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Me and Mine 2016: December


It’s the last day of 2016.  Time to finish the year, and finish another year with December’s Me and Mine.  These photos mark our fourth December post, and our third complete year and even when we’ve been taking pictures in dusk on the last but one day of the month, to take a family portrait has become ingrained in our lives in the loveliest way.  They say it takes ten repeats to form a habit, well we’re well past that now, and I think the addiction had taken root after the shutter clicked on that first portrait.  It would take a lot to stop us from taking a photo now.  Right up to and including dodgy light.

In the last couple of years it’s become a bit of a tradition to take our Me and Mine photos on Christmas day itself, and while Christmas morning was bright and light and lovely, by the time we’d finished chatting after church, opened a present or two before the girls exploded from excitement, and did assorted things around the kitchen, we’d been tucked up in a celestial blanket and the light dimmed to a cosy glow, perfectly Christmassy but requiring the best endeavours of my camera in the matter of ISO.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project

They are more than a bit on the grainy side but they’re my windows into the memory of a near perfect Christmas.  All three children were the most excited they have ever been and their awe in the magic and joy in the celebration was everything I could have wanted it to be.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project

And so another year draws to the close, and we complete another year of family photos.

I have loved having time at home with the family this month.  There’s been time to knit and sew and make Hama beads with the girls, and to just simply relax and switch off.  For John I think he’s rather liked having me at home too, and not just because he’s managed to fit two rounds of golf in around all the festivities.

We’re both glad to have some viewings for our house and have all fingers and toes crossed that we get a good offer, not least because at least half of the things that usually live on our kitchen counter tops are now living in the boot of the car under a quilt.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project

For the girls the first half of the month was all about Elma’s birthday.  She had a wonderful day and especially loved her ‘school birthday’ at nursery where she got to wear a cape and a crown and hand out slices of her birthday cake, and even now I can’t quite believe my little girl is four.  She’s taken to starting with “when I was three…” as if it was a lifetime ago which is incredibly cute.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project

And then all Christmas let loose, and they both started their wind up to the big day itself.  Kitty loved being old enough to come to the carol service with me, and catching up with some of her friends, and Elma’s highlight (and one of mine) was her star turn as littlest angel at the Christmas Eve Nativity Service.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project

As for Pip Squeak, he loves having his Mama home, and has spent much of the month holding on to me to make sure I don’t vanish again, but was more than adequately distracted by his Christmas present, a bright red fire engine balance bike which he adores, and rides very very slowly.

Which that brings us to the end of another year.  And as most of my December photos are taken from roughly the same place I thought it might be fun to look back over the last four years of festive Me and Mine:

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December 2013: Kitty is a little younger than Pip is now, I’m newly pregnant with Pip and even though it’s logical, I still look at the photo and see someone missing.

December 2014: and now there are five, though the fifth member of the family seems more than a bit confused.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

December 2015: a break from our traditional tree shots with our giant turkey and the Duplo nativity scene.

And finally, my little family, in December 2016:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project

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  • Laura - Dear bear and beany 31/12/2016 at 7:53 am

    I’ve only been doing the me and mine project since April and already I know I couldn’t stop. I love the photos that we capture, they show our family at that moment in time. I’ve got photos that I otherwise wouldn’t have had. I love these Christmas photos and I feel your pain with the house viewings. It’s so tough to keep it in show room condition, thank goodness for car boots! I hope 2017 brings you lots of happiness x

    • Carie 31/12/2016 at 8:36 am

      Oh I can’t wait until we can keep everything inside the house again- we’ve got four viewings today so fingers crossed it won’t be long now!

  • Kerri-Ann 31/12/2016 at 8:38 am

    Aww it sounds like you have had a wonderful December, I love your photo’s. They capture the day perfectly. I have dipped in and out of the project this year as Mr H really doesn’t enjoy having his photo taken. I hope to be more creative next year so that we can repeat 2015 and join in each month. Have a super start to the new year x

    • Carie 31/12/2016 at 10:44 pm

      I suspect John was a bit reluctant at the start but I know he loves having the photos so I can twist his arm now!!

