This last week has been like no other. It’s a week we planned a few months ago, road tripping to Scotland for not only a family break away but to visit as many of our friends as possible.
Last Saturday we drove up to Cumbria, stopping at Sudbury Hall for a wander around en route, and stayed until Monday with our lovely friends from Mental Parentals.
We had a day out, spending time at a museum and soft play, we had lovely meals and we had a lot of time of relaxing, playing and chatting. Our families just work perfectly together and they are a family that I know will be in our lives indefinitely.
Once the kids were in bed we stayed up, playing games, drinking and laughing. It was a really lovely weekend.
After that we headed to Scotland to our holiday home for the week. It was lovely and a great base for the next few days. We met up with a really good friend of mine at Stirling Castle and had a lovely time before going to her house for lunch and playing. I’ve known Amanda since before I was even married, let alone had kids, and now that she is living back in Scotland we don’t see her as much as we would like and it was so lovely to catch up.
The next day we went to Dundee Science Centre with Sarah from Toby Goes Bananas and met her children for the first time. LP and Little Man loved Toby and Gabriel and they all had such a great time playing with all the museum exhibits.
The week came to a close after a day at Edinburgh Zoo and on Friday we found ourselves driving another couple of hours into Scotland to see another of my blogging besties – Pamela from Life with Munchers. Pam has become one of my closest friends over the last few years and because she lives literally 600 miles from us we don’t get to see her very often at all so when we planned our trip to Scotland we knew we had to make sure we saw Pam and her beautiful family.
LP and Little Man loved Pam’s two girls and we all had a great afternoon at soft play. The children had their very first ‘proper’ sleepover in Olivia’s room and once they were in bed us adults had a curry, chatted and watched ‘retro’ 1990’s music videos on the TV. It was so nice to spend time with Pam and her husband and I hope that we’ll get to do it again – although I know that due to the distance I’ll see Pam alone, at blogging conferences and thing, more than I’ll see her with her family in tow.
As I write this, on Saturday afternoon, I am in the car on our journey back down south. It’s a journey that will take us 10 hours and so we are splitting it up with an overnight stay in a hotel half way.
It’s been a great week, full of not only family time but time with great friends too. We have caught up with people who we don’t get to see often enough and now that our holiday is drawing to a close I feel emotional. Emotional about the week that has been, the times that we have had and the memories that we have made. But I am also emotional about the friends that I have, the friends that our children have and once again the friendships that the internet, and blogging, has brought me.
Now we are back to social media, emails and WhatsApp – modern day penpals until new plans are made and our paths cross again outside of the world wide web.