So my idea of getting some lovely family images in the snow didn't go so well this morning. I have waited for a long time to have the opportunity to get a photograph of my two kids standing together. The youngest is now 19 months and only just getting steady enough on his feet. Safe to say my first attempt didn't quite achieve the results I was hoping for. I'm not sure exactly what the problem was, maybe it was the freezing temperatures or the biting wind or the fact he had so many layers on it was hard to move or it could have been the fact his had gloves on preventing him from sucking his thumb. Anyhow it wasn't long before we were all back inside!
So after spending most of the day inside waiting for the wind to drop, take 2 in the late afternoon went slightly better, I think he began to see the fun side of snow and on a plus side at no point was he made to walk or stand in the white stuff!
These two kids are my world, there is an age gap of exactly 4.5 years. My daughter tells me she loves her brother but she often tells me that she never wanted a baby! Sometimes she says that a girl baby might have been better! The reason she has 'issues' with the little man is not due to his gender it is due to his behaviour......you know crying, dribbling and filling his nappy - all the things that babies do.
I would love to be sat here telling you how amazing it is to see the bond between the two of the growing and how amazing it is to watch the love that my daughter has for her baby brother but that wouldn't be the truth.
What I can tell you is that when she thinks we are not watching I know she is keeping an eye out for him making sure he is ok and she'll play and talk with him, she also becomes very protective of him when we are around other people. On the other hand my son adores his big sister, his face lights up when she enters the room and he tracks her like no one else. Perhaps one day (hopefully sooner rather than later) when they are both bigger and they can play together she'll realise it's not so bad to have a younger brother.
For now though I am preparing myself for what I see as the next hurdle, he is getting closer to becoming mobile and once he is able to touch her toys I know there is going to be some major trouble ahead!
Wow I can't believe this is my first post of 2017!
Someone recently mentioned to me how they like reading my blog, I then realised that it had actually been quite a while since I had put together a blog post. It is hard enough to find time get out my 'big camera' leave alone putting together a blog post but spurred on by that conversation (and my son now having a fairly predictable nap in the mornings) I have managed to do one.
My little dude is now 8 months old and all of my time is spent looking after him, in between the daily school run of my daughter! This means that he has become my main muse especially over the last few months, now that he is doing more. So I have put together some of my favourites; they involve a fair amount of sleeping and thumb sucking. He is a happy contented boy, as long as he's been fed of course! He has amazing blue eyes and his own unique hair thing going on. Hopefully this collection of photo's show all of that and more.
Since my daughter was born (2012) I have always taken photographs of her around this time of year. At the moment I never seem to have any time to take photos but I was determined this year wasn't going to be any different. My little one is 4 months old so taking photographs of him outside caused me a couple of issues:
1) It was pretty cold
2) He isn't able to sit unaided.
The solution to the first problem was to find somewhere that looks like it's in the middle of nowhere with trees and leaves but in reality was very close to where we parked the car. We moved to Wiltshire in January last year and are now very lucky to live close to Savernake Forest so this seemed like the best choice of location.
The solution to problem 2 was to use his sister to hold him up. Perhaps harder than it sounds, I might have resorted to bribary. The whole shoot lasted no more than 10 minutes, so with that in mind I am very happy with the results, especially as I managed to get one of the four of us and we're all looking at the camera.
If you are having photos taken in Autumn it's a great idea to think a bit about what colours to wear, I think it really enhances the end result. I made sure we were all wearing complementing colours and patterns much to my husbands amusement.
2016 has been a big year for us as a family - new house, new baby and for our eldest child this month saw the start of a new school.......BIG school! As a parent I think I underestimated exactly what this meant for me. I knew it would mean spending less time with the person who has been my shadow for most of the last 4 and half years. I knew I'd miss her and I had prepared for that but what I hadn't really thought about was the new routine. Add into the mix a new born baby whose routine is all over the place and it's made for a pretty stressful first couple of weeks.
Saying goodbye to my little girl each morning whilst she held on tightly to my finger (or leg, or top) not wanting to let me go was pretty tough. Not to mention the bruises I gained on my legs from carrying her rather hefty baby brother in a car seat round to the classroom. However, I am pleased to say 2 weeks in and despite her being super tired and unusually hungry she is really loving school and I think its going to be alright.
