Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project- July.
July has been and gone- I cannot believe how quickly it has whizzed by. We have had a busy one this month. We have been on a weekend away to the seaside, been to a donkey derby, had a day in a big paddling pool, and been on a day trip to Lincoln. Mads has had a day out with her Nana and Grandpa and I have been super busy with work.
The UK has actually had some sunshine for once and in fact most of July has been gloriously hot so we have been enjoying getting out and about as much as possible. I haven't taken as many photos this month as I normally do, as I have been too busy enjoying the weather myself. Plus I have had a week without my camera as it took a little tumble and needed to go back to the repair centre.
As such, and as usual, we have left our family portrait right until the last minute again. One of the month's I will actually plan ahead and get a photo ahead of time. I like the fact that we don't get other people to take them for us though, it is quite fun going off on an adventure each month.
This month's location for our photo is our local country park which actually holds quite a special place in my heart. It is literally a few minutes away from the hospital where I was born and where I gave birth to my girl's but when you are there you feel miles away.
We often visit for long walks by the river or lake, or through the woodland trails and there is a great adventure playground too. We often come for picnics, either with Mr E or with friends as well. I remember once going for a long walk with friends when Mads must have been about LL's age and she literally screamed the whole way round and nothing would settle her. Talk about disturbing the peace!
What I love best about the photos is the story behind them.
As mentioned above we left it until the last minute again this month. Therefore last Sunday around 5pm I made Mr E and the girls traipse out to take a photo. Mads had been with her Grandpa all day and hadn't had a nap so was very grumpy, Mr E has a poorly toe and has been told to rest it so he was grumpy, and myself and LL were grumpy because those two were grumpy so we weren't holding out much hope.
We parked the other side of the country park so we didn't have to walk far and lugged the tripod, girls and camera to the lake. We sat Mads and LL down on the blanket and gave Mads a biscuit bribe. She was grumpy and wasn't cooperating at all and I was beginning to think it was going to be a disaster.
My remote is broken, so I set the camera on the tripod and set the self timer for 15 seconds and kept running back and positioning myself in time. The sight of Mummy and her wobbly bits running made LL giggle so soon even grumpy Mads was watching what was going on. She decided she wanted to run back with Mummy so we both ran back and forth after pressing the button. Mads found this hysterical and soon wanted Pongo her cuddly dog to run too.
The sight of Mummy, Mads and Pongo the dog all running made LL smile and giggle even harder, and soon Mr E found it funny too. We ended up having a lovely time.
The photos aren't particularly great but I love them because we look happy.
And we are.
We are very happy. Even on the grumpy days.
This month I am encouraging you to go and check out Lucy's photo. Lucy needs no introduction. She was a blogging friend, who fast became a real life friend, who fast became one of my best friends. Go and check out her gorgeous little family.
And as always if you want to link up your family portrait then just join in below.