the me and mine project {july}


Rich is loving
* watching Preacher on Amazon Prime.
* getting to see all of Dylan's school work from this year.
* seeing Ashlyn crawling about.
* some really good work training in Germany.
* having a new phone with 4G.

Lucy is loving
* having all three kiddos home for six weeks.
* seeing Quinny getting so mobile.
* two amazing end of year reports for Dylan and Everly.
* the performing arts festival at Dylan's school.
* the fact that we've been married for seven years TODAY!

Dylan is loving
* the school holiday finally being here.
* singing songs from his school performing arts festival.
* reading his book all about the human body.
* playing Pokemon Go.
* swimming in Nanny's hot tub.

Everly is loving
* picnics.
* collecting My Little Pony blind bags.
* her jelly flip flops.
* getting Quinny to smile for her.
* summer dresses.

Ashlyn is loving
* crawling everywhere and standing up.
* food, especially Ella's Kitchen Bangers and Mash.
* sleeping in her new cot.
* stealing the television remotes.
* Mummy!!!!


Right now it feels like life is totally flying by. I cannot believe that July is over already when it really does only just feel like June finished. Over half of the summer is behind us already, but this final third is the best one, where we all get to have lots of family time and plenty of adventures. I just really hope September doesn't fly round as quickly as the last few months have.

We got our photos this month on a summery, sunshine filled day out at the local country park. It was exactly the simple kind of day out that I love; just enjoying nature and laughter and being together. In fact it's actually the same country park that we went to for our March family photos and looking back at those kind of stopped me in my tracks. March wasn't really that long ago, but what a difference four months has made; I swear that Dylan and Everly both look taller and more tanned and more blonde, the trees were bare back then and now everything is in full bloom, and don't even get me started on our little Quinny, she was a fuzzy haired dot back then and now she's looking so big. I'm so proud of this family of mine, I honestly look at them in these photos and cannot believe they are mine. 


This last photo I actually thought was going to be an outtake... and while it is far from a perfect family photo (not least because you can't really see Dylan or Everly's faces) it kind of captures a perfect family moment. When I take our portraits I put my camera into burst mode so that it will take 10 in quick succession, I work on the basis that the more I get there is more chance of everyone looking good. And on this occasion as I ran back to the blanket with Everly, she decided that instead of lying down she would jump onto her daddy instead. Dylan thought the whole thing was hysterical and started trying to tickle them both. The whole thing basically descended into chaos in a matter of seconds. And as the camera started taking it's burst of shots we were all too busy laughing and tickling and generally being silly to even think of the camera. But I really love the result, because this is us; being goofy and playing together and far from picture perfect but happy nonetheless. 


Make sure you tag your family photos with #meandmineproject on Instagram, and we'll share some of our favourites. And link up your family photos at the bottom too, I can't wait to see them all. Of course, do remember to pop by my cohost's blogs and see what Alex, Fritha, Jenny, Katie and Lucy's families are sharing this month.

The Me and Mine Project

56 comments

  1. Happy Anniversary! I love that Ashlyn takes centre stage in those first few photos, you can see how much you all adore her. And that last photo, that really is what family is all about, so lovely that you managed to capture this moment. I really hope that August goes slow too, I am not ready for the summer holidays to be over. x

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    1. She's often a bit of a scene stealer, isn't she? She's just so cute and seems to demand all of our attention just because she's so happy. x

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  2. Sometimes the imperfect photos are the best ones aren't they, love how natural and happy these shots are! The kids are looking so blonde - and how much hair does Ashlyn have! Xx

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    1. Perfectly imperfect are so often my favourites, they tell the story I think. And yes, a right little trio of blondies in the summer. x

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  3. I agree that the outakes can be as good if not better than the 'proper' images! lovely photos as ever.

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    1. Out takes often tell a bit of a story don't they? This one makes me smile so much. x

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  4. Happy anniversary! And what gorgeous pictures with which to celebrate, I can't believe how big the children are getting, it really seems no time since they were all tiny babies!

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    1. Thanks lovely. And it really is crazy how massive they all seem at the moment, it like I blinked and the big two turned into a "proper children" and Quinny suddenly left those tiny baby days behind us. x

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  5. I love that last photo, it's perfect x #meandmine

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    1. Thank you. I think it's my favourite this month. x

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  6. Happy anniversary lovely! Hope you're having an amazing weekend together. These photos are stunning, you're always so happy - all of you. It's so lovely. Little Ashlyn is the star of the show in that first picture! :) xx

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    1. Thanks lovely, we had a lovely weekend away, just what we all needed. And yes, our little Ashlyn definitely knows how to steal the show! x

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  7. Aww such lovely happy shots of you all! Xx

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  8. Lovely photos Lucy, such a happy bunch! Happy Anniversary xx

