ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} February 2016

ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} February 2016

This weekend we visited West Stow Anglo Saxon Village for no other reason than it’s right on our doorstep and we hadn’t been before. As it turns out, Jasmine isn’t that into reconstructions of Anglo Saxon huts (well, duh!) but she did enjoy the massive playground that was there and the oaty biscuits that they sold in the café.

I managed to grab a couple of photos of the three of us whilst we were there and I’ve since made the observation that: couples do eventually end up dressing the same. Embarrassing!

February has been a pretty good for us, it’s been a very chilled out month. I’ve taken a huge step back from blogging (this is my fourth and final post of the month) and I’m enjoying the free time I now have to do other things.

Umm, to be honest I never really know what else to write in these Me & Mine posts without it feeling a bit forced. I guess I’ll leave it at that.

See you in March!

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ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} January 2016

ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} January 2016

It was slim pickings for my Me & Mine photo this month. In fact, I only had 3 photos of us together to choose from. In one of them I had an eye shut (yes, just one eye?!) and the other was ruined by the glove I was using to prop up my camera on a tree trunk. BUT for the first time ever Jasmine was game and even looked at the camera when I asked her too!

I am, however, banning coats with furry hoods in any future family photos though.

I’m afraid I’m feeling a bit too miserable to write anything else right now. January Blues, I guess?

Roll on, February!

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The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}

The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}

I’m joining in with Clare’s (Maybush Studio) new ‘Home Life Photography Project’. As soon as I read this post detailing the project, I knew I wanted to take part. I’m always striving to try and take better photos and I personally find candid, every day family life the most interesting subject to photograph.

I must admit, sharing these photos makes me feel quite vulnerable. I’m inviting you into our home to see our cluttered corners, our messy hair (and in my case, make-up-less face), our scruffy clothes and many other less than flattering aspects of our home life! You know, the bits we normally try to hide. ;)

Date photos were taken: Sunday 3rd January 2016

Camera used: Canon G7X

Filters used: VSCO Cam 01

This Sunday was about as ordinary as it gets for us. The last day of the weekend is usually dedicated to ‘chores’ – cleaning out the guinea pig cage, dusting and vacuuming throughout the whole house, meal planning for the week ahead – that kind of stuff. All pretty mundane.

There’s a bit of repetition in this collection because I couldn’t decide between a few of the similar photos. Hopefully with your feedback, I’ll get better at the selection process!

The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}

The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}
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The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}
The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}
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The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}
The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}

The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}

Initially, I didn’t intend for these photographs to be in black and white. But after playing around with the first few shots and realising a B&W filter masks the bad lighting (it was hideously grey day), I stuck with it.

Which photo is your favourite?

Please leave any constructive criticism in the comments. As I mentioned earlier, I am trying to improve my photography so I really appreciate your feedback.

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ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} December 2015

ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} December 2015

Once again we’ve only just managed to sneak in our Me & Mine family portrait before the end of the month – taking it today, on the 31st of December! To be fair, I did ask my brother-in-law to take some photos of us on Boxing Day but they were awful. I looked like I’d eaten too much Christmas pudding (I have) and Jasmine looked grumpy (she was).

Today felt a bit of an odd day for me. I’d been dreading this particular date for a few weeks because at 11.20am this morning, I should’ve been laying on a hospital bed looking at a tiny, wriggly person on an ultrasound screen. A sibling for my daughter. A fourth member of our family. But it wasn’t to be. It’s still something I’m dealing with every day and these ‘would’ve/should’ve been’ milestones are especially tough.

In order to ‘keep busy’ this morning, we visited a local farm. I took the opportunity to grab some last minute family snaps. It’s not clear from the photos but we’re actually sat upon a big, red tractor.

Oh and Jasmine’s still going through the sticking out her tongue thing.

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Wishing a Happy New Year to you and yours… from Me & Mine! :) xxxx

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Winter Gardening {Living Arrows #20}

Winter Gardening {Living Arrows #20}

I can’t quite get over how mild this winter has been so far – my hat, gloves and scarf have all been pretty redundant! But as far as I’m concerned, it can stay like this for a little longer. It’s meant that we’ve been able to get outside a lot more than we normally would in December. On Wednesday, the weather was gloriously mild and sunny but I didn’t fancy the battle of wills that happens between Jasmine and I  every time we go to the park. It goes a bit like this:

Me: “Jasmine it’s time to go home now.”

Jasmine: “NO!”

Me: “Let’s go home and have some lunch.”

Jasmine: “NO!”

and that goes on for a while until I have to drag her, kicking and screaming, out of the park.

Don’t you just love it when they learn the “N” word. o_O

I decided we’d venture out into our (rather neglected) back garden instead and it was actually really lovely.

We spent some time digging in the Vegtrug, re-arranging the gnomes and sweeping the decking. It made me realise how much Jasmine enjoys doing ‘jobs’ around the home, she thrives on those kind of activities. It also made me excited for Spring when she’ll be able to be a bit more involved with growing fruits and veggies.

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

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