Monday, October 29, 2012

A Weekend Off

My mum is a bit unsure about this blogging lark.....
in fact when I told her I was planning to spend a weekend with 5 bloggers I hadn't met in person before, she got really worried.

And then when she realised she wouldn't be in the country when this meet up was taking place.... she got even more anxious, 
afterall I'm still her little baby in her eyes....all 32 years of me!

But Mum I can tell you, you needn't have been.
The moment I met these girls, I was greeted with smiles and hugs, 
I felt completely at ease, and my butterflies dissolved away.

It was awesome to finally meet these girls that for a long time I had been corresponding with behind the scenes. 
And Deb who had so much wisdom to pass on to me - thankyou x     
It was so refreshing to be able to talk about blogging and all that it entails without judgement or a blank expression.

Infact I enjoyed myself so much, my camera never ventured out, 
I was enjoying living in the moment and all it had to offer. 
( Most of the photo's from the weekend are courtesy of Juliet)

I often scour the pages of facebook where friends of mine without kids ( or just started ) are jetting off to exotic locations and attending this party and that concert with friends in looks glamorous, I would be lying to say I'm not jealous...
 though of course I know, their life is not all a bed of roses. 
But I think it's only natural that I wish I was there, 
joining in with them.  I'm sure I'm not alone in this?

 I realize my choices of starting a family young and relocating to the country has affected my ability to connect weekly with my friends and pop down to the local cafe and catchup....or go overseas...
But I would never change that....

I am with our decisions... happy in my garden pottering around, 
creating at my kitchen table 
and dreaming of the life that we are striving to create for ourselves and our children

sharing a sunset with my mike x

However what this weekend highlighted for me, is that I don't need my friends nearby.... they can be spread far and wide, 
at the end of the day they will still be my friends and we will just pick back up from where we have left off...And I can add to my friends, friends with mutual interests thanks to this little blog... and we can banter back and forth in the background...
but best of all we can attend weekends like these, where we get quality time without kids clambering for our attention.

Photo courtesy of Cat

Thankyou Juliet, Miriam, Deb, Cat and Leonie
I had a wonderful time... and thanks to Sammy and Simone for travelling an hour to see us on a Saturday night

And last of all thankyou to my Mike for travelling 6hrs to look after the kids for the weekend and extending that to an extra 2 days to help me recover from my weekend of late nights of nattering and crafting till midnight xx


tartankiwi said...Best Blogger Tips

I'm so happy that I finally got to meet you in person. You were just as lovely as I expected!
Can't wait to do it again another time...

Leonie said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh wow, it looks like such a wonderful time, I am ever so slightly (ok majorly!) jealous!

I had a giggle about your Mum... almost two years ago we went to meet Simone and Gail and their families for the first time and my Mum said, are you sure they aren't serial killers or something, stalking on the internet.... bahaha. too funny.

I agree, blogging friends mean the world to me, they are like 'instant' friends.

I can't wait until we can move back to NZ so I can meet more of you lovely ladies!

Miriam said...Best Blogger Tips

I didn't realise you hadn't met any of us in person yet - that is pretty brave to come for a whole weekend with us - hoping we were okay!!! It was a delight to meet you and be impressed by your skills

Sophie Slim said...Best Blogger Tips

This whole weekend looks like so much fun!!! I am thoroughly jealous of you all!! ;)


Leonie said...Best Blogger Tips

It was so awesome to meet you and I agree - we all just naturally got on and clicked. It was awesome - go mum and go Mike! And.. Go You for being brave! Cant wait till the next meet up xx

jimbillsmum said...Best Blogger Tips

That is a nice post and looks like you girls had a lovely time. Its amazing to think you all met through blogging :-)

Cat said...Best Blogger Tips

LOL we 'kinda' had met before *smiles*
It was an amazing weekend !! !!
Thank you Mike for making it happen

Deb said...Best Blogger Tips

It was truly awesome to meet you too. I loved all the weekend so much, just what the doctor ordered :)

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