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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 4 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 1 comment

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

Me and Mine 2014 {February family portrait}

E with trolley case 4BFebruary was a fab month for spending time together.  G and I enjoyed an afternoon cinema trip and dinner for two to celebrate my birthday (relaxed in the knowledge that E was having an excellent time with Nana and Grandad).  Then at the end of the month we went on our first family trip abroad – to Ireland to visit friends.Me and Mine Feb 2014 4B
Staying with friends is so relaxing – no agenda, no clock, just simple pleasures like breakfasting together, taking it in turns for a lie in, catching up over a cuppa.  Anything you do plan in a ”let’s go!’‘ kind of way is a bonus and we were lucky enough to have some trips out too.  Our outdoors adventure was to Donadea Forest where a scenic amble round the lake proved to be a bit heart stopping.  Our inquisitive toddlers were reluctant to believe the awesome power of their wellies were not up to the task of stamping in the giant (lake) puddle!

We had a fab time indoors too acing all good toddler stuff. Collage - Charlie's house 4B
E was such a star as a first time flyer sitting up in his own seat with so little fuss that he received a packet of biscuits from the stewardess when we left for being ”the best boy on the plane”.  On our return flight he showed the same slight apprehension he felt first time round as the plane climbed steeply on take off;  ”Mumma hold Euan, Dadda hold Euan” he said quietly as he gripped our hands into his lap.  A minute later he was asleep, a relaxed seasoned traveller now (or perhaps just comfortable in the knowledge all is well as long as Mumma and Dadda are to hand).large

We’re late with our family portrait post as E and I were both struck down with a virus and ear infections on our return from Ireland.  March has been somewhat bleurgh so far so who knows what next month’s ‘Me and Mine’ will bring …

To find out what other families taking part in Me and Mine got up to last month click here.

March 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm 5 comments

January me and mine {a birthday family portrait}

18-1-14 - us 3 4B
This year got off to an exciting start celebrating E’s second birthday. Having a winter baby limits what you can do by way of outdoor adventures so we opted for a soft play morning with his cousin Zac followed by a Chinese buffet lunch.18-1-14 - E and Zac at Play Farm 4B
Then back to Nana and Grandads for play and cake. I used the same sponge recipe as last year but baked the cake in a bundt ring tin. The animals atop the cake were made by Daddy who’s used to creating things out of plasticine for making animations).
18-1-14 - E with birthday cake 4B
It was a great day and we’re loving this wonderful journey of life with our chattery, gentle, funny, gorgeous boy. To find out more about the Me and Mine monthly challenge if you want to join in for 2014 and for posts by other families taking part

January 31, 2014 at 3:14 pm 15 comments

Me and Mine {December family portrait}

This is so last year {wink}.  Sigh. Better late than never eh?
With festive gatherings a plenty through December how could we not have managed a December family snapshot?  Our friend Kev snapped these for us at his New Years Eve gathering half an hour from the stroke of midnight when it became apparent E was a sneeze away from collapsing in a heap.
New Years Eve 1 4BNew Years Eve 2 4BNew Years Eve 3 4B
It’s been lovely taking part in the monthly Me and Mine challenge.
What a great momento of a fab 2nd year with our boy. Collage Me and Mine 2013 4B
For Me and Mine December posts from other bloggers click here.

January 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm 7 comments

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