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Snapshots & Scenes from October

Right, I am ‘a bit’ late with my Snapshots and Scenes this month, oops. I have spent the past three days stuck in bed, doing nothing but sleeping, drinking water and feeling sorry for myself. It turns out I have the flu AND tonsillitis (gosh, you couldn’t make these things up, could you?). Anyhoo… I think the antibiotics and Codeine are starting to work their magic, and my brain seems to be able to cope with a little bit of typing and photo editing.

A few months ago, I started filming little snippets of our lives. I’d never really done that before. I had tried to capture the milestones, the ‘big’ moments like the first steps, the first bike ride without stabilisers, bits of Christmas concerts and daring first attempts on the zip wire at the park. What I wasn’t recording was the everyday stuff, the ‘little things’ that make me feel so happy.

During the summer,  a group of fab creative bloggers and I came up with Snapshots & Scenes, a monthly project focusing on video and photos. The idea is simple: as you are enjoying the little moments with your family, record them on camera or film and share your favourite bits with us, ideally through photo and video.

On the first Monday of every month, I now put together a short video of no more than 60 seconds, to capture the essence of the month just gone. I generally start with about 30 minutes of footage, and although it is tough to select a clip rather than another, or to trim it so much that only 1 second remains, it is also pretty satisfying to see those snippets of our daily lives, the absolute gold nuggets from our month just gone. I have a lot to learn, so bear with me, but I’m having fun! Just scroll to the bottom to join us!

  • A trip to our happy place, Sweet as a Button
  • Art club
  • A really long bike ride (and getting lost in the process)
  • Making slime
  • Board games
  • A day in the woods
  • Feeding ducks and swans
  • Jumping in muddy puddles
  • Park shenanigans
  • Lots of parties, including Jumpy’s birthday party
  • Half term fun
  • Jumpy’s 5th birthday
  • A few negative food challenges
  • Cooking together loads
  • New French passports
  • Kidzania
  • The Natural History Museum
  • A whole day on my own with Crevette

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

On the first Monday of every month, I like to put together a little 'Snapshots & Scenes' video. This is our October in just 60 seconds.

Snapshots & Scenes… What’s that?

‘Snapshots & Scenes’ is a monthly project to focus on telling a story through video and photos. It can be a summary of the past month or highlight a special occasion or the little things.

Who can join in?

Absolutely anyone! We would love to find out about your little and big adventures, see what you did in June and hear your stories.

Who is behind Snapshots & Scenes?

Here is the team behind Snapshots & Scenes. My co-hosts are all talented photographers who have a lovely story to tell and it is a real honour to be amongst this inspirational bunch.

Kerri-Ann – ‘Life as Our Little Family’

Jenny – ‘Let’s Talk Mommy’

Chloe – ‘Sorry About the Mess’

Sara-Jayne – ‘Keeping Up With the Jones Family’

Amber – ‘Meet the Wildes’

and little me!


14 Comments

  1. 09/11/2017 / 8:12 am

    I love your video this month, Mel – really gives me a sense of your time together just doing ordinary things. Flu AND tonsillitis? What a double whammy! Hope you are feeling better.

    • Mel
      Author
      09/11/2017 / 3:34 pm

      Thanks Chloe. I really love looking back at those ‘normal’ days and feeling like we’re making the most of the time we have together, really 🙂 Still under the weather (and in my dressing gown), but starting to feel human(ish) again xx

  2. 09/11/2017 / 11:43 pm

    Such lovely pictures.Especially the canal boats. Your sofa with the coloured buttons is gorgeous. I love your video intro too, that’s awesome!

    • Mel
      Author
      09/11/2017 / 11:49 pm

      Thanks Leslie! I love half term, when I can spend lots of time with my little ones and take as many pictures as I want (I did take loads!).

  3. 10/11/2017 / 11:37 am

    Such lovely pictures this month. I adore your video.. I say it every month, but I really do love the idea of this linky and I am not only enjoying putting my own together but also checking out everyone elses! How you kept yours to a minute!! Mine seems to be creeping up to just over!!

    • Mel
      Author
      10/11/2017 / 2:21 pm

      It’s the same for me: I keep thinking about my little video pretty much every day and I love adding snippets of our lives when I can. I just filmed my boy chopping onions whilst wearing goggles hahaha! I always struggle so much to keep it to 60 seconds, especially with my intro ‘stealing’ 12 seconds of it (shock, shock, horror!). xx

  4. 10/11/2017 / 12:54 pm

    Oh bless you you haven’t had it good on the illness front. I am with you suffering from it now too. Love your photos and videos every month they are just gorgeous so full of color and light and I don’t even have to mention those beautiful kids of yours every so happy and adventurous together. It’s lovely to see.

    • Mel
      Author
      10/11/2017 / 2:59 pm

      Oh no Jenny, I hope you’re starting to feel better soon. It’s just dreadful when you’re too ill to get up, isn’t it? xxxxx

  5. 10/11/2017 / 10:26 pm

    Aw, looks like such a fun month apart from being ill at the end obviously! Love the puddle splashing 🙂

    • Mel
      Author
      11/11/2017 / 1:49 pm

      Me too! There’s something timeless about splashing in puddles, isn’t there? I will never tire of watching my children do it 🙂

  6. 12/11/2017 / 11:14 pm

    That’s a lovely video and photos of the month. Hope you’re on the mend now.

    I rarely remember videos because I’m always doing photos instead. Maybe on some everyday trips I just need to do video instead.

    • Mel
      Author
      13/11/2017 / 9:53 pm

      Feeling so much better now!

      I was the same with video. What I do now is I tend to take my photos first and then turn the camera on video mode to film tiny snippets. I love it! On video, you really capture their personality, their energy straight away 🙂

  7. 18/11/2017 / 7:07 am

    Oh I do hope you’re feeling better now, that’s not a great combination. I love the every day feel of your video, it made me laugh watching them on the park together riding the swing!

    • Mel
      Author
      20/11/2017 / 10:59 am

      I feel so so much better now, thanks my lovely! I am in love with this little project, and I keep filming tiny clips when they’re doing ‘normal’ things. It makes me so happy to capture their everyday on film. xx

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