At the beginning of the year, I was planning to write a Me and Mine post every month. I love the idea of taking a monthly family portrait. We have plenty of pictures of our little girl, but not many that show our whole family. For the first few months, I stuck to the plan and we took family pictures each month, but as soon as summer arrived and our lives got a whole lot busier, taking family pictures literally went out of the window. We could never find the perfect opportunity or simply just forgot.

A couple of weekends ago, we set out on a lovely family walk to find some conkers. We couldn’t actually locate any, but we ended up being able to take some nice family pictures on the way. The weather was just beautiful (I seriously wouldn’t mind if all of autumn/winter had these lovely temperatures J) and everyone was in a fantastic mood.

October was quite a busy and fun-packed month for us. The biggest change was obviously our little girl starting primary school at the end of September. She loves big school and I couldn’t be any prouder of her (although I miss her terribly when she is gone all day).

And then it was already time for her first half-term break. We really made the most of this week and spent so much family quality time together. Luckily my husband and I both had the complete week off work, which meant so much to us. We met up with our daughter’s old nursery friends, carved pumpkins, met the Gruffalo, went to a farm and installed a new garden shed (which our little girl is currently using as a playhouse – not quite the plan, but it provides her with endless fun J).

I definitely want to try and make a bit more of an effort with these family pictures, especially when we will soon be a family of four. We cannot wait for our newest arrival to complete our family. I’ve mentioned it before, but this pregnancy is going so fast – only a few more weeks left, before I start maternity leave – yay!

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The Me and Mine Project

Here we are, at the end of another month. March has been full of celebrations for us. My husband turned 40 in mid March and just a few days later, we celebrated our little girl’s  4th birthday. I still cannot believe that she is 4 already. I say it over and over again, but where has all this time gone? Over the Easter weekend we had my parents, sister and her boyfriend to stay with us for a couple of days which was so nice! We used this opportunity to have my soon to be brother-in-law take this month’s Me and Mine pictures for us. For the past few months we have been taking our family portraits with my mobile phone as a shutter release, but it is so much easier (and quicker) to have an actual person do this for us. We captured these images on Good Friday which luckily was such a beautiful and sunny day – this also means that all of us are squinting a bit, but I’d choose squinting over wet and dull days every time.

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THIS MONTH OUR LITTLE ONE LOVED:

  • celebrating her 4th birthday
  • eating (lots of) birthday cake and Easter chocolate treats
  • playing with her new doll house her grandparents gave her for her birthday
  • singing for daddy on his birthday
  • dressing up as Tinker Bell for World Book Day

THIS MONTH MY HUSBAND LOVED:

  • celebrating his 40th birthday
  • seeing the excitement on his little girl’s face when she unwrapped all her birthday presents
  • playing on his new Xbox One
  • watching the World T20 (cricket) on TV

THIS MONTH I LOVED:

  • seeing the excitement on my little girl’s face when she unwrapped her birthday presents
  • making Easter crafts with my little girl
  • watching back-to-back episodes of Call the Midwife on Netflix (I can’t believe it took me this long to catch on to this fantastic series)
  • having my family stay with us over the Easter weekend
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Although we had 29 days in February this year, this month still went by incredibly fast (proof: As I am writing this we are already a few days into March…). Despite the weather still being so cold and wet (I am definitely ready for spring!), we still managed to get out and about at the weekends quite a bit. From walking up the Downs in very windy conditions to wading through thick mud around a reservoir – we literally did it all. We had my sister and my brother-in-law visit us for a few days this month. We don’t get to see them very often as they live in a different country and although we skype regularly, seeing each other in person is also so much more special. Our little one was so excited and literally didn’t leave their side. We have also been busy preparing birthday parties that are coming up in March. Our little girl will turn 4 (where did the time go??) and my husband will be 40 in a couple of weeks.

