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Me and Mine 2015: February


This has been the month of growth spurts; at least as far as Kitty, Elma and Pip are concerned. Both Kitty and Elma seem to have shot up recently, Kit especially, when I pick her up from nursery I can see how much bigger she is than her friends, and we need to do another round of sorting out her drawers soon as a whole heap of clothes seem to have shrunk again. Meanwhile I see Elma wearing the clothes Kitty wore when she became a big sister and I wonder whether she’s going to stay the littlest of my three or overtake the lot of us.  And Pip, well Pip is still growing at a rate of knots. We think he might have picked up my genetics for long legs and H’s genetics for a long back.  He’s filling his 12-18 month babygros in the legs even though we still have to roll up the sleeves as his arms haven’t quite caught up.

It’s also been the month of adventures; Kitty, Elma, Pip and I went down to Charlecote on a very very wet morning, and continuing the theme of very very wet adventures we met up with my sister and nephew to explore Bekonscot while H got up at half three in the morning to drive to London to take the Eurostar to Paris for a day in and around the Musee d’Orsay (his Christmas present from me).  

As Elma gets bigger and starts to build up her stamina for walking decent distances it’s meant that I can take all three of them to places where the buggy might not always be the most practical option and I love that we’re not just confined to our local play park when we want to go for a walk.  When we went to Charlecote Elma was on her feet for three hours while we pottered around with only the occasional sit down and we could go into the old kitchen and watch the volunteers light the range, and run in and out of the stables to compare and contrast all the different sorts of Cinderella coaches.

And of course we’ve been out as a family of five, usually to some sort of playpark, although we’ll try to fit in a trip to visit the ducks and a bit of a walk before H and I sign ourselves up to push swings until it feels like our arms are coming out of their sockets.

So this month we’re back in our favourite park, down by the river watching the swans and the geese in the river and wallowing in a smidgen of late afternoon sunshine.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

orI’m clearly still working on getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time 


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

or even look vaguely happy about the photos

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

but I keep telling myself month after month that it will improve.  I think we did a bit better this month because I didn’t bother to take my tripod to the park and balanced the camera very precariously on the hood of the buggy, much to the amusement of all the passers by. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life   

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

You would not believe how much I’ve had to straighten these photos in Lightroom to make them even vaguely near the horizontal.  

I think that might be my second favourite pictures yet of us as a five.  The first place is held by those August pictures, Pip’s first Me and Mine at 4 days old is a pretty special set of shops and it would take a lot to top that, but I love that in these pictures for the first time you really get to see Pip, not just a tiny scrap of hair peeking out of a sling, and a fair amount of his personality too (that would be his impressive ability to remove his hat on all occasions).


My little family, in February:

  Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

dear beautiful

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  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 28/02/2015 at 7:19 am

    awww I love these photos, you cannot tell at all that you had to spend ages straightening them, I guess that’s why you did it. The one from behind is just darling and I can’t get over how big Pip is already. Gorgeous captures #meandmine

    • Carie 28/02/2015 at 8:25 pm

      I tried to take quite a few from behind, but lots of people walked past, and then there was a dog and in most of them Kitty’s kept clicking but while looking in completely the opposite direction!

  • Alex {Bump to Baby] 28/02/2015 at 11:09 am

    These are such fantastic family photos, I love the backdrop too!


    • Carie 28/02/2015 at 8:23 pm

      It’s a gorgeous spot by the river in Warwick – one of my favourite places to go 🙂

  • Kristina 28/02/2015 at 11:24 am

    These are gorgeous! The setting is so pretty and there is personality galore from each of you, well done!

    • Carie 28/02/2015 at 8:22 pm

      thank you so much 🙂

  • Louise 28/02/2015 at 11:46 am

    Gorgeous photos of the five of you and I love the last one and the one where your hubby is giving Elma a kiss. Balancing the camera on the hood of the buggy is always fun and I’ve had a few photos needing a lot of straightening as a result too! Pip sounds like he has very long legs – Sophie is only just getting into 12-18 month clothes now at 16 months and the feet of her babygros trail behind her when she’s walking because they’re so long!

    • Carie 28/02/2015 at 8:22 pm

      I think mine were swung by about 30 degrees! But I left the buggy far enough away that I had space around to get them straight so it all worked out!

