#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show You Were There – June round up

It’s Sunday, it’s the end of the month, and it’s time for another #ShowYouWereThere round up.

In case you’ve not heard of it before, Show You Were There is my little Instagram community all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for their children.  If you want to get involved then all you need to do is use #ShowYouWereThere on any photos that feature you in some way, I’d love to see more people joining in!

This month I’ve chosen some gorgeous photos that people have shared celebrating Father’s day.

 

My first choice for this month’s round up is from Maria at Suburban Mum.

I love the fun and smiles in this photo, it’s a lovely moment she’s captured.

 

The second photo that I’ve chosen for this month’s round up is this lovely photo from Katy at Katykicker.

I remember having shoulder rides with my dad when I was little, and would love to have a photo like this from those days!

 

Next up is this summery photo from Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.

It’s such a lovely photo and sounds like they had the perfect family day at the beach the day it was taken.

 

My final pick for this month’s round up is this gallery of photos from Kim at OddHogg.

I love all the different moments she chose to share to celebrate Father’s day.

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

Well, in keeping with the theme this month, it’s actually my husband’s turn.

I have so many photos of him and our children taken from behind, and I love this recent addition to my collection, taken on a gloriously sunny day at the beach.

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community then all you need to do is share a photo over on Instagram that features you in some way and use #ShowYouWereThere with it.

It’s all about getting more parents in more photos and I’d love to see as many people as possible jumping in front of the camera more.

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show You Were There – May round up

It’s Sunday, it’s the end of the month, and it’s time for another #ShowYouWereThere round up.

In case you’ve not heard of it before, Show You Were There is my little Instagram community all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for their children.  If you want to get involved then all you need to do is use #ShowYouWereThere on any photos that feature you in some way, I’d love to see more people joining in!

 

My first choice for this month’s round up is from Laura at Laura’s lovely blog.

It’s a gorgeous photo of Laura, and I love how her family managed to make her birthday so special during lockdown.

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Today is my 40th birthday. I was a bit gutted I was going to have to spend it in lockdown, we were meant to be away this week and I had also hoped to have a karaoke box party photo with my girl friends. Alas those plans have had to be delayed. But today I have been really touched my everyone's kindness. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I woke up to a video message from my parents, my Dad had learned to play happy birthday on the guitar and recorded it. My husband got some lovely gifts for me including an amazing ring and Emma Bridgewater Alexa enabled radio. I've had so many lovely messages several friends turn up on my doorstep for a socially distanced catch up. A gorgeous afternoon tea from @robynsnestcafe some amazingly thoughtful gifts. My brother-in-law hand made me a table lamp and it's gorgeous. A lovely lady I chat to on Twitter sent me a 40th birthday helium balloon (thank you so much Rachel). You can see pics in my stories. Feeling blessed to have so many thoughtful friends and family. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ No it's not the 40th birthday I had planned, but it was lovely in a different way. Now I'm off to have a Mexican takeaway, more Prosecco and get my husband to watch a film he never would normally!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #40thbirthday #lockdownbirthday #birthdaygirl #grateful #parentsinthepicture #showyouwerethere #ukparentbloggers #thismamaloves #rememberthesedays #lifeupclose #thisparentlife #lifeinlockdown

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The second photo that I’ve chosen for this month’s round up is from Nicola at Mummy to Dex.

It’s such a lovely summery photo, and the news that Nicola shared with it about being able to change her hours at work sounds brilliant for her and her family.

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Next week it'll be six months since I returned to work full time after my maternity leave with the little one. It's been hard. Even more so thanks to lockdown. Working from home with two kids is bloody difficult and for that reason I honestly cannot wait to get back to some normality. I made the decision last week to reduce my time in work and from next week I will become a part time working Mum. I'm so excited that we are in a financial position where I can afford to drop my hours as well as looking forward to all the extra 'free' time I'll have. I can't wait for weekday playdates, trips to see our families, one on one time with Felix again, time to work more on my blog and time to cook and bake more. My Fridays off won't be a 'day off' by any stretch of the imagination, but still, I can't wait! (Would be helpful if the pandemic would do one now too😂) #showyouwerethere #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughig #nwbg #ukparentbloggers #mummyblogger #instapalparents #mamaofboys #boymama #makingmemories #rememberingthesedays #beautifulbaby #ukparentingblogger #kcacols #mummylife #dexterjames #toddleryears #toddlersofinstagram #toddlerstyle #toddlersofig #mumlife #lifewithkids #lifecaptured #mylifeinsquares #happinessishere #myfirstborn #myfirstlove #parttimeworkingmummy #workingmum #workingmama

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Next up is this lovely picture from Sabrina at The Mummy Stylist.

The light in this photo is just gorgeous, and I love Sabrina’s caption that talks about how lockdown has given her extra time with her family, and a bit of a new perspective on how much the little things in life matter.