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  9. Squeal!!! These are full of love, laughter, family, and beauty. I hope you blow up that second to last photo for your wall everything about it screams family... the smiles are so beautiful and everyone is playing a beautiful part of a close family cuddle. The kids look so growing up even baby quinny my goodness. Beautiful shots, happy anniversary and I hope to see yall so very soon. The kids would love a playdate next time you are up north (when we get home of course) hahahaha Glad all is going well. You do the mom of three so smoothly and so lovely. If I ever have another I hope you will teach me a few tricks of family, work life balance. You seem to get it right every time hun so inspiring. Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks Jenny. And I don't think that anyone ever needs tips for having three, by the time you have a third you've learnt how to just get on with it and go with the flow. x

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  10. Awww well done Dylan and Everly on your school reports! Enjoy your summer holidays. We're almost at the end of ours in Scotland! Hope you and Rich have a lovely anniversary x

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    1. Awwww, I'm sad to think about our holidays being over, but know it will fly round far too quickly. x

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  11. Happy anniversary! I love the first pic and the "outtake"! So lovely xxx

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    1. Thank you, they are definitely my two favourites this month too! x

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  12. I love that last photo - what a fab moment to capture. Can't believe how big Ashlyn is getting! Hope you all enjoy the summer holidays and thank you for hosting #meandmineproject :-)

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    1. Thanks, definitely my favourite too. And yes, she's growing up fast. People keep asking no about birthday plans so I guess I really should start making some. x

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  13. I love that last picture, you all look so happy! Happy anniversary xx

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    1. Thank you. It was a lucky capture and I love it! x

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  14. Love your photographs Lucy, they're so natural and smiley and ooze happiness. Happy Anniversary too x

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    1. Thank you Emma, we were having a fun day which I definitely think helped with the smiles. x

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  15. Lovely photos and it looks like a wonderful summer day out

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    1. Thanks Bex, it was. I honestly wish it could be summer all year round. x

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  16. Ah happy anniversary! Lovely photos, the last one especially! #Meandmine

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    1. Thanks lovely. It seems like everyone is in agreement that that last imperfect one is actually pretty special. x

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  17. Ah happy anniversary!! We've been married seven years this year too. Your pictures are gorgeous again this month and I'm loving the new hairdo. Look how big Ashlyn is getting, she'll be walking before you know it. Have a lovely summer #meandmine xx

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    1. Thanks Heledd, all the cool kids got married in 2009 hey? And I had to go for a fringe after all the post baby hair loss, but I'm really liking the change. x

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  18. Happy anniversary for yesterday. Lovely photos as always, I love the last one, natural family shots are so lovely. x

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    1. Thank, I think it's my favourite because it's so natural and kind of an accidental photo, but so happy. x

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  19. Happy Anniversary - its our 7th year soon too, Where does time go? I hope you have had some moments to celebrate! Isn't it a great time of year with no alarms to set, celebrating kids achievements and mostly lovely times together haha I love all your lovings this month and that last pic is gorgeous - you all look so happy x

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    1. Oh I agree, I wish it could be summer holidays more often...! The pace of life is so much nicer. x

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  20. Loving all the summer photos. Such cute family photos! I hope you have a fun summer filled with lots of new memories. xoxo

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    1. Thanks lovely, I hope we fill it with fun memories too. And a happy summer to you guys too. x

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  21. Lovely pictures as normal, I really love the last one though

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    1. Aw thanks Kate, it's definitely a firm favourite. x

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  22. I adore your 'outtake' shot - it's everything a family should be about, so natural and full of fun! I'd be framing that one in a shot! Hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday

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    1. Yes, I think that little accidental photo may well end up in a frame, it so happy. x

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  23. Such gorgeous photos! Hope you had a lovely anniversary! #meandmine

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    1. Thank you. And we had some lovely family time away to celebrate. x

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  24. The last one is my fave too but I do love all of them. So nice to be able to get out and about in the sunshine isn't it? x

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  25. Thank you for hosting! Happy Anniversary to you guys! your photos are always so lovely!

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  26. Great sunny, happy pictures. Can't help but smile and see how much fun you're having, particularly with the last one! Thanks for hosting.

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  27. Lovely photos Lucy - I can't believe how big Ashlyn is getting, it doesn't seem two minutes since she was born! And what is it with babies and remote controls - Gabe loves them too!

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  28. Gorgeous pics! Sometimes the ones we think are imperfect are often the best ones x

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  29. These are such beautiful photos Lucy! You have the most gorgeous family, I hope you had a lovely anniversary xx

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  30. Happy anniversary lovely, we were 7 years on the 1st! Lovely summery photos too, I love a good outtake xx

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  31. Looks like you've been had fun taking these. #meandmineproject

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  32. That last photo is lovely, a true family capture.

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  33. Goooorgeous photos of your family as always Lucy! Hope you had a very happy anniversary too! xo #meandmine

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