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Me and Mine project [May 2018]

Me and Mine May 2018 - nipitinthebud.co.uk
It’s nearly a year since I last joined in with Me and Mine to share photos of a family weekend in the Isle of Wight.  It’s so nice to have this little nudge each month to capture the memory of time well spent together.  The last few months G has been really busy and didn’t even get to pause for his birthday due to the way his freelance work fell that week (most days he’s juggling 3-4 different freelance jobs).  G was holding out for our trip to Cornwall for a wedding with his family and catching up with his best friend from school.  We had a glorious couple of days hanging out at the beach watching 6 kids at play and spending our evenings together minus the usual distractions in our relaxed and homely Airbnb accommodation.  Our Me and Mine family portrait was snapped by our friends after a fab day out at Holywell Beach and dinner at their house.  It’s a lovely reminder of time well spent and I love the way both the boys sunny personalities shine through.
Me and Mine May 2018_brothers at Holywell Beach - nipitinthebud.co.ukMe and Mine May 2018_Dad and boy at Holywell Beach - nipitinthebud.co.uk
Me and Mine May 2018_toddler at Holywell Beach - nipitinthebud.co.ukMe and Mine May 2018_bat and ball at Holywell Beach - nipitinthebud.co.uk
Me and Mine May 2018_running on Holywell Beach - nipitinthebud.co.ukMe and Mine May 2018_toddler by river with body board - nipitinthebud.co.uk

What family memories did you make this month?

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May 31, 2018 at 12:42 pm 2 comments

getting haircuts for long haired boys [in pictures]

haircut with safety goggles 1
When Euan had his first haircut it felt like a monumentous moment, one we’d managed to put off until he was nearly 3! He had gorgeous springy curls that thickened up and dropped over time with his second and third haircuts. When he had his hair cut for starting school it was the shortest he’s ever had his hair cut.  Since then a handful of trims have kept it out of his eyes while he enjoys growing it longer. His best friend at school has long straight hair where Euan’s hair tends to bush out sideways. I felt it was really important for him to have a say in how he wears his hair and despite other people’s comments that it was messy and a bit crazy I was pleased he remained unaffected in his wish to keep his hair long.  ‘‘It’s my style to be a bit crazy, I like it”.

We have a terrific hairdresser Nicci who comes to the house now and cuts all of our hair.  Euan was assured that the trim would simply thin out the bushy sides, snip the fridge from catching his eyelids and not loose any of the length. Not a single person has commented on Es hair looking any different (it is definitely less big!) so that’s a sure sign of a job well done and a boy respectfully listened to.  Nicci was rather amazing really as she didn’t bat an eyelid when Euan insisted on wearing his science experiment goggles. You’d have thought it was something she hears every day when she smiled and said ”now that’s a good idea, I should get some of those”.


E a few days after haircut_BW - nipitinthebud.co.uk-1
Luca had a trim too and was only persuaded to sit still with the enticement of a sweet he doesn’t normally have. Nicci managed to tidy up his hair in the time it takes a toddler to eat a Maoam stripe (which is about 90 seconds in case you wondered!).
toddler haircut on mum's lap_black and white

May 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

2017 in pictures

I’d completely forgotten about this new year tradition until I saw Julie’s 2017 highlights post at Little Cotton Rabbits. I’ve been inspired by her lovely tradition of looking back over the year since 2011 and am grateful for the nudge to do so again for 2017. I feel so old saying it but… each year seems to fly past quicker than last. It’s so nice to flick back through my photos and reflect on the many lovely occasions we’ve had with our boys, most just pausing for a minute in ordinary every day moments. I still find it amazing that we get a second run at this parenting malarkey with Luca after the struggles we went through to have Euan. Hoo-bloomin-ray I say for another year watching these two grow into such beautiful, sweet natured human beings.
2017 in pictures collage
L to R Jan to Dec: E’s 5th birthday, my 42nd birthday, E winning ‘best costume’ for his BFG outfit on World Book Day, L’s first birthday, E climbing a tree with cousin Zac at a family wedding, annual holiday to the Isle of Wight, back on the allotment with E and Dave, visiting cousins Kim and Tom in Germany, weekend in Somerset with cousin Kian, attending the wedding of a dear friend, my photograph being chosen by photographer Rankin to feature in ”This is Britain” photobook, Euan building his first snowman.

As I find the passing of time measured by E’s hair so interesting indulge me for a moment if you will as I re-share the collages for 2016 and 2015 too!
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Collage - 2015 in pictures 4B
Previous years in pictures: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

January 4, 2018 at 9:29 am 1 comment

40 ways to celebrate

I probably could have come up with 40 ways to help G celebrate his 40th birthday this year but here are a few more momentos from the one he chose – a quiet, secluded farm stay in Hereford.  He spent the first few hours in peaceful reflection gazing at the view of the Black Mountains while E made chalk drawings and honed his potty skills.  Ice cream featured (with more restraint than normal due to the rural location), Lego play dominated and G’s folks joined us on the last day.
G looking at the view 4B E chalk drawing 4B
E chalk hands 4B
E and G with ice creams 4B E playing lego outside 4B
G and E opening birthday cards 4B
E with Gs birthday card 4B
G 40th birthday cake 4B
Collage - G folks in Hereford 4B

July 2, 2015 at 9:25 pm 5 comments

2014 in pictures

How nostalgic it is flicking through a year of photos to create a snapshot of thankfulness for my traditional New Years Day post (inspired since 2011 by Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits).  The story behind each photo is still so vivid and it’s exciting to ponder what memories we’ll create over the coming year.
Collage - 2014 in pictures
Jan – Dec 2014:
birthday boy, visiting buddy C in Ireland, Dr Euan post virus, den fun with buddies, visiting York, cheeky cousins, first paddle in the sea at Ryde Beach IoW, superhero fun in Cornwall, bookworm, London adventures with buddy E, welly walk around Nana and Grandads new neighbourhood, shepherd E in the playgroup Nativity.

