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Me and Mine 2017: January

31/01/2017

In centuries past February was considered an unlucky month (we’re talking Roman history here). It’s why the month is so short, you wouldn’t want any more unlucky days than you really had to put up with, and why leap days (also unlucky) got added into the mix too, but I am really looking forward to it being February tomorrow.  January has been a whirlwind; hurtling past us while we clutched for our balance.

It’s been a month of colds and bugs, work and school and hockey matches and birthday parties, and constantly tidying the house for viewers who complain about things they could have known from the photos, and I could swear it was only Christmas a week or so ago, especially as I only just unearthed my Christmas fruit cake (made in November, tidied away in December before a viewing).

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2017: January

The kids are doing their best; it must be very strange and puzzling to be constantly being asked to help tidy up, especially when all they want to do is play trains and spread their crayons all over the dinner table, but they’re trying hard to help, even when their efforts go wildly in the wrong direction.  Even if we don’t find a buyer right this moment, at least in February the near constant flow of viewings should slow down enough to give us all a break.

The girls have loved being back at school and nursery; they celebrated Kings Feast last Friday (a delayed Epiphany celebration) with beautiful crowns, a parade through the three kindergartens and nursery, and a feast of raspberries, blueberries and grapes.  Pip is the one under the weather at the moment; our poor wee boy has been happy only when curled up in someone’s arms since mid morning on Monday and hopefully he’ll shake off whatever’s getting him down. Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2017: January

I think when months are crazy busy it’s hard to look back and pull the highlights out of the endless flurry, but this month I’ve loved the brief quiet times we’ve had at home; making lemon cake the way my Grannie taught me, sitting on the floor playing trains with Pip while the girls fill up their colouring books, and no one to phone me, no need to record what I’m doing in 6 minute units, and no pressure to be pushing myself just that little bit harder and faster even when I know I’m already maxed out.

Last weekend John had a double header of hockey matches so on Sunday I took the children up to Birmingham for the Chinese New Year celebrations and even in the pouring rain it was brilliant. I shan’t give away too many spoilers because with a bit of luck and a following wind I’ll post about it later in the week, but dragons, lions, and balloon arches were never going to go down badly.

My pictures for this month came from Warwick; we love going to the park there and we love watching the ducks on the river, and the kids adore the playpark.  I don’t have that many photos this month; my camera battery died pretty early on (fail to prepare; prepare to fail and all!) and the light was fading, but I love the few that I did get, for all that at least one child is making a funny face in the pictures.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2017: January

We had no idea Pip was blowing raspberries until I got home and saw it close up!

My intention for Me and Mine for this year is the same as my intention for Siblings; I want to take pictures that I’m really proud of, and I want to be organised enough to have the time and the light in which to do it.  We’ll gloss over the fact that my camera battery died fairly early on in proceedings this time round (fail to prepare; prepare to fail) but I’m happy that even the few I took have all five of us in focus and even vaguely looking at the camera.  It’s a good start to what I am determined will be a wonderful year of family portraits.

My little family, in January:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2017: January

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 31/01/2017 at 7:36 am

    These are lovely photos Carie, I am awful at the battery preparation, Eddy got me a spare one for Christmas I am that bad! I hope February brings at least a little bit of calm for you all x

  • Reply Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 31/01/2017 at 9:11 am

    Lovely photos, gutted about the battery, so something I would do! Sounds like January has been really hectic, hope Feb is a bit calmer for you xxx

  • Reply jenny 31/01/2017 at 1:15 pm

    Oh Carie I couldn’t agree with you more on wishing January away and embracing the unlucky month of February for sure. I love that bridge what a great place for a photo. You always take the best of your beautiful family. Happy month ahead. #meandmineproject

  • Reply karen@wouldliketobe 31/01/2017 at 1:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, look at how grown up they all are. I haven’t joining in with me and mine for ages but am back this year. So lovely to see all your gorgeous photos and can’t wait to see more x

  • Reply Emma Plus Three 31/01/2017 at 3:07 pm

    I never knew that about February, although I have often wondered why it’s so short. Lovely photos x

  • Reply Jade 31/01/2017 at 3:47 pm

    Shame about the camera battery but you still managed to get some gorgeous shots of the family! Hope you had fun at the Chinese New Year celebrations, I was in London while they were happening and I would’ve loved to have stopped for a bit and joined in! I can’t wait for February either, I think we might finally find some routine rather than the chaos we’ve had this January! x

  • Reply Sherry 31/01/2017 at 8:49 pm

    We missed the Chinese New Year celebrations this year but I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s photos on Instagram and look forward to reading your post. I hope the house viewings are going okay and your February is smoother and calmer than this month, gorgeous photos – I love the one of Pip looking at the camera while you all face away #meandmineproject

  • Reply My Two Mums 01/02/2017 at 9:20 am

    What a lovely little bridge to pose so colourfully on.

  • Reply Katy (What Katy Said) 02/02/2017 at 8:53 pm

    Oh tidying for viewings is just the worst! Grace was 9 months when we moved and I found it hard enough tidying away after 2 adults let alone 3 children too! Gorgeous photos – especially love that he is blowing a raspberry x

  • Reply Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 03/02/2017 at 10:56 am

    Love the photos on the bridge and the one with Pip blowing a raspberry at the camera. Glad you are finding time to get out and about and relax away from the house and all the viewings! Hope you manage to find a buyer soon x #meandmineproject

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