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Me and Mine 2016: March

31/03/2016

When I was little I knew people who had aunts and uncles right on their doorstep, cousins in the same class at school, or grandparents who they could walk to for tea. We didn’t.  My grandmother was in the next village when we were at home in the holidays and when we were at school (long story cut short, I sort of went to boarding school with my parents) the nearest aunt and uncle were a good couple of hours away.  The family was spread out over the country and whenever either half got together we all knew that a family photo was obligatory.  And so my childhood photo albums are populated with these occasional shots; all of my Dad’s family in the back garden at my grandparents’ house (a photo that took so much organising and concentration we all then happily went off for the afternoon leaving the front door wide open), the photo that my Mum used to keep on the kitchen notice board of her family of five siblings, their spouses and all the children (she used to have people guess which child belonged to who), right though to the very last complete photo of the ‘Northern Hemisphere’ family, only missing my cousin and his wife who live in Australia, and featuring Elma as a just visible bump.

There are plenty of family shots of just Mum, Dad, my sister and me, but I have a special fondness for the big family shots.  I think it’s that they somehow give you an increased sense of your place in the world; not just sister and daughter, but cousin and niece too.  I look at those photos and I know who I am to everyone else in the picture, and I know that I am loved just as I love them.

So this Easter weekend knowing that, for the first time in ages, both of H’s siblings and our sister-in-law were going to be there for Easter Sunday, I packed the tripod.  Now if you’ve seen my Easter video you’ll be all too well aware that although I may have packed the tripod, I did manage to forget both the remote trigger and the connector that joins the camera and the tripod. Smashing preparation I know.

But who lets a little thing like a missing tripod connector hold them back.  We see H’s family fairly often considering how far away they live, but usually just his parents, or his parents and his sister, or his brother and sister-in-law.  When we do all get together it tends to be Christmas which is (a) cold, (b) dark, (c) rainy, (d) really cold (it is Yorkshire), (e) everyone is far too full of Christmas cheer and mince pies to come outside and have their photo taken and (f) once it snowed.  A group photo is not going to be on the cards.

But Easter, Easter with its chicks and yellow and sunshine and Spring and we’ll gloss over the torrential rain of storm Katie; Easter has serious possibility.  Not least the fact that everyone was out in the garden anyway for the Egg hunt, albeit wrapped up in snuggly winter coats (see point (d) above re Yorkshire).

And so my Me and Mine photos this month are really more like ‘Ours and All of Ours’; Grandma, Granddad, H and me, his siblings and his bonus sister, and our little trio.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine March 2016

All of the photos had to be taken by setting the timer and running back and forth which Pip clearly thinks is a most strange thing for his Mama to be doing, but it did the trick, and the patio table pulled over to the edge of the railing made a great stand in tripod.  And yes it means that each photo took a bit of time, which may perhaps have exhausted the patience of certain members of the party who clearly decided to theme themselves accordingly…

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine March 2016

But I don’t mind; I love these shots anyway.  They tell the story of my children’s place in the world; sisters, brother, daughters, son, grandchildren, nieces and nephew. And there’s even a couple of godparents in the mix there too.  Along with their Grandpa and their other aunt and uncle and cousin, these are the people who love them the most in the whole wide world.

Our not so little family, in March.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine March 2016

– and yes, still abiding by the rule that not one photo I take can have everyone looking at the camera!

 

And if you have a moment, I would truly love a nomination in the MADs and the BiBs blogging awards for writer, craft, or family/school days (all the details are here). I heard over the weekend that I’d also been nominated in the photography category which was a wonderful surprise, so thank you whoever that was – as for my picks for photography I am horribly torn between, The Goblin Child, Mummy Daddy Me, Sorry About The Mess, and Dear Little Daisy, so if you vote for them and I vote for them, they can all be finalists together and then I would not envy the judging panel one bit!

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  • Sarah (@tobygoesbananas) 31/03/2016 at 7:42 am

    These are lovely photos Carie! How wonderful to get everyone all in one place. I don’t have a very big family but the few of us that there are are pretty spread out (we’re in Scotland, my parents in Blackpool and my brother in Essex, and my in-laws live in the Lake District) so we are rarely all in the same place at the same time. I love the girls coats by the way, they look super-cosy!

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:30 pm

      The coats are amazing, they were at one stage my brother and sister in law’s and discovered at the back of Grandma’s coat cupboard when two little girls complained of being chilly. They are properly vintage and incredibly warm and snuggly!

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  • Emma 31/03/2016 at 7:43 am

    So lovely! And I can totally relate to setting the timer and running back and forth! My kids think it’s hilarious, but at least it makes them smile in time for the photo!! Haha! xx

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:29 pm

      It does help to get them looking at the camera I think, especially Pip, who doesn’t really get the concept of staring at a random black box on legs!!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 31/03/2016 at 7:44 am

    Lovely photos Carie and I’m with you in the loving of big family shots. My family was really small growing up, my grandparents and childless aunt and Uncle in London. Another grandma in Oz and an aunt and Uncle and cousins we only met a couple of times because our dad’s weren’t close brothers. So I adore how close our families are and how lucky my little ones are to have so many adoring relations nearby! Xx

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:28 pm

      Oh that must be extra special when it’s something you didn’t have yourself – lucky little ones!

