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Me and Mine [July 2018]

We’re already a quarter of the way through the summer holiday and school term craziness is a distant memory (and a bit of a blur). We managed to book a last minute 4 day break to the Isle of Wight in the first week of the school holiday and it was just what we need. We had blue skies and sunshine the whole time we were there (I couldn’t help packing wellies and coats though ”just in case” even though they’d not seen the light of day for weeks at home). #MeandMineproject July 2018 - nipitinthebud.co.uk
Our ”Me and Mine” family snapshot was taken at the National Trust beach at Brooke Chine at 8 o’clock at night. We love that time in the evening when the beach is quieter and there’s less concern about sunburn. We’re resolved to maintain the practice of being more active after dinner now we’re home as the heat and light of summer evenings produces prolonged, sticky bedtimes anyway so we might as well be outdoors. On that note it’s after 6pm and we’re going to head off to our favourite local park Hillfield Gardens with boys, bike and scooter. Enjoy a few of our beach snaps before I go and I’ll catch up with you again next month.
#MeandMineproject July 2018_myboys - nipitinthebud.co.uk
#MeandMineproject July 2018_Mum and boys - nipitinthebud.co.uk
NT Brook Chine beach -nipitinthebud.co.uk
Euan’s been enjoying the opportunity to use my camera and I think he did a terrific job of capturing the three of us outside our lovely Airbnb cabin in Brighstone.
#MeandMineproject July 2018 - nipitinthebud.co.uk
I love the #MeandMineproject for the prompt it gives to capture family time each month and the throw backs to previous years. Do you think we’ve changed all that much since last year’s Isle of Wight trip?


Click HERE to see our previous #MeandMine photos

August 3, 2018 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Me and Mine project [June 2018]

19-6-18 - Sports Day Me and Mine June 2018 - nipitinthebud.co.ukJune flew by in a blink and I can hardly believe that the next time we join in with Me and Mine Euan will have finished another school year. He loves school and this month’s family portrait was a selfie taken at Sports Day. He really enjoyed throwing games but his favourite activity was definitely the Daddy Bundle.
19-6-18 - Sports Day_bundle - nipitinthebud.co.uk

June was still a really busy month for George between continued work on his Spaces music project website and preparations for the launch in September. He’s also a badminton coach and had several Sundays where he was tutoring, including the Father’s Day weekend. We managed to catch him for a quick card and present opening before he left for day.
17-6-18 - Fathers Day - nipitinthebud.co.uk
The boys and I spent the rest of the day with my Mum and Dad. My younger brother visited too with his family and it’s always really special time getting the cousins together.
17-6-18 - Fathers Day at Mum & Dads - nipitinthebud.co.uk
What family memories have you been creating this month?
To share yours or view other Me and Mine posts take a look at the linky on Lucy’s blog.

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

 

July 1, 2018 at 6:29 am 1 comment

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

Me and Mine project [August 2017]

What a wonderful summer holiday we’ve had. I learnt the hard way last year, when I was still recovering post natally and running around with E while newborn L napped, that you need the quiet days sandwiching the exciting outings. The first week of the school break this year had no agenda, nowhere we needed to be and we just re-connected after a hectic last few weeks of term. We lounged, we sauntered, we read, we crafted and we lego’d (and if that’s not a verb it should be!)

In the second week we visited my brother and family in Germany.  We had the loveliest time and actually managed to get this family portrait taken on a morning out to a local farm park.  It was blisteringly hot in the week when the UK was being rained on almost constantly so it really did feel like a summer sun holiday to us.  I love this photo because it was choreographed entirely by E who had the whole plan in his head of staggering subjects on the hay bales (and telling us very specifically where we had to sit and look).  L obviously found it very amusing as he’s laughing straight into the camera.  Good job E.

If you’ve not been to Germany it’s well worth considering as a holiday destination as it’s so family friendly and has beautiful countryside.   We loved taking the family dogs for a walk in the woods and the public parks are terrific too.

Even commerical venues like the Playmobil Fun Park we visited are entirely focused on families spending quality time together in ways best suited to children (think sand pits, climbing frames, water parks etc and no rides and long queues).  Entry was very reasonably priced at 11 Euros compared to the extortionate theme park prices we have in the UK.

It’s so nice to have this little nudge each month to capture the memory of time well spent together. I’m sharing our family portrait as part of the Me and Mine project hosted by Lucy at Dear Beautiful. Check out her page here to see what other families have been up to this summer. Perhaps I’ll see you there next month?

