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Me and Mine 2015: December

31/12/2015

Christmas Day dawned grey and dark. And even when the sun had struggled up over the hidden horizon, the thick banks of cloud hovered so low that you could almost reach up and touch them.  It was a day for nothing more important than celebrating and curling up inside our little haven of twinkle lights to chase the gloom away.

A day for candles and sparkle and the glimmer of a rainbow as a crystal bead ornament twirled from a branch; quilts and fluffy socks and the cosyness of a family drawn even closer.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

What it was not, was a day for photography.  No natural light, even for our house, which is dark to the point of underground even at the best of times during the winter and plenty of better things to do (at least if you ask H and the children anyway!).

But while so much of capturing Me and Mine shots for me is the push to capture the family in our ordinary everyday sort of months, I don’t want to not capture the big high days and holidays either.  Last year’s December Me and Mine comes from Christmas Day, the girls dressed up in their festive finest and Pip sporting a reindeer babygro and the all important “My First Christmas” t-shirt, and I wanted this year’s to be the same – weather or no weather.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And so they may be grainy because I had to ramp the ISO through the roof but to me they are the perfect way to round out another wonderful year of Me and Mine.

My little family sat down to a table groaning under the weight of what I think must be the biggest turkey we’ve ever bought (it’s the first time I’ve put it in the oven before church anyway!) and all the rest of the trappings that make our Christmas dinner.

Kitty wearing a beautiful lace dress bought for her in the summer by her Grandma and which I was delighted and ever so slightly relieved to find still plenty long enough, Elma wearing the dress that Kitty wore for Christmas the year she was two that I think is one of the prettiest Christmas dresses ever made, and Master Pip Squeak looking every inch the smart little boy in his Sunday best.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

He keeps pointing at the camera because as much as he’s used to seeing Mummy’s camera, I’m not sure he’s ever seen it standing on its legs in the middle of the lounge floor, and I’m pretty sure he was trying to tell me to go and do something about it!

Photos can be beautiful works of art that anyone can fall in love with and respond to, regardless of whether they have any connection to the place or people in the photo, and then there are the photos that are really no more than snapshots, but that hold open the connection in our minds back to the memories which were being made.  Sometimes the two collide it’s true, but these are not one of those occasions, nor I suspect will December Me and Mine photo shoots ever by in that category.  But they are wholeheartedly the second.  For me these pictures echo with laughter, and cracker snaps, and Pip eating three portions of Christmas Pudding while Elma was completely unable to contain her excitement and kept dashing off to touch her presents and then run back again.  It’s the girls running around in circles, just because, the squeaky full volume renditions of Santa Claus is coming to town, and the smiles and the joy.

They hold the feelings of ‘hygge’ that seemed to so perfectly describe our ‘slow Christmas’ and the certainty that the very best times in my life will always involve we five being together.

This merry little family of mine, in December:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

dear beautiful

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  • Mandycharlie 31/12/2015 at 7:29 am

    Great photo’s, grainy or not. The temptation to invest in an (expensive) set of interlinked flash guns, reflectors etc at this time of year is great, I know how you feel.

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:13 am

      I do actually have a set of lights (Christmas present from H a couple of years ago!) but getting them set up is more than I’m ever going to manage on Christmas Day!!!

      • Mandycharlie 31/12/2015 at 9:46 am

        Nice! #jealous ‘laughs’

        • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:50 pm
  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle 31/12/2015 at 9:48 am

    This time of year is not the best at all for photography is it, but as you say what matters is capturing those family moments whatever the picture quality! I love these photos, it sounds like you had a lovely, cosy family Christmas, lots of love to you x

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you, we did, and love to you too 🙂

  • emilyandindiana 31/12/2015 at 9:54 am

    Totally agree December is not the best time for photos, I struggled to get any decent ones too! These turned out lovely though (and yes that’s a very big turkey haha). Happy New Year! xx

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:51 pm

      It really isn’t – next year we’d all better ask Father Christmas for sunshine!

