Me and Mine A Family Project…April 2017

Me and Mine A Family Project…April 2017

We’ve had such a lovely month and that is mainly down to the fact that we had the Easter holidays and Andy was off on the second week with us too. He hasn’t had any holiday since Christmas and we all needed this family time together, just the four of us.

I find that we are just so much better as a family unit when we are together. We get to the spend the bits together and not just the rushed mornings before school and work or the witching hour after dinner and before bed. Yes, we have every weekend together, but there is swimming lessons, parties and all the jobs to do that don’t get done in the week.

We had some lovely family days out and some lovely days at home. With Alice at school now she actually asks to have time at home. She wants to be able to play with her toys, do some colouring and go out in the garden. And I love this!

I loved the relaxed mornings and when the girls come running in. Never together and always one of them far too early! But,  instead of rushing around, we could relax and just snuggle for a bit. Yes our days still have some structure to them, as kids get grumpy if they don’t have lunch at 12pm and Holly still has a nap at 1pm. Which lets be honest we all love, including Holly!

One of our days out was with my family on Easter Sunday, we planned to go to Highclere Castle for their Easter Egg hunt. We wanted to go last year, but it rained so hard that we couldn’t go. So, I was pleased to see we were going to have a dry day, well until about 4pm but we were home long before then.

I haven’t been to Highclere Castle for over ten years and the last time I went it was in the dark for a ball and it was outside in a large marquee, so I only got to see it lit up at night. Don’t get me wrong it was beautiful to see, but I longed to view the grounds too.

The Easter egg trail was perfect for this and took us all through their beautiful grounds. It’s hard to believe that this is someone’s home. But, it’s also the place that Peter Andre and Katie Price got married and now of course it is best known for the home of Downton Abbey.

I wasn’t disappointed it was stunning. Alice loved it and really wanted to go inside the castle, but sadly it was closed for the day. We made our way around the trail, Holly mainly on Andy’s shoulders and the girls were all given an Easter Egg at the end, a proper size one too!

As a family we meet up a lot, but one thing that we don’t have is a picture of all of us. The last photo which has most of us in, was after my niece was born, but before my girls were born. I knew how much my mum wanted to have a photo of us all, so I took my camera along in the hope we might just manage it.

Of course I forgot my tripod. So, we balanced my camera on our bags piled up high! Not only did we get a photo of all 9 of us, we are all pretty much looking at the camera…win win!!

Once we had the photo we wanted done, we let the girls run around and play. It always amazes me how much fun they can have in just open space. Of course they got the grown ups involved too and these are some of my favourite photos.

So, my me and mine photos this month are not just the four of us. But my extended family too and I love them!

 

 

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19 Comments

  1. 30/04/2017 / 07:42

    What gorgeous photos! And in such a lovely setting too! It must be so nice to have lots of family to spend days with and girls that are quite close in age to play together!

  2. 30/04/2017 / 08:07

    Such a fun set of photos! I’ve never visited Highclere, but it looks great. My Mum and my sister went a few years back and loved it, but they’re big Downton fans and I’ve never watched it (!). I completely understand about the family time together – our weekends are always spent with a bit of family time, but mainly chores, or visiting people, so we don’t tend to get the good time together. When you get a stretch of a week or so, it makes all the difference! #MeandMine

  3. 30/04/2017 / 14:39

    Thank goodness for the tripod, eh? If it wasn’t for that I would have no photos where I am in them too, although is that such a bad thing? 😉 The kids do love watching mum do the 10 second dash while the timer counts down and there is always at least one that isn’t looking at the camera/turns around/has their finger up their nose… what can you do, eh?

  4. 30/04/2017 / 15:30

    How lovely to have an extended family me and mine. Really nice to see everyone else’s posts too. How did you get the Linky to appear at the bottom of your post?

    • 30/04/2017 / 20:39

      You copy and paste the code into the html section of the page and it appears x

  5. 30/04/2017 / 15:57

    Oh what gorgeous photos of your whole family. This has made me realise that we never do this either, I will have to persuade my family to stand together for a photo next time we’re all together.
    Nat.x

  6. 30/04/2017 / 20:50

    Oh how lovely to have your extended family in these snaps too, it makes them extra special! I feel exactly the same about having Jack home – it’s just so much better isn’t it! xx

  7. 30/04/2017 / 20:50

    Oh how lovely to have your extended family in these snaps too, it makes them extra special! I feel exactly the same about having Jack home – it’s just so much better isn’t it! xx

  8. 30/04/2017 / 21:41

    Ahhh these photos are so lovely! I LOVE shots with all the family in, so special!! #MeandMine x

  9. 30/04/2017 / 21:52

    Ah how lovely to have everyone in the photos! And Highclere Castle looks beautiful x

  10. 02/05/2017 / 13:21

    Awww Laura, these are lovely! it’s so nice when you can get everyone in the photos! I’d love to visit Highclere Castle one day! xx

  11. 02/05/2017 / 13:21

    Awww Laura, these are lovely! it’s so nice when you can get everyone in the photos! I’d love to visit Highclere Castle one day! xx

  12. 02/05/2017 / 13:45

    Oh these are lovely Laura – love it when extended family get in on the action!!! #MeandMineProject xx

  13. 02/05/2017 / 15:13

    Aww, it looks like you had some really fabulous family time and how lovely to get a picture of your extended family too. #MeandMineProject

  14. What lovely photos of your extended family. Sounds like the Easter egg hunt was a lot of fun. The holidays are lovely aren’t they – it’s so nice to be back together again and to be more relaxed. Having quality family time together is so wonderful 🙂 #meandmineproject

  15. 04/05/2017 / 11:30

    What a lovely location to take such fab family photos.

  16. 06/05/2017 / 18:07

    Ahhh these are amazing. I love getting the extended family involved too. Makes me excited to see my extended family this summer. These are beautiful. #meandmineproject

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