Memories of Us

When I started this blog, I had one goal in mind: to have somewhere to remember those little memories in our everyday life. After nine months into motherhood, it struck me that I had already forgotten so much. I didn’t even remember the first few weeks of the birth and was adamant to hold on to those moments somehow, and through my blog I fell in love with taking photos of our family.

Remembering the Moments, Not Poses

My favourite snapshots of the past year of writing my blog have been the little moments of our day to day life, which say so much about our family and how close we are. It’s that bond that James and Emma share, the laughter and happiness in our home and remembering that it’s not always about posing for a shot. I love these pictures and it makes me so proud of our little family.

I also use it to remember the times where it didn’t go quite according to plan. It’s easy to believe on social media these days that everybody’s life is a perfect picture of happiness but the fact is that with a toddler, that is not really the case. I’ve often taken an idyllic photo of James and Emma, which seems so cute and perfect but the reality is that a major toddler tantrum was round the corner! I’ve always wanted to show an honest account of being a mum and even these more challenging moments are ones I want to remember.

Falling in Love with Sussex

The other reason I continue to take pictures of us is because moving to Brighton was such a huge part of my life. I was 7 months pregnant and about to embark on the next phase of our life. Recording our everyday life was my way of coping with the big move and slowly falling in love with the new city in my life. It was about embracing being a mum to Emma and reminding myself that we’re doing okay.

Slowly over time, I have fallen head over heels with the area we live in – and with Emma’s newfound exploring side, we are going on more adventures than ever. It’s been amazing to discover news area every week, even if it’s just a new park and watch her run around in delight and enjoy every second. And all the while, it’s made that leap into being a mum and raising a family that little bit easier.

How do you keep your memories?

When I was younger my mum would tirelessly take photos of all of us and I’m so pleased she did – I love spending hours flicking through photo albums remembering our childhood. So I like to think that this is my version of all those photo albums, to remember these days together. What about you, do you enjoy taking photos of your family too?

This is a collaborative post with The Case Farm

51 Comments

  1. March 7, 2017 / 6:57 am

    I love my blog and Instagram for a way of recording all those special photos and reminders of days out and special moments. I’ve always taken loads of photos but often when you look back you can’t remember the funny tale that went along with it. Since starting my blog I now have the stories to go with the pictures. I just wish I’d started when my first was born x
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  2. March 7, 2017 / 6:58 am

    I often think about the little things and new little quirks that are fleeting that I want to capture, like new noises or gestures, when I take pictures and videos. That has pretty much been the driver of most of my pictures, and we’re lucky these days that they all come with date and time stamps, so we know exactly when they were! #dreamteam
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  3. March 7, 2017 / 7:40 am

    I have definitely fallen in love with taking photographs since having my daughter (and starting my blog), they say so much more than words don’t they? My next step is to invest in a decent camera! Your photos are beautiful x #DreamTeam

  4. March 7, 2017 / 7:51 am

    It’s mad that despite the sheer volume of technology at our fingertips we have less photos than our parents and grandparents. Perhaps it’s because they’re all stored digitally. I must say though that starting my blog has given me license to take non stop photos for the kids. I shouldn’t have needed a reason but I’m not sure I would have been so active otherwise. #dreamteam

  5. March 7, 2017 / 8:52 am

    A beautiful post, Bridie! Blogging definitely helps keep the memories. We really do forget so much. We have lots of photos of when they were small but less now they are teens – I’m going to make sure that I start taking more. We also have heaps of video of when they were small but less now – will try and take more videos too as they are so fun to look back on. I adore the written word though so that’s a big bonus to blogging as writing and memory keeping. beautiful photos! #DreamTeam
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  6. March 7, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I just moved away from Brighton last year – reading this gave me a touch of nostalgia knowing my daughter won’t grow up by the sea. I’m terrible at remembering to take pictures, but I do love going through all 50 million of my mums photo albums so I think I owe it to my little one to take as many as I can. Thanks for reminding me! #dreamteam

  7. Nige
    March 7, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I love taking photos too such wonderful memories super post thanks for hosting #dreamteam

  8. March 7, 2017 / 9:51 am

    I also love to capture all the moments if I can to either look back on or just remember them. For my 30th Birthday next month my husband wants to buy me a really good camera so I can capture all our special moments as a family.

    🙂 x

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  9. March 7, 2017 / 10:29 am

    My husband thinks I am funny but I still print out our photos to put into albums. But our daughter loves looking at them. #dreamteam
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  10. March 7, 2017 / 10:31 am

    So many gorgeous photos!! My blog is a place for us to share our memories but I do that with photography mainly. I take at least one photo a day, and my Instagram has become a memory bank for us to look back on. It’s so lovely to have that, I didn’t have the same when my eldest was small which I do regret. #dreamteam
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  11. March 7, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Sometimes I feel bad for oversharing but then I think how much I love looking back at old photos of me with my family. I guess blogging is the modern day equivalent! I hope our daughter isn’t too annoyed by me! P.S Love Brighton, You’re lucky to live there, it’s gorgeous. #Dreamteam

  12. March 7, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Lovely photos – I love taking pics of the kids and I do keep good old fashion photo albums to show them when they’re older! 🙂
    #dreamteam
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  13. March 7, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I love, love, LOVE taking photos! To the point my husband often says “just enjoy the moment”. I really get torn between capturing the moment and enjoying it. But as you have said, you forget so much of what they have done as they have grown, I’m so glad I have lots of photos to look back on. I am desperately trying to finish Alfie’s first birthday photo book so I have some hard copy photos to look at, but there are just so many to go through – literally over a thousand photos in his first year!!! Thank god for large memory drives on computers nowadays. These photos of Emma are just gorgeous, the baby ones really made me laugh! #DreamTeam

  14. March 7, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    This is lovely. I was always a bit rubbish at taking photos, but since I started my blog I’m constantly snapping away! #dreamteam
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  15. March 7, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I’ve just been thinking the same thing recently about my blog. I would have forgotten half of the stuff if not for blogging and also social media, Facebook in particular. I think any way of keeping our memories alive is wonderful. The past is to be treasured! #dreamteam
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  16. March 7, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I love taking photos. I’m not particularly good at it, but I love the memories that they help me to retain. I’ve always taken photos, even as a child and teenager. When my grandma died recently, everyone turned to my photos so that we could reminise about her. That has made me more determined than ever to keep on taking photos and capturing the ‘everyday moments’ #dreamteam
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  17. March 7, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    I’ve recently been going through lots of old photos and there are huge gaps where things when digital, going to rectify that soon!

