115 weeks and 4 days | Me and Mine {May}

May. What a mixed month, for me and mine.

The weather’s been better, we’ve all been better, plus there have been lots of lovely things going over the last thirty one days.

This month’s photos of the four of us were taken on the way to a friend’s house for supper. We saw a golden field and — as we were all nicely coordinating with it — decided to stop and take our family photo!!

They’re not the best pics ever. The light was poor and, as we only had my phone, the shots are a bit grainy plus being whisked out of the car to stand in a field of Rape flowers wasn’t on the twin’s agenda and — you can see by their faces — they were not at all impressed.

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We’ve given Dolly — our caravan — her first outing of the year and had a fabulous little camping weekend, in celebration of a couple of our dear friends turning yet another year older.

We’ve spent practically every weekend entertaining – or being entertained by — various friends or family.

There have been lots of days out; and some happy days spent at home too, just pottering about.

I even won a prize! I’d entered a blog post into a competition which asked ‘what does the word Home mean to you?’ and I’d designed a little printable to go with my entry. Unbelievably last week I had a tweet to say that I’d won!

But there’s also been sadness and a little bit of heartbreak.

My nana passed away a couple of weekends ago and we had the funeral last week, so that was very, very sad. She was the last of my grandparents and it just seems really weird — and so incredibly tragic — that an entire generation of our family has now gone.

It makes me really appreciate what I have and also — at this age — it makes me question my own mortality. Not a comfortable thought. It comes to us all eventually, doesn’t it, but we’re never fully prepared when we have to say goodbye to someone we love.

So as well as the pics of the four of us, I have included some other ‘me and mine’ photographs. Weirdly, they were taken exactly two years tomorrow. The Twinkles were just eleven weeks old and they were meeting their great grandmother — my nana — for the very first time.

These shots make me feel sad and happy. Happy that my boys actually got to meet one of their great-grandparents but very sad that they’ll never get to know her. She’ll just be a lady in a photograph who they won’t remember.

That said, I’ll remember her and — through my stories and my memories — hopefully they’ll feel like they knew her too.

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Meeting Bertie for the first time — named after her husband :)

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Such a special day (my nana looks tiny in these pics!)

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Me and Mine — the four of us with my nan and my own mummy

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My nana laughing — as I will always remember her

So just to re-cap for me and mine in May.

This month’s highs ~
• Taking Dolly out for our first camping weekend of the year.
• Winning a prize in a competition!
• Spending lovely weekends, mostly in the garden, with our nearest and dearest.
• Setting up my brand new homes blog hop with my lovely friend Jess!
• Seeing my cousins — and their children — last week at nan’s funeral.

This month’s lows ~
• Losing our lovely nana — the boys’ great grandmother.

Gone but never ever forgotten, may she rest in peace with her beloved husband; my grandad Bert.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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63 Comments

  1. 31st May 2015 / 8:55 pm

    You look lovely in the photo but I have to say your little boys do look just a tad peeved! I was just saying how my son especially hates having his photo taken, and if he does smile his eyes are usually looking the other way! I was so sorry to hear about your Nan, sending lots of love xxx

    • 31st May 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Haha! They were pretty fed up!! I think they were falling asleep when we decided to stop and take the picture — they look SO grumpy!
      But hey. Live and learn. Next month I need to be a little better prepared!! ;) xx

  2. 31st May 2015 / 10:00 pm

    I am writing this with tears in my eyes, so precious to have those photos of your nana. You look so happy sitting there next to her. So sorry you had a hard month, let’s hope June is a happier one for you all xxxx #MeandMine

    • 1st June 2015 / 10:06 am

      Aaah it is SO precious isn’t it? We’ve got some more too, when the boys were older, but the one of her meeting Bertie for the first time is so lovely. She kept saying ‘Little Bertram — your great grandad Bert would have been so happy to meet you.’ It made me cry!! I’d have given anything to introduce Bertie to his namesake. Happy that they both got to meet their great-grandmother though x

  3. 31st May 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Oh the boys do look wonderfully grumpy!! And I’m sorry to hear about your Nan – it must feel very strange to have lost the last of that generation.

    • 1st June 2015 / 10:07 am

      They were SO grumpy Carie. The grumpiest they’ve ever been in our monthly photo! And yes, awfully, awfully sad to have lost the last of a generation.

