Elma Family Kitty Pip {the ordinary moments}

Two little girls and one little boy


It is amazing how much laundry five people can accumulate.  Even when two of the five are really rather small and another has a serious shortage of wearable outfits.  But with Pip utterly determined to wear as much of his dinner as he eats and Elma regarding her drawers as a really lovely dressing up box that she dips into every time she feels like a change and Mummy’s back is turned it all builds up.  And so we bung it all in the washing machine and watch it swirl around and I offer up prayers of thanks to the washing machine fairy that installed a child lock on it, and then haul it outside to peg it up on the line.

And once we’ve got several baskets full we pull out the bits and bobs that need ironing (I’m not big on ironing; it’s not a lot) and take the rest upstairs and dump it on my bed to be sorted.  The girls have got really into helping me out and they love climbing up on the head of the bed to grab their clothes for their baskets and nine times out of ten they get it right, and anything else gets sorted out when I come to fold and put things away.  It’s lovely to have their company and we can chat or sing along to the radio while we get through what to be honest can be quite a big task.  Of course there are times when they don’t want to or have a pixie moment or two and clothes go flying and I try to take a deep breath and start again (sometimes with more success than others) but mostly it’s a fun part of our week.

I love hearing their giggles when they think they’re totally hidden under the duvet, or when there little smiley faces pop up as they play peepo over the edge.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Pip generally hangs out in the sling but as he’s got bigger and bigger and decidedly heavier he gets a bit cumbersome if you want to bend up and down between baskets and drawers so I’ve started to tuck him into bed between his sisters for a little sibling hang out while I tuck the clothes back where they belong.  One day in the not too distant future I know he will be seen by the girls as a playfellow.  Probably not quite an equal because he’ll always be their little brother and I think he’ll be taller than me before he looses the “little” tag, but more so than now.  

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Now he is their baby, their little munchkin, someone to kiss and cuddle and pet, and someone who gives them the most enormous smiles when they do. And I love it. I love watching them together and seeing how happy they make each other. And I really love it when we’re all done and we can all cuddle up together or play tents under the duvet.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

We’ve just had Kitty’s last day of ballet for this term and I’m so horribly aware that this means we’ve got one term, and the summer, and then moments like this will be fewer and further between.  There will be days of the five of us at the weekend, and half terms and holidays but the rhythm of our days will be different, and it won’t be the three and me in quite the same way any more. I don’t think it’s a bad thing exactly, but it will be very different and it seems to be a change that’s hurtling towards us at great speed.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Now is the time for me to soak in every little moment of our daily pattern as it is now; cuddles with the laundry and all.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life



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  • Anna-Marie 29/03/2015 at 8:04 am

    Carrie those photos are gorgeous! They all look so alike!

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:58 pm

      thank you – they are rather sweet together it’s true!

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy 29/03/2015 at 8:14 am

    gorgeous pics. My little man likes to help and hide under the sheets too! Bless them. Sounds like lovely moments to treasure xx

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:58 pm

      Hiding under the sheets to make a tent is always a classic!

  • Seychellesmama 29/03/2015 at 8:31 am

    This is so so so gorgeous!!
    I’ve only just realised how the three of them look SO alike it’s adorable!
    I absolutely love these pictures your little ones look like they have such a lovely bond it’s so special! Xx

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:58 pm

      It always surprises me – I don’t look much like my sister and even less so as a child but my three are very clearly siblings!

  • Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com) 29/03/2015 at 8:56 am

    Awe brings back memories of Adam in the sling and my two girls. Such great memories, they are now 5, 7 and 10 and still have lots of fun together. Great photo’s, love the kiss

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:57 pm

      Kitty’s such a great big sister, she loves giving him kisses!

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 29/03/2015 at 9:33 am

    You’re a better person than me Carie- I loathe sorting the laundry! Even with only 2 children it seems to be never ending! Lovely pics as always. The girls will love it as Pip gets older and they can all play together 🙂 x

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:57 pm

      It’s one of the tasks I’m not hugely fond of but I can bear, there are definitely others I’m not so keen on!