  • Laura @ LittleLadiesBigWorld 31/12/2016 at 7:18 pm

    Ah I love the Christmas tree photos, I fully intended to get them this year but it does go by in a blur doesn’t it? I started the year with this project and it has definitely become a habit we couldn’t break now either. So wonderful to have all these wonderful memories. x

    • Carie 31/12/2016 at 10:42 pm

      Oh doesn’t it just! I’m so glad we got these photos when we did even if the light was low because we wouldn’t have got them otherwise 🙂

  • Amelia @ Oh Little One Sweet 31/12/2016 at 7:40 pm

    Aw these are lovely festive photos with the tree, and it’s so nice to look back over the last few year’s Christmas photos too. look how they’ve all grown! x

    • Carie 31/12/2016 at 10:47 pm

      It’s so funny to see them grow suddenly isn’t it, and to see the little version in their current selves 🙂

  • My Two Mums 01/01/2017 at 6:39 pm

    I love when the comparison shots are shared. I think it is amazing how fast children grow. It is lovely to have it documented.

    • Carie 02/01/2017 at 8:53 am

      It’s quite crazy how fast they’ve grown isn’t it! I love that I can still see toddler Kitty in my six year old and how there’s that one year when she shook off babyhood.

  • Laura 01/01/2017 at 11:00 pm

    These are lovely photos. That turkey is massive! I love all of your tree decorations. Do you make them yourself?

    • Carie 02/01/2017 at 8:55 am

      About 40% of the decorations are handmade by us, quite a few are handmade by other people and the rest tend to be souvenirs from our travels. I love putting our tree up each year, there are so many memories:)

  • Jess 02/01/2017 at 7:11 am

    Wow Carie, look how much your family has changed and grown in just four Christmases! A lovely set of festive photos this year to add to your collection. Happy new year to you and yours xx

    • Carie 02/01/2017 at 8:56 am

      I know, it’s crazy if you stop to think about it for too long!!

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 03/01/2017 at 11:01 am

    Aaah happy new year lovely!! I started Me and Mine at exactly the same time as you! Can’t believe we’ve just completed a third full year’s worth of photos!!! I love looking over the 12 pics and seeing how things have changed although the littles haven’t changed so much over this last year, in comparison to the last two. Loving seeing all three years worth of pics together though. Amazing to ring the changes 🙂 Here’s to a bright and happy 2017! Lots of love to you and yours xxxxx

    • Carie 03/01/2017 at 11:13 pm

      My littlest two are still changing fairly fast, though the rest of us have slowed down to the point that I only really notice because of the pictures! Happy 2017 to you too, let’s hope it’s a wonderful one 🙂

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 04/01/2017 at 8:29 am

    Love your Christmas Day photos especially the ones where you’re all cuddled up together. It sounds like December was a lovely month for you all and glad that Elma enjoyed her birthday – I love that she talks about when she was three as if it was a long time ago. So lovely to look back over your festive shots and see how you’ve grown from a family of four to five and how the children have grown up too. What lovely memories to look back on. Happy New Year to you all and look forward to seeing your family shots over this coming year 🙂 #meandmineproject

    • Carie 05/01/2017 at 12:31 am

      And yours two – I love Me and Mine for the sense of community we all have 🙂

  • Jenny 06/01/2017 at 1:50 pm

    Oh I love your festive photos of years gone by and all those memories that come with it. And for you all a new addition to the family. So beautiful. Love this project. Happy New Year! #meandmineproject

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 06/01/2017 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my word Pip is looking so grown up here I can’t believe it! He’s a little boy!! Gorgeous photos and I loved seeing the years past! x

  • Sarah 29/01/2017 at 11:11 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas – we’ve been doing Me & Mine for three years now too and it’s so wonderful to have the photos to look back on, especially when the children are so young and change so much.