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 31/03/2016 at 8:02 am

    What gorgeous photos Carie and how lovely to capture some “Ours and all of Ours” photos – isn’t it nice to be able to get photos like this with extended family members in the photo too. They’re always very special photos too as they happen so rarely – I think the last photo I managed with all of my siblings was seven years ago at my wedding. Love how much fun everyone is having in the photos too – especially in the second one! Hope you all had a lovely Easter spending time together 🙂

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you lovely, we had a great time (and lots of chocolate!)

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  • Sherry 31/03/2016 at 8:57 am

    We did a big group shot on Monday and it was manic with 8 of us! You’re a real pro for even getting people to look at the camera! We were in Yorkshire (York) all Easter weekend and it is one of our favourite places to visit, we’ve even talked about moving there. Your tradition of a big family photo is lovely #meandmineproject

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:25 pm

      thank you – I’m pretty sure the sugar high was helping!!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 31/03/2016 at 11:26 am

    Oh I love big family shots! We have a picnic at the end of May with my mum’s side of the family and always get a great one. Kitty looks soo tall!

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:25 pm

      Oh awesome, that sounds like fun. All of the recent meet ups with my mum’s side have been at Christmas and it’s far too dark and cold for photos. And yes, Kitty’s the size of an 8 year old – she looks tall in the photos and no one in our family is short!!

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  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 31/03/2016 at 2:21 pm

    Brilliant photos Carie – good work with tripod improvisation and getting some great shots despite the number of people, age of people and time running backwards and forwards! x

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:24 pm

      I think the running kept them all quite nicely entertained – Usain Bolt I am not!!

  • Alex Gladwin 31/03/2016 at 3:54 pm

    Oh I just love these – big family shots are the best! What lovely photos to always treasure and look back on! xx

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you, the more I look at them the more I’m glad I badgered everyone into them!

  • LauraCYMFT 31/03/2016 at 9:16 pm

    Aww I love this! So nice to see the extended family in photos too. So important for the kids to have those to look back on when they are older.

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:21 pm

      I’ve always loved the ones from my childhood so I’m trying to continue the trend!!

  • Stephanie 31/03/2016 at 9:25 pm

    What a great photo of you all! I love getting family shots of everyone like that. A perfect family photo.

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:20 pm

      It’s so much fun to have everyone everyone isn’t it 🙂

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  • Katy (What Katy Said) 31/03/2016 at 9:37 pm

    This is truly lovely, I know exactly how you feel as I too grew up miles and miles away from extended family. Shots to be treasured forever here. #MeandMineProject xxx

    • Carie 31/03/2016 at 10:20 pm

      I hope so – I need to remember to send them to my inlaws 🙂

  • Hannah 31/03/2016 at 11:36 pm

    What a lovely photo and fantastic memory. I am from Yorkshire and can totally relate to your description of December! I think you did well to get so many people looking at the camera too, It sounds like the perfect Easter xx

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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  • Kim 01/04/2016 at 1:02 am

    What wonderful family shots, definitely ones to hang onto and remember 🙂

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:40 pm

      I hope so – even with the funny faces from the less often photographed members of the family!

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 01/04/2016 at 10:07 am

    Awww these ones are the best aren’t they? We have a similar one but it dates back to 2013!! We need to try and get another in the bag this year!! LOVE pics of extended family — they’re the ones we’ll treasure in years to come. #MeAndMine

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:42 pm

      Oh you definitely need another one – just think how much has changed since then!!

  • Jenny 02/04/2016 at 11:14 am

    OH Carie I adore a large family capture this is so lovely. What a beautiful day for it too. The kids all look so excited for Easter and relatives around. 🙂 #meandmineproject

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:46 pm

      I think they were in seventh heaven with all the aunties and uncle and grandparents to play with 🙂

  • Sarah Christie 02/04/2016 at 6:16 pm

    So lovely I love big family shots, our family hardly ever gets together and I love it when we do, I grew up with a huge extended family and loved all the wonderful get togethers I still treasure those moments and love us all getting together x

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 02/04/2016 at 7:27 pm

    I love to see extended family shots, you all look a lovely happy bunch! Its so nice to have the family altogether. xx

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 02/04/2016 at 10:15 pm

    What a wonderful set of photos including lots of family members, I want to try and get more of our extended family too. we had a couple of tripod errors as the bloody thing seems to have broken or come loose so whenever I was running back and fourth, we would be counting down, and the tripod would be sliding down ever so slowly. lol! x

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 05/04/2016 at 9:33 pm

    Brilliant pictures! I really must try to get a shot of my whole family next time we’re all together (whenever that may be!) xx

    • Carie 07/04/2016 at 9:09 pm

      Oh do, they’re so much fun to look back on because they don’t get taken as often as little family portraits so more changes in between photos

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 06/04/2016 at 12:40 pm

    So nice to get all the family together and a success to get everyone in a photo! Xx

    • Carie 07/04/2016 at 9:06 pm

      it really was, thank you 🙂

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 06/04/2016 at 10:18 pm

    Lovely photos. There is something really special about a big family photo! You’ve definitely inspired me to badger my extended family to jump in some pictures with me x

    • Carie 07/04/2016 at 9:05 pm

      Oh do – it’s so much fun – even when they pull silly faces!!

  • Mini Travellers/Mini Ventures 12/04/2016 at 1:29 pm

    These are lovely, I can never get any of mine to look at the camera all at the same time either. Never!