  • The Reading Residence 29/03/2015 at 9:38 am

    Such precious ordinary moments, and gorgeous photos. They all look so alike, too, just beautiful x

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:56 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • sustainablemum 29/03/2015 at 10:33 am

    Laundry does seem to grow exponentially, rather than a little bit more with each addition to your family, doesn’t it? You are right to savour these days, they will be different in the months ahead but I am sure just as good 🙂

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:56 pm

      I know – how is it not just one more person’s amount of laundry – ah well, it’s always worth it!

  • Kim 29/03/2015 at 11:43 am

    I have heard about this growing laundry problem as you add more kids to that family 🙂 My little man loves to help sort the laundry, the socks is his thing.

    Enjoy these precious moments, they do go much too fast. Beautiful captures of them together.

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:55 pm

      Kitty’s starting to get into matching socks – a task which often ends with her asking for me to knit her a pair – I think I know what she’ll be getting for her birthday!

  • Kerry (@Ohsoamelia_blog) 29/03/2015 at 2:20 pm

    Such lovely photos! They all look so similar, what a gorgeous family.

    I dread the increasing laundry as H gets older eeek! x

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:54 pm

      It’s amazing how many clothes such tiny people can get through!

  • susan 29/03/2015 at 2:30 pm

    Oh, how sweet your babies are. And I can see how much you are enjoying them – well, good for you, because life just goes by so quickly that they’re grown before you know it.

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:54 pm

      Oh I love them to bits, and I love being their Mum – I just need time to slow down a little bit!!

  • Nasreen 29/03/2015 at 2:52 pm

    It’s lovely to watch siblings growing up together. So true that these moments are ones to savour x

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:53 pm

      It is isn’t it!

  • LauraCYMFT 29/03/2015 at 3:01 pm

    Aww they are so gorgeous together. And so alike. It’s hard thinking about the eldest starting school. You just need to enjoy every second before September arrives.

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:53 pm

      Well that’s definitely the plan!

  • Donna 29/03/2015 at 5:11 pm

    They are so utterly scrumptious! You just can’t help but smile at photos like that – even if they are illustrating the mountains of family laundry! x

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:49 pm

      I do find I just want to pick them all up and give them a huge squishy hug!

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades 29/03/2015 at 7:02 pm

    What a great post and a lovely moment to share together. Ethan starts school in two weeks and I’m looking forward to it as I know he is ready. It will be weird not having him around but I’m so glad he got this extra time at home with his sister before he starts x

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:49 pm

      I think that sounds wonderful – that you’re ready to let him go and that he had the extra time he needed at home 🙂

  • Jess 29/03/2015 at 10:18 pm

    Beautiful post Carie, and gorgeous photos too. I love how everyday chores can become more fun with little ones in tow. Rosalie always has a go at hanging socks on the airer, it’s so cute seeing her try!

    • Carie 29/03/2015 at 10:48 pm

      Oh that’s so sweet – she’s such a cutie!

  • Suzanne3childrenandit 30/03/2015 at 5:28 pm

    I love reading your blog Carie because it just transports me back 10 years to when my little munchkins were this age – I think we have a very similar age gap. Hard work but so much fun! x

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 12:21 am

      And vice versa – yours gives me a taste of the future – which is alternately exciting and scary!!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 30/03/2015 at 10:01 pm

    Oh Carie these photos are absolutely stunning! How cute do the three of them look all snuggled up there, and a perfect example of an ordinary moment you will treasure when you look back on it. Pip is so smiley! x

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 12:17 am

      thank you – they’re all three my little snuggle bugs and I love it (most of the time!)

  • Clare Mansell 31/03/2015 at 11:04 am

    I read a great post once from a mother of triplets about the changes that having three children bring and one of the things she highlighted was that you never get to the end of the laundry pile! Lovely photos! 🙂

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:49 pm

      That sounds about right – wow triplet laundry though – she is my new hero!

  • sally 02/04/2015 at 12:14 pm

    What a lovely place to take your photos, and beautiful, real pictures as a result.

    • Carie 03/04/2015 at 7:39 am

      thank you 🙂