Me & Mine {May 2016}

Last updated on November 19th, 2023 at 12:32 am

Me & Mine May 2016 family portraits

Last day in May, no way! Cheesy to say that I know but so true. This month we were prepared for our family captures as we were enjoying sunny Spain at the beginning of the month. It seems like months ago we were visiting our friends and soak up Marbella’s sun rays. Whilst I came home and my SD card said empty (devastation) all my videos and a few favorite family captures were gone I did capture these few on my iphone just in case. Thank goodness. I love this gorgeous flower wall outside my friend’s house, it’s just stunning and from the first time we came to their house I have been dying to take a family capture in front of it. The kids didn’t have the same ideas but it’s still a lovely setting. We have had a good May so much has been happening and our days seem to blur together. I can’t actually believe we were in Spain this month and so much has happened since then. Now we are on half term enjoying a little down time which was much needed before school finishes up and we head to America for the summer. That right there is excitement! Me & Mine May 2016 family portraitsMe & Mine May 2016 family portraits

DADDY IS LOVING…

Winning a big competition in Golf this month.

A new car (otherwise known as midlife crisis car).

The sunny weather for bank holiday weekend.

MOMMY IS LOVING…

Seeing friends at BlogCamp and being inspired.

Working on her second book (squeal).

The sunny weather for half term – may it last.

BUBA IS LOVING…

Playing with his friends in Spain.

Swimming without armbands now.

His new Spanish class with old friends from when he was a baby, reunited.

MISSY MOO IS LOVING…

Swimming with just a fun noodle now, independently.

Rocking her Little & Fierce Sunglasses every chance she gets.

Her new Violet Read With Me Scout reading pup (review coming soon).

Me & Mine May 2016 family portraits

I have really had a great month in May with my little family. While it feels weird to think it’s just us four and that are family is complete as I always thought I would have a lot more children, I have been looking at life a lot differently lately. I soak up more little moments than I did before. I have been so much better at dropping things if the kids are asking for something and not in a spoil-them kind of way but more of a I-am-here-for-you kind of way. I used to get so tied up into making sure the house was spotless, dish done, laundry on the go, schedules updated and running around the kids half the time, I was forgetting that that stuff will always be there waiting but my children won’t be. They won’t wait forever for that answer to their silly question or that cuddle and a kiss they wanted at that moment. Their funny saying may not come again that will make you belly laugh so hard or that moment when they just wanted you to look at them.

At this age, their time is short before growing up and I am appreciating them as much as possible. I am putting aside the things that don’t really matter. The dishes can wait, the laundry isn’t going anywhere and the house is their playground so I say let them play. I have OCD so this was hard for me but it’s helped me so much to have more amazing moments with them than ever before. Just don’t come knocking on my door, unannounced because normally I would embrace you and welcome you in my spotless abode but that was before I let the house go. Now, I schedule time for all that nonsense house work in between my crazy nonsense work work. The few hours a day that I have my kids together from pick ups to bedtimes are hours for just them. A few experiences and a few good friends have changed my perspective on life this month. I hope I hold onto this feeling I have and this outlook on my life in this moment, forever.

Take a peak at our family in JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL here.

Come check out the lovely HOST and COHOSTS of the Me & Mine Project and see their gorgeous family captures. Dear Beautiful, Mummy Daddy Me, Tigerlilly Quinn,Bump-to-Baby, and Capture by Lucy. Why not join us in sharing your family and hashtag and following #meandmineproject on instagram, twitter, or facebook.

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43 thoughts on “Me & Mine {May 2016}”

  1. This is such a lovely post, sometimes the housework really does have to wait doesn’t it? Horrid news to hear your SD card failed, it’s happened to me before and I fell apart, but glad you got a few treasured photos #meandmineproject

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    • I had never experienced something so instantly heart breaking at all our videos and photos gone forever and then I just had to think of it as a learning curve and my hubby always asks me why do I always take a few with big camera and a few with my iphone this is the exact reason I have been paranoid about. EEEK

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  2. Bah I’ve had that before – the SD card nightmare and a are drive completely packed up on me last year – I cried buckets!! But you are so right, I fell like I’ve over stretched myself this month, and have spent the last few days away from the laptop in the day being more present and playing. I also banned the iPad for almost 2 weeks now and wow what a difference!!! I’d got so reliant on shoving it under their faces so I could get on with my own thing and without it all their toys have been played with more, we’ve read more books. Yes to letting the little things go more, because what do the kids want, a spotless carpet or you playing with them and toys all over the floor?! Lush photos xxx

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    • Thanks Lucy and so right it’s hard to put life in perspective. We want to be everywhere, do it all and have it all and have our children have the same too. They could care less about dishes and more about how much fun mommy is to play with and I don’t want their memories of childhood to be with mommy on the laptop or cleaning the house telling them off all the time. They won’t be little for long. I really got a really check and so glad I did before its’ too late to make those little changes.

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    • Oh thank you so much Laura, that’s so sweet of you to say. I definitely am taking a step back and enjoying my kids as much as possible. September will come before we know it.

