Many moons ago I joined in with other bloggers to share a monthly family portrait as part of the Me and Mine project. When E was born in 2012 I kept it up for over a year and it was great to be reminded to take a picture of the 3 of us as it just doesn’t happen otherwise. When Luca was born I thought I’d jump back in with the project but two kids was more of a juggle than I’d imagined. I managed it for a couple of months when Luca was a year old but just didn’t seem to find the time for writing so the photos I was taking remained unshared (link here for all the Me and Mine posts I did publish). My last Me and Mine family portrait was a year ago when we visited friends in the Isle of Wight (you see how lovely projects like this are for capturing moments that would otherwise be undocumented!). I don’t know why I find it so hard to stay committed to things I enjoy, in fact even saying it’s hard implies I thought about it, struggled and failed. It wasn’t even that, I simply didn’t remember to even try. George often works over teatime/evenings and is in and out at the weekend so reaching for my camera for a family snap isn’t something I do that often.
Anyway the reason I’m telling you this is because alongside Me and Mine a second photo challenge was set up called The Siblings Project. I always fancied joining in with that too but as you can imagine, didn’t get round to it. In Luca’s first year I did at least remember to get plenty of brothers pictures for my own albums. I shared this little collage of the brothers in Luca’s first few months and if I trawled back through my albums I’d no doubt be able to create more (in fact I’m going to set that challenge for myself to do that!). Despite G’s absence for family pictures I am taking more and more pictures of the boys at least so it was really timely when I logged in to Twitter this morning and saw someone else’s Siblings Project post. I clicked the link to see when I needed to join in by and it seemed too fortuitous to miss that the 15th of the month is when it opens and today I have an hour of child free time left before L wakes up.
So without further ado here are a few pictures of the boys at play over the last month. As you can see ice lollies are a popular feature!
I’d really like to say I will keep up with the Siblings Project now that I’ve jumped in. I’ve been reading a book called ”Better than Before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives’ by Gretchen Rubin and it’s helping me to see where I fall down with keeping commitments that benefit me. Gretchen’s solution for Obligers like me who find easy to do things for other people but hard to do things for ourselves is to create an external expectation. For example, rather than saying I’ll make good food choices to be as healthy as I can I’m more likely to stick with it if I say ”I want to make good food choices so I’m strong and healthy for the boys”. So I’m sending out the intention to share a monthly post of the boys adventures together and I hope you enjoy seeing the photos as much as I enjoy creating them. Perhaps you’d share a comment below if you would enjoy seeing more siblings posts and when my motivation wanes I can come back to this first Siblings Project post and renew my commitment. Thanks for reading and your ongoing support for my blogging journey.
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