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.
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.
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.