Me & Mine – January 2017

Whoo check me out, two Me & Mine posts in a row . . . it’s a good start!

January, whilst quiet in many ways has also been mad busy for us.  Dave and I have taken advantage of the rubbish weather and lack of plans to really make some headway again in our house.  What this has meant is that there has been little in the way of adventure, or even really proper quality family time.  The kids have spent a lot of time playing together or watching tv / playing on their tablets.  And if I’m honest I don’t think this is a bad thing.  Obviously we don’t spend all weekend, ever weekend with our kids plonked in front of our screen – that’s clear to see however they’re still shattered from the festive period and the short, dark days of January are taking their toll so a few lazy weekends has suited them well.  Amy and Dave have been going swimming to catch up on her missed lessons from last term and we’ve had a nice lunch out together but mainly it has been about getting stuff done – clearing things out and doing those jobs which we never get round to doing.

At the moment, Amy is proving to be a bit of a monkey and testing her boundaries.  She’s also something of a Mummy’s girl.  Frankly this has always been the case to some extent but she’s particularly vocal about demonstrating her favouritism at the moment and it’s wearing – for me when she just wants me to be the one who helps her with whatever she needs, sits with her, puts her to bed but also wearing for Dave who obviously knows she loves him but she is quite clear that she’d rather choose me at the moment.  We know it will pass but it’s still hard in that moment.  My good friend Jenny explained it especially well when she said that all kids will go through phases of favouring one parent over another and for whatever reason I’m the one who is able to meet Amy’s needs better at the moment, in the same way that as an adult you will gravitate to a certain friend at certain times.

I think the downside of so much time spent at home is that there is more opportunity for bickering – for the kids to annoy each other or for Dave & I to get irritated with them for not doing as their told.  Cabin Fever is real people.  That said, they’ve been pretty patient whilst we’ve been busy.  I think they understand that sometimes jobs just have to be done and that it’s for everyone’s benefit in the end!

I hope that in February we will be able to reap the rewards of all the time we’ve been spending on the house and that it will bring with it more family time and more adventure!  But for now, our January Me & Mine was snapped in our bedroom one Sunday morning when I’d been vlogging and decided to take advantage of the fact the tripod was still set up!

Me & Mine January

Me & Mine January

Me & Mine January 2017

Me & Mine January 2017

The Me and Mine Project


  1. January 30, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I love the faces you all pull when you’re doing the silly pictures! I totally get what you mean about the favoured parent thing – both mine are total mummies boys and although sometimes it’s lovely it also drives me bonkers, and I think Barry gets a bit sad/frustrated at times too.

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 10:01 am

      I feel like I’m always reminding Dave that she loves him at the moment – I know I’d be gutted if any of them were being like that with me!

  2. January 31, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Such happy photos. My littlest is a all about her Daddy and has pretty much always been and it’s so tough for everyone when they just want one of you and you can’t share the load isn’t it? X

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 9:59 am

      It really is!

  3. January 31, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Oh you sound like you have been busy busy girl. I love how much fun you always have with yours. I try to say make a silly face and hubby just won’t join us so it looks like the kids don’t listen (which they don’t) and that I am having a stroke while he stands posing and smiling hahahah Happy month ahead. #meandmineproject

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 9:58 am

      hahah that’s hilarious! I think Dave prefers the silly photos – the kids certainly do anyway!

  4. January 31, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Yay two in a row, you are on a roll! I love that last photo with Ben upside down. Your January sounds like ours, getting the house sorted. At least then come the nice weather I won’t feel bad about going out and about, as the house should be in a good place. x #meandmine

  5. January 31, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I just love the photo of you all making funny faces! We haven’t got out as much as I wanted to but to be honest it probably wasn’t a bad thing either. November and December are always manic months #meandmineproject

    • Colette
      February 1, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Yes I think it has done us good to have some time at home and get on top of things but I’m definitely ready for adventure again now!

  6. February 1, 2017 / 9:54 am

    The last photo has to be the best of them all!

  7. February 2, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I adore all of these photos! Such fun and happiness! xx #meandmineproject

  8. February 3, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Love your photos. Glad your January has been busy – I think it’s the best way to deal with the most disappointing month of them all! #meandmineproject

  9. February 3, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Oh these are all such fun filled photos, they’re fab! Glad to hear you’ve been making headway in your house – I’ve been trying to do things room by room at the minute (in terms of getting rid of lots of rubbish!) but we’re looking for a new house at the moment! Have a fab February x

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