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Me and Mine 2015: June



Happy Me and Mine Day! It’s the end of the month so surely it should be time for another picture of my family in our garden?  I seriously considered making it the theme for this year, and with my newfound gardening obsession I can see an appeal in tracking my garden across a year as well as the family, but we like variety and so this month we’ve really switched it up with pictures of the family, in a garden.  Just not my garden.


I haven’t actually told you all about our adventures at the Eden Project, that postcard will arrive tomorrow, but it was absolutely wonderful, and everything I’d hoped it would be.

And as we had my Dad with us on holiday it was easy enough to hand over the camera for a few pictures with someone actually looking through the lens, rather than our usual hit and miss work with the remote trigger.

These pictures were taken on the tree top walk at the very very top edge of the Humid Tropics Biome.  If the name doesn’t give it away, it’s a rainforest. And it’s hot.  Very hot.  Which might explain why the children are all up in our arms or perched on H’s back.  They were hot and tired and tired anyway from three days of excitements and being away from home.  Kitty was curled into H, Elma I think was trying to snooze and was utterly determined that she was not going to look at the camera and it’s only my little Pip Squeak reaching out towards his Grandpa, possibly because he hopes that Grandpa will free him from the sling and let him out to prod and explore all of these exciting new shapes and smells.

And even though you can’t quite see everyone and the children are sleepy or just plain bemused, I love them for being I suppose semi-candid, and very much a snapshot of our family as it is right now.  We’ve got a great double buggy but when you add luggage for a family of five to the boot of our car, the buggy isn’t going to fit so so often we go out and about with slings, Pip in the Close and Elma, or even Kitty in the Ergo when they’re tired and want a ride. I have so many pictures of H wearing Elma with Kitty sat on his shoulders, knowing that Pip was snuggled up on my front grabbing at the camera strap while I took it, usually with both of us ankle deep in mud as we try to install a spirit of adventure in our little three!

It just seems a very fitting portrait of our little family, in June.



But I can’t go without showing you a couple of outtakes.  These were horribly over exposed because I forgot to alter my settings or shove the camera into auto before I handed it over but I’ve done my best to pull them back from the brink because they are truly wonderful photos.  Not for the composition, or the sharpness, and very clearly not for the exposure, simply because facing forwards we had absolutely no idea what Little Miss Kitty was doing with her face …!




A cheekier monkey you never did see!

dear beautiful

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 30/06/2015 at 7:33 am

    Oh Kitty!! That is fab! Love her! She likes to shake things up a bit anyway!!! Isn’t the Eden Project fab?? Glad you had a great time! Gorgeously natural me and mine photos… Although I think I like the out takes best ;-p

    • Carie 30/06/2015 at 9:42 pm

      Oh I love it – It’s the cross eyed one that make me giggle the most!

  • Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) 30/06/2015 at 8:49 am

    Haha, love that last one of Kitty! So glad you shared them all. Eden Project always look good so I’m glad you got some photos taken there, mine are in are garden this month but like you we spend so much time out there it seems quite fitting! #meandmine

    • Carie 30/06/2015 at 9:41 pm

      Garden pictures are awesome – I’m sure I’ll be back in the garden next month!

  • LauraCYMFT 30/06/2015 at 11:07 am

    Aww these are all lovely pictures. You look like you are having a great time.

    • Carie 30/06/2015 at 9:40 pm

      thank you – we definitely were!

  • Steph 30/06/2015 at 12:39 pm

    How comfy do the kiddies look in the slings?! Fab pics – glad you had a great time at the Eden Project. Will look out for your post about that 🙂 x

    • Carie 30/06/2015 at 9:37 pm

      Very comfy – it’s Pip’s happy place, there are times when he just sighs with pure pleasure when he sees it coming!