  4. 31st May 2015 / 10:42 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Caro but how amazing that she got to meet and know your boys. Those pictures in the rapeseed field are beautiful and so you! When I think of you, I see the colour yellow. #meandmine xx

    • 1st June 2015 / 10:09 am

      Thanks lovely. It is amazing. Some people don’t even get to meet their grandparents — let alone great-grandparents. I’m so grateful for these pictures; and my memories x

  5. Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy
    1st June 2015 / 8:47 pm

    These are lovely, so many family members and memories in one post. Gorgeous #meandmine

    • 1st June 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks so much Alexandra — they make me smile now, looking at them. So happy we live in an era where photographs can be taken and stored so easily x

  6. Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com)
    2nd June 2015 / 7:25 am

    I love the photo of your nana laughing, great memories. Congrats on winning too, well done lovely #Twinkly Tuesday

    • 2nd June 2015 / 11:00 am

      Thanks so much lovely — that’s my favourite too. I can *almost* hear her laugh! She was such a lovely lady. I’m so proud to call her my nan x

  7. 2nd June 2015 / 7:46 am

    What lovely photos. Sorry to read about the lose of you Nan. X

    • 2nd June 2015 / 11:05 am

      Thanks so much Lyn. It’s really sad but I’m so happy she’s with my grandad now x

  8. 2nd June 2015 / 7:48 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your nana – losing family is so distressing. What beautiful photos you have with her and treasured memories :) Mim x twinklytuesday

    • 2nd June 2015 / 11:06 am

      Thanks Mim — it’s awfully sad isn’t it? Even though she was a great age, losing her is pretty heart-wrenching xx

  9. 2nd June 2015 / 9:28 am

    What beautiful photos of you all with your nana. Precious memories #twinklytuesdays xx

    • 2nd June 2015 / 11:09 am

      Thanks so much Rachel — precious indeed. So happy I have them xx

  10. 2nd June 2015 / 9:39 am

    I had to laugh at the picture of the four of you – my kids pull the same faces for photos lol it can be so hard to get one with everyone smiling or at least not looking cross! That’s so nice that you have the photos of the boys with your nana. She looks so proud looking over at you and your son! #TwinklyTuesday x

    • 2nd June 2015 / 11:10 am

      Hilarious Becky!! There were really not happy to be having their photo taken that day!! Normally I can get at least one smile!! :) And yes — she was so proud to be meeting her late husband’s namesake x

  11. MOMM
    2nd June 2015 / 10:00 am

    Sorry to hear about your Nana, but those photographs are pure gold. I am sure your family will cherish those memories forever and ever. #twinkletuesday

  12. 2nd June 2015 / 11:37 am

    The photos on the yellow field is so stunning. Love the colors you wearing matches the field!

    Sorry for your lost. I lost a cousin last month as well and we it has been a month of mixed emotions. #twinklytuesdays

    • 2nd June 2015 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks so much Merlinda. It’;s awful isn’t it, to lose a family member — I’m so sorry to hear about your loss too xx

  13. 2nd June 2015 / 12:19 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your Nana, Caro, the photos of her with your boys are just beautiful – what lovely photos to look back on, especially the one where your Nana is laughing. The ones in the rapeseed field are also lovely even if the boys didn’t look too impressed! #twinklytuesday

    • 2nd June 2015 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks Louise. Yes — I’m so grateful to have pics of my nana with the boys. We’ve got some more recent ones too, but I love these ones of the first time they met xx

  14. 2nd June 2015 / 1:13 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I adore my Grandmother, I can imagine how difficult it must be for you.
    On a happier not I love the family photo in front of the beautiful yellow field. It radiates happiness!

    • 2nd June 2015 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks co much Christina. It’s ever so sad — although I take some comfort from the fact that she’s with my grandad again. Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  15. 2nd June 2015 / 1:46 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I think of my grandmother often and wish she could see how my life has turned out.

    • 2nd June 2015 / 6:53 pm

      Thanks so much Jeremy. I’m so glad she met the boys — I wish, more than anything, that my grandad could have met them too x

  16. 2nd June 2015 / 2:05 pm

    So sorry to hear about your nana. Lovely that you have some wonderful photos to share with your boys in the future. Memories are so important and remind us to make them with those we care about. Seize the day sometimes sounds a bit cliche but is definitely something we should do! Glad you have had some very positive recent times too.

    • 2nd June 2015 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks so much Sara — lovely words. It is a cliché but oh so true — and very fitting. Once our grandparents have gone, they’ve gone so we really have to make the most of them whilst they’re here.

  17. 2nd June 2015 / 4:11 pm

    Your boys don’t look pleased at all! I’m so sorry about your lovely nan :( Your post has made me realise I need to spend a lot more time with people and take a lot more photos x

    • 2nd June 2015 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Sian — they were very unhappy! They didn’t want to stand in a field of flowers — I think they’d rather have been napping! And thank you — yes — make the most of the time you have with your loved ones. It’s over before you know it, sadly x

  18. 2nd June 2015 / 5:00 pm

    I get a kick out of those photos, because almost all of mine seem to be that way! At least one of my three is always upset at the idea of a picture being taken at the moment. Ethan (almost 3) will point his finger at the camera and go “No Mama!” and run off if he sees me angling my phone a certain way lol. I figure by the time they’re grown these types of photos will be the ones that make us laugh. Loved your post, as usual :D #twinklytuesday

