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Me and Mine 2016: November


Sunset at the playpark is beautiful in the winter.  It’s on the top of the hill so the light lingers, sinking down into the trees as its final glimmers brush over the birds who swoop and swirl over the houses as they get ready to head south.  We don’t get up there very often anymore, it was always a detour on the way back from school last year but now the school run has changed and it takes a bit of effort to get us all up there.

And on our last trip we had it all to ourselves, despite the sunshine of a beautiful afternoon.


Pip has got so big and so confident since the last time that I watched him play; he jogs solidly around between all the play equipment, sort of following his sisters, but then getting distracted by climbing up to the slide or trying to persuade me to join him on the see-saw.  Kitty went to join him in the end but even she is just that tiny bit heavier than the smallest member of her family.  Had it been Elma though, I’m not so sure!


If you’ve been reading my blog of late, or rather not reading it because there hasn’t been anything new here to read, you’ll  not be surprised that November has been a month that has been all about snatching time as a family with both hands and holding tightly on to it. Life’s been busy, mostly in stress-inducing sorts of ways.

Which is why these are all iPhone pictures, and not even good iPhone pictures from the camera on the back, but selfies, shot with me holding the phone at the end of my arm.


Or at least, I tried to take them holding the phone at the end of my arm, but it turns out that a certain someone rather liked the idea of holding the phone himself, and possibly running off and taking pictures himself.


Cheeky monkey.


And as when you are two, having the phone taken off you is a cause for much wailing and gnashing of tiny teeth, that is precisely why Pip looks more than unimpressed in these pictures.


Happily, such squalls are easily remedied, and a picture or two later, our smiley wee boy was returned to us.


It would be easy to remember this month as the month of estate agents and viewings and big decisions, and ridiculously large amounts of work, and stress and headaches and clinging on to the thought of Christmas and some time off work, but that’s not what I choose to treasure, or I want to focus on.

So, this month:

  • the girls had their first advent spiral at school (utterly magical and they loved every minute);
  • Kitty got to light the first advent candle on our ring in church on Sunday, which she is more than excited about;
  • I spent a happy afternoon decorating the school with vast numbers of greenery swags adorned with red ribbon curls as part of the preparations for the advent fair;
  • John, Elma and Pip went on several playdates with friends from school, a lovely sign that we’re settling into our new school community;
  • I went to a conference in my particular professional field that is thought-provoking and interesting and in the Caledonian Club in London, a gorgeous venue for a day out of the office if ever there was one;
  • Elma is getting more and more excited about her birthday, the first year that she’s really shown any anticipation this far in advance;
  • I’ve finished her birthday jumper apart from washing and blocking it;
  • Pip’s constant companion is a little Thomas the Tank Engine that speaks, so he’s going around the house at the moment saying “I’m Thomas! I’m a really useful engine!” which is so cute that it’s still funny; and finally;
  • I’ve brought a strawberry tart home from London for John!

Now that’s a month to cherish.



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  • My Two Mums 30/11/2016 at 11:36 am

    Love love love the cheeky monkey shots! Looks like a future master of the camera.

    • Carie 30/11/2016 at 10:01 pm

      I don’t doubt it – he is properly obsessed with running off with it and blaming his sisters when I find 20 selfies of his fringe!

  • Emma - Life According to MrsShilts 30/11/2016 at 1:46 pm

    Aww how cute, lovely photographs of you all 🙂 x

    • Carie 30/11/2016 at 10:01 pm

      thank you lovely 🙂

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 30/11/2016 at 4:04 pm

    It sounds like there has been some lovely moments along with the busy and stressful, I love that these posts force me to remember those too and I am so thankful for that. X

    • Carie 30/11/2016 at 10:01 pm

      I think when you have to dig for them they’re definitely worth remembering to mentally reset the bit of my brain that thinks all I did was work last month!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 30/11/2016 at 4:16 pm

    It doesn’t matter that they are selfies, they are still fun and happy shots of your family, and it sounds like there’s been some great moments in amongst the stress. Hope December is a bit less stressful for you xx

    • Carie 30/11/2016 at 10:02 pm

      Me too – at the very least I’ve got a good block of holiday booked and I can’t wait!

  • Laura - Dear bear and beany 30/11/2016 at 4:42 pm

    That is what I love about the me and mine project, it makes you take photos that you probably wouldn’t have done. But these are the photos that you will cherish, love and laugh at in years to come. I’m pleased that there has been some happy moments in a busy stressful month. We are moving house in 2 days time and it has been pretty stressful here too!! x

    • Carie 30/11/2016 at 10:03 pm

      Oh goodness – and we still have that to come!! Good luck and fingers crossed it gets a lot less stressful after Friday!

  • Emma Plus Three 30/11/2016 at 10:16 pm

    Love these photos! I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a stressful month but glad you’re focusing on the positives x

    • Carie 01/12/2016 at 11:33 pm

      I think it’s the only way to go – ever the eternal optimist!

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 01/12/2016 at 9:20 am

    Love your photos even if they aren’t the most picture-perfect images, they capture one of those little family moments and I love the ones where Pip is trying to take the photo himself (and my youngest will react in a similar way if I take the phone away too!) Love the late afternoon light in the park and the photo where Kitty is falling off the seesaw. How lovely that she got to light the first advent candle – Jessica and Sophie came up with our church youth leader to light ours last Sunday and it was so lovely to see them both at the front together. Sorry to hear that this month has been a busy, stressful one – good luck with the buying and the selling and the process of moving house – hope you manage to find some time to unwind and relax next month! x #meandmineproject

    • Carie 01/12/2016 at 11:34 pm

      I have all my fingers and toes crossed that December is much calmer – at least I’ve got a nice long chunk of holiday booked so I’ll have to be all chilled out then!!

  • Alex Gladwin 01/12/2016 at 9:22 pm

    Haha I love these, Pip seems like such a little character and he also seems to have grown so much! xx

    • Carie 01/12/2016 at 11:35 pm

      Hasn’t he just – he’s going to tower over me one day and I’m 6’0″!!

  • Laura 02/12/2016 at 10:10 pm

    These are lovely photos! Love the first shot how you’ve caught the sun setting. You are far too good bringing strawberry tarts home. I would have eaten it myself LOL

    • Carie 03/12/2016 at 8:32 pm

      I had pecan pie in the same box!!!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 04/12/2016 at 7:22 am

    I do love the light in the afternoon at this time of year… Even though I’m less fond of the darkness that follows. Great shots xx

  • Jenny 04/12/2016 at 4:13 pm

    I love that he ran off with the camera Carie so funny and so cute. Bless him. You have had so much on your plate. I think it’s always the way leading up to Christmas isn’t it? #meandmineproject

  • Steph at Mental Parentals 05/12/2016 at 5:50 am

    Wow you’ve been incredibly busy this November! Love the photos and you can tell the fun the kids were having haha xx