Time With Friends {The Ordinary Moments}

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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13 Comments

  1. February 21, 2016 / 8:15 am

    It was lovely to have you Donna! I’m glad you had a great rest-of-the-week seeing others, including our Pamela! x

  2. February 21, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Glad that you had a week filled with lots family fun and friends. Hard to imagine 10 hour drives with children but someday. Thank you for sharing!

  3. February 21, 2016 / 8:59 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your holiday. Oddly we are also going on a road trip to Scotland to visit friends this year. I can’t wait!x

  4. February 21, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    What a lovely week you’ve had! Glad you got to see so many friends during your holiday. It’s lovely that so many of them were through blogging. x

  5. February 21, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    What a great adventure you have had this half-term week. I bet it was so lovely catching up with everyone. It sounds like you all enjoyed it. I love your take on modern day pen pals x

  6. February 21, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Such a lovely post Donna and I love what you wrote about modern day pen pals. It sounds like you have had a wonderful holiday, it is amazing what blogging and the internet have bought to all our lives. We are very lucky. xx

  7. February 22, 2016 / 7:08 am

    Sounds like you have had such a lovely week (did you see the panda?!?)
    Blogging at times can be crap but knowing you’ve made some really good friends is always so lovely xx

    • February 22, 2016 / 7:25 am

      Nope didn’t see the panda 🙁 x

  8. February 22, 2016 / 8:41 am

    It was great seeing you and meeting the family. It’s hard to gauge personalities through screens, but the kids really hit it off and Dave is hilarious. x

  9. February 22, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    I’m so glad you had a lovely break Donna- you deserve it after all your hard work with the FB group! It’s so nice that blogging pals can become RL friends too x

  10. February 22, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    That is so nice that you have made so many good friends through blogging and really lovely that you could meet up with so many of them. Sounds like a fab week, I’ve never been to Scotland, it’s on my to do list!

  11. February 22, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Sounds like a busy but perfect week! I do love it when your friends Children get on well with your own, it makes for a easy life!! Lovely post XXX

  12. February 22, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    Oh what a fabulous half term – it sounds like it was so much fun, and such a treat to real life catch up with the people who normally live in the computer 🙂

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