Me & Mine {December 2016}

Last updated on November 19th, 2023 at 12:37 am

Me and Mine December 2016 a family photo projectOh, what a year!

I love the lead up to Christmas where there is so much excitement and hype in the air. It seems like such a huge wait and then it speeds like lightening through to New Years. This year, has gone so fast is some senses and in other senses it’s seems to chug along. 

November was a horrific month for our family and bad news. It was hard to think we than had to get into a festive mood and be cheering come December for the kids. Somehow life does cruel and challenging things to us in life and we must stay strong for our families. We must pick ourselves up and get on with it, no matter what. It’s not easy, and some days are harder than others but I do it for my kids, for my husband, for myself as much as for those that I love that are hurting during this year’s Christmas season. Sadly, as we travelled to the USA to be with family, my Grandma passed away before we landed. It was hard this Christmas to keep that frown upside down and the selfish part of me just wanted to see her one more time. But I know she was watching from above us on Christmas Day.

We did Vlogmas this year. With everything that’s going on I did think twice about not doing it and I am so glad I still went through with it. I have learned so much about vlogging, filming, editing, practicing, myself, and made memories along the way. Those are what matter the most. I will look back on these “Day in the Life” videos which I never thought I would do and love them, cherish them even. They are apart of our everyday normal lives and I can’t believe how much I have held them close this Christmas season as well as sharing them with my family that I can’t be with during the holidays. It’s been extra special. 

Even though I didn’t get to see my parents for the holidays this year, spending it with two of my brothers and their amazing families was just what I needed. I was in my own country, surrounded by my own accent, with my own family around was the best present I could have ever asked for. I get so homesick sometimes especially during bad news and I feel slightly stronger and better now having that time back in the states. 

The kids have made more memories with their cousins than ever before. We don’t get to get the kids together as much as we like with one brother living down south and another on the mid-east side and than me in England along with all our other siblings on the west coast, it’s hard.  But when we do it’s magic. They get along so well and are totally inseparable from the start. The bigger ones take care of the little ones and it’s a really special time for them. We try to take a photo of the cousins all in a circle together. This year, we had an addition to the circle of cousins with MM as it’s been five years since the last one. I hope we can keep this tradition over the years as the kids become big kids to adults. 

Me and Mine December 2016 a family photo project


Spending the holidays in America. 

Watching the kids see that Santa has arrived.

Being with extended family.


Playing with our new toys for Xmas (kids and parents alike).

Playing outside in the 70 degree weather all Christmas (surreal).

Having to buy new clothes in the states because the weather turned HOT.

Starting the new year with new family adventures awaiting us. 

Me and Mine December 2016 a family photo projectMe and Mine December 2016 a family photo project

Me and Mine December 2016 a family photo project

The best part of doing this lovely family portrait project all year long is to look back and see how much the family has changed as a whole together. To look back at all the places we have traveled and taken our photo and the memories we made along the way with each capture. Obviously, the kids change the most throughout the year. MM has started off the year from a little toddler and grown into a little girl. Her voice has changed, her personality has come out, her confidence is shining and she has become her own individual instead of her brother’s shadow. A year with her brother in school and her making her own decisions and her own friends now too. It’s been so great watching her and having that special one on one time together. She starts school this coming September and I am so nervous for the empty nest feeling that will set in but also excited for the next chapter of our lives. 

Me and Mine December 2016 a family photo project

Don’t forget to check out the lady that started this all, Dear Beautiful and the other cohosts of Me & Mine: Capture By Lucy, Mummy Daddy Me, Tigerlilly Quinn, and Bump To Baby. We have enjoyed seeing everyone’s family captures this year, watching each one of your family’s grow, change and the many adventures you go on together and share with us. I look forward to them again in the coming new year. 


20 thoughts on “Me & Mine {December 2016}”

  1. Oh Jenny I’m so sorry for your loss but glad that the silver lining was that you got to have Christmas with some of your family. Christmas over here was pretty mild and I’ll admit I had a look at your first picture and thought “I know it was warm…!” Lucky you to have a bit of unseasonal sunshine too!

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandma. It’s lovely that you got to spend this time with your family and be surrounded by them at a time when you needed them most. It’s strange seeing you in summer clothes in December, it’s freezing over here! I hope you have a lovely new year x

  3. I am so glad that you managed to see your family at such a difficult time, hopefully you managed to makes some lovely memories. It sounds like you did honey and you all look very relaxed. Here’s to a much brighter NY x #meandmine

  4. Oh Jenny I am so so sorry to hear about your Grandma. That must have been really hard especially after the difficult couple of months you’ve had, but it sounds like your trip to the states was a nice time for you all and just what you needed. These are such gorgeous photos- I love the kids outfits! I have really enjoyed watching your vlogmas videos too- not sure if you saw any of mine but I mentioned in one of my videos how much I was enjoying watching yours in the evenings- looking forward to watching more on your YouTube channel. I hope you have a wonderful new year and a great 2017. A xx

  5. I am so glad that you got to feel at home and at peace and I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard to keep up the magic for the children when you don’t feel very twinkly and i have felt that this year alot too but I like you have taken so much from vlogmas it is the small things that I hold dear as we head into the new year. Gorgeous photos from the year lovely x

  6. Oh Jenny I wish I could give you a really big hug. It must have been so hard to stay positive, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m so glad that you are where you feel most comfortable though. I will never stop being slightly jealous of you when you go home to America. I’ve been slightly obsessed with all things American since I was a little girl, I’d love to visit there properly one day. I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you and your lovely family. xxx

  7. I think its so lovely that you all make the effort to see each other despite the long distances. I’m sorry to hear of your loss and sending you big hugs and hopeful times in 2017. I love that about the monthly photos too, seeing the change but it also makes me super emotional about how its all so fleeting. Happy New Year xxx

  8. Aww Jenny, so sorry to read about your Grandma and I’m glad you were able to spend time with your family. Being together at such a hard time I hope brought you all some comfort.
    Your photos are lovely. MM is just beautiful and B looks so grown up. All the best for 2017.

  9. Your dress is beautiful! Sorry you didn’t get to see your folks, but I bet it was great to catch up with your brother’s and their families. Hoping 2017 is a fabulous year for you and yours xx #MeandMine

  10. Aaah happy new year gorgeous girl!! I was so sad to hear about your grandma — so sorry for your loss. It’s awful losing someone you love at any time of the year, but doubly cruel at Christmas.

    Can’t believe we’ve just completed a third year’s worth of photos. I love looking over the 12 pics and seeing how things have changed. Here’s to a bright and happy 2017! Lots of love to you and yours xxxxx

  11. Im sorry you have had a rough end to the year. Life can be cruel and hard but the people in our lives can certainly lighten the load, so I am glad you have such great people to see you through!
    Lovely pics of your family, it is so weird to see sun at christmas, but it looks fun! x

  12. So sorry to hear that November was such a tough month and for the loss of your Grandma. I love the tradition of taking a photo of the cousins in a circle together. Love all your photos looking back over the past year too and your family photos from this month – the one of your two children together is just gorgeous. #meandmineproject

  13. Sorry to hear that the year ended with a family loss. We too experienced losses and it’s so hard to keep a smile on your face but we do it for the kids. Great pictures from your trip to the States – so different that you could be outdoors in t-shirts compared to most of us here in the UK holed up indoors! Thanks for co-hosting this fab project.


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