Me and Mine – December 2017

Me and Mine December

I feel like in December, the end of the year I should have so many words of wisdom about my family. A whole list of all the things that the year has brought us, an emotional and reflective post from deep within and how December has been magical and amazing. The latter is mostly true but I have to be honest as I sit here on the evening of Eva’s 7th Birthday all I can think is I am glad that is is over! Not in a way that we didn’t enjoy the month, far from it, just that with every moment being spent making the most of the time and planning for Christmas and her birthday a part of me is really really looking forward to the first few days of January to relax and take life in our stride again. To have the excuse to do absolutely nothing and adore every moment of that.

December has been really good to us, apart from a little illness we have filled our days with busy festive loveliness and mostly have done this together. I have enjoyed one on one time with each of the children and even with Eddy, it has been a really good mix of a month for my four which has included lots of festivities and even a promotion for Eddy. It has been positive. I guess I just feel like I have no words than just to be content. Like the introvert in me is now happy to sit in cohabitation with these three people you see here and not feel like we have to talk for a while, to be so comfortable in each others presence that you know you can totally and utterly be yourself and that that will not only be accepted, but loved in all it’s imperfect glory.

This whole year has been good really, it has had it’s ups and downs like any one does but as we say goodbye to 2017 I am not sad, or happy really and just content in moving on. I would usually say how I cannot believe another year has gone by but looking back we have fit so much in and got so much out of this year that actually it seems like we have been in it forever. And that’s a really good thing. Each day, each week and maybe even some months do seem to fly by, as do the years as you look back (I simply cannot comprehend how I have been a mother today for 7 whole years) but as a whole it has been just as it should be and I will be welcoming in 2018 with open arms….possibly not at midnight because I will possibly, most probably, be that very sad person whom is asleep before the strike of midnight! I am going to welcome it in though with the thought that no matter what happens in this year, last year or the next year to come that what matters more than anything else in the world is that we are here, we are thankful, and we have people around us right now that care. 2018 is going to be the year I make time for people.

Onto this months pictures and these were taken today. It was, as I have mentioned, Eva’s birthday and as much as I would like to be organised and have some Christmassy pictures here I do love that every year we take them on her birthday wherever that may be. Today we went to ThinkTank science museum in Birmingham at Eva’s request and so I literally took the chance when we went to explore the outside science garden to take a few snaps. In true form I didn’t have my tripod, or the remote and for once I did not care, it wasn’t about the shot and it wasn’t about having the perfect angle but just about the fact we were all there in the frame. As it turns out I actually really love them, we do look like we are in some kind of weird band album cover shoot (I am thinking Take That circa 2005) then there is almost always someone doing something ridiculous – or distracted, or me cutting off Eddy’s head – but they sum up each of us perfectly, as individuals, as a whole, and I guess to a point our year together too. You can’t keep everyone happy and attentive all of the time can you!?

So here we are, sometimes happy, sometimes distracted, sometimes fighting, always together.


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This one makes me howl as little did we know, smiling lovingly at them in the background, that they were in actual fact fighting over who got to hold the handle on the bench. If that is not the true meaning of a family with siblings captured in picture form I do not know what is!

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Eddy didn’t get the memo to sit up straight – or else more of his head would have been cut off!!

And of course it wouldn’t be the end of the year without a little round up of every month I have been able to take and post a family photo. I forgot with the siblings one this month and I kicked myself as I looked through all the lovely pictures so I was determined not to forget here. I say it all the time but it is still one of the things I love that blogging has encouraged me to do and for all its faults and fall outs I love that we have a whole year of what our family looked like right there in that moment, even when the moment I remember is that no-one wanted to take the shot in the first place! Anyone else deal with reluctant families **husbands** with their Me and Mine too? Tell me I am not the only one!?

Me and Mine Family Photographs


Me and Mine October Family Photos


Me and Mine September


Me and Mine family photo project august portugal algarve


Me and Mine July


Me and mine family photo June


Me & Mine Family Portrait May


Me and Mine April Rapeseed Fields


Me and mine Family Photo March


Me and Mine Family Photos February on bridge


Me and Mine Family Photo January



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  1. December 31, 2017 / 7:32 am

    What a lovely roundup, of a lovely year. And I really love your band photo pictures from this month, what a cool spot for a little family photo shoot. Thanks so much for joining in this year. x

    • December 31, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      I feel like I maybe have made myself a little tradition, annual Steer album covers coming up! Thank you for hosting lovely x

  2. Keith Osman
    December 31, 2017 / 8:56 am

    Wonderful family pictures throughout the year x

  3. December 31, 2017 / 9:11 am

    What a gorgeous year of photos – including the fabulous band covers – what’s not to love about Take That circa 2005!! I know what you mean about needing a few days to just be – I love Christmas and every single thing building up to it, but I also need those quiet days in between where we just hibernate as a bit of a reboot before we go back into the new year. Happy New Year and may 2018 be full of more wonderful photos!

  4. December 31, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Oh these are absolutely beautiful. I love how creative you get with your family photos each month. I really wish we did but somehow when I get to it I can’t think of a place or position or the kids aren’t playing ball or the hubby just wants it over and rushing me so it’s the same cuddled up standing photo or sitting photo. Yours are always fab. Happy New Year hunny may 2018 be a great one for you and your family. #meandmineproject

    • December 31, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much Jenny, I really try to do something different but like you my husband and children in the right mood are a mission!! Happy New Year lovely x

  5. January 1, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Gorgeous can round up of the year. I love the creativity in your photos. I hope you have a wonderful start to the year x

  6. January 1, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Eddie looks like he is floating in the first couple! Lovely idea for photos and I love looking back over the year, it’s my favourite month x

  7. January 3, 2018 / 10:53 am

    Love your snaps as always. Oh don’t start. My hubby can be a nightmare sometimes when taking photos for this project. However he gets the message now when I say family photo. haha Previously he used to moan. #meandmine

  8. January 5, 2018 / 5:46 am

    Lovely round-up of photos from the year. Love the one where you’re smiling lovingly at the girls in the background not realising they’re fighting – definitely a photo that captures the reality of life with a sibling! I can also relate to having a reluctant husband when it comes to getting family shots. I hope Eva had a wonderful birthday and that you all had a lovely Christmas. December is such a busy month and it is sometimes just a relief to get to the end of it! #meandmineproject

  9. January 6, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    I love these photos, you are all so happy in each of them and your comment about the boyband photos make me laugh so much. Our monthly photos were completed in 2017 for every month and it feels such a sense of achievement – and my hubster is too a reluctant one for the photos (although last week said he’s so pleased we do it every month which is the ultimate compliment!) x #meandmineproject

  10. January 6, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    What a gorgeous gorgeous set of photos you have of your beautiful family! My husband is always keen to take them, but somehow ends up looking really moody in nearly all of them! Can’t wait to see your photos in 2018 xx

  11. January 12, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Such lovely photos, it’s great to look back on the year isn’t it. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas x

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