Me and Mine

Me and Mine – A Family Portrait for May 2017

Sam, Flo and Jules on the balcony

Sam, Flo and Jules on the balcony

You may or may not have noticed I’ve had a bit of a break on my blog, my writing has slowed and I’ve probably posted a little less on social media too. I seem to have had such a busy month that time spent on my blog posts has not been there and so I’m now finding myself a bit behind with updates. I’m sure no one else is counting but I suppose I like to post at least once a week so feel a little out of sync when I don’t manage it!

I’ve been posting these monthly family updates for a couple of years now so I really don’t want to miss one; I find they form such a nice little family history book, especially in our case where we started out with four and now are just a trio. I’d recommend anyone to try taking a monthly photo, blog or no blog, it’s a great way to make sure you have a way of looking back at your family growing up and also photos with you the parent in as well. I can’t say I have loved every monthly photo I have posted; sometimes it has been very last minute and my hair, make up and clothes have not been picture perfect and we may not have all been smiling. But regardless of this we have our online photo album and these snapshots to jog our memories.

Anyway, I’m here now and have an extravaganza of family photos this month, some of which will be kept for future posts about our brilliant family holiday in Rhodes. Earlier this year I was picked to be one of six ambassadors for the holiday company Mark Warner (yay!) and last week we went to their Levante Beach Resort where we had a busy, sun and fun-filled family holiday which I know we will all remember for a long time. It was the first time I’d taken the kids abroad on my own and on that subject alone I could write a book! Solo parenting as it’s cringingly called (often by people who are only ‘solo’ for a day or two at a time) has it’s ups and downs and it definitely has its stresses! I feel like there is too much to write about to include in this post but I’ll be back with the full details later in the week.

Me and Mine in Rhodes May 17

I feel a stronger, better mama for spending that time with my children and showing them that our family can still do things that families with dads do. We’ve had lots of hugs, lots of laughter and lots of new experiences this past week and for that I am so grateful. I feel like I’m constantly changing and growing and working out how to do this crazy two-people-in-one thing!

Now May is at an end it feels like no time at all until the school summer holidays and the coming months seem to be mapped out and getting booked up with more cool stuff. We will go and visit friends for a week in Devon, camp for the first time hopefully before we camp again at the Just So Festival, celebrate Flo turning four and prepare for her transition to school. I can’t believe I’m writing that, my little baby going to school! I can’t say she’s not ready. She’s a bubbly, confident little thing who constantly attracts comments of “she’s full of it,” or “isn’t she lively?!” School will suit this little one, I know it will.

So this was our little family in May, and the end of a second year of Me and Mine posts.

I wonder what the next year will bring?

x Julia

Click here to read last month’s post, and here for Our Year in Family Portraits, from the year we began in May 2015.

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 and Our Life As We See It – where you take a photograph a month of your family all together.

The Me and Mine Project

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    Notmyyearoff
    June 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I hope you had an amazing time on hours and I loved watching all your insta stories! I cannot believe Flo is starting school but they really do flourish don’t they and she does sound ready from what you say. Xx
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    Lizzy
    June 12, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Such a beautiful post Julia. I’m so happy to know that you enjoyed your holiday. I too am a “solo” parent but because of divorce- my children haven’t see their father in over two years and he has no input. It is of course a very different set of circumstances to your own, but it IS hard taking children away alone but so much fun. My two are now 16 and 14 and I first took them on my own two years ago and we had the best time. Like you we are an awesome threesome! Your writing is so beautiful and poignant and I am astounded at your strength and determination to carry on. I’m sure your late husband must be bursting with pride. You’re wonderful xxxx

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