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Me and Mine 2016: May


Every month when I start writing these updates I have to pull myself back from saying how fast the last month seems to have gone, but this time I really can’t: seriously, just what happened to May? I could have sworn it was only minutes ago that we were taking last minute photos in the bluebell woods, I had to check that I needed family photos this weekend not just sibling ones, and yet here we are, another month into the year.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2016: May - a family portrait series

So what of high speed May? Well it’s no surprise that it’s been a busy month.  The children have mostly been pottering along as usual although Kitty’s been busy at school with a food festival and all the excitement of the last week building up to half term which left her absolutely shattered and more ready for the break than I’ve seen her yet.

I’ve had the Berylune craft party, Birmingham Blog Camp, and I hosted a lunchtime seminar at work, the latter of which took up more time than you could ever imagine and means that I now know far more than I will ever be called on to recollect about King Canute and administrative subdivisions from the Doomsday Book.

For H, May was the month in which he very nearly caught my time at the Leeds half marathon in tremendous heat and (as predicted in the video), after a few more beers, entered the Birmingham half in the autumn. It was a Steve Redgrave moment that surprised only him, the rest of us know that while he can still run he won’t stop until the family PB is his. Or at least, no longer mine; if he passes the racing bug on to the children I think our lanky little ones could prove a serious challenge.

But before all the long running kicks in again, he’s been playing golf in all available moments in anticipation of a long weekend away with the lads in a couple of weeks.  Three of them went last year and he won their tournament easily; this year there are four and the win isn’t so much a foregone conclusion; hence lots of practicing.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2016: May - a family portrait series

And then there’s just the reality of life with three little ones.  We have a sign in our hall that says “tired parents and happy kids live here”, and it’s never seemed truer: May has gone past in a flash because our lives are full, but for the most part full of the things that make us happy and content.  Life is noisy and busy and despite all my Marie Kondo efforts, I’m still harbouring doubts that our house will ever look neat and tidy for more than 30 seconds.

This month I was a little more organised than usual, if be organised we mean that we took the photos on Saturday rather than yesterday.  They’re from our day exploring All Things Wild which had the multiple advantages of having pretty spots for photos and a friend who takes lovely photos (including our wedding photos) who could be persuaded to wield the camera.

We’re all perched up on a giant log by the side of the play area, having peeled Elma away from playing tug of war against herself and retrieved Pip from the football pitch, albeit with the footballs.  We tried taking pictures without the football butMaster Pip Squeak was full of woe without it, so back it came!

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2016: May - a family portrait series

It turns out that my children are just as happy to ignore their very dear friend wielding a camera as they are the camera on its own with only the remote trigger to line us all up, but with the able assistance of his lovely L waving at them in the background, we do have a photo of all of us looking at the camera – even if Pip looks deeply suspicious of anyone trying to distract his attention from defending his football against all comers and all sisters;

my family, in May:


And although it’s not a picture of all five of us, I couldn’t resist saving this picture as a sort of out-take;

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2016:May - a family portrait series

they do make the cutest little family of meerkats!

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  • lucy at dear beautiful 31/05/2016 at 11:37 am

    Our May has flown by ridiculously quickly too. Where is the year going? Gorgeous photos this month Carie, they are so fun and natural and happy. I’ve given up on ever getting that picture perfect moment of everyone smiling nicely at my camera, it’s just never going to happen with five people who can possibly muck it up. But life isn’t picture perfect is it? And I think these natural moments of life as a five are far more real. x

  • Lucy @capturebylucy 31/05/2016 at 12:17 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. Love your honest account of juggling it all but making the most of every minute. That’s exactly how we are and even though I feel run into the ground I look at all the amazing things we do with the boys and think I’ll sleep when they are 18 and leave home! Gorgeous photos and well done on all the things you have achieved this month – superstars! xx

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 31/05/2016 at 12:20 pm

    Love that final photo and Pip’s expressions whilst holding the football – he certainly doesn’t want anyone to take it, does he? Good luck to H with the Birmingham half-marathon, definitely sounds like he is trying to claim the family PB and hope the golf tournament goes well too! Sounds like you have had a very busy month – but full of the things that make you happy and content and that is always a wonderful thing. I love your sign saying “tired parents and happy kids live here” – that’s a very good way of summing up family life! 🙂

  • Emma Plus Three 31/05/2016 at 2:19 pm

    Really lovely photos 🙂 x

  • Jenny 31/05/2016 at 8:22 pm

    Absolutely adore these Carie. you do have three gorgeous children I must say and capture them so well. All happy and smiles every time. I love it. #meandmeproject

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 31/05/2016 at 8:36 pm

    Haha he does look suspicious doesn’t he! fab you had someone to take the photos this month- I am never trusting enough haha! #MeandMineProject

  • LauraCYMFT 31/05/2016 at 9:47 pm

    Aww sounds like you’ve had a busy, fun month. Lovely photos!

  • Jenny Benton 31/05/2016 at 10:35 pm

    Such beautiful, happy, family photos!

  • Marlyn 01/06/2016 at 4:23 am

    Lovely family pictures. Great attitude mom! Enjoy the ride they grow up quickly.

  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle 01/06/2016 at 7:35 am

    Your photos are really lovely and I’ve enjoyed reading about your month! It’s a total juggling act isn’t it, and my house is always being turned upside down by one of the kids so I know where you’re coming from with the tidiness! There’s always so much going on with family life, it’s hard to get a moment to rest isn’t it! It makes me laugh about the family PB!! X

  • Sherry 01/06/2016 at 2:14 pm

    This year seems to be flying by and I cannot believe we are in June! Pip really does look like he\’s guarding that ball doesn’t he! x

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 01/06/2016 at 7:27 pm

    I honestly think there has been a May conspiracy as I too feel like I missed it somehow! Lovely photos and I commend you for getting all three to look at the camera. An amazing achievement in my eyes! Let’s hope June feels like it lasts a little bit longer. X

  • Sara | mumturnedmom 02/06/2016 at 5:48 pm

    Your May sounds as busy as ours 🙂 Gorgeous shots of your family, love that they had to keep hold of the balls! And your meerkats are very cute xx

  • Clearlybex 04/06/2016 at 8:22 am

    Lovely photos, sounds like a love place. I too cannot quite believe how fast this year is going!

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 05/06/2016 at 9:51 pm

    Aww, they really are such cute little meerkats! I was thinking of trying Marie Kondo but I’m also not convinced my house can look tidy for more than 30 seconds with one, soon to be two, little ones!

  • sally 05/07/2016 at 9:41 am

    It’s even worse reading this, in my typical, terrible lateness when June has also now flown by 🙁 Cutest family of meerkats I’ve ever seen!