2013 in pictures
2012 in pictures
2011 in pictures

January 1, 2015 at 9:36 pm 4 comments

2013 in pictures

It’s rather nice having this mosaic making tradition to look forward to at the start of each new blogging year (see previous years below for  explanation).  Memories from each picture are so vivid. It really does seem that time now we are 3 is flying by – we must be having too much fun!Mosaic - 2013 in pictures 4B
Jan to Dec 2013: first birthday in the snow, swing happy, making scones, day out at Croombe Park, cousins singing in the rain, weekend away in Glastonbury, strawberry picking with Charlie, feeding goats with Nana, watching the Meerkats at West Midland Safari Park, boat fun with Noah, pebble picking on Brighton Beach, E and E hanging out.

2012 in pictures
2011 in pictures

January 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm 7 comments


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Grief is rough at the best of times but seeing your child struggle through the pain of loss is a real knife to the heart. A friend has lent us some books to read with E and "The Sad Book" by @michaelrosenyes is going to be the key to papering over some of the cracks in our hearts I think and easing his anxiety about dying.
Beautiful wood block print from our dear friend @elluminations of our boys on a beach in the Isle of Wight at the start of the school holidays. We returned to find my Mum's health deteriorating and she died 3 weeks later. Our world has been turned upside down but when I look at this picture I can feel the peace, hear the lap of the waves and smile at the tenderness of the moment - two #bestfriendbrothers absorbed in their own present moment. Thank you El, this means so much to me (for commission's of your own photos or El's artwork as wood blocks visit her Etsy shop)
E's had a hard time the last few weeks following an incident that triggered a really big stress response for his 6 year old bereaved mind. Today we've made a worry box to help him with his anxiety symptoms and have found the advice on the @youngmindsuk website invaluable. We all need to talk about mental health more especially as it's too easy for grown ups to dismiss a child's misbehaviour without looking for the feelings underlying it. #breakingthestigma #worldmentalhealthday2018
We've had a hard few weeks and this really sums up how asking for help is the light in the dark but not always easy to do. It's #worldmentalhealthday2018 and never has it been more important to make sure our kids know asking for help is a sign of strength and courage not weakness or failure
How to get your kids to eat your home made casserole? Cover it with their favourite #cullyandsullyuk chicken soup. Winner!
I learnt a new word today and if there was an emoji for it then it would be this! PIZZLED, when your pissed off and puzzled all at the same time. Thank you #rubywaxfrazzled for the language education and Euan for the always hilarious faces (he was 4 years old and eating lunch out with his new 2 month old baby brother so his face could be saying all sorts of things!) #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
I don't suppose many people recall the exact date they found out they were pregnant or have a photo to mark their total delight. 15/8/15 we found out our second miracle Luca was on his way. We'd become second time parents in our 40s and 22 years after we started dating. Our boys were so worth the painful years of waiting. (And our picture to mark the occasion is thanks to Mum and Dad babysitting Euan so we could go to a friend's wedding evening do.)
After school chills @gloucestercathedral @gloscathedral
Best friend brothers. Our #siblingsproject post for this month (link in bio) #nipitinthebudblog #gloucesterlife
It's so hard to grieve the loss of your Mum when just looking in the mirror each morning reminds you of what you're missing. Dad always said "thankfully you get your looks from your Mum" with a cheeky twinkle in his eye.
Regrann from @the_tightrope_walker - Emotional Impact 🎗. “CCLG parent survey reveals the emotional impact of childhood cancer.” I read an article by @cclg_uk ; it highlights many of the daily feelings that most parents & carers experience after a child is diagnosed with cancer. We have been unbelievably blessed to have had fantastic support around us since Dylan was diagnosed. The parents at school devised a meal rota & every Friday for months someone would drop over a week’s worth of home cooked food for us to put in the freezer. The amount of pressure that took away from us was immense; we would often be in hospital on rotation with Dylan overnight so it really helped...it particularly helped Ruari as Nick & I were often not home until late 💔. Whilst we are surrounded by wonderful friends & people who bend over backwards to help there is still an indescribable darkness that hangs over you once you receive the news that your child has cancer. Emotions are often unpredictable as are the minutes, hours & days. Some days you feel able to talk, other days you just don’t want to get out of bed such is the weight that you carry around constantly. This article touches on so many subtleties & there is little I don’t identify with. The sense of loneliness & isolation, the stress & crippling anxiety, the grief at the loss of a “normal” life, the lack of awareness, the things people say that cut through you...it goes on. The article also highlights the improvement needed in focusing on the parents & carers who are going through horrendous emotional & psychological battles whilst watching their child being treated for cancer. There is such a long list of unseen side effects besides the side effects of the treatments that these children have to endure in order to hopefully be cured. Childhood cancer affects absolutely everything; life really is never the same again & whilst we all wait for our “new normal” we’re still working out how to come to terms with losing the old normal & dealing with perpetual shock. If you have a moment, please read it (link in bio). You never know who might benefit from this kind of awareness. #ccam #livingwithcancer #emotionalimpact #childhoo

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