How time flies by when you ‘grow up’

by Hannah

Yesterday we returned from a weekend away in Dorset to attend the wedding of one of my school friends. Slowly but surely we are all getting married off and it’s always a lovely occasion not only for the wedding but because I always get to catch up with my oldest friends.  As the years go by the time between seeing each other seems to get longer but we are all just the same together really when we see each other again. It had been three years since our last get together for our 30th birthdays. Beastie was just a baby then and this time round I was there with my second baby at the same stage again.

When we were on the road I popped the sun visor down in the car to check my makeup I noticed the lines at the sides of my eyes more than usual.  The result of lots of squinting over the years and age (this obviously wasn’t the first time I had noticed them). My husband commented that in fact his were worse than mine and considering he is younger than me it’s maybe not so great but we both agreed lines look far more distinguished on a man, don’t you think?

So throughout the day I noticed that we’re all looking a bit older these days and it made me realise that you never see yourself as older when you are young and you never expect the time to pass by quite so quickly. When I met all my friends, some as far back as when we were four years old, we had no lines at all, they all look the same but yet so different as our grown up selves, mostly married with children. As we have been friends this long already I know that we will all continue to meet up over the coming years and watch each others families grow. We have another wedding in October nearby so we all get to meet up much sooner than we normally would…

Once again it was lovely catching up with them all and watching my emotional friend get married (after waiting many years for a proposal). During the wedding Baby Beastie was one of the star attractions (apart from the bride of course) and he was more than content with being cuddled by his adoring fans. I think he made quite a few people broody.

I haven’t lived where I grew up now for over ten years and every time I go back something has changed, as you would expect. Each time it has that familiar feeling about it but yet it’s becoming increasingly alien. We drove past what used to be the local nightclub and I was really sad to see it had been turned into a Spar shop! That place held a lot of memories and it’s like it’s just been wiped off the scene. Admittedly it was a dive but it was the only club we had.

So we’ve up grown up, most of us have moved on and collectively we have travelled to lots of places and experienced many things but we will always hold the place where we grew up as special.

We attended the wedding with only Baby Beastie as we knew it wouldn’t be much fun for Beastie, especially as there were no other toddlers going that he could play with. So instead he spent the day with his Aunty in Lyme Regis where he had lots of fun visiting an aquarium, building sand castles on the beach and running through a field picking daisies. He really enjoyed his sleep over and I think these photo’s capture his day perfectly.


Katie @mummydaddyme 11th June 2012 - 8:49 pm

Aww Beastie looks like he had a great day. And I know what you mean, it is always strange seeing old friends again. I have my best school friends wedding in a couple of weeks- so strange, especially as a lot of my school friends are single and living the high life- and I am a married mum! x

Mummybeastie 12th June 2012 - 9:42 am

Oh you will have a lovely tan in time for the wedding 🙂 One of my friends at the wedding pictured with her boyfriend is living the high life in London at the moment but I think she’s beginning to settle down xx

HELEN 12th June 2012 - 9:36 am

ahh looks like Beastie had a fab time, I think he needs to go & stay with Aunty for the summer holidays!

Definitely some broody friends you have there although I’m not sure the guy in the top right pic is feeling it!

Glad you had a great time & I bet I have more lines that you!! x

Mummybeastie 12th June 2012 - 9:40 am

Yes he had a ball on the beach, bless him!

The guy in the picture was giving it all ‘don’t give her any ideas’ but it was all talk, I tell you. Give them another year…

No comment on the lines….ha ha ha xx

Baby Gifts 13th June 2012 - 11:15 am

It’s funny because whenever I meet up with my old school friends, I always check the mirror for my laughter lines! And I always make a conscious effort to compare them to my friends (without them knowing of course!) to see who has faired the best!

Mummybeastie 19th June 2012 - 10:33 pm

I was so doing this and I think I will only get worse! ha ha x

SAHMlovingit 19th June 2012 - 10:30 pm

Yup, lines do look more distinguished on men *harumph* I have a toy boy too!

It must be strange seeing old friends that you haven’t seen for a while. I don’t have that as I still live in the vicinity (more or less) of where I grew up. I’m SO jealous you went to a wedding. We were supposed to go to Matts best friends wedding but it was 31st March (3 days after TC came into the world) so we couldn’t go. I was gutted….not been to a wedding for over 4 years now!

Looks like Beastie had a perfect day too 🙂


Mummybeastie 19th June 2012 - 10:36 pm

Toy boys are the way forward…ha ha.

It was lovely to go to a wedding but would have enjoyed myself more without Baby Beastie. I think I will get my sister to look after him in October so that I can enjoy myself properly with my friends rather than looking on! xx

would like to be a yummy mummy 20th June 2012 - 1:29 pm

Looks like a lovely day and lots of gorgeous photos. Baby beastie is growing up fast…what a cutie pie, as is his older brother too of course xx


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