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I can’t exactly remember why we’d gone into Homebase.  It might have been for a new laundry basket, or something to do with the massive ‘decapitate the back hedge’ project that H has been working on for the past few weeks, or any one of a number of little errands for something where you can’t quite think might sell it, and a DIY shop/garden centre seems as good a place as any to start.

What we came out with, were hoops.  Two of them.  A little purple one for Elma and a big pink one for Kitty while the afternoon sunshine bounced off the glitter wrappings in shimmery rainbows, and the bumps and curves in the road sent the ball bearings inside leaping and spinning.  That first afternoon I tried to teach Kitty to hoopla, very unsuccessfully given that (a) I can’t do it normally and (b) it really really doesn’t work when you’re six months pregnant.  She stood there with a little frown of concentration, trying to work out what she was supposed to be copying, before holding it above her head and simply letting it drop to the ground while she stood and wiggled.  We might have to revisit that one later.

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And when the rain came it was universally decreed by the smallest members of the family that they were too pink, too purple, too glittery, all in all, too special to be put in the shed or, heaven forbid, left outside, and in they came.  They’ve been rolled down the hall, spun around in circles, but most often, and certainly most often since it’s bee raining, and the lawn has returned to its favourite sludgy state, the hoops have played a key role in a Kitty-invented game of “Pink Hoop, Purple Hoop”.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

As it mostly involves me sitting on a dining room chair calling out “pink hoop”, “purple hoop”, “no hoop”, or the ever tricksy “pink and purple hoop together”, while Kit jumps from one to the other and Elma toddles after her with delighted but baffled enthusiasm; I’m a really big fan!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And when they’ve finished that hoop game, there are still a million and one different things they could be; we’ve had princess fairy dresses (which took a fair amount of imagination), and tunnels, and a few directions from Kit to Elma that makes me think she was paying rather closer attention to watching her cousin do agility training with her spaniel the last time I was in Yorkshire than I’d really realised at the time.


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And if all else fails, there’s always just lifting it up and letting it fall around you in a happy rattly crash!  It’s a justification for impromptu garden centre shopping if ever I saw it!

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 26/05/2014 at 4:52 pm

    You just gotta love those kind of games!!

    • Carie 27/05/2014 at 10:42 am

      They’re great fun aren’t they – and yesterday we had them out as beanbag targets – definitely a good impromptu purchase!

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) 26/05/2014 at 6:48 pm

    My fave toy until now that I am a mother. My son loves it when I hoolahoop and he always gives it to me to watch me make a fool of myself =P

    Love that your kids loves it too and using it the best way they can =P CUTEness! #LivingArrows

    • Carie 27/05/2014 at 10:45 am

      I’m wildly impressed that you can actually hula hoop – I don’t think I’ve ever been able to do it even when I’m not pregnant!!

  • Franki | Little Luca & Me 26/05/2014 at 6:48 pm

    Aww how cute and I think the pink hoop purple hoop game is a very cool idea. I love a hula hoop session, haven’t done it for a long time though. I’m guessing it’s near impossible with a 6month bump. Go you for trying though x

    • Carie 27/05/2014 at 11:10 am

      I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to do it so to be honest the baby bump is just a bit of a good excuse – but it’s always fun to try!

  • Jenny 26/05/2014 at 7:49 pm

    Can’t beat hula hooping what a great find and in such a funny place. Glad you have fun with them and the girls. lol Can’t imagine doing it prego. I haven’t hooped in years! #livingarrows

    • Carie 27/05/2014 at 11:12 am

      They were with all of the other outdoor toys so it almost made sense in the shop!! Definitely a good find wherever they came from; they’ve been our most popular toy this week after the box that Kitty’s latest car seat came in!

  • Kyna boutique 26/05/2014 at 8:05 pm

    lovely pictures – the joy on their faces is just adorable x

    • Carie 27/05/2014 at 11:13 am

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Faded Seaside Mama 26/05/2014 at 9:45 pm

    Love how happy they both look in these photos. Who needs fancy technology when the basics of childhood can guarantee such gorgeous smiles?

    • Carie 27/05/2014 at 11:14 am

      Well quite! It’s always the simplest toys that seem to see the most action too isn’t it!

  • The Mummy Diary 27/05/2014 at 8:15 am

    I love hoola hoops, my daughter was pretending to play with one the other day so i got her to try one in the shop. It was rather cute. I love how happy they look #livingarrows

    • Carie 27/05/2014 at 11:16 am

      Oh that must have been so sweet!

  • older mum in a muddle 28/05/2014 at 6:53 pm

    Brilliant game…. the things you can conjure up when it’s raining outside. Great pictures. X

    • Carie 28/05/2014 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you – the hoops have turned out to be such a great indoor toy – I would never have expected it!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 29/05/2014 at 7:48 pm

    Lovely photos, your 2 look to be having so much fun together. Good on you for trying to hoola hoop whilst pregnant!

    • Carie 30/05/2014 at 12:12 pm

      I think it was optimistic at best – but as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained!!