  • Kim 28/02/2015 at 12:31 pm

    Beautiful photos. It looks like spring in your world 🙂

    • Carie 28/02/2015 at 8:16 pm

      It really it, t was warm enough today to leave off the waterproof trousers for the first time and it felt wonderful!

  • Yanic 28/02/2015 at 2:50 pm

    Such beautiful pictures. I love this project… that might have to be my portrait picture for 2016. 🙂 Funny enough, my favorite is the one from behind the bench, so candid. xo

    • Carie 28/02/2015 at 8:15 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂 and you should definitely join in – it’s so much fun 🙂

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 28/02/2015 at 9:00 pm

    Lovely photos Carie – you’ve got a job on your hands getting everyone to look at the camera, but all of the photos are just brilliant. It’s a lovely location and you’d never know your camera was performing a balancing act! It’s amazing one of those passers by didn’t offer their services as photographer! x

  • Capture by Lucy 01/03/2015 at 2:22 pm

    LOVE this post! I remember thinking surely Sammy can’t be in age 3 he’s only 12 months! He was as round as he was long!! Totally get balancing the camera, and thank goodness for the straightening tool! These are so lovely, I think my favourite is the one from behind you all! xx

  • LauraCYMFT 01/03/2015 at 3:11 pm

    These are lovely photos. It looks so peaceful. I’m sure it wasn’t trying to get everyone to look at the camera right enough LOL.

  • Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) 01/03/2015 at 6:57 pm

    Aww they are lovely photos, love the one of them looking backwards on the bench and nice that it is just a spot in your favourite park. I think you do incredibly well getting everyone looking good on these photos xx

  • Mummy on a Budget 01/03/2015 at 8:33 pm

    Great set of photos. Love the different expressions in each! So hard to get everyone looking at the camera at the same time!

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades 01/03/2015 at 9:16 pm

    Love these photos and your update. Doesn’t it feel like you are always sorting out kids clothes! I can’t believe how big pip is. Little E looks like she is long but she is in the correct clothing size. Hope you have a great March x

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:46 pm

      Yes and yes – I think I’ve always got a pile of just grown out of clothes somewhere – it’s definitely time for another sort out soon!

  • Colette B 01/03/2015 at 9:17 pm

    I think the one from behind is my favourite! x

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:45 pm

      It’s a lot of fun isn’t it!

  • Kelly Taylor 01/03/2015 at 9:18 pm

    Your photos really made me smile, Carie! I can almost hear the giggles from you all. Love the first one, where Pip’s hat has gone over his eyes, and the last one, where the late afternoon light is making all of your colourful clothes ping. x
    Kelly x

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:45 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Sonia Constant 02/03/2015 at 1:20 pm

    Very Springy photos! Love the bench idea- great backdrop for a photo x

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you – it was a lot of fun and Kitty always loves holding the remote!

  • Double Trouble 02/03/2015 at 6:07 pm

    These are beautiful family pics, can’t believe how much your little one has grown 🙂

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:20 pm

      Hasn’t he just!

  • Emma Shilton 02/03/2015 at 8:21 pm

    What a beautiful space to capture a lovely family, great photos #MeandMine

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:18 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 02/03/2015 at 10:22 pm

    I am loving the woolly hats in these photos! The bench looks like a lovely spot and it looks like you had lots of fun taking these pictures x

  • Jenny 03/03/2015 at 2:29 pm

    They are so gorgeous and baby has really really grown up all the sudden wow! Your family is adorable Carie I love your captures each month. #meandmine

    • Carie 03/03/2015 at 10:09 pm

      Hasn’t he just – I need him to slow down a bit – for one thing he’s starting to catch his cousin up in clothes!

  • Caroline 04/03/2015 at 12:47 pm

    These are lovely. Such a colourful bunch. I’m sitting in the car with two sleeping littlies catching up with your blog Carie, feel like I’ve missed so many posts. Excellent use of time I feel! Right onto the next post……..

    • Carie 05/03/2015 at 10:17 pm

      Oh I think I’m permanently behind on my blog reading – I keep finding I have to just mark everything as read and start again – but I’ve got to sleep sometime!!

  • sally 09/03/2015 at 11:44 am

    I understand your desire to get everyone looking at the camera together but I do really love the one from behind!

    • Carie 09/03/2015 at 9:25 pm

      That at least was vaguely deliberate – I set it up, gave the remote to Kitty and waited to see what she came up with!