As we come to the end of another month in a year which seems to be flying past quicker than any year I've ever known before, we are sharing our family photos for the month- our fifth month as a family of four. I must admit, I have been finding getting nice photos of us all together near on impossible lately- LO often wants to be tearing about and I'm normally feeding, settling or cradling our little baby boy. I have rarely picked up my DSLR over the past few months, and having changed cameras recently (still an entry level DSLR but now Nikon not Canon, on which these photos have been taken by my sister) I am still very much getting to grips with the settings- very different to what I'm used to, and I'd love to have some time to sit and read the manual and have a play with the settings! Maybe in a few months...
Which brings me onto the month that's just been. We have finally enjoyed a little bit of sunshine, and although in our little corner of Yorkshire it doesn't seem to have been as warm as other areas, the sunny days we have had have been lovely and we have just enjoyed simple things like being in our own garden and going to the park. We are really trying to make the most of the weekends together, and at the start of the month we enjoyed taking the boys to The National Railway Museum in York- I can highly recommend a trip here with your little ones, especially if they're as mad about Thomas as LO is. We also had a little visit over to LO's uncle's sheep farm in Huddersfield. He just thought it was the best day ever and loved sitting in a real tractor and having a ride across the fields in a quad bike. He still talks about it now.
At the moment, we find that with a teething four and a half month old, we tend not to make many fixed plans, and are trying not to pack too much into one day. May did however see us go on a first night away as a family of four- not a holiday, just an overnight stay in Cambridgeshire, but I like to document these little milestones, no matter how ordinary. On the whole though, we are truly shocking at planning days out and live quite spontaneously.
Luckily where we live in West Yorkshire there are lots of things to do and places to visit, so this Bank Holiday weekend we went on an impromptu visit to the Leeds Botanical Gardens in Roundhay Park, which is where these photos were taken. I really wanted to try and capture a picture of the four of us here as we took our May family photo in the same spot last year - I think a few days after we found out we were expecting Little L, so while these photos are far from perfect (with my dodgy new camera settings, not because of my sister's camera skills!) they are sentimental to us. I think May will always hold that memory for us- and that's what I love about these Me and Mine photos. I knew even without looking back that we took our May photo here last year, and it meant a lot to us to be able to go back with LO and also his new baby brother.
And essentially, that is what Me and Mine is all about- to capture life as your little family, come rain or shine, maybe with happy smiles or with one member of your team being a bit grumpy or not in the mood to have their photo taken. I'm sure we've all been there. It's about capturing your life as a family, to document your moments together, ordinary or extraordinary, and to cherish and store all those precious memories to look back on in years to come.
This month, I have been loving:
*Listening to Little L's ever increasing gurgles and coos
*LO's beautiful singing
*Browsing lots of lovely summer clothes for the boys
*Picnics in the park
LO has been loving:
*Reading his Just Imagine book
*Singing Postman Pat and Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
*Visiting his Uncle's farm and riding on a quid bike
*Playing in the park with his friends
*Seeing the trains at the Railway Museum
Little L has been loving:
*Discovering his voice- he loves squawking like a bird of prey!
*Chewing on anything (although he hasn't enjoyed the dribbles and teething)
*His new playmat and being able to do the occasional roll from his tummy to his back.
Daddy has been loving:
*Being outside in the garden
*Locating the perfect village for us to live in (if we ever sell ours...)