February the shortest month of the year, has whizzed by in a blur of birthdays, fun and a whole lot of germs. We started off the month with a joint birthday party, followed by LL's actual birthday on the 11th. Since then we have had a fair few days out with friends, and some quiet weekends mixed in with the hecticness. It's been our first month of both girls being in nursery two long mornings a week, and as a family it has really been a positive step. I get more time to do freelance work, which means I have more time in the evenings to relax or do housework- meaning I am a better Mummy during the day.
Without looking back on the past too much, last February's photo is very special to me. It is the very first photo of us as a four. Whereas January was poignant for the fact it was the last photo of us as a three, February 2013 was even more sentimental due to the fact that it is the first photo of our complete little family.
The photo itself is rather horrendous. I look like, well I look like I have just had a baby. I have the telltale signs of a new mother- I look absolutely knackered and was hobbling around post c-section. LL was two weeks old in this photo and try getting a fourteen day old baby to look at the camera, it just isn't going to happen. But still even though we all look a little overwhelmed and shell shocked, I am so proud of this photo, and it sits in a little frame by my bed after Mr E brought me it as a Mother's Day present.
Fast forward a year and haven't things changed...
We still look knackered but have learnt to hide it well. And look how grown up my little ladies are.
This photo was taken in Cambridge on one of our quiet weekends. I am very lucky to have this beautiful place as the nearest city to us, and as such we often go on days out there at the weekend. I worked there for five years and now I no longer do, I really miss going there all the time. Every family has their little routines, structures and habits, and one of ours is to get up early, have a wander round the shops, go for a yummy cake, before having a play in the parks or walk by the river. Then it's time for a nice lunch out, before going home for an afternoon nap. I relish these quiet weekends with my little family.
Turns out getting a twelve month old and a three year old to look at the camera is almost as hard as getting a fourteen day old to look. Neither of my girls are looking at the camera this month, probably because the bridge was so busy and they were looking at all the people walking past. Still I love this photo as it is a really special place to us. Plus I love the light and the punters in the background. If you haven't been to Cambridge, then you should definitely pay a visit and go punting, it is so much fun. We are going to try and take Mads this summer as I think she will love it.
Bar the germs of which there have been many, February has been a pretty wonderful time. I am looking forward to seeing what March has in store of us, including a special birthday for me, and hopefully some slightly more Spring like weather.
Until next month....
This month I am sending you over to have a look at Becky's blog. It's full of gorgeous photography, and if you haven't checked it out, you most certainly won't be disappointed.
(You can check out all my other family photos here.)