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  3. Oh Jenny, I would have been devastated about the SD card. Thats one of my worst nightmares… dramatic, but true. But the photos you got on your phone are gorgeous, I do lovely a sunny holiday snap. x

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    • I was so upset. I lost three whole vlogs I did too and our holiday videos and so many great family captures. It was so weird I viewed them on the screen a thousands times came home and laptop just said card empty I tried recovery and only got about 10 photos but nothing else. It sucked so bad. Good thing I always take back up on everything on my iphone. EEEK still angry about it. lol Glad I had these and the last one was from our hike in the woods yesterday hahaha

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    • It was awful but looking on the positive side I will always have a backup and these things happen. I still have the memories in my head I supposed and a few iphone captures to go with them. lol

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  4. Oh no to losing the pics on your SD card! Yikes! That has happening to me once before and it’s not good. I am impressed that you had such lovely ones as back ups though! I love that flower wall too. xx

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    • Thanks Julia, I have this fear and now rightfully so that I will get home and everything will be gone. I was freaking out sadly lost three whole vlogs too and lots of memories. But for past few months I always have my iphone next to me and snap one or two of whatever we are doing or capturing for backup and it’s times like this I am so grateful for it.

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  5. Gorgeous pics from Spain and how exciting that America is just around the corner. I too think May has gone by soo fast and it sounds like some great things have been happening for you guys x

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    • Thanks Mary so much. We always seem to be so busy from May to September and the rest of the year completely boring and quiet. lol Tis the season to travel and enjoy it though I supposed. I can’t wait to be home soon though.No place better than with family.

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  6. Very exciting about working on your 2nd book and preparing for summer in the USA. I am sorry about your SD card but glad you captured a few photos. Lovely to see you at blogcamp. Cherishing moment with our children are so important these days. xxxx

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    • Thanks lovely for your kind and lovely comments. Yes blogcamp was great wasn’t it? Hope to see you at another event soon. So true life just passes us by if we aren’t careful.

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  7. Oh no – all your photos! I would have been gutted but thank goodness for iPhones and the beautiful photos you saved. It sounds like you’ve had another wonderful month and it was so lovely to see you at BlogCamp and catch up for a bit in person 🙂

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    • I was more sad about the videos I made. I was testing out some creative filming angles and shots and really wanted to work on my vlogging while in spain. Had three whole vlog material on there. That was heartaching. The photos I had a lot on my iphone thanksfully from the entire holiday and these few family captures thank goodness. So great to catch up with you at blogcamp for sure babes.

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    • Love this flower wall wish it was outside my house that would be absolutely amazing. It’s so beautiful in person though this photo doesn’t do it justice. Lovely back drop. We had so much fun in Spain. Last one was our hike in the woods yesterday hahaa at our local park. Had to have a family selfie in there those are the best. 🙂

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  8. Such a lovely post, Its so easy to get too involved with to-do lists and being busy, I am so guilty of it and I really should follow your lead. x

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  9. I am so jealous looking at the gorgeous photos.
    We are going to Spain beginning of August for 10 days. It was supposed to be our Familymoon. We are going to Benidorm. First holiday abroad for the kids.

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  10. These photos are lovely despite the camera disaster! I am like you and really have to tell myself to be in the moment and that the obsessive cleaning can wait. And I love nothing more than when I let myself do that and appreciate all the little things xx

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    • I am so sad I don’t have a holiday video to share I worked so hard at filming good bits and creatively too. Shame. But can’t change it or fix it so moving on. lol It’s hard but better for everyone’s happiness I think.

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  11. NOOOOOooooo!!! How disappointing you must have been deviated. I’m slightly gutted as I want to watch your holiday video ; (

    I know what you mean about letting things go a little more and spending more time talking and ‘being there for the kids’. I’m really trying to make sure I still give the girls as much time as possible, even with a baba in the house.

    The iPhone pictures are stunning, thank goodness you have some pictures of your holiday xx

    #MeandMine

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    • I know I don’t know what I would do if I hadn’t taken a few on my iphone. Absolutely devastated about our holiday video I was being all creative and zooming and out of things and trying to work on my filming skills. ALL THOSE HOURS WASTED…. oh the tears I cried when I couldn’t get them back. Yes house can wait kids can’t. They grow up so fast I won’t get this chance to be their everything for long.

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  12. Ahhh beautiful photos, you’d never know they were backups! Youve taught me a lesson, I will always take an iphone back up from now on!
    Wise words about letting things go around the house more too…i`m trying to embrace the same approach, its hard but it definitely makes me happier

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    • I am so glad I did it too. I always have for fear of losing everything like this so it’s a good job I am constantly paranoid about things hahahaha I always just have my iphone in my back pocket and if I am snapping with my big camera I take at least two with my iphone and if its video I try to snap a bit just in case. I feel so much better for letting things around the house go I was trying to keep a show home house with two toddlers in OCD clean and work full time and take care of myself and family and one thing needs to calm down a bit. The house won’t fall over if it’s a little less tidy or clean every day. 🙂

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    • It’s such a beautiful location I would have loved to take more photos (I did but lost them silly sd card). But next time we are there I will snap more of just the kids the colors change all the way down the wall. Spain is gorgeous for floral walls. Go next year BlogCamp is free and so worth it too.

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  13. Blog camp sounded like so much fun, I’m excited but equally nervous about attending my first britmums day! may see you there! I feel exactly the same Jenny, in embracing these moments, as they are so fleeting. and its really bittersweet! Lovely photos too, looks like a fab holiday xx

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    • It was an amazing time with friends as always I love it there. Could move there in a heart beat. Yes BlogCamp is so worth it and it’s free which is a bonus. I always feel inspired and motivated when I come home from it. Britmums will be great hunny. It’s casual you can walk in and out of classes and you can socialize with everyone and good food to eat. You will love it. Don’t be nervous it’s my third and I will look out for you too. If I blank you I have tunnel vision come shout at me and say hello. 🙂

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    • Ahh thanks lovely yes I know it was so bad I was panicking slightly but in the end I shouldn’t have let my Sd card get so old and risk it. I have learned always have a back up photo on my iphone or back of video clips hahaha

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