  • Stephanie 31/12/2015 at 10:49 am

    Perfect Me and Mine photos! I can see how happy you all are and that makes it perfect! Merry Christmas

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you and Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

  • Louise 31/12/2015 at 10:53 am

    These are lovely photos of your family enjoying Christmas Day together Carie and that is quite a turkey! The thing I love most about the Me and Mine linky is that it is all about capturing those little moments of family life – the photos may be a long way from perfect but they bring back memories of happy moments together and that makes them special. Wishing you and your beautiful family all the very best for 2016 x

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you (and the turkey was delicious!) and Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 31/12/2015 at 1:09 pm

    I think I had to have the iso over 6000 to get our Christmas photo this year as we stupidly left it until dark to take. Yours looks perfect and Pip is so big now!

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:56 pm

      Mine only goes up to 1250 – I’m desperately saving up for a new camera that can cope better with low light – maybe by next winter and then Christmas Day will be brilliantly sunny just to be contrary!

  • Alex Gladwin 31/12/2015 at 1:51 pm

    I think these are lovely, happy, fun photos. And I love that your littlest is pointing out the camera! 😀 x

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 8:57 pm

      It’s so sweet isn’t it – bless him!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 31/12/2015 at 2:23 pm

    Haha I definitely think that everyone struggled with the Christmas light this year. My Mums house is big but it felt like a small dark little cave. Still these are lovely shots and very festive indeed. It has been a pleasure watching your family grow over the year and it certainly has made me excited to see how mine will this year too, with the hopefully safe arrival of our little boy.
    Happy New Year Carie, hope this year brings you lots of happiness. xx

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you lovely, it’s amazing how much of a difference a year has brought to us, even without any big changes in the line up! And I’m so looking forward to seeing your little family grow again this year – two girls and a baby brother is awesome!

  • Alina 31/12/2015 at 5:22 pm

    Happy New Year, dear Carie! Wish you and your family wonderful 2016!

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you my dear and the same to you 🙂

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 31/12/2015 at 6:43 pm

    Well — considering the light was rubbish — I think you’ve managed to get some cracking photos!! It’s been such a fab year — lovely to meet you in real life too! Look forward to catching up again in 2016! Wishing you and yours a very, very happy new year! Lots of love from me and mine xxx
    #MeandMine

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you and yes it was so great to see you in person too 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT 31/12/2015 at 8:37 pm

    Such gorgeous photos. You are right, I can hear you laughing and Pip making a baby noise whilst pointing at the camera as if to say do something with that Mum! That is a huge turkey!! Hope you have a wonderful 2016.

    • Carie 31/12/2015 at 9:04 pm

      Huge and completely delicious! We had roast turkey twice, turkey sandwiches and the rest has gone in the freezer for turkey pasta bake 🙂 Happy New Year to you too:)

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 31/12/2015 at 9:54 pm

    I love your me and mine pictures, and your Christmas sounds absolutely magical. Happy new year to you all xx

    • Carie 02/01/2016 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Natalie - little jam pot life 01/01/2016 at 12:30 pm

    Ah what lovely festive photos! I know exactly what you mean with the photo technicality. Sometimes it’s wonderful but feeling the moment is more important and even if a snapshot it’s more sacred as you live it. Happy new year X x

    • Carie 02/01/2016 at 9:22 pm

      The moment is always going to win out over the technical isn’t it – I’d much rather capture the moment than know that I didn’t take a photo of something I want to treasure just because the lighting wasn’t perfect.

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 02/01/2016 at 10:12 am

    I love these and love that Pip is pointing at the camera. xxx #MeandMine

    • Carie 02/01/2016 at 9:23 pm

      It’s so sweet isn’t it!

  • sally 05/01/2016 at 11:47 am

    What lovely, happy photos, it sounds like the perfect Christmas Day to me. But some sunshine would be good all round 🙁

    • Carie 05/01/2016 at 8:59 pm

      Oh wouldn’t it just – we need our vitamin D!