the me + mine project {july 2018}

Rich is loving
* chocolate from the fridge. 
* cooking on the barbecue loads.
* a trip up north and catching up with old friends.
* shouting "Hey Siri" at the HomePod. 
* watching Marco Polo on Netflix.

Lucy is loving
* that school's out for summer!
* watching Dylan and Everly's performing arts festival.
* hearing Quinn sing songs from Trolls. 
* big smiles from her littlest man. 
* strawberry Pimms

Dylan is loving
* learning to swim properly. 
* singing "The Year Two Song" at performing arts day. 
* playing Lego Worlds on the Nintendo Switch. 
* finding out his SATs results.
* reading library books. 

Everly is loving
* playing on her scooter in the garden. 
* helping to look after Wylder. 
* painting stones.
* eating mini Magnum lollies. 
* performing in her jungle end of term show.

Quinn is loving
* watching, singing and dancing to Trolls. 
* having her hair done in bunches. 
* stroking the cats. 
* building Duplo castles.
* shopping and visiting the M&S Cafe with Mummy. 

Wylder is loving
* chilling in his bouncy chair. 
* lying on his play mat.
* stretching when his swaddle comes off in the morning. 
* kicking up and down the bath. 
* milky cuddles. 

I had such grand ideas in my head of how these photos would be. We took them on Wylder's first trip to the beach, to one of our favourite beaches, and definitely one of our happy places as a family. As a family we adore being by the sea (although Rich does like to have a little moan about sand when we get back to the car!!!) We've taken photos at these pastel beach huts every single summer since Dylan was small, and I was so excited to take our first photos there together as six. Sadly Wylder had other ideas. As did the weather. After weeks of scorching weather, it decided to blow an absolute gale; and while the kite surfers provided the older kids with lots entertainment, the littlest one decided he was having none of it about 5 photos into our little shoot. Oh well, there's always next year, hey?

Oh and incase that doesn't give you enough of a 'behind the scenes' insight into how it all went down. Quinn decided half way through that she needed a wee. Everly was dragging around a quite frankly enormous bit of wood like an overly enthusiastic puppy. And Rich said on more that one occasion that we were wearing too many colours between us, and that we looked like CBeebies presenters. Oh, and my dress was very blowy, and I had to keep a very careful hold of it to ensure I didn't give anyone an eyeful. Fun times! But I know I've said it before, those moments of challenge, laughter, tears and smiles, that go into getting these family photos each month, are part of the charm of it. 

I can't wait to see your lovely family portraits shared, so please do add your links below. And if you are sharing your photos on Instagram too then, please make sure you're following me and use #meandmineproject as I will be sharing some of my favourites.

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful


  1. What I love about the photos, is the story behind them and they will always be worth it! Beautiful photos of you all x

  2. I know what you mean about the dress! Mine have been doing that a lot too! I love photos like yours though, lots of realness! Happy holidays :)

  3. I love your family photos in front of the beach hut. I can imagine trying to get a good photo of the six of you is challenging enough without having to deal with windy weather and children suddenly needing a wee on top of it too! Thanks for hosting the #meandmineproject

  4. These photos are adorable - even though it's windy. I love the pastel hut x #MeAndMine.
    Rosie x

  5. I always love your photos in this spot. These are gorgeous, although poor Wylder! That last one is so sweet - those smiles :) It's been surprisingly windy lately hasn't it, and I bet even more so at the beach. I also got caught out with my dress blowing up at the weekend - mine was at our village funfair, so pretty embarrassing right there!

  6. I love your beach photos, I love that there is movement in them from the wind too!!!

  7. This sounds a lot like our experience too! Apart from ours was our big boy cutting his arm whilst wearing a white linen shirt! Ahhh. Love that we both share the same happy place :)

  8. I always love your beach photos by the huts. So colourful and perfect for you and yours. And I love the behind scenes touch! x

  9. The photos are still gorgeous despite the weather. Our idea of the July family photo was a lavender farm one and of course it was raining that weekend so we had to take one in the garden

  10. Oh I think these are lovely hunny it happens to us all. Baby boy had similar ideas for ours and a grumpy hubby too didnt come out the way i envisioned for our last family photos here in the family home. it was sad too so crying baby or not we took them. Love your colored hut snaps each year.

  11. Adorable photos! I had a bit of an issue getting my youngest to comply too - she cries so often ha ha! I managed to get like one or two where she looked not too grumpy :D

  12. I know what you mean about the idea in your head not being what you have to work with. There's usually an unknown surprise in there though that captures the moment all the more for the spontaneous choreography by a small one. So lovely to have that beach hut tradition.


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