me and mine {january}


Daddy is loving
* getting his annual bonus.
* the beautiful girl starting to say some proper words.
* watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.
* Liverpool still being in the top four. 
* that The Following is back on television.

Mummy is loving
* that our holiday to Center Parcs is booked.
* doing the beautiful girl's hair in bunches.
* the hubby's bacon and leek risotto.
* swimming.
* taking lots of photos.

The beautiful boy is loving
* playing with his animal puzzle.
* going to see a preview of Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy.
* telling everybody that he's going to be three soon.
* chocolate coins.
* his new Converse trainers.

The beautiful girl is loving
* talking, talking, talking all the time.
* eating all the leftover Bountys.
* cuddling her dolls.
* climbing up onto the sofas.
* watching Tangled.







Here we are then,
starting our second year of monthly family portraits.
I'm so excited to continue to record our family together this year,
maybe revisit some of the photos we took this year,
and find some new and exciting shots to take.
Mostly I just can't wait to see how we all change over the coming year,
and having another collection of photos to share for our year
when December 2014 comes around.
Me and Mine has been such an amazing thing to do so far,
and I'm so looking forward to carrying it on this year.

But I'm getting ahead of myself,
right now it's all about my family in January.
And your family too.
It's a great time to join the project if you haven't already,
we'd love to have you join us,
and see your family photos each month.
It was great fun last year,
and it isn't about taking fancy perfect photos,
it's about just about being together
and getting a photograph which proudly says
"This is us, we're a family."

Each month the seven of us hosting this link up
will send you on to a different person,
and you can travel around in a circle from blog to blog
and see everyone's family portrait.
This month I am sending you to visit Becky, Tom and Holly at Ar-Blog.
Becky's blog is beautiful and so refreshing and honest and genuinely lovely,
so go and check it out, you won't regret it.


dear beautiful






51 comments

  1. Gorgeous, smiley photos. And I'd be loving a Center Parcs break, too :-) Thanks for hosting

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    1. Thank-you. We're so excited for Center Parcs already, sadly we have a few months to wait. Thanks for linking up. x

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  2. Lovely picture! Nothing like a good trip to the playground! We love bacon and leek risotto too! Yum!xx

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    1. Thanks, we love a little stroll to the playground (the one in the photos is just around the corner) but the weather hasn't made it so easy to go this month. Bacon and leek risotto is delicious, I must ask the hubby to make it at least once a week. x

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  3. Lovely photos as always! I will join later have a photo its hidden on one of husbands many sd cards...

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    1. Ahhh, thanks. And I'll look forward to seeing your photo later on. x

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  4. You are like a pocket of sunshine on that grey day! So lovely to have a proper snap of a childhood pastime - the swings! Mine tend to be blurry iPhone pictures! Happy New Year to Me and Mine! xx

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    1. Haha, it was SUCH a dark day when we took these. The heavens opened as we walked back in the door.... literally. And you're right, there is something so perfect about childhood trips to the swings. I still rather like a go on them myself. x

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  5. The Beautiful Girl is a lady after my own heart - you can't beat a Bounty bar! You're pictures are so happy and lovely, and I'm wildly impressed that you got outside (sans umbrellas)!!

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    1. She's the only Bounty eater in this house, so she's onto a winner. And we literally dashed out between showers to get this photo. It rained in the morning, stopped as the children went down for naps, we dashed out of the door as soon as the woke up, and as came home again the heavens opened. The weather has certainly made outdoor Me and Mine shots a challenge this month. x

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  6. We love the swings! We need a family swing photo. Seriously love these, you all look like you're having fun even on a gloomy day.

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    1. What's not to love, hey? We all like a go on the swings and the children laugh hysterically as their daddy and mummy try to go higher than one another. We certainly made the most of a dark and gloomy day when we got these. x

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  7. Gorgeous photos. BG looks thrilled to be on the swings.

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    1. Thank-you, she adores a go on the swings; they both do. x

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  8. Lovely shots Lucy and a great idea for a photo in such dull weather!
    I wish i could unwatch Breaking Bad and then watch it all again - so jealous! x

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    1. Well, I was determined to get outside, but with such a wet month our opportunities have been somewhat limited. The park is close to home so seemed like a safer choice. We're LOVING Breaking Bad, so glad we started watching it. x

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  9. Such a lovely photo. I love how you and your husband are looking at each other, laughing. The swings are so much fun! x

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    1. Thanks lovely. My husband was being a bit of goofball at that moment in time, the results are nice though because we both have such genuine smiles. x

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  10. Lovely photo, looks like a fun trip to the park. My little girl also loves tangled, we have it on all the time here

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    1. Thanks, we all like a trip to the park. And there is definitely something a bit magical about Tangled, both my children love it. x

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  11. I'm going to try and join in more this year honest! Ours will possibly actually probably not be as organised but as long as we are together in the photo right! Lovely action photos. I like how your wee man is proper smiling for the camera in these pictures.