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this month our little one loved:

  • playing with her aunt and uncle who stayed with us for a couple of days
  • getting covered in mud from head to toe on our weekend walks
  • writing (scribbling) on her birthday invitations she has handed out to her friends
  • getting up and it’s no longer dark outside
  • making candles with her daddy

this month my husband loved:

  • being picked up from the train station after work from his little girl (well, and me of course)
  • playing Resident Evil games on his Xbox
  • buying and enjoying our new TV (yes, we are finally in the digital world being proud owners of a smart TV)
  • making candles with his little girl
  • somehow missing the rain almost every day

this month I loved:

  • spending time with my sister and my brother-in-law
  • enjoying some brilliant programmes on Netflix
  • discovering some new recipes and surprising my family with some delicious food
  • booking the venue and buying presents for our little girl’s birthday
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I discovered the Me and Mine project a couple of months ago and it has quickly become one of my most favourite photo link-ups. I love the idea of taking pictures of the whole family each month. We only started linking up in November last year, but I am hoping to be able to post a Me and Mine picture every month this year. Saying that, January was a bit of a rush for us and we only took these pictures yesterday. I must try and be a lot more organised in the future.

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I don’t know about you, but I always find it bit difficult to really get going in January. It’s probably my least favourite month of the year with all the Christmas festivities over and the weather usually not being very nice. We went for a few walks, but most weekends were spent indoors. We used this time to book our holiday for this year. We are going to Disneyland Paris in May – yay!! We are so excited (well, my little one and I more so than my husband, but I am sure he will love it just as much as we will). Our little girl is obsessed with Disney. The Anna and Elsa dolls Father Christmas brought literally never leave her side and she plays with them constantly.

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this month our little one loved:

  • playing with her Anna and Elsa dolls
  • jumping in muddy puddles (yes, our garden is completely water-logged and instead of grass we have lots of mud – much to the delight of our little girl)
  • playing in the snow (we only had a sprinkling, but it was enough to enjoy a good few hours outside)
  • seeing all her friends in nursery after the Christmas break
  • skyping with her grandparents abroad

this month my husband loved:

  • watching his beloved New Zealand play Pakistan in the ODI series 
  • the return of some brilliant TV programmes (mainly Agents of Shield and Agent Carter)
  • trying out our new exercise bike
  • properly organising his robot collection in shiny new IKEA furniture
  • finally feeling better after being wiped out by a virus for a few weeks

this month I loved:

  • having afternoon tea with author Claudia Carroll at Harper Collins Headquarters in London (she is one of the most humble and friendly people I have ever met)
  • finding some bargains in the January sales
  • being snuggled up on the sofa to my husband watching our most favourite TV series (Agents of Shield, Agent Carter, Deutschland 83)
  • eating (or at least trying to) eat more healthily
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December has been such a busy month for us. We did a lot of fun things, but we were also put out of action due to illness for a few days. In the middle of the month I took our little girl to our local theatre  to watch the pantomine. She was looking forward to going for so long, but when we arrived at the theatre, she wasn’t sure. We had tears and requests of wanting to go home. After a little while, however, she really started to enjoy herself and we stayed for the whole show. A few days later we went to see Father Christmas, which our little one absolutely loved! He was extremely kind and took a lot of time to speak to her and to make her feel comfortable. I really loved the pictures we were able to take. Another December highlight was seeing our gorgeous little girl take part in her first ever nativity play that her nursery had organised. We were so proud and there might have been a few tears (on our part this time…). On Christmas Eve we travelled to see my parents and my sister. As they live abroad, we don’t get to see them very often. Being able to spend Christmas and a few days afterwards with them was so nice.

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this month our little one loved:

  • meeting Father Christmas mid December
  • helping to bake Christmas biscuits for the whole family
  • unwrapping and playing with her Christmas presents
  •  spending time with her grandparents, auntie and uncle
  • eating her Christmas chocolates

this month my husband loved:

  • buying Christmas presents online and well ahead 
  • playing Fallout 4 with his brother-in-law
  • assembling his Christmas present
  • watching his little girl in her first nativity play

this month I loved:

  • watching my little girl in her first nativity play
  • spending time with the whole family
  • going to the theatre to watch the pantomine
  • eating (quite possibly way too much) chocolate
  • having some time off from work 
dear beautiful