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Me and Mine 2016: February

29/02/2016

I really shouldn’t be sat here thinking “how is it that a whole month has gone since I was last writing a Me and Mine post” because (a) I’m 35 years old and I really should have figured it out by now and (b) there’s even an extra day to February to help me out.  As an aside, is it just me that loves the whole concept of 29 February.  A day that only comes around once every four years just has a kind of magic about it and I’m hoping that today proves terribly efficient or exciting or something to make it extra special – or if all else fails I’ll go out at lunchtime to get cake for the team!

Anyway, I digress.  February may have passed quickly but thankfully not manically.  By the time I wrote my January post things were showing signs of slowing down a little bit at work and that prediction proved accurate; this month has been so much calmer; I’ve been able to choose what I do each day at work based on what I want to do and not what needs to be done before it implodes and it’s given me the time to do ambition and long term strategy sorts of things too, which are always the first to go by the board when life gets busy.  And of course it means that I’ve been home earlier and home without my laptop and oh  that is a level of bliss quite unimaginable to the January me.  We also realised, mostly this weekend when H had a home game, just how many away games he’s been playing since the start of this year; clue – it was all of them.

And so if January was busy and pressure and holding ourselves together under stress, February has been unwinding and relaxing and relishing being together.  We had an overnight away with my in-laws that was a lot of fun despite just about every plan we made for the whole weekend coming unstuck, and we’ve had lazy days at home.  And it means we’ve had the mental space to start making progress on a few of our plans for this year.  We’re trying out a few different ways of arranging our lounge, and as of yesterday afternoon we’ve even decided on a colour to repaint it, which it badly needs, I don’t think we’ve painted since we moved in. 10 years ago.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And amazingly, and possibly the loveliest thing about this month; the sun came out.  Oh how we have missed it. And so all of our pictures this month were taken, not in a crazy mad rush on a Saturday morning between ballet class and hockey matches with grey skies glowering in the background, but on a Wednesday (a work at home day) after school and work.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

That the children are all eating their snack is what happens when you try to take pictures of a family of five and the smallest members of the family confuse “we’ll take pictures and then have a snack” with “we’ll take one picture and then if you want one in focus and with us appearing in it in any state other than howling misery you will provide the snack then and there” so please forgive the noshing.  Where photography is concerned I am apparently putty in their hands, and I suspect they’re beginning to realise it.Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And given our February it seems only fitting that these are pictures from home, and from our garden in particular; we’ve spent so much more time out there this month, playing hockey, pottering around the garden, making plans for this year’s veggie growing, and even hitting my favourite spring milestone of the first load of line-dried laundry.

In short, it’s been a good month.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

My family, in February:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And because I can’t resist a good outtake – one of my favourite poses for our family pictures is to have everyone kiss whoever is in the middle; it usually makes everyone giggle so I either get a good photo then, or a good photo in the laughter afterwards.  I say usually ….

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

…apparently Kitty just wasn’t that keen on all the affection!

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  • lucy at dear beautiful 29/02/2016 at 7:12 am

    Such lovely relaxed photos, and how grown up is Pip looking all of a sudden? Glad to hear your February has seen a little slow down in pace from January too, and that you’ve been making the most of it! x

    • Carie 29/02/2016 at 9:35 pm

      I Know – he’s hit 18 months and it’s all little boy now, not much baby left 🙂

  • Hannah 29/02/2016 at 7:52 am

    I am so pleased to hear that you have had a better February, it sounds like you have had a lovely month. The sun has been amazing, its like a little taste of spring, I cant wait! We have been making veggie plans too, and I cannot wait for line dried clothes, even if its just to get them off the airers and make the house feel tidier (and i love the smell, Mr T things im mad). Perhaps I am further north, we aren’t quite there yet. Kittys face on the last photo is brilliant. The ‘clicker’ you have to take photos is fab, its on my list of things to buy when we invest in a DSLR this summer xx

    • Carie 29/02/2016 at 9:36 pm

      Oh yes, it’s the combination of the smell of fresh laundry and getting to shut away the airers and free up so much space that make it all wonderful – yay for lots more line dried laundry!

