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Me and Mine 2016: April


Every month I try not to cut it too close to the wire in getting my Me and Mine photos but this month the good intentions rather slipped away from me.  I did think about taking photos when we were up north last weekend but it was one of those afternoons where everyone is just so relaxed and happy in their pottering about that I didn’t want to break the mood by trying to pull everyone together for photos.  And then we had rainy days, and cloudy days, and cold days, and a day when Kitty was home from school after a bit of a nasty clonk in the playground.  I was absolutely determined that I’d take pictures on Thursday and as I left work under sunny skies it all seemed like a very good idea but the nearer the train got to home the more the clouds gathered and as I walked through the door the heavens opened, rain smacking into the glass and trickling down to pool on the patio.  And when a quick check on the weather forecast showed pouring rain for Friday evening I did seriously think about turfing the whole family out of bed at 6am to get dressed and take photos before I left for work.  Fortunately for all of us they have enough sense to completely ignore such a crazy plan.

And it seems that just this once the photography muses are smiling on me because yesterday turned out to be the most beautiful evening.  Lovely enough that H was easily persuaded that we should all go for a walk down to the woods in search of some bluebells and to run off the little three’s extra energy before supper.  So off we went; the most tech laden explorers ever to go for a wander.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

In the early evening it was beautiful and pretty much deserted, we didn’t see another person the whole time we were there, just us, a patch of sunlight, and the bluebells in all their riot of blue.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And the result is some of my favourite Me and Mine photos yet.  Yes we’re not posed, and I’m not entirely sure I can claim that everyone is looking at the camera if Pip has his eyes shut but they’re happy photos in one of our favourite spots near home and they sum up a really lovely month.

April has been pretty special in the ordinary everyday stakes, despite the crazy weather (seriously, I love snow as much as the next eskimo, but snow when it’s nearly May?!).  We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary as a little family of five, and then H and I were treated to the decadent luxury of a night away by Grandma and Grandad who stepped up as chief babysitters to all three of our wriggly cherubs, and claim to have had a wonderful time themselves, if slightly sleep deprived.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

The icing on the cake was discovering that I’m a MADs Finalist for the Best Craft Blog category – and there’s still part of me that can’t quite believe it every time I write it! (if you haven’t voted yet and you’d like to, all the details are here – voting is open until 27 May at which point I faithfully promise to stop talking about it – well until September!).

And just to round it off, Pip gave us one whole night’s sleep all the way from 7.30 through to 5.45 which is frankly nothing short of amazing, and only the third time I think he’s ever slept through, and then my sweet and lovely Kitty came home with Star of the Week from school.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

I am completely ridiculously proud of her, funny faces and all.

I’m not claiming my life is unadulterated rainbows and unicorns, for one thing I’m still waiting on the helpful woodland creatures to come and do the housework. But these are photos of joy and celebration; they’ve captured that magic feeling of Friday night that comes from knowing that we’re all going to be together again for the weekend (and the bank holiday – yay!)  – and just possibly the anticipation of this month’s bribery – fish and chips for supper!

My family, in April:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine


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  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum 30/04/2016 at 7:22 am

    These are gorgeous Carie. I love how happy you all look, the lighting, the bluebells. Beautiful family photos xxx

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 30/04/2016 at 7:28 am

    That second to last photo is my favourite – so much happiness! Loving the light- you were brave to go out in the evening, we were cold doing it in the day haha!! xx #siblingsproject

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 30/04/2016 at 8:23 am

    These are gorgeous photos Carie – love the location and the light is just beautiful. Congratulations on your 10th wedding anniversary and on being a MADs finalist and well done to Pip for sleeping through one night and Kitty for being star of the week. Hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend together 🙂

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 30/04/2016 at 8:54 am

    Sounds like everybody left it to the last minute this month! But gorgeous pics nonetheless… and Pip is a proper little boy! Not a baby at all anymore!! So excited about the MADs for you… you know you’ve got my vote 😉 xx