August 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm 6 comments

Me and Mine project [June 2017]

The Isle of Wight holds such a special place in my heart.  Not least because we get to stay with dear friends in Ryde but because visiting tickles all sorts of nostalgic memories of childhood holidays by the sea in Weymouth. Our June trip to Ryde was our third with Euan and our first with Luca and I loved overwriting memories of previous trips with one boy with two boy versions. This beachside picnic at Bembridge was a lunchtime stop off after visiting the National Trust windmill nearby. The tide was out and Euan and I took a walk together to explore the tide pools while Luca pored over pebbles and shells with George.

When I took this photo of the boys popping seaweed together I was gathering ideas for a picture I’d commissioned my friend Lucy to make.  She uses applique fabrics to recreate landscape pictures and is particularly talented at incorporating monuments or buildings.  I’d sent Lucy some pictures of Appley Tower and described the sketch forming in my head of the boys playing on the sand in the foreground. As it was we decided to forego the complication of stitching little boy silhouettes in to the picture! Instead I have this beautiful picture from Lucy to hang alongside a print of my seaweed searchers.

After visiting Bembridge Windmill we sat in the field alongside it soaking up the gentle hum of insects in the grass as clouds rolled by in the blue sky and Euan asked wonderfully curious ”Why do …?” questions.



I’m already looking forward to next year when we’ll return to this beautiful island. And I’m glad that taking part in the Me and Mine project again coincided with our trip so that I’m not absent from our family snapshots!

What family time memories did you make this month?
Perhaps you’ll come and share yours on the Me and Mine project wall here?

June 30, 2017 at 9:16 pm 4 comments

Me and Mine project [April 2017]

Oh, Me and Mine project, how I’ve missed you.  So much has changed since we last met up (March 2014, our 15th Me and Mine picture, just after E’s 2nd birthday, ). Other bloggers remained steadfast year after year, I’m sorry we drifted apart.
Will you have me back? I have so much I want to tell you!

Euan is 5 now and has a baby brother called Luca who turned 1 this week.  It’s even harder to get a picture of the 4 of us but a stranger in Williamson Park in Lancaster did a fine job don’t you think?  We had a pit stop there on our epic journey home from Scotland and shared stories with E about Mummy and Daddy falling in love as students in Lancaster over 20 years ago.  He thought Daddy’s story of falling asleep on this bench was the funniest.  We thought it was funny when our little comedian immediately pretended to be Daddy!

Oh, Me and Mine project, I have often thought of you and since L arrived you have inspired two family photos. Our first picture now we are 4 was taken in May 2016 when L was 1 month old. He’s changed so much since then – he hadn’t quite mastered smiling or staying awake!
He’s 7 months old in the second picture taken in November 2016.

A note about the Me and Mine project:
It’s all about capturing your whole family together in a photograph.
Lucy at ‘Dear Beautiful’ explains  ”I feel really passionate about the importance of photographs of family, and not just photographs of children.  Our children will want to see us present in their childhoods when they’re older. So we shouldn’t wait until the perfect day or until we lose a little weight, or until we get better at photography. What really matters in that we photograph all the memories, and that means all of us being in them”.

This month’s Me and Mine project photos are posted here at Lucy, the creator’s, Dear Beautiful blog.  Maybe I’ll see you over there?  You can share your Me and Mine post in the Linky at the bottom of Lucy’s post.
If you’re interested in our previous Me and Mine photos from 2013-14 to see how baby L compares to baby E you can find them here

April 30, 2017 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Me and Mine 2014 {March family portrait}

This time last year E had a cold for weeks.  This month it was my turn with a lingering cough that turned into a stuffy nose post swim!  I seem to have shaken it off faster than all other colds in the last 2 years – proof that unbroken sleep really is the best medicine now E no longer wakes at night (hoorah).

The biggest news this month was my Dad turning 70.  We would never have predicted a few years ago that he’d celebrate it by crawling around a soft play centre after these two lovelies!  23-3-14 - zac & euan

The pub lunch was perhaps a bit more predictable and certainly eating lots of birthday cake back at Nana’s was an absolute given.  We had a great family weekend together.  The at-arms-length family portrait snapped on my phone wasn’t intended for Me and Mine (see my last post about never having a camera with me anymore) but it’s the only family portrait we have this month.  23-3-14 - moorey family selfie

It’s interesting to see how the cousins have changed since last year.  For E development appears be measured in hair growth and reluctance to sit for a picture!
boys with birthday grandad 4B
Taking part in the Me and Mine family portrait is proving to be brilliant for year on year comparisons. It’s never to late to join in. For more info and posts by other bloggers see Lucy’s blog Dear Beautiful Boy.

 

March 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm 6 comments

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