Christmas Elma Family Kitty Me and Mine Photography

Me and Mine – a family portrait for December


2013 has gone past in a blink of an eye. Even though Elma arrived in the last days of 2012, 2013 I think has been her year; the year she grew and grew from tiny sleeping newborn, all scrunched up toes and dark fluffy hair, to the funny little girl who cruises around the lounge and is so desperately trying to walk all by herself.

She has undergone the biggest changes but the rest of us have grown and grown too (although some of that may be down to a little seasonal indulgence and I very much hope it to be temporary). H and I have if not exactly figured out how to parent two little girls (because I firmly believe that no one ever truly figures it all out), at least become comfortable in the daily minutiae, settling into a routine acquired mostly through trial and error.  All we need now is a few more hours sleep – and perhaps a challenge for next year might be to find a little more time for painting and sewing, and to make our studio a real retreat.

And Kitty, my sweet open hearted little girl has shot upwards in stature, outwards in shoe size, and wholly embraced her adored little sister.

It’s not been a year without its bumps, but on the whole it’s been a good one. I strongly suspect that 2014 is going to go just as fast and be just as exciting/challenging/completely exhausting (delete as applicable).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade lifestyle and parenting blog

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade lifestyle and parenting blog

And so we’re rounding off the year as we began it, sat on the floor in front of a Christmas tree with our girls in our arms.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade lifestyle and parenting blog

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade lifestyle and parenting blog

I can’t quite explain why these photos make me so very happy.  The backdrop is just our messy over-stuffed bookcase, and the bit of the tree that I could fit in the frame, and Elma is a little sleepy, and still a little sad from a week of intensive teeth-growing, but there’s just something in the way these little sisters smile at each other that fills me with joy.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade lifestyle and parenting blog

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade lifestyle and parenting blog

My little family, in December.

And because no Me and Mine would be complete without an out-take:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade lifestyle and parenting blog

Elma was getting a bit sleepy and decided she’d had enough of having her photo taken, so H tried to make her giggle by blowing raspberries at her.  It wasn’t exactly successful!

dear beautiful


You Might Also Like

  • lucy 31/12/2013 at 7:27 am

    Ahhh, these photos are lovely Carie. I’m sure I say it every month but you look so close and happy together. Christmas tree family photos never fail to make me smile, I’m hoping there are lots more this month! x

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 7:30 am

      Thank you 🙂 I’m hoping its the month for Christmas tree photos too – unless anyone was lucky enough to get snow – I really hope there’s snow for one month’s picture in 2014!

  • Caro 31/12/2013 at 9:39 am

    These pics are really lovely — you all look SO happy 🙂

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you 🙂 they certainly make me smile!

  • brinabird and son 31/12/2013 at 9:49 am

    Awww they are all so lovely

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you – they are my favourite people in the whole world!

  • Caro 31/12/2013 at 1:47 pm

    Lovely pictures as always. You all radiate happiness!I had sort of thought we would end up with a picture in front of the tree this month, but it hasn’t happened that way… and our tree is looking rather droopy now from too much central heating.

    I’m looking forward to more pictures from you next year and your commitment to this project places you as a role model for me in trying next year not to miss a single month!

    I hope you all have a wonderful 2014!

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 8:16 pm

      I hope you have a very very wonderful 2014 too! I think our tree might be suffering a bit too – but fortunately it takes up so much real estate that I can’t get the camera far enough away to capture more than a few branches!

  • Double Trouble 31/12/2013 at 4:00 pm

    Beautiful photo’s, makes my heart so happy to see a happy family, wish you a happy and healthy new year

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you too – I think it’s going to be wonderful

  • My Two Mums 31/12/2013 at 4:29 pm

    Such lovely images. You all look so comfortable and happy with each other. It’s great to see so much love.

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 9:56 pm

      Aww thank you, I think they’re some of my favourites!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 31/12/2013 at 7:56 pm

    I think these may be my favourite so far Carie, although I say it every month I am sure. You just look like a happy family. It’s been a pleasure watching your beautiful girls grow each month, they remind me very much of my own two little ladies.
    Happy New Year to you and your family. xx

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 9:58 pm

      Well if each month is a new favourite then at least my photography’s improving! I think our little girls might well be quite similar, especially in their sisterly relationships and it’s lovely watching them all grow up.

  • LauraCYMFT 31/12/2013 at 8:02 pm

    Such beautiful photos. Happy new year when it comes.

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you, I think I can just about squeeze in under the wire to say Happy New Year too!

  • Katie 31/12/2013 at 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous shots as always Carie 🙂 Kitty is staring to look so much like you! Hope you have a wonderful New Year xx

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 10:12 pm

      Really! I still see so much of her Daddy in her, but I think you never see yourself in your children. Happy New Year to you and yours too! Xx

  • Lauren 31/12/2013 at 9:45 pm

    Love them all. I agree with Lucy, you do all look so close and happy, I love looking at your photos every month.
    I hope Elmas teeth stop causing her pain soon, and that 2014 is filled with a lot more sleep for you xx

    • Carie 31/12/2013 at 10:19 pm

      Aww thank you – it must be the influence of a surfeit of mince pies! Fingers crossed we’re through the worse of the teething because we all need the sleep!

  • Emily 01/01/2014 at 3:04 pm

    These pictures are simply adorable, what a wonderful record of your family in december!

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you, they’re definitely some of my favourites

  • Kerry 01/01/2014 at 8:00 pm

    Lovely Photos! Great memories to have 🙂 Happy New Year! xx

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you, and Happy New Year to you too!

  • Caroline 01/01/2014 at 8:23 pm

    I love these Carie. I particularly love that your husband is such a willing victim – I mean participant! And your girls are adorable as always.

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 9:06 pm

      Most of the time participant is right – occasionally victim, but I bribe and corrupt with chocolate and the occasional nip of a seasonal something from the Highlands! But for all his protestations, I think he likes that we have these photos, and I wouldn’t be without them now.

  • Capture by Lucy 01/01/2014 at 10:12 pm

    I am still trying to figure it out and Ollie is 2 and a half! Think we are all on a big journey of discovery, and these photos show you have so much fun along the way! xx

    • Carie 01/01/2014 at 11:24 pm

      Well that definitely supports my theory that if you ever do figure it out they just change overnight and present a whole new quandary in the morning!

  • Chloe 04/01/2014 at 12:42 pm

    I have so enjoyed your Me and Mine posts this year, Carie. Mainly because you tell the story behind taking the photo so well, but also because all of your photos show off your happy family so perfectly. Here’s to many more Me and Mine photos in 2014!

    • Carie 04/01/2014 at 11:13 pm

      Aww thank you – I’m so enjoying both the photography and the writing I couldn’t stop if I tried!

  • Mary Keynko 06/01/2014 at 9:05 am

    love them!and the last one is my favourite!

    • Carie 06/01/2014 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Charlotte 07/01/2014 at 10:31 am

    Lovely Me & Mine photos! I think the one of H blowing raspberries is my favorite! This project really makes you see how quickly they grow. Starting with a newborn must make this even more apparent. x

    • Carie 07/01/2014 at 10:46 am

      It is amazing how much they’ve both changed since I started – it’s part of what makes it so addictive I think!

  • SAHMlovingit 15/01/2014 at 1:29 pm

    Lovely lovely lovely! What gorgeous fun photos filled with love and happiness – even the last one 🙂

    • Carie 15/01/2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you – they were all a lot of fun!