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Me and Mine – a family portrait for October


I know I said that I didn’t want my Me and Mine photos to turn into a series of pictures of us sat on the sofa but rules, especially the homemade variety, are definitely there to be bent.  Not broken though, I haven’t gone quite so far as to take sofa photos (I’m saving that for when it’s a really wet and wild month with not even a glimmer of sunshine to pull us out of doors).  But I did decide one sunny Sunday morning that our little pocket sized patio might be the perfect place for our photoshoot.

And there’s a very good reason for this month’s pictures being taken at home.  For me, October has been all about home, but in a convoluted upside down sort of way.  It’s been the first full month where we’ve all spent lots of time going our separate ways; H has been travelling all over the place with work; I’ve made the rush down the hill to catch the train to Birmingham and only missed the train once (and that was by seconds) and the girls have been gluing, painting and singing their way around their nursery.

We miss each other when we’re apart, and it’s made coming home our holy grail, our sanctuary at the end of the day.  I’d like to say it’s where we can leave work at the door but sadly both residents of this house who are taller than 3′ have had to plod on into the evenings a few times, but it is where we reconnect, where we let the stresses of the day roll away in the joy and relief of being back together again.

At heart I am an unashamed homebody; our house is warm and snug, a riot of colour, occasionally tidy, full of the things we love and the things we love to do, and almost always contains chocolate, cake or both.  I’m more careful with my sewing now that we have the girls, so you’re less likely to step on a pin than you once were, but there will still always be knitting on the end of the sofa, my camera tucked up on the dresser out of the reach of tiny fingers, quilts and blankies within easy reach, and baby and toddler toys strewn across the floor.

I think I am at my happiest at home, with my little family around me, playing silly games with the girls, or curling up under a quilt with H to watch telly and chat about random things while two sleepy little ones snooze upstairs in their beds.


In this last month it is the place I have most wanted to be.  And if that doesn’t make it a good place for a photo, I don’t know what does.


Elma all sleepy and ready for a post-church, pre-lunch snooze, with that heavy sleepiness that babies get just before the eyelids start drooping, Kitty, still deeply attached to her stethoscope, checking all of our heart-beeps, and then referring it to H for a second opinion; and H, patiently corralling the little ones while I nip back and forth in and out of shot because he knows how much this means to me.

My little family, in October.




Well it just wouldn’t be me without a slightly silly photo!

But of all of the pictures I took, the ones I’m really going to treasure (and I realise this may be sacrilege to admit it because I’m not in the frame) are the ones I took while I was setting up; two girls and their adoring Daddy:

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dear beautiful



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  • lucy 31/10/2013 at 7:23 am

    These are gorgeous Carie. And I love that there is a reason behind you bein so thrilled with your ‘at home portraits’. Home should definitely be a haven, and it sounds like yours is.
    Love the photos so much. And I love the bit you said about your husband corralling the girls because he knows how much it matters to you. My husband is the same. He wouldn’t be in the frame out of choice, but he knows that it matters. And he also proudly shows off the photos to family so I know he’s pleased we’re taking them.
    The ones of your hubby with the girls are so tender and lovely. Funny how you can catch such lovely moments when you’re setting up your camera. x

    • Carie 31/10/2013 at 4:47 pm

      I love the pictures I get when I’m setting up, people are less conscious and more relaxed – I have a gorgeous photo of my sister and her son that she had no idea I was taking at the time.

      And yes, full credit to the husbands – H loves the photos we get even if he’d never admit it and has been known to talk to the girls about their “surprisingly Japanese tourist mother”!

  • Lauren 31/10/2013 at 9:00 am

    These are wonderful, you really look like such a lovely family.
    The photos of the girls with their daddy are adorable. xx

    • Carie 31/10/2013 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much – those three are my whole world and I love those pictures.

  • LauraCYMFT 31/10/2013 at 10:22 am

    Lovely photos of you all. I love being a home especially when it’s so cold outside.

    • Carie 31/10/2013 at 4:56 pm

      I know, I love that feeling of hibernating from the cold, the sense that the whole house is wrapped around you to keep you snug and safe. It makes me look forward to winter (and hopefully snow) all the more!

  • Charlotte 31/10/2013 at 11:23 am

    I think it makes a lovely place for a photo! Love the brick wall! Gorgeous photos, the one with your feet and their bodies made me smile! x

    • Carie 31/10/2013 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you – it’s where we sit to watch Kitty run up and down, or just to perch in the sunshine, one of my favourite spots in our home.

  • My Two Mums 31/10/2013 at 12:18 pm

    I love the reason behind these photos. The silly photo is my favourite. You will love looking back at these.

    • Carie 31/10/2013 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you 🙂 the silly picture did make me giggle – it was a bit of a punt because Kitty had to fire the remote but I think she did us proud!

  • Katie 31/10/2013 at 2:15 pm

    I love these all Carie – i especially love the one where you guys are lying down with the girls on top of you!

    Can i come round for tea and cake one day? You make your home sound so lovely and cosy :))

    • Carie 31/10/2013 at 5:10 pm

      Yes of course you may – as long as you promise to please ignore the non-Halloween related spiders webs, and avoid the Duplo traps laid all down the hall by my baby!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 31/10/2013 at 9:30 pm

    Oh Carie I love these photos so so so much. I love the ones of your husband and the girls, as our family dynamics are so similar to yours, I can really appreciate the tenderness of the photos of the three of them together.
    And your other ones are lovely too. I love how Elma is sucking her thumb in most of them.

    • Carie 31/10/2013 at 10:57 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂 Elma was a bit sleepy at the time and so very cuddly, hence the thumb sucking!

  • nic@nipitinthebud 31/10/2013 at 11:36 pm

    I love these, especially the one of Mum and Dad lying down with girls balanced on laps.
    It sucks when work takes up more time than you’d like but boy do you appreciate the precious time you do have as family when space is created

    • Carie 31/10/2013 at 11:52 pm

      Oh there’s definitely and absence makes the heart grow fonder vibe around here at the moment, but we all love just hanging out at home so that works out pretty perfectly.

  • Becky 01/11/2013 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! What a gorgeous family you have.

    • Carie 02/11/2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Capture by Lucy 03/11/2013 at 9:15 pm

    These photos are so full of warmth and love! I absolutely adore the one of the girls with you two lying down, hands down my favourite ever! xx

    • Carie 03/11/2013 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you – a little bit of silly can never be too bad an idea!