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Me and Mine 2016: October


It was the month that the leaves turned, the weather became cooler, we stopped being bale to get laundry to dry on the outside line, and we started to hunker down.  At least, that’s the reason I’m giving for having spent the afternoon making Swedish cinnamon rolls and devouring far more of them than is truly good for me.  Welcome to October, with only one month standing between us and the official start of the winter, and I’m-not-counting-and-I’ve-got-my-fingers-in-my-ears-la-la-la days until Christmas.  And though the month has whistled past as usual, for once I think my internal clock of the passing year is in time with what’s actually going on outside the window.

It feels autumnal, and after a wonderful chilled out two weeks of half term, the children at least feel rested and calm and really excited to be going back to school/nursery/playgroup and seeing their friends and throwing themselves into whatever comes between now and the end of term.  I’ve loved being able to see a little bit more of them than usual, and taking a couple of days off to declutter the house has left us just as untidy as usual (I’m claiming it’s the natural consequence of a house full of five creative people), but with places to put everything so that tidying up doesn’t take as long and isn’t as much of a hassle.  Spring cleaning obviously has its traditions, but perhaps autumn cleaning could be a thing too; after all, if you’re about to spend the best part of your days inside for the next few months it makes sense to sort it out while you still have a glimmer of daylight.

With the clocks turning back, that glimmer of daylight has well and truly gone and if there ever were a time of year to take photos inside, now is not it, not in our house anyway.

Which posed somewhat of a challenge for us this month, because when I said I wanted to take our Me and Mine photos this weekend, John, firmly backed by Kitty, suggested that we wear Halloween costumes.  And as it’s (a) funny and (b) makes up for the fact that I’ve failed on most counts Halloween as we haven’t got a pumpkin, haven’t gone on a pumpkin trail and haven’t even made spider cupcakes, I agreed without a second thought.

We gambled and headed up to the windmill at roughly about lunchtime, hoping that everyone else who owns and walks dogs and is usually up there would be sat down tucking into their roast beef.  It worked; for the first 20 minutes we had the entire place to ourselves, which is so much fun because you can run around and set up whatever angles you like without worrying about being in someone else’s shot, or ending up with them in yours.  So with our further ado, may I present the Halloween version of my little family:

Space for the Butterflies - a Me and Mine for Halloween

The girls’ costumes are the easy ones; Kitty is a cat (complete with tail) and Elma is whatever Sainsburys think a Halloween Princess looks like, complete with sash and some extraordinary pink and grey hair that she adores for reasons which are entirely beyond me.

Space for the Butterflies - a Me and Mine for Halloween

Pip, well Pip was also on the very same costume buying expedition with his grandparents that saw the girls so spectacularly decked out, but while he now owns a pumpkin outfit, as soon as we put it on he looked up at me, “No like it Mama! No like it!”. We took it off and offered him an Olaf snowman instead, but with the same result.  So if you’ll lend me a bit of your imagination, Pip is a pirate. The shorts and stripy shirt are his own, the pirate cap is John’s from another hockey tour and the sword belonged originally to my aunt who celebrated a big birthday with a pirate party.  In it’s time it has been swung by Kitty and Elma to great effect and while Pip may have been embracing his inner Poldark and using it for a little light scything of the long grass, it was more than ample bribery and corruption that he’d wear the hat.

Space for the Butterflies - a Me and Mine for Halloween

And John and me? Well John is a cat-penguin, a sort cat-woman, but penguin, thanks to a cat mask donated by Kitty and a penguin onesie from a Secret Santa at work a couple of years ago.  I am, well I’m not exactly sure.  The cape was originally made for John to be Professor Chaos on another hockey tour and the mask was from our dressing up box, so I’m claiming to be Batman’s Mother – all the powers and the person who got Batman to tidy his room.  I’ve never actually watched any of the films, my Batman is from the Lego movie so if I’ve missed something crucial let me know!Space for the Butterflies - a Me and Mine for Halloween

As a set of photos they are crazy and silly and I love them unashamedly.  One of these days these three little people of ours will look back on these photos and know that their parents were utterly daft, and completely prepared to look silly for their entertainment.  They are us in those moments when everything is just exactly right and I know that in them is my happiness found.

Space for the Butterflies - a Me and Mine for Halloween

Just as they are; crazy senses of humour and all – my little family, in October:

Space for the Butterflies - a Me and Mine for Halloween

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  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle 31/10/2016 at 10:57 am

    Hee hee! It has to be Halloween themed this month though, doesn’t it? Makes me laugh that there is a halloween princess costume, I think Flo would definitely have gone for that if she had seen it! Those cinnamon rolls sound lovely xx #meandmine

  • Hannah | The Simple Things Blog 31/10/2016 at 12:15 pm

    I love how John and Kitty insisted on Halloween photos, they are absolutely amazing. I love the fun ones and everyone looks so happy. I had to laugh at the part about pips hat! When we went to the pumpkin patch James took his costume off in the car because he couldn’t see many people wearing them, I wanted him to be happy so didn’t question, but after reading your post I wish i had dressed up too!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 31/10/2016 at 1:19 pm

    Love these shots they are some full of fun and 6ou all look great! I also love your little man’s pickiness over the costumes, we have a spider costume LM will not wear haha xx

  • Ivona 31/10/2016 at 1:42 pm

    Great costumes. Happy Halloween.

  • Emma Plus Three 31/10/2016 at 1:51 pm

    Ah these are amazing! So fun! You are such cool parents, my two keep asking me what I’m dressing as for Halloween but I haven’t bought anything! x #meandmine

  • Laura 31/10/2016 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my these are amazing photos! Love the idea of Halloween Me & Mine photos in October!

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 31/10/2016 at 9:27 pm

    Love all the fun poses and the Halloween costumes – what a gorgeous location for them as well! 🙂 #meandmineproject

  • Taryn 31/10/2016 at 9:47 pm

    This is so fun! I absolutely love it! #meandmineproject

  • Heidi - @Cosmochicklitan 01/11/2016 at 11:45 am

    I love these pictures! Dressing up in Halloween costumes was a brilliant idea! #meandmineproject

  • Preeti 01/11/2016 at 1:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. You all seem so happy. May the fun times last forever.

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 03/11/2016 at 6:39 am

    Oh I never even thought to do Halloween ones!!! You are on the ball- very impressed! Gorgeous photos!! #meandmineproject x

  • Jenny 04/11/2016 at 6:45 pm

    Oh Carie I should have know you would think to do Halloween edition for this month so creative, so fun and so happy. I love all your spooky captures. You must be the funnest family ever I swear it. #meandmineproject

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 06/11/2016 at 5:54 pm

    Hahahaha!! These are my fave ones of you EVER!!! Our are Halloween themed this month too but yours are hilarious!!!! Ours reminds me of a Victorian photo!! I love Halloween — any excuse to dress up and have a party. As my neighbour said last weekend, creating memories is what it’s all about! Fab xx #MeandMineProject