Me and Mine…A Family Project January 2017

Me and Mine…A Family Project January 2017

January has been a strange month, on one hand it feels like Christmas was ages ago, but on the other hand the weeks seem to have gone quickly. One thing I do know, it’s been really cold. Like bitter cold and I pleased that we are getting another step close to the warmer weather.

It has been a month of a few milestones for Holly, with her starting preschool. She is only going one morning a week, but she absolutely loves it and skips in every time. I really miss her and I can’t believe my baby is at preschool. I’m getting into a routine of having a couple of hours to myself, something that hasn’t happened on a regular basis for nearly five years.

The other milestone was moving Holly from a cot to a bed. We waited until we moved house to make the transition and her new furniture arrived a couple of weeks ago. Which saw Andy and spending the day getting it all ready for her. Her first night in the new bed didn’t quite go to plan with her falling out of her cot as we were putting the finishing touches to her room. Yes, I know ironic really!

Anyway, when bedtime arrived she got into her bed and went straight to sleep. She looks so little in her big girl bed and I am still mourning the fact we no longer have a cot in our house.

January has been all about getting our house sorted and made into a home. I decorated Alice’s bedroom with fairy wall stickers and some new curtains. I’ve made a start on Holly’s room too and just a few more to put up. With every step we make, we feel more and more at home.

In fact since moving here I would say that as a family we are a lot happier. It wasn’t that we weren’t happy in our old house, we loved it and have lots of lovely memories there. But it also was a place that held a lot of times that I know that I would like to forget personally. The place were I lived with post natal depression behind closed doors.

I feel so much more calmer here and whilst the actual move was really stressful, I feel like I am coming out the other side of that. I’ve opened those doors and I know that I can get to a better place.

The girls are already so settled here and I love seeing them run around the house, laughing and joking together. Their bond growing day by day.

Whilst we were all excited about the move, I don’t think that Andy and I thought it would have such an impact of us, as it has. In a good way.

January you have been a good month for us and I am excited for what the rest of year will bring…

Because we’ve been really busy at the weekends doing things for the house or seeing my parents, as they jet off to Australia tomorrow for a whole month! I know how jealous am I and how much am I going to miss them. I left these photos right up to the last minute and took these when Alice got home from school.

The light was non-existent on a late January afternoon, but thankfully the girls were in a playful mood and happy to go along with it. As it turns out they are some of my favourite photos. You can see the different characters of my girls coming through in each one. I think my favourite thing is Andy being professional (or not daring to look away from the camera!!) and keeping his head forward, whilst the craziness unfolds.

So, for the first month of this brand new year, this is us. My beautiful, crazy family…


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  1. 31/01/2017 / 13:18

    Two of my favorites black and white photos and family seflies. So cute. What great snaps to kick start this project this year. Glad the house move has gone smoothly for you. Happy month ahead. #meandmineproject

  2. 31/01/2017 / 14:03

    Theres lots of house moves this year including for us. Glad its all gone well. Love your happy photos x

  3. 31/01/2017 / 15:14

    Great photos Laura. I think most people have mentioned the horrible cold weather this month, it’s taking it is toll! Hurry up spring! x

  4. 31/01/2017 / 19:13

    Love the photos Laura! I so hope you’re not wasting those couple of hours you get to yourself when Holly is at pre-school. Toby goes for 2.5 days a week and he absolutely loves it, he asks to go every day.

    I love making our house a home but we’re now looking at moving so we’ve stopped spending so much money on decorating and things! Glad you’ve had a fab January, hope you have an even better Feb! I can’t wait for some better weather either x

  5. 31/01/2017 / 20:56

    Glad the house move has gone okay and everyone is settling in well. We are planning on moving this summer and I feel the same as you about our current house, whilst it holds so many amazing memories it also holds memories of constant illness and PND and it will be nice to start afresh #meandmineproject

  6. 01/02/2017 / 14:02

    I love these – both your girls are just so cheeky! I’m so pleased the stress of the house move has paid off and you all feel so settled and happy. I feel you on the parents holiday front – mine are off to New Zealand at the end of March for 6 weeks – I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself! #meandmineproject

  7. 01/02/2017 / 19:26

    It really has been very cold hasn’t it.
    January has treated us kindly thankfully but I’m definitely looking forward to getting out and about a bit more over the next month!

  8. 03/02/2017 / 05:33

    I’m glad Holly has settled well at pre-school – and in her new bed! Double whammy and sounds like she’s dealing with it like a total pro. Glad you’re feeling settled in your new home xx #meandmineproject

  9. Oh your girls have so much character! Love the crazy shots – they look like they are having so much fun. I’m so glad that you are settling in so well into your new house and that the move has been such a positive one for you all. Glad to hear that Holly has settled in well at preschool too :- ) #meandmineproject