Lunch dates with a friend are one of those events I miss pencilling in to the diary. Since becoming a mummy its the little things like grabbing a coffee and a couple of hours away with a friend that I miss so much. Adult conversation, catching up, laughing about the little things and generally just finding a teeny bit of time to be me. More so than other little things I do find it more difficult to make time to meet with friends, I think we all do – especially when some live so far away. And of course, with Mr H and I both working full-time, finding time to do the things we love like exercise and running my little online space doesn’t leave a lot of time outside of being mummy and daddy to our gorgeous boy. Weekends are often filled with family time as lets face it that time is so precious and lets not forget birthday parties and running between football, swimming and drumming classes.
Don’t get me wrong I do make time for my friends but it tends to involve our little family and more often than not turns into a play date which in itself is nice but it isn’t the same as just sitting and chatting about not much at all to a good friend. Being a mummy to one, I think it is really important for him to see his friends and of course it generally involves a nice cup of tea and a sweet treat so in that sense I cannot complain. I also want our gorgeous boy to have as much of a social life as possible. As ever finding the balance is a challenge.
Speaking of friends, let me introduce to a good friend of mine. The lovely Jenny from Lets Talk Mommy. Some might think its strange that someone who I met online some three and a bit years ago is now a really good friend. Jenny was the first blogger that I reached out to for advice. We’re so alike and so different in so many ways, for a start this gorgeous girl is American – I just love her accent. We have the same passion for photography and capturing our families, we both love fashion and generally being all girly which is lovely to share with someone. And genuinely, Jenny is one of the nicest people I know, someone who looks out for you, truly understands this online world I find myself in on a daily basis and lets not forget my personal fashion photographer.
I would love to say that Mr H is the perfect Instagram husband, sadly he is not. He isn’t sad about this at all. He is the first to admit that he dislikes taking my photo, mainly because I direct him, get a little bossy (who knew) – he would prefer to mess around with the camera whereas I just know which shots I want and need and lets not forget that horrid feeling of being really awkward in front of the camera – I am usually behind it!
Thankfully Jenny and I took the plunge one weekend at the beginning of the year to take photo’s of each other for brand collaborations and I am so glad that we did. We have both become so much more confident behind and in front of the camera and we have even managed to combine our photo shoots with play dates with our gorgeous littles who also enjoy spending time with each other. We’ve helped each other so much and I genuinely am so thankful that this little online space of mine brought us together.
A few weeks ago we managed to grab a few hours together at Tatton Park, we took photo’s of each other in the gorgeous walled gardens, we chatted and stocked up on photos of beautiful blooms, fashion photo’s and of course we stopped for a little drink and slice of cake. It was such a beautiful day, the sun shone the whole time we were there which helped to make it quite simply a perfect day.
A few days after we caught up Jenny disappeared to America for the summer and I won’t lie I am really missing our regular conversations. Thankfully this online world we live in helps us keep up to date. She has only been gone for a few weeks but already I am desperate for her to return, not only for the conversation but also because I am running out of photo’s to share.
Here are a few from our day…
I couldn’t write this post without mentioning a few others that I have met in this online world who have since become friends offline. Ones I chat to frequently, often more than my offline friends which at first felt a little strange. We meet up for playdates and spend time with without the littles, or just remain friends online. If truth be told I am so glad that I have found them, these last three years have been wonderful getting to know them all. Its a great thing to make new friendships and ones with likeminded people, who have similar passions, hopes and dreams. Thank you Pamela, Darren, Emma and Sian for being so lovely and supportive.
Gorgeous photos and I always forget how gorgeous Tatton Park is, especially as it is only 20 minutes away. Must make the effort to take the kids over the summer holidays. x
Oh babes where do I start and where do I end this box isn’t even big enough to do so. Thank you ever so much for your kind, supportive, amazing, loving, sweet words. You have made my whole summer. You know I feel the very same about you. Always the positive and happy person when I am with you and talking online with you. You can always see the good in something or bring out the good out of the bad in any situation. You truly have a heart of gold. I love that we not knowing each other well became roomies at a conference and from there have become so much closer. I love our playdates, our photowalks, lunch dates, and girlie chatter and my whining that I am crap at photography everytime hahaha I love having you as one of my go to people for sure. This post is such a lovely gesture of your amazing friendship. I am sure hubby is happy to be rid of being your fashion photographer too hahaha Your welcome Mr H. 🙂
It’s so lovely that you have one another close by! You always take lovely photos of one another too. Totally hear what your saying about it sometimes being nice to have time to chat without the littles around too. Sometimes it’s impossible to cut with them vying for your attention. I bet you can’t wait for your camera buddy to return from holiday!! xxx
You two are gorgeous!! Online/ blogging friends are the best, I feel so grateful for all the lovely people blogging has given me over the past three years. Love this dress on you too xxx
It’s so lovely that you’ve found such a friendship in each other. My two best friends live at opposite ends of the country and our lives are all at very different stages – at most we meet up once a year. I wish I had friends close by to meet up with and talk about life and love with, but as you say – it’s hard to create the time to meet up with current friends, let alone make new ones! These are such gorgeous photos of the two of you together x
Thank you lovely. You’re so right, finding the time is really hard. I’m glad I have found new friends through this little online world. x
You two make such a great team and both have such an eye for gorgeous captures. Working together in community is one of my favourite things about blogging. xx
Aww thank you Morgana, that’s how I see it – coming together, share passions and share ideas x
Gorgeous ladies!! I wish I was closer! I miss not seeing you more xx
I miss you too lovely x