 

My final pick for this month’s round up is from Sue at Life starts after coffee.

This mother/daughter photo just really made me smile, what more can I say?!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

We went down to the beach a few days ago for a walk and the first paddle in the sea of the year.  It was so warm and sunny, it just felt amazing to have our feet in the water, and it made me so grateful that we live where we do.

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos and I’d love to see as many people as possible jumping in front of the camera more

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Show You Were There – April round up

It’s Sunday, it’s almost the end of the month, and it’s time for another #ShowYouWereThere round up.

In case you’ve not heard of it before, Show You Were There is my little Instagram community all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for their children.  If you want to get involved then all you need to do is use #ShowYouWereThere on any photos that feature you in some way, I’d love to see more people joining in!

 

My first choice for this month’s round up is from Kirsty.

I just love how bright and light this photo is, along with the caption that is so simple and sweet.

 

The second photo that I’ve chosen for this month’s round up is from Mary at Over 40 and Mum to One.

I really love photos like this that have a creative slant on getting in front of the camera!

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Me and my shadow. He’s been a great help these last few days as my back still isn’t a whole lot better. Ouch. A blog trip to France in May that we were really excited about was cancelled yesterday. We knew it was inevitable given the current pandemic but we were still gutted. Hopefully we will get to go next year instead. Who knows really, but fingers crossed. Anyway, it’s Wednesday. The highlight of today …… potting on our pumpkins which have outgrown our propagator and checking on our caterpillar chrysalis’s which changed yesterday. How about you? #meandmyshadow #wanderlustkids #awanderfulchildhood #littlefamiliesofig #kidsoftheoutdoors #documentyourdays #standstillmychild #letthemexplore #myfamilyadventures #outdoorsfamily #countrykidsfun #outsidewithkids #snaphappybritmums #outdoorsfamilylife #themagicofchildhood #watchthemgrow #celebrate_childhood #my_magical_moments #storiesoftheeveryday #theoutdoorchild #parentsinthepicture #ShowYouWereThere #motherhood_magic #project_faceless #beinthepicture #mummyandme #motherandsontime #motherandsonlove

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Next up is this gorgeous family photo from Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.

Laura’s girls always have such big, beautiful smiles in her photos, they always make me smile too!

 

My final pick for this month’s round up is from Chloe at Just the Three of Us, it sort of sums up some of the craziness of the situation we’re all in at the moment to me!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

We went out for a walk/scoot round the park for Rhys’ birthday, and I got Steve to take this photo for me part way round.  It’s only just hitting me that the children are 6 and 9 now, it feels like it’s crept up on me!

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos and I’d love to see as many people as possible jumping in front of the camera more

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Show You Were There – February round up

I know February is a short month, but this just feels a bit ridiculous.  Thanks to the way the days and weeks have fallen today is the last Sunday of the month so I’m posting my round up for Show You Were There, and it just feels so soon after writing January’s.

In case you’ve not heard of it before, Show You Were There is my little Instagram community all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for their children.  If you want to get involved then all you need to do is use #ShowYouWereThere on any photos that feature you in some way, I’d love to see more people joining in!

 

My first choice for this month’s round up is from Lauren at Scrapbook Blog.

Some of my favourite photos of my husband and our children are ones like this, taken from behind with them walking away, so this one from Lauren just jumped out at me in my Insta feed.

 

The second photo that I’ve chosen for this month’s round up is from Donna at What the Redhead Said.

It’s just such a lovely photo, taken on what sounded like a really lovely day out.  And how amazing are the children’s hats?!

 

Next up is this beautifully coordinated family photo from Leah at Home Family Life.

I just love how all her boys look in their matching outfits!

 

My final pick for this month’s round up is from Mary at Over 50 and a Mum to One.

I love that Mary and her son have this special spot, and that they made a point of taking a photo together there!

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Me and my sidekick besides ‘his’ tree. Our happy spot in our happy place. There were lots of smiles in our household last night as we got to bring Brewster home. He looks a little battle weary with a few shaved areas and his front leg shows the results of him being very unhappy about having his IV line taken out 😱😱 But fingers crossed we can keep his kidneys working properly and he’ll have some more tests in a fortnight to check that nothings changed. Now if I could have no more pet dramas for a while, I can concentrate on the adult ones! Never a dull moment here. #happylittlebuttons #littlefamiliesofig #funseekingkids #kidsoftheoutdoors #myfamilyadventures #tbcsmiles #outdoorsfamily #countrykidsfun #outsidewithkids #snaphappybritmums #tinybigadventure #wheremywelliestakeme #outdoorsfamilylife #themagicofchildhood #littlewanderingwellies #storiesoftheeveryday #theoutdoorchild #parentsinthepicture #ShowYouWereThere #motherhood_magic #beinthepicture #mummyandme #wishes_and_wanderlust #domorewithourkids #takeyourkidsoutside #outdoorsykids #ourchildreninwonderland

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

A few weeks ago we took a very windy walk along the beach with the children.

