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Me & Mine: February

Thank goodness for longer sunnier days, they are definitely getting more frequent aren’t they? We are finally starting to get out and about, like bears coming out of hibernation after a long dark winter. As much as I always look forward to snuggling up on a winter’s night, I soon get bored of it all and long for the warmer months again. I guess that is one good thing about living in the UK, we get a variety of weather to suit different moods.

A part of my new year’s resolution was to spend more quality time together as a family. We haven’t really done that well over the last few weeks as we’ve been poorly or busy with other commitments, but this weekend we had nothing at all planned and simply enjoyed being together. We went to the park first thing on Saturday but it started to rain and we had to make a mad dash back home. I didn’t want to spend another day cooped up indoors though so we headed off on an adventure.

My mum had told me about an old watermill near us a while back, so we looked it up and drove off to find it. If you are in the Bedfordshire area then look up The Olde Watermill – it is so lovely. We had a yummy lunch (although mine ended up triggering a soya intolerance after 6 months of avoidance) and then we had an explore of the grounds. I had my camera with me of course, don’t think I go anywhere without it these days, so I grabbed the opportunity to take some photos of the 5 of us.

I need to remember to take different lenses with me as my big lens has to be a million miles away from the subject, which means the remote doesn’t reach! Cue me racing backwards and forwards for each of the shots by the door like a lunatic, gaining attention from people around us. One woman ended up asking us to take photos of her and her family – they must have thought we knew what we were doing ha!

I don’t know what it is, whether I am learning to relax or whether we are finally slotting into a groove, but this weekend I felt so relaxed and happy. The weekends with no plans are always my favourite, in fact the weekends when it is just us are my favourite actually. Not that I don’t love seeing friends and family but I just love being us, just the 5 of us.

We have a couple of weekends away planned for the next couple of months and I am so so excited to be able to truly focus on family time, with no external distractions getting in the way. We are off to Center Parcs at the end of March and then April’s break is a complete surprise to me – Mr F has booked it for a belated birthday getaway. I am not sure how I feel about not knowing, I will just have to trust that he has chosen somewhere I will enjoy…

For now though, March brings my birthday on Friday and hopefully more weekends like this one. The older I get the more I realise how precious time is and I want to make sure I treasure every last minute.

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura | Little Ladies Big World
    February 28, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Ah these are really lovely family captures, I have the same with the remote that doesn’t reach though and it drives me crazy – i have started taking my sister along with us though which is marginally better!

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      So annoying isn’t it? I am wondering if maybe the battery is running low as I’m sure it used to reach! x

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    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure
    February 28, 2017 at 11:37 am

    You all look so relaxed and happy here, lovely photos

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you Bex xx

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    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    February 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Sounds like a lovely weekend and what a beautiful location for your family photos this month. I can just imagine you have to run back and forth like a mad thing – it doesn’t show in the shots though! It is lovely to see the days lengthening again isn’t it? Happy birthday for Friday and hope you have a lovely day 🙂 #meandmineproject

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Haha I am so unfit, I was exhausted!! x

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    Emily and Indiaian
    February 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    The way you have described the end of winter is SO accurate, and the bear comment did make me giggle haha :). Such a gorgeous spot for photos – I LOVE the first one with the girls giggling together. I totally agree about unplanned weekends too xxx

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      haha we are totally bears right?

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    Emma Plus Three
    February 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Sounds like a lovely place, and great photos of you all. Sound like you have a fun couple of months coming up too x

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      We went again this weekend haha! x

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany
    February 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    What a lovely place for the photos, these are beautiful. I’m exactly the same I start of loving the cold nights to snuggle, but now I’m over it. March sounds fun, look forward to reading all about it x #meandmineproject

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      I am totally over it! Today is so sunny, I hope it sticks around x

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    Madeline (This Glorious Life)
    March 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Hope you have a fab birthday! I’m a bit jealous of the fact that you’ve had sunny days, it seems to have been wet and windy here for weeks on end! x

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Ah thank you, it rained on my birthday in the end but today is sunny so far! x

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    Sherry
    March 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I’m awful with birthday surprises, or any surprises for that matter – it sounds very intriguing though. These photos are lovely and I’m looking forward to Spring although I will miss our winter scenes #meandmineproject

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      I won’t be missing winter at all – am longing for warmth! x

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    Mini Travellers
    March 3, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Happy Birthday! I think my fave is the one with you all looking at W! xxx

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you Karen, yes I love that one too. xx

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    Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    March 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY lovely girl!!!!!!! These are fab pics — look at Wills — he is my fave age!!!! I LOVE babies when they’re so engaged and interesting — but they’re not quite on the move yet!! Perfect combo!! Exciting about your trip away — I love surprises 🙂 And exciting too about Center Parcs — we went in October last year and absolutely loved it. Hope you have a lovely day/evening today xxx

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      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you Caro, I had a really lovely day thank you. xxx

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    jenny
    March 5, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Happy birthday to you beautiful. Love the location of this months captures. Little man is growing up far too fast have a word with him pronto. Enjoy Center Parcs we went a few years ago I am dying to go back soon. Seems like everyone went for half term February. lol Hope you have a wonderful month ahead. #meandmineproject

    • Reply
      Katy
      March 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      I know Jenny – how is he 6 months now?? I am so excited for Center Parcs – can’t wait xx

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    Gemma
    March 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Katy your photos are always so lovely – your girls clearly adore each other, and its so amazing that you manage to capture it. Have an amazing time at Centre Parks – i’m sure you will get some lovely photos there – we are off to Legoland at the end of March and I can’t wait! xx

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