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Me and Mine – A Portrait for March 2016

Me and Mine March

Me and Mine March

These monthly family portrait posts usually come around so quickly, I’m nearly always writing about how I can’t believe four weeks have passed already. This month seems to be different, and I’m not sure why as I don’t seem to have done that much but it seems forever since I was writing about what we got up to in February.

This month has been pretty mixed with some emotional highs and lows. It was the month that marked my first wedding anniversary without Roger, on what would have been our five-year milestone. I found that pretty tough to be honest, but as I’ve said before it’s the thought and the build-up to these special dates that I find hard, rather than the actual days. I think I must be planning in my head how awful I might feel, and then the stress of thinking about it leads to a major ‘pre-special-date’ wobble.

Luckily I avoided this wobble on my birthday, as I’d arranged to go out with my friends and there really is no better tonic (no gin pun intended there, promise!). I even managed to keep with birthday tradition and have a cup of tea in bed while opening my presents and cards, with Sam and Flo snuggled in too of course. Sam was delighted that my birthday happened and it meant only one thing – we were a step closer to his big day, coming up in a few weeks’ time.

Me and Mine March 2016

Me and Mine March 2016

As the nights get lighter and the sun gets a tiny bit warmer things are starting to feel like they are moving again after such a long and dark winter. We have now booked our summer holiday after being so lucky as to win a week in a villa with James Villas. I’m going with one of my my best friends and her son, and we finally decided on an amazing villa in the Algarve which has its own pool, pool table and table tennis set up – oh and a pretty little outdoor table for long shady lunches and evening sundowners. Do you reckon we’ll get any of those with three kids in the house? I can’t wait anyway and it certainly helps to have something to look forward to.

I guess I’ll have to curb the Easter chocolate addiction before then, something which is pretty hard at the moment as there are still four whole eggs sitting in the kitchen, just waiting to be broken into once Sam and Flo aren’t looking. Flo’s stash has been hit hard, as unfortunately for her, she is too young to notice and Sam would detect even the slightest missing crumb!

You need a bit of chocolate when you’re watching TV though, don’t you? I haven’t been watching much tele for months to be honest but in the past few weeks I’ve been trying to force myself to slow down a bit and chill out more. This has happily coincided with lots of good stuff being on like Happy Valley (ace ending), The Night Manager (even better), the Line of Duty (just beginning but such a good series) and the second season of Girls on DVD.

We will all be looking forward to April as not only is it the school holidays, but Sam will turn seven, we will take a few days away and make time for lots of meet-ups with friends and family. It also would have been Roger’s birthday in April, and I’m hoping we can mark it with happiness and reflection rather than too much sadness.

Thanks to Mum for taking the photos – even though they are a classic example of how many outtakes you need to get a half-decent shot with my kids! I think my favourite is the one where Sam’s covering his eyes and Flo looks like she’s asking what on earth is going on. You’d think they’d be used to mum demanding photos by now, wouldn’t you?

x Julia

Me and Mine March 2016

This post is linked up with the Me and Mine project – hosted by Dear Beautiful, Bump to Baby, Capture By Lucy, Let’s Talk Mommy, Mummy Daddy Me and Tigerlilly Quinn – where you take a photograph a month of your family all together.

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    Katy (What Katy Said)
    March 31, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Haha!! I love these Julia and you know, outtakes are always my favourite type of photo 🙂 #MeandMineProject xxx
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    March 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    They’re great photos – I’m a massive fan of outtakes, they always tell a lot more of the story behind the photos! And yay for sunshine and yay for planning for more sunshine – your holiday plans sound amazing! Here’s hoping that April passes with happiness when it’s needed most 🙂
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    sarah christie
    March 31, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Julia such gorgeous photos I love all of them, congratulations on the villa you so so deserve to win it and I can’t wait to read what you all get up too xxx
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    April 1, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Lovely photo’s Julia and what a threesome you are!! The weeks ARE flying by – April already??!! Wow. Have a lovely month xx 🙂
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    April 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Lovely you got to get out in the sunshine. Beautiful captures this month darling. Can’t believe how fast time is going by we are in April now. eek. 🙂 #meandmineproject
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    April 2, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Lovely photos Julia, well done on the James Villas holiday I’m sure it will be a wonderful break.
    Lorraine x
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    Mackenzie Glanville
    April 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    They are looking so much more grown up. I can’t believe Sam will be 7! My son will be 7 in September, where does it go? That’s great about you upcoming holiday, sounds fun!

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    April 3, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Ah Julia, what a lovely post. Your writing always takes me on emotional roller coasters. I am in utter awe of you, you are incredible, amazing, raw, real and just beautiful inside and out. Sending you the biggest squeeze. XX
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    April 4, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Ahh Julia the first anniversary of important dates is the hardest part- but like you say the actual day is always ok. You’re still standing and more importantly still smiling. These pictures are fun. Well done on James Villa xxx

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