I realised recently both looking around our home and sat reading some favourite blogs, that we have very few pictures of us all together, and that made me rather sad. I capture the kids, I write our adventures, my emotions and our stories, but we are rarely featured all together as a family unit, and this gap in my blog desperately needs filling! It needs to be a place to capture our ever changing family as a whole and not just as individuals. I want to look back on these times and preserve not just images of my children or either of us with them (though they are very special to me too) but of us all, our little family. I want to see how we looked together at these milestones and moments and for them to see our presence in their lives. I want to remember how we pulled together and supported each other in every endeavour and adventure, the fun we had TOGETHER behind that image and the unity we created in the process. The me and mine project is all about that and I am excited to finally be joining in and sharing our family updates and pics each month!
We are stood on the verge now of some major changes in our family, and as I think of how differently things are going to be and look for us over the next few months, with Nathans Uni years finally ending, a new baby in July and big school for Megs later in the year, I want to really focus regularly on our family as a whole and capture more moments with us all in it together. So before any more changes in life I am determined to capture our family more as a whole, and we began the other night when we enjoyed a long awaited family trip to the circus. The picture isn’t as clear as our selfies earlier in the evening, but I look at these pics and remember how we felt excitement and that it was so nice to be together as a 4 and enjoy time as a family with no deadlines and stresses hanging over us. The kids adored it from start to finish and we loved having just a few hours to be together, laugh, and be in awe of incredible talents…we simply loved it!
April has been a hard month and I am rather pleased it is over – Nath has spent most of it, inside, at his desk attempting to write his 12,000 word dissertation on high speed rail, Yeah not exactly my idea of fun yet a necessary step towards our future, and I am super proud of the commitment and endurance he has displayed, and of course the relief it has been to have that one in the past! With those few weeks of all of that I admit I did struggled some days to not pester him, to not have him on hand with life and parenting, and to not have his attention and company as much as I would have liked. I know that my role in supporting and temporarily sacrificing these things though have been vital in helping and supporting him, but for the record being an emotional, exhausted pregnant women at times have made it extremely tough to accomplish this! Its been nice to have ended the month talking more, seeing each other more and having evenings to hang out and watch suits!
When I think of Megan in April 2016 I think of how she asks daily if its her 4th birthday yet? Its about 6 weeks away now but obviously a day she is super excited for where every aspect is being planned and where she hopes she can still stay 3 after her party!?
For Ethan this month saw him embark on his 1st school trip to the farm. I wished I could bottle up the excitement and joy he portrayed both leading up to it and returning home that day.. it was lovely and certainly a memorable moment for a 5 year old! Together they are utterly excited for each day closer to another baby sister (we all are) and one they get to grow up with, adore and cuddle daily.
Life really is changing for all of us so quickly and I hope that May will bring some joyful news of a job and therefore more knowledge of what the future looks like, and finally a little sun would be nice too to enjoy some lovely days out as a family 🙂