Me and Mine | March 2017

March has been full of birthday celebrations, planning the next few months exciting adventures and also some SUN!!

April is going to be our busiest month yet, I am away 3 out of the 4 weekends and also spending 5 days in Wales on a photography workshop retreat (which I am SO excited about I can’t even tell you.) It is also the Easter holidays so I have a feeling come May i’m going to need a spa day… 😉 I will be making short videos of some our days during the holidays so please do go and check out our little YouTube channel and subscribe if you’d like to keep up to date with what our weeks are looking like!

We’ve been loving having the sun grace our skin a bit more in March. The freckles are making an appearance and the windows have been swung open on more than one occasion. It feels like we have turned a corner and I know when I say this i’m speaking on behalf of 95% of the British population –  Bring oooonn the Summer!!

Our Me and Mine photos this month were a struggle. Mainly because my newly 5 year old daughter was a complete misery. My sister in law and I decided we would take each others photos when we could as we all know having a tripod set up is a complete ballache so we took prime opportunity on Mother’s Day to take these. Alas, when a child doesn’t play ball there aint enough love nore money thats going to change her mind. Just check out that face on the 2nd picture. But thank you, Harri, for grabbing these 3 for us. I actually really love the first one of us all!

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Can’t wait to flick through everyone elses this month, promise I will be commenting on much more from now as I have massively slacked so far!  Do go check out the other wonderful co hosts and have a nosey at their photos too. LucyAlexKatieFrithaJenny and Lucy.

 
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Me and Mine | August ’16

August!!? Where have you gone?! I cannot get over how fast these Summer hols have gone and I know we say this every month but REALLY. 1 week today and they are back to school. The start of a new chapter for my darling (demanding, stroppy, diva like) Elsie.

SLOW DOWN LIFE.

We have had a total and utter blast. Yeah, it’s been really bloody hard and I have had my fair share of tantrums alongside the kids but on a whole it has been awesome. We are feeling ever so grateful for the great British weather who was clearly on our side this year and I don’t think we had a single day where we didn’t go outside for at least an hour or two! HALLELUJAH!! I’ll be honest, the thought of spending 6 weeks solo with the kids did terrify me somewhat and I was half dreading the thought of thinking of something to do day in day out. But alas, they have been happy to play in the garden or just wander up to the park in between the trips to see friends, walks in the woods and picnics at the beach.

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We wrote a Summer bucket list (which i totally meant to blog about) and we have ticked off nearly every single one so I’d say that was a result! Not only did we have a 6th birthday to celebrate (which again… I meant to blog about….) we went camping, AND welcomed a new baby cousin into our family. (WHICH I WILL BE BLOGGING ABOUT…!!) We have had a pretty spectacular 6 weeks.

So I have written a post about our trip to Mayfield Lavender and touched on the fact it wasn’t all it cracked up to be with 3 fed up kids, a lot of stinging nettles and 5000 bumble bees. But we did get a few hilarious shots that are too good not to share 😉 They are not how I wanted them, as always, but I need to stop putting pressure on myself to deliver the best photos month in month out. And actually, this shows exactly who we are as a family. Totally bonkers.

Happy September folks!

Char x

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Me and Mine June ’16

I am fully aware I have exhausted all outlet for holiday snaps but just let me have this one more post, okay?! 😉

We couldn’t resist having our June family photos from our holibobs from the beginning of the month. I again, had visioned them to be like this at all and I had hoped for some on the beach more, but alas I really do love a sunset so a sunset it shall be!

The bonus about going away with family is they can take your pictures for you without having to use the remote and a tripod! Thank you Harri for taking our me and mine photos for June!

You can have a look at some of my other posts about our time away here , here and here!

Char x

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Me and Mine May ’16

I can’t even begin to tell you how stressful this little jaunt down to the river side was. Imagine trying to pose 3 children and a husband, then running to position the camera on a stack of straw and mud as you couldn’t find your tripod, putting on the self timer and running back down as fast as you can and positioning yourself correctly. All whilst the kids are now bored, and the dog is photo bombing in the least dignifying position ever and the camera already clicked to take the photo 3 seconds ago whilst you were shouting at the dog and the children and the husband…

Breathe.

