ME AND MINE: A FAMILY PROJECT 2017: JULY

Some of my most favourite photos I have ever taken have been taken in the lavender. There’s something about those beautiful purple flowers, they make the perfect backdrop. It has become a family tradition of sorts, we go every year. Inevitably the idea is met with a couple of groans nowadays from the girls (and Jon) as they turn their noses up at the idea of going out somewhere specifically only to take photos. However every ymear they seem to get there and forget about their groans, we end up having a nice time, and I always am thrilled with the results. This year was no exception.

My all time favourite set of family photos was taken in the lavender back in 2015. We had the field to ourselves, the flowers were at that ultimate best, and it was just one of those days full of happy memories. But of course I can’t really have that as my all time favourite set now we have a little man in our lives, so this year I went armed with the tripod ready to take some more family photos of us. Last year we left it too late and the lavender had gone a not so attractive semi brown type of colour so we didn’t bother with family shots, so I was pinning my hopes on getting some nice photos this time. I love the ones we took first and then at the end we tried for a few family shots.

I absolutely love them. It’s so hard to get all of us looking at the camera, our baby boy just literally tends to look anywhere but, but even though we might not all be smiling, we have managed to get all five of us looking in these. I call that a photo taking win. Mads and Lottie love to press the self timer and then run back into the shot, so although it sometimes means it catches us blurry or mid trying to get into the frame, it also means that their smiles are usually genuine and it also makes for happy memories.

The first week of the school holidays is already over here and so far it’s going great. I must admit I was a little nervous about the thought of having all three of them off for six weeks, while trying to juggle work and just general life. Last summer for the first couple of weeks Mads was really quite hard work and a little naughty, we wondered at the time whether she was just exhausted from the end of her first year of reception. But touch wood so far it’s been really lovely, of course they all have their moments, but for the most part they are all being a pleasure to be around. I am loving having all three of them home and if it carries on this way I know I will be really sad when I have not one, but two of them at school. We have a quiet summer planned, bar a week in France on holiday which we are all so excited about.

I hope it is a summer of making happy memories.

As usual don’t forget to go and check out what LucyLucyAlexFritha,  Charlotte. and Jenny’s families have been up to this month.

 

Our lavender photos-

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17 Comments

  • I love these Katie, you did well to get all 3 looking at the camera! In a weird way I’m so pleased to hear that Mads was difficult at the start of the holidays last year from exhaustion, because I’m in that place right now. Alice has just finished reception and just isn’t herself, I hope it is exhaustion and we have a normal lovely girl back soon x

  • Carie says:

    They’re gorgeous shots of all five of you and I’m wildly impressed that you got everyone looking at the camera. Did they all sleep beautifully after so much time in the lavender?!

  • I love your lavender pictures. They are always so lovely and i love that you go back each year! x

  • Gah I love these photos! I’m hoping to visit the lavender soon, we’ve never been before x

  • Love these photos Katie. We went to Hitchin yesterday, and although I love the photo’s it was so busy we struggled to get photos without lots of people in the background. xx

  • They are such cute pics, I especially like the last one! I need a lavender field in my life 🙂 x

  • Lovely photos and I am glad the holidays are treating you well so far x

  • Alex Gladwin says:

    These are lovely Katie. We aren’t too far from the lavender field, but we haven’t found the time to get around to going yet, I hope we do. Hope you all have a wonderful August. xx

  • I always love your lavender photos- they’re so vivid and happy. Enjoy the summer in your lovely new home. Where about are you going to in France? I was meant to be going with just the boys to see my mum over there but was too scared to attempt it on my own! x

  • Gorgeous photos and oh the faces she is pulling! 😀 I’ve decided to start a yearly lavender fields tradition too – they do make for stunning photographs 🙂

  • Fab pictures against the backdrop of purple. Would love to get some pics in a lavendar field, maybe next year! #meandmineproject

  • Sherry says:

    I fear I missed out on the Lavender pictures this year as we’ve been away so much. I remember seeing your brown ones last year and wondering if you’d catch them this year – they’re gorgeous photos Katie xx

  • Jenny says:

    Oh I have always wanted to go to the lavendar fields. I have never been but they have to be my favorite backdrops that I have ever seen. Your photos each year in them are stunning as ever. It’s great to see little man so grown up in these too. Sounds like you make the most of your photo trips there with the kids and the self timer. Love it. Someday I will make the trek down to them before we go to america. I love them far beyond the rapeseed fields, and bluebell forests. Sounds like you are having a great summer babes. #meandmineproject

  • Mary Smith says:

    Such lovely family pics. Its so nice to see your lavender pics year in year out and how you are all growing and changing… I used to not be into lavender but not I think its so lovely and the perfect backdrop for a pic or 20! I may have to give it a go one year x #meandmineproject

  • Jessica Anne says:

    Such beautiful photos. Was so lovely to be able to go back and see the lovely pictures of your family, especially your little ones, and how they have grown. The purple really is amazing! We will have to try this.

  • Oh these are so, so lovely! I am gutted we don’t have a local lavender field, I would have loved to join in with this tradition xx

  • Sarah says:

    Such lovely pictures as always Katie – and I love that your lavender field pictures are now a family tradition. #MeAndMineProject

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