best friend brothers |April 2018 siblings project

May 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm 8 comments

brothers eating ice lollies

Brotherly love and rocket lollies

Many moons ago I joined in with other bloggers to share a monthly family portrait as part of the Me and Mine project.  When E was born in 2012 I kept it up for over a year and it was great to be reminded to take a picture of the 3 of us as it just doesn’t happen otherwise.  When Luca was born I thought I’d jump back in with the project but two kids was more of a juggle than I’d imagined.  I managed it for a couple of months when Luca was a year old but just didn’t seem to find the time for writing so the photos I was taking remained unshared (link here for all the Me and Mine posts I did publish).  My last Me and Mine family portrait was a year ago when we visited friends in the Isle of Wight (you see how lovely projects like this are for capturing moments that would otherwise be undocumented!).  I don’t know why I find it so hard to stay committed to things I enjoy, in fact even saying it’s hard implies I thought about it, struggled and failed.  It wasn’t even that, I simply didn’t remember to even try.  George often works over teatime/evenings and is in and out at the weekend so reaching for my camera for a family snap isn’t something I do that often.

Anyway the reason I’m telling you this is because alongside Me and Mine a second photo challenge was set up called The Siblings Project.  I always fancied joining in with that too but as you can imagine, didn’t get round to it.  In Luca’s first year I did at least remember to get plenty of brothers pictures for my own albums.  I shared this little collage of the brothers in Luca’s first few months and if I trawled back through my albums I’d no doubt be able to create more (in fact I’m going to set that challenge for myself to do that!).  Despite G’s absence for family pictures I am taking more and more pictures of the boys at least so it was really timely when I logged in to Twitter this morning and saw someone else’s Siblings Project post.  I clicked the link to see when I needed to join in by and it seemed too fortuitous to miss that the 15th of the month is when it opens and today I have an hour of child free time left before L wakes up.

Collage - Brothers

So without further ado here are a few pictures of the boys at play over the last month.  As you can see ice lollies are a popular feature!

Brothers at Slimbridge WWT

Bird watching at Slimbridge WWT

brothers eating ice lollies

More ice lollies in the yard!

Brothers making birthday cakes

cake making brothers for Luca’s birthday

Siblings Project_brothers on a 2nd birthday -

Happy Birthday dear Luca, 2 today!

Siblings Project_brothers on beanbag with ice lollies -

Still loving the rocket lollies!

I’d really like to say I will keep up with the Siblings Project now that I’ve jumped in. I’ve been reading a book called ”Better than Before:  mastering the habits of our everyday lives’  by Gretchen Rubin and it’s helping me to see where I fall down with keeping commitments that benefit me.  Gretchen’s solution for Obligers like me who find easy to do things for other people but hard to do things for ourselves is to create an external expectation.  For example, rather than saying I’ll make good food choices to be as healthy as I can I’m more likely to stick with it if I say ”I want to make good food choices so I’m strong and healthy for the boys”.  So I’m sending out the intention to share a monthly post of the boys adventures together and I hope you enjoy seeing the photos as much as I enjoy creating them.  Perhaps you’d share a comment below if you would enjoy seeing more siblings posts and when my motivation wanes I can come back to this first Siblings Project post and renew my commitment. Thanks for reading and your ongoing support for my blogging journey.

(To read other families Siblings post click on the logo below)

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Little Ladies Big World  |  May 15, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    So lovely to have this post, it is really hard to keep up with everything when you have more than one child isn’t it but even if it is few and far between it is a lovely thing to do. i can’t believe I have done it for so long to be honest!

    • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  May 16, 2018 at 5:26 am

      Thank you Laura, I’ve enjoyed reading your post too. I see you still do Me and Mine too, that’s so great. I posted a couple of comments on your blog but not sure they came through – didn’t load and then when I resubmitted said it was a duplicate. Perhaps they’re waiting moderation – would you let me know if it worked or not, thanks x

  • 3. thereadingresidence  |  May 16, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Oh yes, my two love ice lollies, too! Lovely photos, hope you can keep going joining in each month.

    • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  May 17, 2018 at 11:37 am

      thank you, I’m determined to try – it’s on the calendar, we can do this!

  • 5. Mums Space (@MumsSpaceTara)  |  May 17, 2018 at 11:58 am

    My goodness they look so alike! Such lovely photos too x

    • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  May 17, 2018 at 11:36 am

      thank you Tara. They were very alike when they were small but now Luca’s developing such a different character it changes how alike they seem (or not!). You can definitely tell their brothers thats for sure.

  • 7. chickenruby  |  May 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve got so many photos of the kids on our holidays over the years but until last year only had 1 or 2 pictures of all 7 of us together. The most recent was in 2003. None of us have lived in the same country since 2007 and in 2017 we managed to get all of us together for a family photo, which is our most treasured position. It will be a long time before we get another one, with us split between 4 countries now.

    • 8. Nip it in the bud  |  May 17, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Wow that must have meant so much to you to be gathered together last year. It must be hard to see so little of each other. How joyous to have #2s wedding next year to look forward to


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