If there’s been a theme to this month (other than, oh my goodness, where has all the time gone and how soon is this baby arriving!!!) it has been family.
From snatched moments as a family of four, made all the more precious because they’ve seemed a little thin on the ground, to the very great pleasure of days spent with aunties and uncles, or Grandpa, or Grandma and Grandad, or, just so as not to overwhelm ourselves, Grandma, Grandad, Great-Gran, four Great-Aunts, two Great-Uncles and four first cousins once removed (H’s first cousins if that level of family arithmetic makes you want to stand on your head to figure it all out)!
And so it seems only appropriate that our family photos this month should be pictures taken by family, while with family.
The first set were taken by H’s sister, at least in part to keep the little ones occupied while an Easter bunny that would at a casual glance seem to resemble Grandad to a remarkable degree, hopped about the front garden, scattering foil wrapped goodies in his wake.
Clearly, all the focus is on the chocolate, and Kitty it seems was just not convinced that that one lone bunny would be safe,even if it stayed in view at all times. Well you never do know what those impish bunnies might get up to if you’re not careful. It must be rescued at all costs!
And then my favourite (despite Elma’s rather worried expression), taken by Grandad last weekend as we all gathered again to celebrate the baptism of the tiniest member of the family. The little wee man was as cute as a button and I think was asleep for the actual moment of his baptism although he made his feelings about the whole situation very loudly known beforehand (according to some of the older ladies in our church that shows you’ve done it properly!).
Kitty spent half the service carefully watching the baby (because the surrounding adults might not know what they’re doing) and then playing with Grandma’s glasses and Elma tired of giving me a running commentary of her toddling up and down at the back of the church (from where I’m told she was barely audible) to give careful scrutiny, and a little taste test, to Grandma’s charm bracelet.
And more to the point; they got to wear their Easter dresses without raincoats this time!
My little family, in April.