    #dreamteam

  18. March 7, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Totally agree that in the world of Facebook everyone’s lives seem oh so perfect and for some it can be hard to live up to the expectations we feel others have. I love seeing honest accounts of motherhood and life in general because in reality we are all the same and it isn’t always rosey picture perfect! #DreamTeam

  19. March 7, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Your photos are fabulous. I too am always snapping away. Instagram has helped me this! #dreamteam
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  20. March 7, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    What priceless photos. So adorable! I am so far behind on my photo albums, it is not even funny.
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  21. March 7, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I love the photo of the 9 different expressions! how gorgeous! I am definately one for snapping photos when I can and luckily Ben cant be put into poses quite yet so all photos are caught more or less in the moment. #dreamteam
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  22. March 7, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I am totally neurotic about taking and printing photos. I find it a bit overwhelming at times just how many I have on my smart phone, but I use an app to print off 45 per month which means I always have the best pics of the month to pop in an album, stick in a scrap book, pop in frame, or just put in storage. Losing those memories forever is my worst nightmare – I’m clearly not made for this digital age 😉
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  23. March 7, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Like you, I use my blog for the words and stories. I like to record things Little H does every month for that very reason – I forget otherwise. I need to do something more imaginative with my photos than just having them on my phone and in the cloud. We do make an annual calendar for family with pics of her from the same month a year ago which is nice. Everyone loves that! #DreamTeam
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  24. March 7, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I really wish blogs had been a thing when the Tubblet was that age as I’d have done the same as it would be great to have a better record of her earlier years. Beautiful photos 🙂 #DreamTeam
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  25. March 8, 2017 / 3:34 am

    A lot of mymemories are captued on FB. I try to “check in” at the places we go to, and it pops back up in memories. Or IG for a few special moments. I also started keeping a diary for my kid when she was born to capture some of the bigger milestones and moments. #dreamteam

  26. March 8, 2017 / 8:49 am

    I take loads of photos of my kids. WE live far away from all our extended family (outside of our foursome) but with the advancement of technology, and thanks to Whatsapp Skype and Facetime at least I get to share them with my family.
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  27. March 8, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I am rarely without a camera (other than my phone) these days. There is always a memory to capture or something beautiful to look back on. I love the fact that starting my blog gives me somewhere to store these memories…even if no one else ever reads it, it’s still always there for me! #DreamTeam
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  28. March 8, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    I love taking photos of all the random things as well as the days out doing something special. #DreamTeam

  29. March 8, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I had a bit of an odd childhood and spent quite a few years with neither of my parents around. I had just a small photo album of pictures of me as a baby and a child and they were always so precious to me. I am now lucky enough to have all of my family around me and a family of my own, and I am obsessed with taking photos, keeping diaries and baby books (they each have 3!) and recording the memories. I really hope to look back on these years with my little ones as they’re older, and I think blogging is such an effective way to capture those moments. Thank you for hosting #DreamTeam with me lovely x
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  30. March 8, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I recently wrote about how all parents should keep a little notebook to write down some of these silly things and happenings that are so easy to forget. Pictures are great, but its nice to have something written that you can look back on #dreamteam

  31. March 8, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    I love the fact that cameras are so easy to use now. They are always right there at our finger tips. I have so many pictures of my 9 year old that I honestly need to print them out. Thanks so much for an inside look into your memories. #dreamteam

  32. March 8, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    I agree that having a blog is the most perfect way to capture the moments that we experience everyday. I looked back at some old posts and forgot about some of the cool things I’ve done because I’ve become a total explorer. It is lovely that you are capturing your family experiences through your blog #dreamteam
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  33. March 9, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    My blog keeps me accountable for collecting memories that’s definite. I did originally start out creating memory books of my babies but blogging was easier. I may return to filling those books in one day. #DreamTeam
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  34. March 12, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I love snapping away, but I’m not a “photographer” and most of the time it’s on my phone. Sometimes I have to remind myself to snap away, as I’ll look at my phone and realise I’ve not taken a photo of her for a few days! #DreamTeam
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  35. March 13, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    What gorgeous photos, Emma is going to have so much fun looking back on these! I love taking photos and video clips as well, the snappy kinds that may have a bit of a wobble but capture something special and often ordinary. I also fondly remember flicking back through the albums as you have done. Thanks for co-hosting the #DreamTeam with me xx
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  36. March 13, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    You have some lovely photos there. I don’t put facing ones on my blog but I still put side of head/backs of head ones and it still is recording the moment. I bought two baby albums and used the app freeprints to print out all of our baby ones and I have about 3 pockets still to put into albums. I like a mix of both proper photographs and an online journal. xx #DreamTeam
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  37. March 13, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    This is exactly why I started my blog too, as a place to store all the wonderful memories of my children’s childhood, with the photos and the stories/feelings written up alongside them. I just wish I had started it sooner xx #Dreamteam
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