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Me and Mine 2015: January

31/01/2015

Once upon a time it was a sunny morning.  It was also January and this means that sunny mornings are not to be wasted.  You might be forgiven for thinking that in a houseful of self professed explorers this should mean suiting and booting ready to get outside and go and find some mud to roll in and a flurry of wooly hats, mittens and the occasional scarf.

But no, for the end of the month was drawing near and therefore the presence of sunshine and the master of the house home from work means it’s time for pictures.  Even if one member of the family was still wearing a hat to warm up after taking Kitty to ballet class, and more than one other was sporting baby drool as less of an accessory and more of a full on style statement.

I love it when my Me and Mine or Siblings pictures come out all nicely posed with a pretty backdrop and everyone looking at the camera and if not smiling then at least looking moderately happy to be there.  I treasure those photos, and they are the ones that I’ve got marked up for framing, but I’m very well aware that they aren’t exactly our every day reality.

And so I hope that there’s room in the remit of family photos for the less than perfect, the photos where someone’s squinting, or talking (that would be me!), or pulling a funny face, or the ones where despite assiduous attention with the hairbrush only moments before, both girls look like they’ve just landed through a hedge backwards. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Or when it suddenly becomes very obvious that my attempts to remove glitter glue from my patio windows has been largely unsuccessful!

But I think they show us as a family as our truest selves.  This is what family life looks like in my house if you pop round on a Saturday morning.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

There are cuddles as everyone tries to curl up on H’s very snuggly jumper, princess babies that are apparently essential to all activities for at least the next hour and a half, sucking thumbs, sleepy faces, funny expressions, a baby quite desperate to hold onto and taste everything that passes him by, and if you’re very lucky we’ll all have made it out of our pyjamas.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

This has been on the whole a very ordinary sort of month.  We loved celebrating Pip with our family and friends at his baptism but other than that we haven’t done anything tremendously exciting or made any great plans to go anywhere special.  It’s been a month of just being, of trips to the playpark, baking biscuits, tidying away Duplo, trying not to eat Playdoh, of long days working hard and evenings vegging out together.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Being the five of us together is my favourite kind of happy, everyone is relaxed and after a week of mostly parenting by myself it’s just bliss to be able to share it with H. In the grand scheme of things even though our tiny Pip is now a little bigger and a whole five months old we’re still really such beginners at being a family of five and still working so much out to try to balance all of our needs and find room for all of our wants, and that’s not without its trials, tribulations and sleep deprivation and I’m so hugely thankful that I’m not doing it alone.  It’s the moments when you can share your exasperation at the logic of small people, or exchange a wry smile at something they say, or one of those rare times when everyone’s playing happily and you look across at each other and feel like you might just burst with joy.

These are the moments that I truly treasure. Moments of my little family, in January:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And no Me and Mine post would be complete without another example of “what happens when I go upstairs to change Pip, leaving my camera set up and the remote trigger in the possession of one of my daughters”

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

H is clearly branching out on the modelling poses!

 

dear beautiful

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  • Rachel 31/01/2015 at 6:45 am

    Great pics as always – in similar vein to mine this month – the less than perfect shots are brilliant in my opinion! I LOVE Kitty’s red tights… much tight envy! x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:52 pm

      tight envy from you and me both – Jools Oliver needs to do a Big Bird range – though possibly change the name…!

  • Sara @ the mummy madness 31/01/2015 at 8:11 am

    Ha great photos love the one standing on his head. January is so dull nice you found a sunny morning .

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:52 pm

      It was definitely a carpe diem moment!!

  • Jenny 31/01/2015 at 8:20 am

    Oh Carie so beautiful and I love your family of five now. Your photos are always so fun and loving. I absolutely love the one of you all looking at your son. That’s priceless and precious. Gorgoues #meandmine

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Amber 31/01/2015 at 10:22 am

    Oh I love these! So bright and colourful – you dress your children beautifully. And that last picture is sheer perfection.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Aww thank you – H and I love colour so much it’s definitely spilled over into the children and their clothes

  • Colette B 31/01/2015 at 10:31 am

    That last picture is priceless! I need to invest in a remote for our camera I think 🙂

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:50 pm

      Oh you should – my remote completely changed my ability to take photos of our family – you can have so much more fun if you aren’t having to run back and forth all the time!

  • Kim 31/01/2015 at 11:02 am

    This is wonderful, the photos and your words. Love that last pic. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:49 pm

      thank you and you too!

  • Yanic 31/01/2015 at 12:41 pm

    Oh how I love the absolute joy that just spills from every bit of your family. You guys make m happy. Love your hubby’s hat! 🙂

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:49 pm

      Aww thank you – it was his most recent Christmas hat and I think it’s his favourite!

  • LauraCYMFT 31/01/2015 at 1:36 pm

    LOL love the handstand! So cute how Pip is just fascinated with his sister’s yellow skirt. It’s very pretty though, I can see why he likes it.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:47 pm

      It is gorgeous isn’t it – I rather wish they made it in my size!

  • Emma Shilton 31/01/2015 at 6:58 pm

    Lovely photographs and I did chuckle at the last one. Looking forward to seeing more pics throughout the year #MeandMine

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:46 pm

      You and me both – I love seeing what mysteriously appears on my camera!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 31/01/2015 at 9:28 pm

    These photos are perfect, I love Pip’s fascinated looking at the girls. x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:43 pm

      I think he might have been wondering what they were up to with the trigger – or at the very least wondering what all the noise was about!

  • Donna 31/01/2015 at 9:32 pm

    I love how colourful you are! What beautiful photos! x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:43 pm

      thank you – the whole lot of us are complete colour magpies and I suspect it shows!!

  • Louise 31/01/2015 at 10:05 pm

    Lovely photos – so natural and relaxed and that last photo made me chuckle! 🙂

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:37 pm

      thank you – I love seeing what they all get up to when I’m not there – it’s always something mischievous and funny!

  • Steph Oakes 01/02/2015 at 7:07 am

    Gorgeous photos. I’m a huge fan of the not-so- perfect, glitter glue and all 😉 love the last shot too.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:35 pm

      thank you – i think it’s a good job I like imperfect or I’d be terribly disappointed all the time!

  • lucy at dear beautiful 02/02/2015 at 12:41 pm

    I absolutely love that line “Being the five of us together is my favourite kind of happy”… it’s so beautiful and swap that five for a four and it is exactly how I feel.
    I think these perfectly imperfect portraits are just lovely Carie, they are real and they are so warm and bright and colourful. Sounds like the best way to spend a Saturday if you ask me. x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:19 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂 it’s true – noisy, fairly chaotic and very very happy even in the most challenging moments!

  • Sonia Constant 04/02/2015 at 1:26 pm

    Haha great family photos and I love Daddy’s head stand at the end 😉

    • Carie 04/02/2015 at 2:47 pm

      I’m still quietly amazed he can actually do one – I think the last time I could do a handstand I was about 5!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 04/02/2015 at 1:51 pm

    Such beautiful words Carie and of course beautiful photos- so bright, colourful and happy in the winter sunshine. I love them. xx

    • Carie 04/02/2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades 05/02/2015 at 7:22 pm

    What a wonderful post and some fantastic photos. The last one really made me giggle x

    • Carie 05/02/2015 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you – me too when I found it on the camera!

  • sally 21/02/2015 at 5:14 pm

    Gorgeous photos, and I love the surprises you find on your camera!