While we were there I got Steve to take quite a few photos of me, so that I could use them for my photography business.  What I love is that along with the photos I specifically asked for, he took lots of other shots too, so I had a big selection to choose from and great photos like this one just to make me smile.

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos and I’d love to see as many people as possible jumping in front of the camera more.

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Show You Were There – January round up

I know a lot of people feel that January seems to go on forever, but it feels like it’s flown by to me.  I can’t quite believe that we’re already at the last Sunday of the month and that it’s time for my first round up of #ShowYouWereThere for the year.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

If you’d like to join in then just use that hashtag on any photo that features you (or another grown up who’s important to your child) in some way.

 

My first pick for this round up is this gorgeous photo from Wendy at Naptime Natter.

Firstly because that smile on her daughter’s face is just beautiful, and secondly because it’s a great example of how you don’t always have to show your face to be present in photos with your children!

 

Next up is this chilly-looking photo from Maria at Suburban Mum.

It’s made me feel like I need to get out to some more picturesque places this year!

 

My third pick this time is from Kim at OddHogg.

I love this photo of Kim and her son, but also feel her pain about how tricky it can be to take children places like the dentist!

 

My last choice for this round up is from Nicola at Mummy to Dex.

It’s such a lovely photo, with the colour-coordinated outfits!  And if anyone has any advice for Nicola on helping little ones nap when they’re at nursery pop over and leave her a comment!

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Drop offs at nursery are starting to get easier for this one and he's back to sleeping through the night which makes this mama's life sooo much better. The hardest thing is barely seeing them monday-friday except for an hour or so in the morning and an hour at night. Felix still isn't sleeping well at nursery (he didn't sleep AT ALL yesterday) so as soon as we get home he's usually ready for bed immediately. I'm hoping he starts getting used to sleeping at nursery because he still clearly needs the daytime sleep. How did you cope when your little one went to nursery? Were they the same with sleep or is it just my little guy?! #felixedward #baby #babyboy #babyboyclothes #babysleep #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughig #13months #babyyears #nwbg #ukparentbloggers #mummyblogger #ukblogcreators #instapalparents #mamaofboys #boymama #showyouwerethere #mummyshot #makingmemories #rememberingthesedays #beautifulbaby #babyphotography #ukparentingblogger #kcacols #mummylife #instababy #babiesofinstagram

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

Steve took this photo of me when we were in Bluestone recently, and I love it in all its imperfections.  The sun is too bright on my face and I’m almost make-up free and dishevelled from being out in the wind and it’s a wonderful reminder of a day spent simply having fun with my family.

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos and I’d love to see as many people as possible jumping in front of the camera more.

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

We’ve come to the end of November, and it’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.

I love this photo of Laura and her girls, and hope they’re all feeling well again!

 

Next up is this lovely photo of Lucy from Mrs H’s favourite things.

Lucy is such a beautiful person and I really love the message she’s shared in this caption about taking time to really look at ourselves and appreciate our own beauty, rather than always looking out for our perceived flaws.

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*BEAUTIFUL* _______ I've always struggled with the way I look. As a teenager, I was convinced that I was ugly. And even remember, a "best friend" ranking all our girl friends in order of looks. I came last. She even ranked herself higher than me. It wasn't great for helping the way I saw myself. _______ But gradually over the years the way I see myself has changed. Being over 40 has really helped me see myself differently. I've learned to look for the beauty and see myself as beautiful. _______ Sure, I still think my nose is too big (I will never get over that one). But I can now see the beauty in my face. I have lovely eyes and I have always loved my hair. _______ Even now saying this I feel like I am being egotistical. But it is not that. It is just seeing the beauty in my face and it is an important exercise to do. _______ So next time you look at yourself in the mirror. Really look at yourself. See the things about yourself that are beautiful and be grateful for them. Because you are beautiful. You just need to see yourself as I see you. _______ #ig_bbcc #ukparentbloggers #parentblogs #ohheymama #uniteinmotherhood #bodypositive #bodypositivity #beinthepicture #showyouwerethere #spooniesister #bemorewitwitwoo #mentalhealthspoonie #mama_pals #uniteinmotherhood #honestmotherhood #ohmama #ohmamamoment #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #mentalhealthmatters #mumlife #motherhoodalive #itsokaynottobeokay #mentalmutha #sharewithnoshame #spooniewarrior #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthawareness #thespooniesisterhood #mentalhealth

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My third pick this time is from Laura at Laura’s lovely blog.

This is such a lovely photo of Laura, and a lovely reminder in the caption that it’s ok to have hard days as parents, especially at this time of year when everyone seems to be falling ill.