These photo's were taken a couple of days before her first official day, she was so excited when we got her school uniform I had to hide it as she wanted to wear it all the time. As you can see the cardigan is massive even though it is the smallest size you can get, I guess it means it should last a while and her shoes in the photos are very shiny, suffice to say they don't look quite the same 2 weeks in :)
So as my not so little girl embarks on the start of her school journey, I adjust to early morning starts, ensuring homework has been done and try to stay onto top of the endless emails from the school. Then once the morning school run is done I get to spend time getting to know the newest member of the family - scary to think in 4 years time we get to do this all over again with her brother, although hopefully by then I might be better at it as I'll have had some practice.
On the Sunday the 17th of July I got a surprise birthday present - My son was born. He was a week over due and even though everyone joked I don't think anyone thought he'd actually decide to arrive on my birthday!
I mean what are the chances?
His dad describes him to everyone as a 'lovely little chap', and he really is. These photographs were taken when he was 7 days old, it's hard to believe he is 1 month old already, he has changed so much in the short time he has been born.
He has stolen the hearts of our whole family, particularly that of his big sister (although she's not too keen when he cries or getting too close to his dirty nappies).
For my 3 year old daughter a recent family trip to Disneyland Paris meant that her dreams really did come true. In her words everything was "magical". We filled our days with meeting some of the characters and princesses, our nights were filled with a late night show (sing-along-Frozen) and the firework display.
A lovely afternoon spent with my little girl among the magical sea of bluebells. She wanted to bring along her rabbit mask which caught the attention of many passers by and made them smile. When I decide to take my camera out with us I find it always goes better if there is a promise of cake at some point during our outing and this day was no different. I brought the cake for us to share, it was a big slice and I was lucky enough to be given a couple of mouthfuls. I am looking forward to spending more days like this with my daughter - we just need less rain and more sun!
In our house summer can't come soon enough, why?, because our darling 3 year old has decided that she no longer wants to wear trouser's, legging's or tight's!
Over the Christmas period she expressed that she preferred wearing dresses but was happy to wear them with tights or leggings. Then sometime around her third birthday (mid January) this changed and she is now adamant that she will not wear trousers (or in her words - towzers) in any way shape or form, this also includes pyjama bottoms.
I don't have an explanation for why this has happened, it's certainly not 'like mother, like daughter' as for me dresses are saved for 2 occasions - weddings and parties (but only the ones where they have a dress code).
Perhaps she'll be a fashion designer, this is the explanation many people put to me when I explain her interest in clothes, not wanting to wear trousers and her definite ideas about what she likes to wear. Perhaps she will be - however she also has a keen interest in Princesses too but somehow I think it is unlikely she be a Princess when's she older unless of course Prince George likes the older woman.
So whilst this 'phase' (crosses fingers) lasts my husband and I are trying to keep a sense of humour about the whole thing. The washing machine remains permanently on the go to accommodate for the 4 or so outfits she will wear (out of vast wardrobe which I might add I am jealous of) and then occasionally we do have to intervene if the outfit she picks out really isn't suitable (think floaty tunic top which she thinks is a dress, it would make for a very short dress even on a hot day!).
We did try taking her out with nothing on her legs in the vain hope she would get cold and want to put trousers on, unfortunately this didn't work; she said she was cold and her legs went a bit purple but she still insisted that she didn't want trousers on! So as we don't currently have warm enough weather to let her go outside as she would like to be dressed I have bought her some knee length socks, not something which is easy to purchase for a 3 year old. For some reason (thank goodness) she thinks they are great, I'm still not sure I would put them with her beloved purple boots. Did I mention purple is her favourite colour? (I'm surprised if I haven't as she mentions it to me at least 10 times everyday if not more) and that these are the only shoes/boots she will wear? Perhaps that's an idea for my next blog post :)
Anyhow it only seemed right for me to document her current fashion sense through my photography if only to show her when she's older. These photo's were taken on a cold day in February she wanted to help daddy hoover the inside of the cars, instead she spent most of her time doing a good impression of Makka Pakka collecting stones. I asked her to put on a hat to help keep her warm, It resulted in this rather funky looking outfit.
Daughter - never change, wear what you want and be who you want. We love you just the way you are x
Like most girls (and boys, so I hear) my daughter is a little bit in love with the Disney film Frozen. It only seemed right that this years Christmas card should be Frozen inspired. I took a few shots in November (whilst it was still fairly mild) and then used Photoshop to adjust the background to some of them to give them the Frozen feel. We had lots of fun and giggles - she's such an actress, she really got into character!
Merry Christmas to all reading this and thank you for visiting my blog.