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Me and Mine 2015: September


After the international jetsetting theme of August’s photos, it’s time to return to the more everyday ordinary location of our back garden.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And yet that seems very apt for our September photos. If August’s theme was traveling purely for the joy of it, and the fun of being away from home seeing the world together, September has been about the time we’re reunited back home.

It’s been the month when the big changes happened, when Kitty started school, and H and I threw our world on its head as I went back to work a couple of weeks ago, leaving him at home as the stay at home Dad.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

I think for all of us there have been hard parts and easy parts of our new normal.  I’m still not used to being away from the children for so long, I miss spending so much time with H, and there are moments that just tear me with guilt; Pip’s tears in the morning, or Elma telling me (quite happily) that she’d been crying for me at the play park, “but you didn’t come Mummy!”, even if I know in my heart of hearts that my tiny boy was all smiles as soon as he was presented with his breakfast and Elma was crying not out of sadness but because she was cross that H had buckled her into the buggy after she refused to walk home.  But when I get to work, I’m doing a job I know how to do and which I take pleasure in doing well so the days are passing quickly enough.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

H is loving spending more time with the children and really getting to know the ins and outs of their personalities but misses the halcyon days of our summer at home: save for the day I went to Blogtacular he’d never had all three by himself for more than the odd hour and I think it’s been a bit of a learning curve to balance their needs with running the house.  I’m trying quite hard not to giggle when he tells me in surprise that he hasn’t sat down all day, bless the man, I’m not sure what he thought I did all day for the last few years.

And then we have our little trio, who on the whole seem to be coping pretty well.  Aside from the switching the obligatory guilt trips from Daddy to Mummy, and I suspect a bit of a change to the lunch menu (H is less keen on veggie pasta shapes and cheese), life for the littlest two has stayed quite familiar, with playgroup and gym club and shopping and playing in and out of the house.  When we took Elma out of nursery last January she got used to the concept of Kitty being somewhere she was not and so while she and Pip clearly love having Kitty around, there hasn’t been a terrible sense of loss of their ringleader and life potters on quite happily.Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And Kitty, my little newly five year old, has decided that we’re part of a Mummy and Kitty club of grown up girls who go out to school and work.  And aside from a tummy bug that put her off school for a couple of days, though thankfully she was better after a couple of hours, she’s been happy and settled.  She seems to collect helping stickers like they’re going out of fashion, is very proud of having been the one to take the register back to the office by herself, and yesterday I got a picture from H half way through the afternoon showing her beaming smile as she hold out a little card that says she was ‘Star of the Day’.  I think it’s safe to say school is a hit.Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

But for all that, life is still at its best when finally we can all be back home together again.  Silly little moments sat mucking around in the garden, trying to make a human pyramid just because Kitty asked if we could, these are the ordinary moments that are more precious to me than any possession, the moments that make my very everyday sort of life my biggest blessing.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

I take our picture, a portrait of a family home at last, not because I think that our separate days could ever diminish the love that knots us together but to recognise it and to cherish it.

My family, in September:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

dear beautiful

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  • Louise 30/09/2015 at 7:51 am

    Gorgeous photos as always Carie – I love the human pyramid ones! Glad that you are all adjusting well to your new normal and I had to chuckle at H’s surprise at not sitting down all day! Glad that Kitty has settled in so well at school and I love that she feels that she and you are part of a little club, going out to school and work 🙂

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:16 pm

      I know – it is so funny when you’ve been a stay at home mum for any stretch of time!

  • Kerri-Ann 30/09/2015 at 8:53 am

    Such a fun round up of photos. Sounds like most of us this month have been adapting to new routines. I hope things settle for you x #meandmine

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:17 pm

      I think there’ve been a whole generation of blog babies starting school this month – big milestones all round!

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought 30/09/2015 at 9:57 am

    So glad to hear that you are all settling into your new normal, what a big change for everyone! These photos are so good, you can tell how much fun you are all having…even if your human pyramid didn’t quite stay up!

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:17 pm

      We were definitely trying but I think more practice is needed!!

