I love taking photos and looking through old photo albums.
There are so many photos that bring a smile to my face, like when the kids were born, their birthdays and my wedding day, but there are a special few 'day to day' photos that always bring a smile to my face.
Here are 5 of mine:
Every August we go to the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest. (For those that haven't been, it's a must!) Our whole family goes in convoy! Last year there were 17 of us, but since then our family has gained a new member, so we're edging ever closer to the 20 mark!
This picture is from three years ago. It was Mark's first visit and the first family get together since we were married. I love this photo because they didn't know I was taking it and it's really nice to see the boys together :)
As you know, Mikey has severe food allergies and because of these, he's missed out on a lot of social activities, such as having tea round a friend's house after school, sleepovers at weekends or birthday parties.
This photo was taken last October. After much discussion with the teachers, Mikey attended the Y7 Outward Bound Trip in Cumbria. Mikey has been away before with primary school, but they were only half an hour away and I was at the end of the phone and constantly updated. However, this time, he was over 4 hours away and there was no contact for the whole weekend, apart from being sent these pictures by the teachers on social media.
This photo means a lot to me. It shows that my little boy isn't that little anymore. The whole weekend, he was in charge of his medication and I'm so proud of him!
This photo is new to my collection that make me smile. Last weekend, my Sister, my soon to be Sister-in-Law and I took part in our local Pretty Muddy Race for Life.
We had a blast! We laughed from the minute I picked them up to when I took them home and we found that neither of them had their house key. After sitting on bin bags in my car, they had to stand on a towel in my living room with emergency ponchos on while waiting to be picked up!
Not only did we laugh until we cried (especially at Joanne when she had mud splashed in her eye!) but we raised £260 for a brilliant cause.
I love this photo. Every Mothering Sunday, the Mid-Lent Fair comes to town for a week. We all walk down as a family, all 19 of us, again in convoy (are you sensing a theme?!)
One of the rides is an old train that goes round in a circle. I love it! Pretty much every child in town has been in on it through the years! There is a picture of us on it when we were little, I had one of Mikey and I wanted one of Dot too.
This year, Mikey was really good and took her on for me. I not only love this photo because of that, but because these two really love it each other. Mikey dotes on his little sister and Dot is forever wanting to spend time with him. In fact, his is the first name she calls when she wakes up every morning!
Ever since he was 5, Mikey's been telling me that he will have a little sister. At the time I laughed, but he was right!
This photo really makes me laugh. One day, when we were walking, we were kicking the leaves and Mikey suddenly disappeared from next to me. We didn't notice the great pile of leaves in front of us. I had to take a picture of him and he was more than willing!
What are some of your favourite photos that make you smile?