  • Sarah Cantwell 30/04/2016 at 9:17 am

    Aw some gorgeous family photos. I love the woodland background xx

  • Sherry 30/04/2016 at 10:37 am

    These are lovely photos and sometimes last minute ones are the best aren’t they. Ours are in bluebells this month, it seems to be an April theme Congratulations on being a finalist and having some great moments in April #MeandMineProject x

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 30/04/2016 at 10:56 am

    Such happy relaxed photos. I too left it till last minute but that’s busy family life after all. Congratulations on the mads finalist, so exciting. And yay for sleep – long may it continue xx

  • Helena 30/04/2016 at 8:15 pm

    Such lovely photos that you were able to take. April is known for rain showers but it’s been the most crazy month so far weather wise. #MeandMineProjec

  • Alex Gladwin 30/04/2016 at 8:17 pm

    You guys look so happy in these photos – they’re lovely! Congratulations on being a finalist!! xx

  • Hayley McLean 30/04/2016 at 9:36 pm

    Ahh gorgeous photos!! Congratulations on being a finalist too!!! I’m finding it all a very surreal experience as a first timer! xx

  • LauraCYMFT 30/04/2016 at 9:56 pm

    These are gorgeous photos! There’s something quite magical about them…I think it’s how the light is coming though the trees.

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 30/04/2016 at 10:13 pm

    Such gorgeous photos, April has definitely been a month of unpredictability with the weather but it looks like you caught the perfect evening

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany 01/05/2016 at 7:15 am

    You all look so happy in these photos, great captures. Well done on being a finalist x

    • Carie 01/05/2016 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you lovely 🙂

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  • Mini Travellers/Mini Ventures 02/05/2016 at 8:11 am

    What fab lighting and such a gorgeous place to take the photos

    • Carie 02/05/2016 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you, it’s such a pretty spot, I’m so glad we made the effort to get there 🙂

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 03/05/2016 at 10:31 pm

    Carie these are a gorgeous set of photos! What a fab month you’ve had – hooray for Pip’s sleeping, and for being a finalist xx

    • Carie 05/05/2016 at 12:04 am

      Thank you so much lovely 🙂

  • Jenny 04/05/2016 at 4:06 pm

    Ahhh what a beautiful spot to capture you all happy and smiling for April. Lovely Spring family photos Carie amongst the bluebells. #meandmineproject

    • Carie 05/05/2016 at 12:10 am

      Thank you lovely 🙂

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  • Amy @ Very Much So... 04/05/2016 at 9:19 pm

    These are gorgeous photos! They just seem so natural and full of love and happiness. Plus bluebells are always a winner in my books! Sounds like you’ve had a great month and congratulations on being a finalist. x #meandmine

    • Carie 05/05/2016 at 12:10 am

      Thank you – it really has!

  • Donna 04/05/2016 at 9:37 pm

    I love these photos, great lighting and such a lovely setting. Everyone looks so happy! x

    • Carie 05/05/2016 at 12:12 am

      Thank you, it was a fun little expedition to the woods!

  • kerry norris 05/05/2016 at 11:03 am

    Gorgeous photos. The woods are so beautiful at the moment. You’ll have to frame one of these x #meandmineproject

    • Carie 05/05/2016 at 9:41 pm

      It’s very tempting, and I do need to update a few family photos around the place!

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 06/05/2016 at 1:32 pm

    Yep. Same. I *try* not to cut it too close to the wire each month but am usually scrabbling around at the last minute to get my shots! LAST month I didn’t even manage to finish my post!! I had pics but no copy. Eurgh. I’m rubbish at this blogging malarkey. That said, I LOVE these pics — bluebells have a knack of making woodland look magical!

    I had promised that we’d go and look at the bluebell woods near us but there has just not been any time. Hence my late Me and Mine post!!! 😉 xx

    • Carie 06/05/2016 at 10:20 pm

      April just ran away before I noticed! I really cannot believe it’s May already!

  • Sally 02/06/2016 at 12:06 pm

    Ahhh, it sounds like it was a really good month, and your relaxed, happy faces reflect that perfectly , beautiful setting too.