  • Emma Kershaw 30/09/2015 at 9:59 am

    Those photos look like so much fun, I couldn’t help but smile while I was looking at them 🙂

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:18 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Catie 30/09/2015 at 12:10 pm

    Super fun and beautiful pictures put together with beautiful writing #sharewithme

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:18 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT 30/09/2015 at 1:25 pm

    These are lovely photos! Loving the pyramid idea! Well done to Kitty, it sounds like she is doing fantastically at school.

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:19 pm

      She’s really loving it, thank you – it’s such a relief so see her happy but tired at the end of the day!

  • suzy mae 30/09/2015 at 1:43 pm

    What gorgeous, happy pictures 🙂 I am so glad that the new normal is working out for everyone. Life is a balancing act, a bit like a human pyramid 🙂 Love and connection are what hold it all together and it looks like there is lots of that in your lovely family.

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:19 pm

      I think that’s the one thing we have in abundance!!

  • Kim 30/09/2015 at 8:19 pm

    Aw, what great photos. It looks like you all are having a grand time 🙂

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:29 pm

      thank you lovely 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 30/09/2015 at 8:43 pm

    I love these Carie, Pip looks like a full, proper member of the family! Hahaha not that he wasn’t before but he is definitely commanding full attention in these photos and very much saying ‘I am not a little baby anymore!’ xx

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:29 pm

      I know, he’s becoming all little boy before my very eyes!

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 30/09/2015 at 9:12 pm

    Oh Carie, this is so lovely! What a change from August, though! I absolutely adore the human pyramid, such gorgeous pictures. I’m so pleased that Kitty’s doing so well at school and you’re all adjusting to the new routines.

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:30 pm

      Just a bit of a change isn’t it – no snow and all that!!

  • Christina 30/09/2015 at 10:12 pm

    That is wonderful that you were able for husband to be a stay-at-dad. Sometimes I think my husband would enjoy it but then I think he would miss her coffee breaks. Fun photos!

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:32 pm

      I think he’s definitely finding it physically harder than sitting in the office all day but he’s loving seeing more of the children 🙂

  • Sarah (@tobygoesbananas) 30/09/2015 at 10:28 pm

    It certainly sounds like September has been a month full of change for all of you but changes that you are all coping with admirably. I love these photos – you all just look like you are having a lot of fun!

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:32 pm

      thank you – it was a lot of fun!

  • barnraised (Jen) 01/10/2015 at 7:57 am

    Looks like everyone had fun with this!

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:33 pm

      Oh definitely!!

  • Jenny 01/10/2015 at 12:24 pm

    Loving the pyramid style and fun photos. You always know how to get the kids having a blast in your family captures I love it. Your littlest is growing up way too fast. Oh my goodness. Too cute. #meandmine

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:35 pm

      Isn’t he just! And thank you – it was Kitty’s idea, though whether it’s quite worked out how she planned I’m not sure!!

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 02/10/2015 at 7:36 pm

    Haha a human pyramid! love it!! #meandmine xx

    • Carie 02/10/2015 at 11:39 pm

      Well what else would we do!!

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 04/10/2015 at 9:03 pm

    Such great photos and lovely words to go with them too. Sounds like you’ve definitely had a month full of changes but it seems like you’re all taking them in your stride. xx

    • Carie 05/10/2015 at 9:36 pm

      thank you, I think we’re getting there slowly 🙂

  • Nicola Bradbury 05/10/2015 at 9:44 am

    These pictures are fab, you all look so happy 🙂 Hope you are all getting used to your new routines. Have a lovely October. xx

    • Carie 05/10/2015 at 9:37 pm

      I think we’re getting there – fingers crossed!

  • My Two Mums 06/10/2015 at 10:18 am

    It was lovely to see you all last month. Really love the pyramid, looks like you all had so much fun taking these shots.

    • Carie 09/10/2015 at 10:25 pm

      And to see you too – I didn’t go to Britmums this year so I missed seeing you both there – alas!

  • sally 05/11/2015 at 10:02 am

    These really are ones to cherish, some of my favourites, especially the pyramid ones, great idea Kitty!