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Me and Mine July

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that I totally failed to write a me and mine post last month, that might give you some idea how busy the end of last month was. In fact I didn’t even notice that I’d forgotten until a week into the month. More of why I was so busy in a moment but for now I give you the glory that is our July photo. Taken during a family BBQ (a bad shirt BBQ hence my beautiful attire) where Matilda decided that she was definitely not having her photo taken and Henry as usual looked like he was focusing on doing a wee in his nappy. One day that might both actually smile, having said that I quite like photos where we aren’t all just staring at the camera.

Me and Mine July

I love that the last photo I shared for May had us all sat in jumpers and jeans while here we are bathing in the glorious summer weather. It’s also amazing to see how much Henry has changed in 2 months, he’s really turning into a little boy all of a sudden and is so full of chatter.

This month I have been mainly running an awfully long way, 100km to be exact, I completed the Race to the Stones the day before this photo was taken to raise money for Save the Children and Tommy’s. If you look closely you can see how red and swollen my ankles are, I spent most of the BBQ sat with my foot up on a chair and an ice pack on it!

While I haven’t been training for that race I’ve been in the garden building my pizza oven, often until it’s too dark to see what I’m doing. That’s all done now also and we had the first pizza last weekend, still fine tuning managing the fire but love the feeling of cooking that way. Oh and I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to share a photo again of me during the Race to the Stones here also, absolutely love this photo taken by the race photographer.


The lady of the manor has spent most of the month struggling with the heat and realising how much better it was being pregnant in the spring time with Matilda and Henry. She’s also been masterminding the makeover of our lounge complete with new chimney breast and log burner. It looks great just not ideal weather for firing up a log burner! She’s also finally in the last week been enjoying a little peace and quiet while I take the kids out at the weekend. Love having quality time with them and hopefully helps give her a little break every so often.

Matilda has been absolutely loving preschool in July, the move to her new one has really paid off, so much so that she’s now complaining that it’s the summer holidays and she can’t go. She’s learnt so much there and you can see how we’re going to have to keep her brain busy over the next few weeks. She’s also become completely obsessed with princesses and in particular a certain one called Elsa! She’s constantly singing the songs and swishing her princess dress around.

Henry has found his singing voice this month; mainly from going to preschool and he also can give a very good rendition of ‘do you want to build a snowman’ from Frozen. However I think Rainbow Fish is his favourite, never heard of this song until they went to preschool but it’s lovely and is sung to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star. He’s also started to show some signs of being ready to potty train, going to put it off a few more weeks but he’s starting to use the toilet a little. I’m sure once we do start we’re going to find him weeing in the garden or in the corner of rooms though!

dear beautiful


  1. Mummyconstant

    July 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Great family photo! Happy photos are the best 🙂 #meandmine

  2. Goodness that run sounds like hard work! It’s a lovely photo of the 4/5 of you – definitely a photo with memories in it

  3. Great photo and i love the pink shirt! Huge well done on the race, what a massive achievement and that photo is amazing 🙂

  4. Such a great photo, and it sounds like a busy but good month for you all. And well done you on your run, and I completely agree, that photo is amazing. x

  5. It sounds like you’ve had a crazy month, well done on running 100km, I can’t even contemplate that distance!! Loving the pink shirt too 🙂 #meandmine

  6. Wow what an amazing photo that bottom one is- I have been following your running on instagram- congratulations! And a lovely family photo too- I don’t envy your lovely wife being pregnant in this heat, I always had winter babies! 😉

  7. Nice quiet month for you all then?! You do like to pack a lot in, don’t you 😉 I’ve already comgratulated you on that amazing running achievement but it definitely merits another hewge well done – 100km is a SERIOUS distance to walk let alone run. And I feel for the lady of the manor in the heat – Curly Girl was a July baby in 30+ degrees in China and the last few weeks were difficult. Much preferred Little Man’s November arrival. Lovely family portrait both in words and pictures x

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