Last weekend I went away for three whole nights without my girls- the longest I have been away without them since they were born. The reason for my absence? I was off having my first 'proper' girly weekend in years, I have been on a fair few nights away but it's usually a rush to get home in the morning, never have I had a whole few days to myself.
I have said before that blogging has bought a huge number of different things into my life- it's opened up opportunities I never knew existed, it's bought me passions and hobbies I didn't know I had, and it's become part of my job- but the main thing it has bought into my life is the friendships. I make friends pretty easily, I like to think I am a good friend, but I am one of those people who is sociable and has a fair few 'mates', but only a few really close friends that I would trust with anything. True true friendships.
I am really lucky that blogging has bought some incredibly inspiring people into my life. Friends who share the same passions, the same creativity and who just 'get it'. Friendships who I know will be around long after the last post on my blog is written and my url goes off into some distant internet heaven in the sky. And this weekend I went to Center Parcs with three of those friendships- Jenny, Lucy and Morgana.
We had a great time. It was so nice to switch off, to not be 'Mum' for a while. I wrote about it in this post, but I came away from the weekend feeling refreshed and inspired. We have lots of changes going on at home at the moment and it was so good to just chat it through with people who I admire and look to for advice. We didn't solely talk blogging, in fact it rarely came up in conversation. But we chatted so much that I have had a sore throat all week- about life, work, love, loss, news, friendships, dreams, secrets and of course our little people who were all having fun with their Daddies at home. Morgana and Jenny are close friends from before blogging and Lucy and I are have been close for a few years now, so our little double team just seems to work so well.
I left my camera at home, but here are a few iPhone snaps from a truly lovely weekend...
Starting off the weekend in style- Jenny and Morgana bought the yummiest cakes and cookies with them- I ate SO much rubbish all weekend and I actually have felt really guilty all week- why do we do that to ourselves?
On the first evening we went to the Spa which was just lovely. Other than that there were no fixed plans at all, we just chilled out, read lots of our books, ate dinner out one night, ate dinner in a couple of nights and just generally chatted until our voices hurt.
After Yoga posing with lovely Morgana. I hadn't done Yoga before and it really relaxed me- I am definitely going to look into doing some at home routines in the evening. I really need some work/life balance.
My bestie. I forget sometimes I met Lucy online. You wouldn't think it as our families are such good friends now too.
One thing I never get a chance to do anymore is read much of my book, especially not during the day. One rainy afternoon we spent hours in Starbucks snuggled up on the sofas reading. It has made me determined to go to bed earlier and read my book each night- so far my new routine is working really well!
On the last morning we went for my FAVOURITE- Pancakes. Everyone else was sensible and had savoury, but of course I went for sweet- cookie dough- yum!