own candles! They all sang me Happy Birthday at bedtime instead. 

2. What's the biggest thing to happen to you this year? 

Honestly I think everyone would expect me to say the pandemic itself, which in part is true but the biggest thing that happened to me in 2020 was travelling alone, on a plane in the late evening with 3 children under 10 during a global pandemic. Oh yes, I did that and I haven't shared much about our little 'holiday' that was really to attend my Mum's wedding back in August. You see it didn't actually go that well. Getting there was pretty ok despite terrible turbulence and a horrible jerky landing. The problem was it scared Scarlet and our journey home was smooth but plagued with the clinging and screaming of a 3 year old who was utterly terrified to be in the air again. I think sometime this year I will find the nerve to relive the experience in my mind and share more about that flight along with the many more happier memories from our week visiting my mum.

3. What was the biggest thing to happen for your child/children this year? 

Last year there was one big common event that bonded all three children when they first met each other after Avery was born. This year they each had their own big thing! 

For Dylan it was being the only one to celebrate a Birthday with an outing, before the world shut down and life changed! Thinking back now March seems like a whole lifetime ago but we had gone to the cinema to watch Sonic The Hedgehog at his request. It happened on the 7th of March which is just a few days after his Birthday and was just 9 days before the first UK lockdown. We found a beautiful spring themed playground outside the Cinema and they played there for ages before we had headed home. It was a fantastic day and one of Dylan's favourite's this year. 

Scarlet's biggest day was very different since this September was her first day at Nursery! It was very different for her than it had been for Dylan but she hasn't let things stop her, she has made many new friends and adores nursery. We have so many stories she tells us about when she gets out. I'm so grateful that life inside nursery hasn't changed much and that she still gets to play and interact with her friends in a normal way. She is so small and it is so important that she gets the social aspect of school. She's so excited to go back this year when they re-open.

Avery also had a big day, his first birthday! This May saw Avery turn 1 and we celebrated at home with cake, presents, games and fun. He adored being the centre of attention and being able to do as he pleased all day long. 

4. Could you pick a favourite week of the year? 

Yes, I think our best week was visiting my mum, we got to see our family, hug them and play together. The trip included a birthday party for my sister, a hen do for my mum in her back garden, playing at the park, playing Pokémon, morning walks, a trip to the beach where we ate Subway in a sun shower and paddled in the sea. Of course we spent a whole day celebrating my Mum's wedding with our family, she was beautiful, we ate delicious food and dressed up. It was a fantastic holiday.

5. Do you have a favourite photograph of yourself from 2020? 

This one. Back in the summer I had decided to start a new Instagram with the thought I would also write a blog about my journey of body confidence and for about 3 months I kept up and posted regularly, I remembered to take photographs of myself and this photo was taken while I was trying to do just that. It was in my back yard and both boys had come out wanting to join in with the photos. Of course you can't deny the chance to be in the photos with your children so we took several, some nice posed ones like this and others where we made funny faces, tickled each other and had fun. Many of the 'fun' photos ended up a big blur but this one I love.

6. What was your best day out? 

Our best day out was probably the day we headed out and explored around a local park with our picnic packed and we climbed around trees, ran in long grass, smelt the flowers and just enjoyed being outside further from home after having months inside or close by. It felt so freeing for us all to be able to run, play and enjoy time outside without too much worry of staying away from other people as it is a big park with nice large paths. Everyone of us enjoyed getting out properly again. Hopefully 2021 will have lots of days outside being able to run free. 

7. What is the best film you have seen this year? 

Soul! It was Disney's Christmas Day launch but it was incredible. I loved it and the message it gives is fantastic. If you've not yet seen it I highly recommend you do, with or without the children! 

8. Is there anything you wish didn't happen this year? 

I think I speak for us all when I say the global pandemic. I'm sure we would all say the same. It may have changed life for us all but we've lost so many loved ones, jobs, businesses and many people have fought their own mental battles. If we could take away any part of the year I would change that.

9. What would you like to achieve or improve for 2021? 

I want to finish my goals from 2020. With the year we've had some of plans quickly went out the window. I had lots of hopes for 2020 like being productive, keeping up with blogging and email, finishing decorating our house. While many achieved those things in 2020 being at home, I had 3 children at home, one who needed home schooling and two who needed attention and playing because we couldn't have a normal routine. This year I do have some new goals too which I'm putting together in this years hopes for 2021 post. 

10. How will you be celebrating/did you celebrate New Years Eve?

We celebrated at home (like nearly everyone else), with a little party, we watched Harry Potter and rang in the New Year with one child asleep on the sofa and watching BBC ONE ring in the new year wit fire works. It was odd not to see a bustling crowd fill the streets of London and I was so disappointed that there was no Old Lang Sayne sung to mark the new year so I searched Youtube and sang my own! It simply wouldn't be New Year without a terrible rendition sung by myself since Simon still doesn't know the words!

What are your favourite memories from 2020?


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