This month has been quite emotional in lots of ways. Our eldest baby turned 8 at the weekend and it was also our 5 year wedding anniversary last week. Lots going on behind the scenes that I tend to not write about, or share with many people either. I think i’ll probably write a post about it one day but for now I am going through some things that are being dealt with but will be a long process! So please excuse my lack of motivation on my blog at the minute but hopefully I will get my mojo back whilst sipping cocktails and soaking up some sun next week. Did I tell you how excited I am we are going away in 4 sleeps!!?? 😉

Anyhoo… here are my few pictures we did manage to take one evening along the river side. As stressful as it was, I love the light in them and how cringey co ordinated we are… Definitely wasn’t planned. Okay it was.

Char x

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Me and Mine March ’16

I am pleased to announce that we are ILL FREE! 😉 February consisted of virus after cold after cough and March has consisted of recovery, slowing down and family time.

Although technically we haven’t had a quiet March we have squeezed in the odd sofa day which seems to have calmed the pace of our crazy March schedule. A 4th birthday, (posts here, here and here) Mother’s Day and Easter seem to have consumed our March but for all the right reasons. Lots of time for family days and enjoying each others company, I hope that April is just as wonderful!

My blog has been pretty much taken over by our youngest and if you’re a new reader looking at my blog right now you would assume we just had 1 daughter. We don’t… 😉 March has made me realise how tricky it is to get photos of the boys. Not only because they spend 5 out of 7 days at school but also because when we are out they are either racing ahead, climbing a tree or refusing to let me photograph them. April is my boys challenge month and I SHALL most definitely be dedicated a few posts to my sons. The Easter holidays and lighter evenings will definitely play a huge support in my challenge!! Wish me luck!

We took these photos at the beginning of the month at Sissinghurst Castle Garden and had quite a lot of fun doing them! Although I do always get the short straw with running to and fro to the camera. A workout as well as our family pictures, win win!! The ground was fairly boggy beneath us and I wanted to get some more sitting down but I didn’t take my big tripod and we didn’t fancy getting muddy bottoms. I am quite pleased with these still though and this just sums up our family. Bonkers.

Char x

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Me and Mine Project | January 2016

I am totally in love with this idea and I am all aboard the Me and Mine bandwagon this year.

I keep seeing these fly around and I read a few roundup posts of 2015 and pledged to the husband that we will join in. So a photo of the 5 (or 6.. got to include the pooch in some, right!) every month. They don’t need to be fancy, there doesn’t need to be loads, But 1 good photo of us as a family every single month this year. At the end of the year we should have at least 12 awesome photos of us all and we can see how much we have all changed over the year. Be it hair styles, tans and height!

I’m so excited already for December to look back on our year with hopefully a whole load of memories and stories to tell.

So here is our first month! January 2016. My tribe! I was so excited as I ordered a remote trigger to help us out. 10 seconds to click and run to the right position was quite frankly a pain in the arse. Also means we can take multiple at one time. Ohh technology, how I love thee.

January, although terribly long, seemed to whizz by. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a January fan and welcoming February sure is a good thing in our house. As much as I love the crisp mornings, I get a bit bored of them by about the 3rd day of it. A true sun worshipper through and through I long for the summer months at this point every year. We had scheduled in to take these this weekend as Joe has been working 7 days a week and today was his first day off since the beginning of Jan. Obviously, it is pouring it down outside and not camera weather at all. Slightly gutted, we decided to improvise and take some at home. After all, we do love days at home so it does seem fitting to take them in the comfort of our lounge.

Tripod set, remote set up and I added my flash too as our lounge is quite dark especially when its so over cast outside.

We did get carried away… Out takes at the end 😉

Our Me and Mine photos of January 2016.

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