Me and Mine: A Family Project 2016: December

And just like that Christmas and indeed December is over for another year. As usual in this house it was crazy and hectic, but fun all the same, and I now can’t believe that 2017 is nearly upon us. 2016 has been such an incredible year for our family, with of course it all being centered around the arrival of our baby boy in April. I look back on photos of us last christmas or at the beginning of the year and I find it surreal to see four people in the image. I now couldn’t imagine life without him and he has slotted in like he has never not been here.

The last couple of months of this year have been rather hectic here. I have struggled with a work/life balance and a lack of routine from our little boy. It has meant that the things I enjoy on my blog, like taking photos just for the fun of it, or writing posts I enjoy have taken a bit of a back seat. I even missed my first ever Me and Mine in four years in November, although I am going to cheat and say that a photo I took in November of us all can count towards it. Technically therefore I haven’t missed a family photo. I am looking forward to getting some more routine in our lives for 2017, so I can get back to enjoying my blog and taking lots more photos.

I left our December photo till the last minute again, I wanted to take a few by the tree on christmas morning, but to be honest when the time came it all just felt a little too much like an effort. Christmas was a busy, chaotic and hectic affair and as such I didn’t really take a single photo over the festive period, bar a couple with my iPhone- that is totally unlike me!

As we speak we are currently on a rather exciting adventure. We are high up in the mountains, in the beautiful French resort of Les Gets, having our first ever family ski holiday with Ski Famille. We only arrived yesterday after a 4am start but we have already settled into our chalet and we are so excited to experience this trip. We have never done anything like this before, from the chalet style of holiday, living in a chalet with hosts, a chef and four other families, to actually skiing itself, and I am besides myself with excitement about being here. The Alps are currently going through a bit of a snow drought, but there are a few runs open and more than enough to walk about and enjoy it. It’s lovely and cold, but the sun is also shining and I can’t wait to go for long walks in the mountains, it’s been less than 24 hours and I already feel so incredibly relaxed- more relaxed than I have felt in a long time.

We took these photos quickly yesterday. We were having a walk around Les Gets and having a look at one of the lower slopes, and the light was going so we quickly snapped these on my phone. We even got a passer by to take a photo which never happens as normally I like to do it with my tripod. They aren’t the best but they will be so lovely to look back on in years to come.

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And just like that there is another 12 months of family photos. I still am so thankful for this project and the fact that I have so many photos of us documented over time. I can’t wait to see what happens to our little family in 2017, I’m not sure that it will top 2016 but I am determined to give it a good go!

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PS Don’t forget to go and check out what LucyLucyAlexFritha and Jenny’s families have been up to this month. And wishing you all the happiest of new years.


  • Carie says:

    It looks amazing! Even that much snow is more than we’ve had at home and Les Gets is in such a pretty part of the world you can’t not have a lovely time 🙂

  • It seems so strange to see the photos at the start of the year with no baby boy. I just picture you now as a family of five. Have the most amazing time. I’ve never been skiing and look forward to hearing all about it. Happy New Year to you all x

  • I was exactly the same with Christmas this year. After vlogging all month we just totally immersed ourselves in the day, and I only got a few iPhone photos. You’ve captured some gorgeous pictures this year though, and what a wonderful way to end it with your trip! Happy New Year xx

  • Beautiful photos. I have felt he same the last few months and haven’t taken hardly any photos or blogged, not even on Christmas Day, and I so miss it so 2017 I want to change that and make it work. Have a fab time and I hope you manage to find that elusive balance early in the new year xx

  • Alex Gladwin says:

    Beautiful photos, every single one of them form throughout the year. Isn’t this project just the best? There isn’t a better photo then a family photo with everyone in. I hope you have a wonderful adventure, I’m looking forward to hearing about it as I have always told myself that skiing would be something that I wouldn’t enjoy without really knowing much about it. xx

  • Donna says:

    These photos made me quite emotional Katie. Seeing your family go from four to five this year and watching Wren grow and seem like he has always been there – it’s been so, so lovely. Thanks for a year of beautiful posts, gorgeous photos, bright colours and happiness. Lots of love and a Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family x

  • Balance is definitely something I’m going to strive for in 2017, especially now being a family of six and the dynamics forever changing. 2016 was a big year for us both with our new little ones and my aren’t we lucky? Lovely photos as always, and I hope you have fun Skiing, i’d love to go again with the kids this time! Happy New Year, and maybe see you again soon! ps… can you believe our littlest ones will be ONE in a matter of months????? SCARY!!! xx

  • Jenny says:

    I love these photos so many beautiful memories made this year. That’s why I love this project so very much too. The end of the year to see the whole family each month all together is fab. I really enjoyed putting all our photos together again and seeing how much the kids and we have changed as a family. More so your family with a new addition. That must just be so amazing to see. It feels like he has always been apart of your family now. Enjoy your ski holiday sounds absolutely amazing. I have never been skiing before I would love to one day. Happy New Year beautiful to you and your lovely family. #meandmineproject

  • Stephanie says:

    Beautiful photos as usual, I think your snow pics are great and a perfect place to take them for Decembers picture.

  • Absolutely stunning year of photographs! I hope you’re all enjoying your first ski holiday and look forward to reading more about that – I’ve always been a beach holiday person too. Hope 2017 is a great year for you and yours. Steph x #MeandMine

  • Gorgeous photos! I hope you’re having an amazing time. I had planned photos in our christmas jumpers by the tree but didn’t have time in the end so we just used a couple from Christmas Day instead, it’s been a hectic month! x

  • Happy new year chickie!!! I’ve been watching your skiing updates with interest!! We’ve got our Mark Warner ski trip this year and I’m dreading/looking forward to it, in equal measures!!! I think it will be like marmite — I’ll either love it or hate it!! So lovely to have reached another year of Me and Mine photos — it’s so nice to see them altogether at the end of the year isn’t it? All the very best for a stellar 2017, lots of love xxxxx #MeanddMine

  • Janine Dolan says:

    Gorgeous photography Katie. I love the brightness of all the photos. #meandmine

  • Mary Smith says:

    Glad you are having a relaxing time..its so important to have moments to chill and relax. Looks like you are all having a fab time, look forward to reading about it! It is mad to see pics without the new addition, I think they do fit in so well it weird to think of them not being around! Lovely pics and good luck with your new yrs goal to have more routine x

  • I’ve been seeing all of your skiing photos- looks amazing! I went skiing a looooong time ago and probably wouldn’t go again unless I could be the one sitting by the fire all day! What a year you’ve had, so lovely looking back through all of the photos. I hope 2017 is even better! xx #meandmineproject

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