Once again, it’s been a LONG time since I posted here. I was dilly dallying about still having Mama, Eden & Me as a web address, so when the domain expired I bought the new one and here we are. I know I could have bought it regardless, but I guess I was having a bit of writer’s block. So, if there is still anybody out there who has bookmarks pointing to this page, be sure to update them.
Welcome to 2020! A new year. A new decade. It’s crazy how quick time goes. I wanted to do a little round up of all the things that we didn’t blog about in 2019.. I spoke a lot about these things on our Facebook Fan Page, but it’s been radio silence for a bit here. So, let’s get caught up.
2019 was my first full year with a husband, after eight years with a wife. I’m not going to say a huge amount on this because as far as I’ve concerned, it’s been business as usual. Eden has settled nicely into having a daddy and female pronouns don’t even cross my mind any more. As far as I’m concerned, I have a husband. I’m going to ask Aiden to write a year update as I really want this stuff going out from his perspective.
Eden started theatre school at the start of 2019. She’s always loved performing, dancing and singing so I figured it would be a good investment for her. We did have a little wobble in her first class where she just wasn’t sure, but the following week she was right in the middle, throwing her arms around like the best of them! Her first show was in July and we worried a little about how she’d find being on stage. Needless to say, she loved it and Aiden and I were so proud of her. Her drama teacher told us that right after their first number she came off the stage and shouted “THAT WAS AMAZING!” Since then, she’s done a Christmas show and has another show coming up in July. It’s a struggle to get her out of bed for class, but once she’s there, she absolutely adores it.
Aiden and I represented the organisation we work for on tube and bus station posters this year as part of the #EveryStoryMatters Pride Poster campaign. We also had a shot of the three of us that appeared at all locations too on a little board explaining the campaign. We still have people stop us every so often to say they saw it, which is nice, and the responses have been positive for the most part. It did, however, highlight to me why campaigns like this are important. A few of the posters were shared on social media and the vitriol that was hurled at the people on those posters made me remember what it is we are fighting for. People see Pride as just another party, but really we still have so much work to do.
On the subject of Pride, the three of us walked in our first Pride march in 2019. We’ve been every year for maybe the last eight, but this is the first time that we’ve actually walked. We went along with our company and it was a good day. LOUD, but good. Eden was a superstar and I’m pretty sure she thought that everybody who was there had come especially to see her! Obviously, Eden doesn’t really understand Pride yet, but we take her every year because we agree that it’s an important part of who her family is. Even though Eden is four and as such hasn’t expressed her preferences as of yet, we try our hardest to be open with her and show her all the many different ways that people exist alongside one another. Apart from anything, it helps her to be a good ally. We also vlogged our Pride experience on YouTube if you want to see what we got up to.
We took our second trip to Walt Disney World last year as well. When we went in 2017 we had a good time, but it wasn’t the best. Partly because Eden was ill and partly because the start of December was a bloody awful time to go with regards to crowds. This time we went at the end of September and it was perfect. It was hotter than hell, but crowds were low and everything seemed to go at a nice pace. We also stayed at the Beach Club Resort, which was entirely magical for me because it’s been my dream hotel since forever. It was worth every single penny that we spent. It has the best pool on Disney property as well, which was great for the two days that I could swim thanks to a surprise period – d’oh! I’ll do a separate post on the holiday.
Eden is a verified four year old! On her birthday she did a dance show and we went for lunch with grandad. The day after that, she had a birthday party, which was lovely. We’ve never done a party before as we tried for her first birthday and had a long list of excuses as to why all but a few people wouldn’t be coming. But this year all of her friends were having parties, so we booked a local soft play centre for a couple of hours and she invited her friends. I will say, it was lovely and it made me very happy about the friends she has and the people that we find ourselves surrounded by. It was a real mix there, having invited kids who we have known since they were babies, dance class friends and friends we’ve picked up along the way as well. Eden had a lovely day and felt like a superstar.
That’s essentially how our 2019 went! It was a pretty good year as far as years go, and I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us. It’s already shaping up to be filled with adventure and that’s fantastic.