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Well, first of all let me tell you that I don't look like this today. Today has been not been the best of days, after being in denial all week I finally got to the doctors and have been diagnosed with an acute UTI. This is my 3rd in 5 months which also means I am going to need some tests to find out why. But it all went a bit wrong with the prescription getting sent to the wrong place and me not being able to get it. The doctor's surgery then being closed and having to call 111 in the end to get them to sort out my prescription for me. Which I have just noticed is still wrong, but it's enough to get me started tonight, as I really don't want the infection traveling up to my kidneys. Fingers crossed. ⁠ ⁠ This combined with Bo being ill last week is making me feel like I am falling behind on life. I have a to-do list as long as my arm and all I really want to do is curl up on the sofa. This is the part of motherhood I never really appreciated until I had children, that no matter how poorly you are, you often still have to keep going and look after children. I so miss the days when I could just call in sick and have a much needed duvet day. ⁠ ⁠ Thankfully my husband is home this evening after a night away on business. So he's here to help and tomorrow is a new day. But I do think it's ok to admit sometimes that today, today was hard. Because motherhood it can be hard and it doesn't make you a failure to admit it. ⁠ ⁠ #thisparentlife #lifeupclose #parentsinthepicture #motherhood #thismamloves #mumsthatslay #coolmumsclub #ukparentbloggers #mumlife #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #littlestoriesofmylife #odcumentyourdays #oureverydaymoments #documentyourday

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My last choice for this round up is from Jules at Pondering Parenthood.

This is such a joyful family photo, taken by Beth Moseley.  I would absolutely be framing this one if I were Jules!

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📷 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 Special Family Moments {AD} 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 📷⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you ever manage to get decent photos of yourself with your children? I know I don’t! My phone is full of pretty terrible selfies with the girls. So, I thought it was time for another family photo shoot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We had such a wonderful time with @bethmoseleyphotography during half term, and now that I’ve FINALLY chosen the images I want to keep (there were so many brilliant ones it was almost impossible to narrow them down!), I’ve written a blog post all about our experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ AND Beth is offering 30% off her longer family packages for Pondering Parenthood readers, so if you’re local to Norwich and are looking for a fantastic local photographer, then do pop over to ponderingparenthood dot com and have a read of my review (or you can follow the link in my profile!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 photo by the fabulous @bethmoseleyphotography. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #parentsinthepicture #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #Norfolk #norfolkfamilyphotographer #norwich #norwichplantationgardens #plantationgardens #plantationgardensnorwich #familyphotographer #mama_pals #stylintinyhumans #dresskids_likekids #whatmykidwore #ootdkids #dressthemlittle #whatthecoolkidswear #whatthekidswore #norwichfamilyphotographer #familyshoot

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

I had the camera out with us on our walk in Clyne Woods yesterday, to take our family photos for the me and mine project.  So I made a point of handing it over to Steve at one point for him to take a few photos of me.

I always love the photos that he takes of me, mainly because he knows just how to make me laugh and then smile naturally as he snaps away!

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Nicola at Mummy to Dex.

I love this picture, and it made me smile even more when I read at the bottom of the caption that it was taken on a different day to the one that Nicola was writing about.  Something about that just sums up life as a busy parent to me!

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I’ve had an amazing day out with this one exploring @bolton_library_museum before stopping off for a late lunch at @thehighfieldcroston on the way home. I loved how family friendly @bolton_library_museum was with tons to do including a where’s wally hunt, colouring stations, a stand with lots of interesting exhibits to manhandle (including an eagle’s wing and pig’s skull) and loads of history for geeky Mummy who loved learning all about the cotton mills of Bolton and Ancient Egypt! Literally had zero chance for decent photos so am sharing this one of me and my babe from a few weeks ago when we visited @ntspekehall 😍 #dexterjames #mummyandson #showyouwerethere #toddlerexplorer #spekehall #familyfriendlymuseum #toddlerdayout #northwestdaysout #ukparentingblogger #ukparentblogger #ukblogcreators #mummyblogger #nwbg #instapalparents #northwestmummy #ohheymama #motherhoodunplugged #makingmemories #mummyshot #toddlerfun #toddlerlife

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Next up is this lovely photo from Kim at Odd Hogg.

We’re on half term next week and I’m really looking forward to the break from routine, so it’s interesting to hear the other side of that from the point of view of someone who really needs to keep some sort of structure and routine.

Also, how amazing is Kim’s hoodie!

 

My third pick this time is this gorgeous photo from Sabrina at The mummy stylist.

I love this moment that’s been captured, I think it’s a pretty familiar one to us parents!

 

My last choice for this round up is from Chloe at just the three of us.

This is just such a lovely photo of Chloe and her children, and the location is beautiful!

 

 

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.