    • 2nd June 2015 / 6:40 pm

      Aah thanks so much Heather! :) It made me laugh — we were trying so hard to make them smile and they were having none of it!! :)

  19. Heidi - @Cosmochicklitan
    2nd June 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Those are lovely pictures. The boys’ facial expression in the field is priceless :-). So sorry about your nana!,

    • 2nd June 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Aaah thanks so much — on both counts — that’s lovely of you x

  20. 2nd June 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Oh that first photo – their little faces are too cute! Your pictures with the babies and your Nana, they are *so* lovely and they made me well up!! It’s so hard thinking about them not remembering her BUT you are so right, your memories and your stories will make her very real to them – such a lovely thought to be able to pass all that on to them. #twinklytuesday

    • 2nd June 2015 / 8:40 pm

      Haha! They were SO grumpy!! This will be one of my favourites in years to come, I’ll bet ;) Thanks so much lovely — yes — they make me well up too. It’s so hard to believe she’s gone! X

  21. LittleOandMe
    2nd June 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Again I’m so sorry to hear about Nana, the pictures of her and your adorable are just so lovely.

    Your boys faces in the first two photo’s are so funny, bless them.

    I hope June is good to you
    Becky
    #TwinklyTuesday xx

    • 2nd June 2015 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much Becky — that’s so lovely of you! And yes — I shall be using those photos as blackmail material in the future, I’m sure ;)

  22. 2nd June 2015 / 8:45 pm

    Aren’t you all colour co-ordinated?! We’d never manage that. Such a beautiful set a photos. It is great that you have some of your boys with your Nana. I have some of my eldest with me, my mother and my Nana and it is really precious to me.
    #TwinklyTuesday

    • 3rd June 2015 / 2:19 pm

      Haha! Yes — the colour co-ordination was a fluke!! A funny one though — and I nearly went and changed!! Glad I didn’t. I love these photos of my nan — so lucky we have them x

  23. 2nd June 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Lovely post… very heart touching post … beautiful family you have #Familyfirst #TwinklyTuesday

    • 3rd June 2015 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks ever so much Iveth — that’s so lovely of you. Thanks for stopping by x

  24. 2nd June 2015 / 9:41 pm

    What gorgeous photos! I can’t believe how beautiful you looked when the boys were 11 weeks. That was when I went back to work, and I can assure you that I looked neither glowing nor rested. I’m so sorry about your grandmother, but glad that there was so much joy in your month. Thanks for cohosting #TwinklyTuesday!

    • 3rd June 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Aaah that’s such a lovely thing to say Sadia!! I look at the pics and think I look bloated — but then I’m not sure how I expect myself to look less that 12 weeks after having twins!! ;)

  25. 2nd June 2015 / 10:45 pm

    Ah, I’m sorry to hear that you lost your Nana. Those photos are just precious though, really lovely! You’re new linky looks fab! I’ll go over and take a look at the posts! :) x

    • 3rd June 2015 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle! I’m so happy we’ve got these pics! So sad she’s gone but at leats I’ll be able to show the boys that they met their great-grandmother :)

  26. 2nd June 2015 / 10:55 pm

    I am so sorry you lost your Nan. The pictures are so precious. I love the first one :)

    • 3rd June 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks ever so much Susan. That’s really lovely of you — much appreciated x

  27. 2nd June 2015 / 11:38 pm

    Wow, I’m super impressed with your co-ordinated outfits in your photo’s – fab!
    So sorry to hear about your Nana, such beautiful photo’s and memories xx

    • 3rd June 2015 / 2:13 pm

      Haha!! It was a fluke to be honest — it made me laugh!! Then when we saw the yellow field, we decided we couldn’t let it pass and not stop and take a pic!! :)

  28. 3rd June 2015 / 5:20 am

    What wonderful pictures and memories to be made. Reminds me that I need to get busy and take some new ones of my “not so little” family. Thanks again for hosting #TwinklyTuesdays.

    • 3rd June 2015 / 2:11 pm

      Aaah do it Trista!! And join in with the Me and Mine linky too!! It’s a great way of making sure you get a family shot each month x

    • 4th June 2015 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks so much Natalie — that’s really lovely of you x

  29. 5th June 2015 / 9:40 am

    Thanks so much lovely. Weird isn’t it? Eve though it’s an absolute inevitably, it still never prepares you xx

  30. 6th June 2015 / 8:03 am

    So sorry to hear about your nana but what beautiful photo you had captured with her! And memories for the boys to cherish with photos! #twinklytuesday xx

  31. 8th June 2015 / 2:47 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your Nana- I still have all four of my grandparents with us, although they are all getting old and frail now and I know that I will be devastated when something happens. I am sure you treasure these gorgeous photos with her. x

    • 9th June 2015 / 9:20 am

      Thanks so much lovely. You’re SO lucky to have all 4! My boy never even met 3 of his. Treasure them — it’s heartbreaking when they’re gone xxx

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