  • Capture by Lucy 29/02/2016 at 11:26 am

    Yes to washing on the line! Gorgeous photos – so many you could frame for your new lounge and I agree – they know how to work us when it’s me and mine photo time! xx

    • Carie 29/02/2016 at 9:37 pm

      Aww thank you lovely 🙂

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 29/02/2016 at 5:04 pm

    Hooray for sunshine! A lovely set of family photos Carie – Pip is getting so big! Jess x

    • Carie 29/02/2016 at 9:37 pm

      Isn’t he just!!

  • LauraCYMFT 29/02/2016 at 8:18 pm

    These are lovely photos! I am loving seeing the sun again! It makes such a difference!

    • Carie 29/02/2016 at 9:37 pm

      Oh it just makes everything happier doesn’t it!

  • Pamela | Life With Munchers 29/02/2016 at 9:28 pm

    Epic out take! Don’t you just hate when plans don’t work out…glad yo still had fun. Here’s to more sun!! #meandmine

    • Carie 29/02/2016 at 9:38 pm

      Oh I think I like my outtakes as much as the ‘real’ photos – they definitely tell a story anyway!

  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle 29/02/2016 at 9:54 pm

    I’m glad you have had a bit more breathing space this month and slowing down at work sounds nice. I love the expression on Kitty’s face in the last photo! Very sweet 🙂 x

    • Carie 01/03/2016 at 9:49 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Sara | mumturnedmom 01/03/2016 at 12:09 am

    I love the out-takes, which is just as well almost all my family photos fall into that category 🙂 Glad to hear you’ve had a good month. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to get outside, we’ve had a few lovely days and it really does make all the difference x

    • Carie 01/03/2016 at 9:49 pm

      Oh doesn’t it just!

  • Debs @ Super Busy Mum 01/03/2016 at 10:09 am

    What beautiful happy photos of all of you guys! Love them. x

    • Carie 01/03/2016 at 9:50 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 01/03/2016 at 12:15 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that February has been calmer for you and your photos this month are lovely. That outtake is hilarious, poor Kitty!

    • Carie 01/03/2016 at 9:51 pm

      I know poor girl to be dismayed by such affection – I think she wanted more chocolate!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 01/03/2016 at 7:59 pm

    Haha I love Kitty’s face in that last one! And everyone is looking very big and grown up in these photos! Glad February has been a nice month for you all. x

    • Carie 01/03/2016 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you lovely – it’s definitely been a good one 🙂

  • Lauren | Belle du Brighton 01/03/2016 at 8:54 pm

    I love that last photo! How exciting about deciding on colours for paint! that will be me this month!

    • Carie 01/03/2016 at 9:51 pm

      Yay how exciting!

  • Jenny 02/03/2016 at 10:10 am

    Ahhh such gorgeous captures of a beautiful happy family. Always full of fun, smiles and happiness and makes me smile Carie. Lovely captures this month. #meandmine

    • Carie 02/03/2016 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you lovely 🙂

  • Chantal Milk&Nappies 03/03/2016 at 12:11 pm

    Lovely photos as always! I loved seeing the sun again this month, I had missed it! There’s so many signs that the warmer weather is on it’s way and I love this time of year. And I totally agree about how magic the 29th is! xx

    • Carie 07/03/2016 at 10:27 pm

      Oh wasn’t it just – fingers crossed for more sunshine this month 🙂

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 04/03/2016 at 11:44 pm

    The sun coming out has been amazing! We didn’t manage to capture any in our photos but we have been enjoying it so much. The photo/snack situation is rather familiar in our house too, but it makes the photos real

    • Carie 07/03/2016 at 10:13 pm

      Bribery and corruption for the win!!

  • Fritha Strickland 05/03/2016 at 9:01 pm

    love that last shot! so sweet x

    • Carie 07/03/2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you – I love the out takes from Me and Mine, they’re always the sweetest 🙂

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 07/03/2016 at 8:53 am

    I love your opening sentence- why is it as adults we really struggle with months passing by quickly hahaha!! Lovely photos and that outtake is hilarious! xx

    • Carie 07/03/2016 at 9:49 pm

      I don’t know, but they’re definitely speeding up aren’t they – it’s not just me?!

  • Sally 31/03/2016 at 8:56 pm

    Oh dear, I’m still on February and we’re nearly at the end of March 🙁 But lovely, relaxed photos, and I’m glad your month was more that way too.