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    1. Yep, we are definitely a linky of 'it's the thought that counts'. It's the fact you take the picture, not how fancy it is that matters. Can't wait to see you joining in. x

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  12. Bacon & Leek risotto and leftover bounties?! Yes please! Love your January photos :) I am very excited for another year of Me & Mine!

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    1. I'm so excited for another year too. I think all the changes will be so much more obvious with last year's photos to look back at. And Rich's bacon and leek risotto is AMAZING!!! x

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  13. I am also very excited that Mummy is excited about booking a trip to Centre Parcs! Wooooooooo hooooooo! Lovely photos as well! x

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    1. Hehehehe. It's so exciting. I can't wait. x

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  14. i just love your shots and your loving text! So excited to join in with all your projects this year and finding you in blog world! going to check oout all those scrummy blogs and links as soon as my kids are fed bathed and in bed xxxxxxxx

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    1. I'm so glad I found you're blog too, and that you found mine and are taking part in these photo projects. It's so lovely to find other mamas who are so passionate about recording their families. x

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    2. lucy ive been travelling around the links....as its my first time joining in i am worried i skipped a bit....am i supposed to give a link to somebody else joining in?

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    3. Nope, you did it absolutely right. It's the just the seven hosts who send everybody round in a circle to see the other hosts. You've linked up in the linky and that's perfect.x

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  15. Lovely pictures sweetie. So happy to be joining in this year xx

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    1. Thank-you lovely. And I'm so glad you're going to join us; all three (soon to be four) of you. x

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  16. These are fab! You all look so warm yet the sky and surroundings looks so cold. I love the first photo in particular, especially you and your husband laughing xx

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    1. Thanks lovely. I really did think they were a disaster at the time, but actually they are kind of fun and natural. Rich was being a bit of a moron at that moment and we were both laughing at him. It's so nice when the smiles are really real like that. x

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  17. Such gorgeous photos! I need to start on Breaking Bad, have had great things about it! x

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    1. Ahh, thanks lovely. And you should definitely watch Breaking Bad, all the great things people say are true. x

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  18. I am so very jealous of your gorgeous family photos. I can't ever get all of us four in the same photo, ever. And if I do have a fifth person to take one the baby is looking the wrong way and the toddler is screaming and running for it. I would love to join in with your lovely linkys but I don't even have one picture of the four of us that's suitable. lol :) So I will just be in awe of yours and very jealous, oh so jealous. These will be amazing to look back to throughout the year!!!

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    1. Ahh, bless you. You just have to learn to embrace the fact that not everyone will look at the camera, and you'll instantly feel better about it. We aren't looking in most of these, we're just doing what we do and I'm constantly clicking a remote to take the photo. I promise you could do it too, it's really pretty easy.
      And thank-you, I'm so glad you like my photos. x

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  19. I know you were not sure about these pictures, but I love them. They are so natural.
    I am so jealous of BB, I can't wait to see the Tink movie

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    1. I wasn't sure, but I've definitely warmed to them. They are certainly really natural and have captured us doing something which we do so regularly and which we all love: a trip to the swings.
      And the new Tinkerbell movie is fab. We all went to the preview a few weeks back. I loved it! x

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  20. Gorgeous photos, they are so natural :)

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    1. Thank-you. I wasn't too sure about them to begin with, but I really like how relaxed and natural they are now. x

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  21. I really should follow your lead and make better use of the self timer so we can get some 'family at play' shots. That's what's so inspirational about me and mine - seeing all the quirky ways people come up with to capture the love at the heart of family life :o)

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  22. Lovely pictures and such a great idea, may have to attempt this one month and see if I can get both children smiling in the same photo haha

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  23. Fab photos, plus of course a great way to keep the children still! Don't all 3 year olds love chocolate coins? :)

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  24. Sorry I'm so late this month, but I have finally linked up! Beautiful photos as always xxx

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  25. A bit late but joining in! Determined to do the whole year this time. Love your photo x

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  26. Aww, love these photos! You all look so happy.

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  27. Love the first photo! You and your husband look like you are having more fun than BB & BG. Made me smile! x x

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  28. These are really fun shots, Lucy. And years down the line you'll be looking back at these thinking "Remember when we had kids young enough to push on the swings?"

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