Jul 23, 2013

NSW Bloggers Brunch: A Courageous Experiment with The Kids

This Friday, I'm taking the kiddos down to Sydney - a courageous sole parental 4 hours drive there and 4 hours drive back, baby! I'm attending the NSW Blogger Brunch - with babysitting services provided and all. I couldn't give that a miss!

I'm definitely looking forward to it and was so stoked to be invited that I decided to take Ally out of school for the day. "Decided" sounds like such an empowering word; I should really say "I had no choice but to" because I pretty much have to leave home around 6ish and we have no one to take her to school. I only realized later that most mums would probably be taking their preschoolers and now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Ally won't get bored or puzzled about being in a room with dozens of little ones.

Amidst other fears, worries and nightmares of Kasey chucking her spectacular big tantrums and getting featured on other mums' blogs about having some toddler disrupt the event... I am really excited and looking forward to meeting some of the bloggers whom I have been following for the whole last year of my blogging + before I started blogging.


My baby does do this a lot.


I have to say it gets a little surreal sometimes and I do feel really blessed. I remember the early days when I told my husband I wanted to start a blog... to the days when I first started and he did chuckle when I said I had 5 readers (he obviously did not understand it is not all about statistics!)... And then 15. And then 20. And then more...

I appreciate all the connections I have made, the little snippets of people's lives that I have come across (whether through blogs, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). This is only the 2nd bloggers event that I have attended so I have to say I haven't at all mastered any relevant social skills for such events. I'm nervous, excited, worried and am feeling a whole other bunch of emotions. Not to mention the added pressure of taking the kids along.

Care to share if you have any tips? Or let me know you'll say hi to me if you're attending too? ;)



*Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT as always!*

19 comments:

  1. How exciting! I'm sure Ally will be fine and not get bored :)
    It'll be a lovely day out!
    Good luck with the drive
    xx

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Sarah! Thanks for your comment :) Well, turns out I'm not taking Ally anymore... But still keeping my fingers crossed about the baby!! xx

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  2. Don't worry, anybody that has kids understands what it can be like! I'm sure your kids will enjoy meeting and playing with others - and that you will too! ;-)

    Visiting from #TeamIBOT xxx

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    1. Thanks Janet! Can't wait to meet the lovely bloggers I have been following! :)

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  3. I think you'll have a good time. Yes, it's intimidating meeting fellow bloggers, but I'm sure you'll have fun, and possibly start new friendships too. Plus, free babysitting? Good gosh it's a deal.

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    1. It sure can be intimidating! I'm so nervous! It is a wonderful event (already, in my eyes!) with free convenient parking and babysitting and brunch. How good is that? Great deal indeed!

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  4. I loved the cartoon as well! I have definitely found a whole new world of lovely people in the blogging communities since I started blogging - it's wonderful! I hope your road trip goes well. :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope so too! So excited (and nervous) about tomorrow :)

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  5. Have a wonderful time! Blog functions are always a bit scary but a lot of fun too. :)

    I had to have a little chuckle at the photo though!

    Drive safe!

    xx

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    1. Thanks lovely!! The photo is funny hey :) Well, not so funny if I have to actually deal with that. Fingers crossed! Thanks hun xx

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  6. Have a great time Mandy!! I hope the tantrums are not too bad!!

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    1. Thanks lovely Ann! Fingers crossed big time! xx

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  7. You would not believe how many of us feel the same. I hope to meet you there and provide a bit of support for each other :)
    Becc

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    1. Oh it would be great to meet you Becc! Can't wait :)

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  8. Pray for God to be in control. N hv fun.

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  9. I will be attending the bloggers brunch as well. It will be my first blogger event and I'm more nervous for myself than my kids. hahaha. I will be taking my 4 year old and my 6 week old. I'm not too worried about my 4 yr old as kids seem to make friends everywhere they go. It's me I'm worried about! I hope to meet you there :)

    Kell

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    1. Would be great to see you there Kell! Turns out I'm not taking my older one anymore but still taking the baby.. can't wait to see your kids and you! :) xx

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