Yet again I type the inevitable words that I type every month 'Wow hasn't this month gone fast.' But just like all the months before it, October seems to have gone past in a complete blur and now we are heading into November with the realisation that the end of 2014 is fast approaching. That thought quite frankly scares me. I'm not ready to say that 2015 is the year my baby turns two. Or that my big girl is going to be going to school 'this year.' Time slow down a little bit please.
Whereas in September we had our family photos taken right at the start of the month, this month we have done our usual trick of leaving it till the last minute. It's been a busy month- bathroom renovations, weekends away, new kittens and bits and bobs contributing to some hectic times, as well as Mr E working a fair bit in the evenings due to a freelance contract.
So when we set off out to take our photos this past weekend, none of us were feeling very inspired. In fact it seemed like a bit of a chore to be honest, when normally I do enjoy going out on an adventure to take them. We headed into our local town as we needed to go and buy some bits from the supermarket, and on driving through I spotted one of the local parks had a pretty spot with some fallen leaves. We decided to set the tripod up there and take a few snaps, before continuing on with our quiet and chilled out weekend.
Except our usual set the tripod up and take a few snaps didn't exactly work well on this occasion. It seemed it wasn't just myself and Mr E who weren't particularly feeling inspired, in fact LL really wasn't up to capturing any family photos that particular afternoon. Every time I set up the self timer and ran back into shot (note to self- maybe after doing this for almost two years now you one day will buy another remote.) she kept running off and having a small strop when I tried to hold her in place.
I could have salvaged one semi decent photo from the bunch I am sure, maybe even two, and no one would have been any the wiser. But this blog, it's our memories and our memories of our October family portrait are of a grumpy youngest daughter (who was as happy as Larry once we put the camera away and she could run free to her hearts content) who just was having a little bit of diva moment.
It's our real life. And it's a very happy life to be living.
(Unless you are a 19 month old toddler whose parents insist on holding you when you just want to run in the mud and get your pretty shoes dirty. In which case real life sucks.)
It started off with promise...
Then it all started kicking off. There was tantrums and strange faces a plenty.
Mads engaging in a massive eye roll over the fuss her little sister was making.
Before deciding to partake in the grumpiness herself. Albeit bemused grumpiness.
LL decided to just not bother to join us in this particular shot. I love this one of us three but I am not looking at the camera as I am keeping an eye on LL legging it off across the park in search of someone to take her away from her embarrassing family.
I think both Mads and Mr E's faces in this quite clearly say it all. Time to pack up and go home. ;)
This month I am sending you to have a look at my lovely friend Lucy's gorgeous blog. She is a very busy lady who has just moved into her forever home so perhaps that may be featuring in her Me and Mine photos this month.
(Check out all my previous family photos here.)