In 2013, the new version of 'pen pals' seems to be stumbling upon friendships in like-minded circles online. It admittedly still sounds pretty bizarre, even in this blogging world, but that is what happened last year when I got myself involved in taking and blogging a photo every single day for a whole year (um, did I really do that?!). I could never have done it without the daily support and inspiration of others participating in the Documenting Delight Project 366 . A crazy-talented bunch of ladies who also happened to be extremely lovely! Most of them are based in Brisbane, so when we were up there on holidays I was lucky enough to meet up with a few of them. It was a little surreal to meet these adorable kids and amazing mothers I 'knew' only virtually. To meet them in real life was so fun - mmmm, kinda like meeting celebrities, heehee!! I have learnt soooo much from all these ladies, though photography-wise I still very much stand in their shadows. I did restrain myself from asking for autographs ;)
I met up with the awesome Tarnya of Get In the Good Light the first week which was such a treat! (Click for a piccie and link to her amazing blog).
In the second week we had a lovely beach meet up with Andrea of HippyHappyMama. It was like meeting a kindred spirit, with our parallel families of 5 year old girls (instant besties, heehee), 3 year old blonde boys (who we kept getting confused with each other) and they even had a precious teeny 4 week old, Daisy... well, Miles is a few months ahead. We had a relaxed afternoon frolicking on the beach (kids) and chatting (parents) which rolled into a pizza dinner back at their place. A sweet family friendship was cemented 'in real life' :) So blessed to meet this lovely little clan! Thanks, Andi! xx
I wish I could capture the sound effects of this gang of four at the beach. (Oh yeah, there is this thing called video, didn't think of that!). The tide was out and this newly formed insta-friendship was blossoming. Wide open beaches released oodles of energy and this little troop just ran. In and out of the water, back and forth on the beach, they just keep running around in a little pack, with constant squealing and drones of 'ahhhhhhhhhh' as they did so. They played and splashed and explored and it was pretty much completely adorable.
Our beach babies, Lily, Hannah, Eli and Blake.
|Eli is apparently flying in most of these shots!|
|She was happy, happy, happy.|
|I was not quite quick enough to capture this - they all sat down in a perfect row to play in the shallow waters.|
It was so precious but they started getting up again before I realised!
|Awwwww, the Daddies chatting and cuddling their babies! (Boys tearing past!!)|
The big group meet up was at New Farm Park by the river with about nine gorgeous families from the Documenting Delight group. Five lazy hours hanging out in the shady park, 'meeting' an amazing group of women and their ridiculously cute gang of kids. Lots of chatting was done amongst the mamas :) Once again, the kids just took to each other instantly and they had a blast roaming around and making their own mischief. It was..... needless to say... delightful.
Thank you, DD ladies, for coming to meet our crazy little crew. It was honestly a pleasure and privilege to meet you all :)
|It is pretty surreal to see these three little faces in a shot together. Tree climbing with Thomas, Eli and Blake|
|The perfect tree for climbing - kids everywhere!|
|Group shot of some of the most photographed kids on the planet, haha! Mark got a phone shot of the 'mamarazzi'|
all snapping away at this moment!!! (Not all the kids in this shot as families were coming and going)
|Cuddles!!! (Blake and Eli are like 'Noooo!)|
|Lining up for a race with their ribbon wands Tarnya helped make on the day - big hit!|
|Love the 3 littlies on the left who are like 'ummm what are we supposed to be doing?'|
|We were very honoured to have Tarnya take a family snap for us :)|
|We managed to sneak in a new family member in this shot!! (Hi T!)|
|Hannah and Lily. These two clicked in a beautiful way and had so much fun|
playing together. They have promised to be pen pals now... well at least till
they can email I guess ;)
|Twinsies Eli and Blake|
This world is full of beautiful people and it's a blessing to meet some more of them :)