  • Katy 30/06/2015 at 12:49 pm

    Haha a cheeky monkey indeed! Lovely photos! #meandmine

    • Carie 30/06/2015 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you – it was so funny, the first time I saw them on the camera I couldn’t stop giggling

  • lucy at dear beautiful 30/06/2015 at 2:33 pm

    Hahaha, I love these Carie, they really make me smile. What a trooper your husband is for carrying two little ladies. And both the girls’ faces in that last one had me giggling… oh the joys of being in the photos with children, you never really know what you’re going to end up with. x

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 30/06/2015 at 8:57 pm

    It really does look like you’re walking through the rainforest in those first two pictures! I love the Eden Project. Kitty’s face in those last two pictures is awesome, haha.

    • Carie 30/06/2015 at 9:35 pm

      Oh it’s an incredible place – we loved it, even if it was a bit hot in the photos!!

  • Jenny 01/07/2015 at 4:32 am

    Love the cheeky monkey and the fun filled photos Carie this month. You look absolutely amazing too darling. Don’t melt away on me… the kids are getting so grown up too. WOW. Time is flying by. Beautiful photos. #meandmine

    • Carie 03/07/2015 at 8:27 pm

      Aren’t they just – I can’t believe all our eldest are starting school in September!

  • barnraised (Jen) 01/07/2015 at 11:35 pm

    I think they’re all great!

    • Carie 03/07/2015 at 8:17 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Jane 02/07/2015 at 6:56 am

    Love this months garden photos ;0) We visited Eden when Ethan was 16 weeks old and I was the only one brave enough to visit that dome. It was so hot in there x

    • Carie 03/07/2015 at 8:17 pm

      Deceptively so as well, it gets hotter as you climb – which makes sense when you think about it!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 02/07/2015 at 10:01 am

    Oh Carie, Kitty’s face in the outtakes is so funny. And I love these because they are real and perfectly fitting of your family at the moment. I love that your hubby is carrying both girls- this happens a lot in our house too! 😉 x

    • Carie 03/07/2015 at 7:50 pm

      I have no idea how he manages it, I can only do it for a few minutes!

  • claire 02/07/2015 at 12:58 pm

    Love, love Kitty’s face on those outtakes!

    • Carie 03/07/2015 at 7:47 pm

      Oh she’s a little monkey, it’s brilliant!

  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama 02/07/2015 at 7:30 pm

    Hahaha! LOVE that last one!!! Kitty’s face is priceless!! It’s nice to have lovely, happy, perfect family pics but — in the future — the outtakes are going to be the ones we all love the most aren’t they?! 😉 #MeandMine

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • Carie 03/07/2015 at 7:43 pm

      The outtakes will be the one that get the giggles I’m sure of it!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 02/07/2015 at 8:52 pm

    Gorgeous happy, real photos Carie 🙂 Kitty is such a character!!! I’m pleased Eden lived up to your expectations, we went several years ago and thought it was brilliant x

    • Carie 03/07/2015 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you – it really is quite breathtaking isn’t it!

  • sally 02/07/2015 at 9:53 pm

    As always the outtakes are my favourites, especially that last one!

    • Carie 03/07/2015 at 7:40 pm

      One of these days I’m going to make a book of all our Me and Mine pictures plus outtakes!!

  • Yanic 05/07/2015 at 6:33 pm

    I swear, Kitty is just such a little actress. I wish we were closer, I think she and my Little Miss would get along extremely well. 🙂 Beautiful portraits. I have to say it : Super dad! That is an impressive set-up with one in the back, one in the front. Who needs a gym!

    • Carie 05/07/2015 at 9:30 pm

      I think they would too – that’s when the internet stretches out again and you realise how far away from each other we actually are!

  • Kelly Taylor 05/07/2015 at 10:10 pm

    Ha! These really made me smile. Kitty’s mischief reminds me of my little boy. It’s hard when you go through the stage of having to carry them when they get tired, but they are little sacks of potatoes! x


    • Carie 06/07/2015 at 6:52 am

      Oh they are impressively heavy when they aren’t carrying themselves aren’t they!

  • Kathryn 06/07/2015 at 2:49 pm

    It looks like you all had a wonderful family holiday in Cornwall. We went to the Eden Project a few years ago and loved it too x

    • Carie 06/07/2015 at 10:03 pm

      It was wonderful – I’m glad you enjoyed it too 🙂