Me and Mine

Me and Mine – a portrait for September 2016

Me and Mine in September 2016

Me and Mine in September 2016

I won’t be the only one saying this, but how on earth did it get to the end of September already? I still feel like the summer holidays have only just ended and school has just begun, when in reality it’s been nearly a month and we are well and truly into autumn.

We’re in those few weeks where it doesn’t quite feel right wearing a winter coat, but you can’t get away with bare legs and Birkenstocks anymore either. It’s like a season confusion, and I almost wish it would hurry up and cool down a little so I can finally pack away my summer clothes and try and find my winter ones.

It’s two months since we moved house now and I still feel like I could just do with a solid week working on unpacking the final bits, organising our stuff and making sure I know where things are. I’m constantly thinking yeah, I know I have that handbag/jacket/piece of paper with a phone number on, but I have absolutely no idea where it is! Frustrating when it happens as you’re packing to go away, like it did when I went to London and Brighton the other week and couldn’t find a bag to match my dress. First world problems, eh?

Flo and Jules in September 2016

Flo in September 2016

I seem to have been so busy this month my blog has taken a bit of a back seat. I have loads of ideas for posts going round in my head but just no time to sit down and write them, or to take the photographs I want in daylight. I work part-time and usually try to fit some writing in on my days off or in the evenings, but the past few weeks that just hasn’t happened. The kids have been going to bed a bit later, mainly down to Flo developing some terrible threenager bedtime-swerving behaviour. By the time I’ve dealt with that, time or inspiration to write is pretty thin on the ground. Inspiration has struck usually when I’m walking to work, taking the kids out somewhere or driving, not at any time when I can manage to write anything down.

Hopefully October will be more fruitful – I seem to have a lot of things booked in already like birthday parties, a little gin tasting session, a blog redesign – oh and half term and halloween, Sam’s absolute favourite day of the entire year.

I still feel like I’m in a massive period of adjustment, and some days I wonder if I will ever really feel settled again. I miss Roger so much and really feel the gap in our family without him here. Being the only adult in the house can take its toll, having to go it alone all the time is lonely and I say this despite having so much of my time filled with distractions from that loneliness.

You can probably tell, I’m not really a miserable person and day to day my smile is pasted on just like it always has been. I do feel genuine happiness at times but you know, it is a different sort of happy. As I say, it’s adjustment and I’m sure I could write a book on how it feels, if only I had time!

Sam catching a falling leaf

Our family photos this month were taken at Harlow Carr in Harrogate last weekend. Despite me forgetting to put my memory card in my Nikon camera I managed to get a few nice shots on my phone, or my friend Sarah did!

One of the highlights of the day was trying to catch a falling leaf, something Sam has been obsessed with doing ever since he read about it in his National Trust booklet, Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4. Have you ever tried to do it? It sounds easy, but even when you see loads fall down in the breeze it is ridiculously hard to catch one! We got some funny looks dive-bombing the autumn leaves and shouting directions to one another as we went, while Flo and her little friend Rosie stood next to some smaller trees, trying to shake the leaves off so they could just pick them up. Nice try, girls!

That was Me and Mine in September.

x Julia

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.

Sam climbing a tree

Me and Mine Harlow Carr

The Me and Mine Project

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    Dickie
    September 30, 2016 at 7:12 am

    We are two months into our new home too Jules.
    Where on earth did September go? I know the feeling.
    Don’t worry re unpacking boxes. We have at least TEN still unopened!
    And yes when it comes to find that crucial piece of clothing you can never find it!
    Vital bits of admin like passports seen to find terrific hiding places too.
    Great blog.
    Right, I’m off to catch a falling leaf.

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    Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    September 30, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I thought leaf catching would be an easy one for my girls to tick off when they were little and you’re right, it’s fiendishly difficult! I’m glad you have plenty of happy in among the sad, even if a different kind of happy – I guess that’s what’s truly meant by saying something is ‘life changing’, all your reference points shift and neither the happy nor the sad is quite where you left it.
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    Laura @ Little Ladies Big World
    September 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    That last photo is gorgeous. I feel you on the blog front, by the time I have done bedtime and school planning I have all these ideas and no actual time. It sounds like you are doing a great job though and it must be such a difficult transition aswell as missing having Roger around. xx
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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    October 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Julia!! How tall is Sam?! Oh my goodness, he has grown so much recently. You’ve got such cute kids!! I really can’t imagine how hard is must have been to orchestrate such a huge move without Roger by your side. You’ve done so incredibly well and continue to be so amazing. Hopefully, I’ll get to see you soon xx

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    RachelSwirl
    October 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    You are doing so well and these photos are stunning. You are such an amazing lady, welcome to October darling x
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    Mary Smith
    October 4, 2016 at 5:41 am

    I love Harlow carr and your pics are really lovely! I hope you find that time you need to do all of those important things, itll be one more thing off your mind as I imagine leading up to Christmas you will feel Rogers absence more…you are doing well to be positive and putting on your smile, but take a rest when you need it. Life now is hugely different to before and I hope things keep getting better and more manageable for you all and that you feel him close when you need it.
    And yes the weather needs to make its mind up!! x

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    jenny
    October 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I love these…. so much fun and adventure being had by all of you. Smiles are in full bloom here too. Lovely photos this month babes. #meandmineproject

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