Riley 2016

I recently made a trip up to Auckland to visit my school friend Monique. We have kept in good contact over the years and when we do get to catch up I always have the best of times. I met Monique at Corelli School of Arts in Browns Bay. I was boarding with a homestay family but I spent most weekends at Monique's house eating peanut butter on toast and dancing like a robot in the lounge (also something we would do most days after school). It always felt like a place I could call home. It feels good going back to visit Monique and her family as it reminds me of a time in my life that I am forever grateful for. 

6 years later.. there is a cool new edition to our friendship, her daughter Riley who you may remember me blogging about previously. Riley seems so grown up since I saw her last, a reminder of how quickly time goes! It was nice spending a few days with them both. I made sure the trip didn't feel rushed, it was the perfect amount of time but of course I felt sad leaving. We made a trip to the Auckland museum, the Winter Gardens and the park not far from their new house. Take a look at some shots of Riley out and about exploring. 

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Always looking forward to seeing them both! Hopefully sooner rather than later! There is talk of a trip to my parents farm early next year. It will be the perfect place for Riley to enjoy and for us to get out of the city. Fingers crossed!