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Siblings 2015: July


In the rhythm of our days, summer Saturdays mean two things.  First, the anxious checking of the weather forecast in the morning, and in the afternoon, cricket.

H disappears just after lunch lugging his kit bag behind him and we come down to the club after lunch.  We’ll make camp on the lawn between the pavilion and the pitch; quilts, books, teddies and anything else the girls have decided to bring with us.  If H is batting first then he’ll usually be with us for most of the innings (his playing style is slog it!), and if they’re fielding we sit and watch.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

Oh course, the attention span of a four, two or ten month old isn’t huge and when they can’t work out where Daddy has got to, they’ll run around in circles, Pip chasing as fast as he can crawl after them.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: JulyThere’s enough room to play throwing, or scamper about, and they’re well known enough that some of the senior members of the club sneak them chocolate biscuits.


Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

These pictures were taken on Saturday; H scored a magnificent 12 off 9 balls contributing to a rare team win, and although it wasn’t the hottest of days, the children were happy and content.


Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

I love how easy all three are around each other, Kitty and Elma know Pip is there but there isn’t the intent and rather hands on fascination of the early days, he holds his own now.  No longer a novelty, he’s just their brother.  They still adore him, don’t get me wrong, they sing to him and tickle him and try to make him smile and bring him toys and all the rest, but I think that with his crawling, and now pulling to stand, he’s moved in their subconscious from ‘rather cute interactive teddy-baby’ to an actual person, who while cute, also has the potential to eat your lego if you leave it on the floor.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

This is my little trio at its most relaxed; they’re each doing their own thing, Pip unpacking my handbag (again), Kitty pouring over the Legoland map that she found in the car, trying to remember all the places we’d been to, before scampering off to get her wriggles out while Elma moved on to map appreciation, and Pip eyed me suspiciously, hoping that I wouldn’t notice that he has his hand on the car keys, and then tried to distract me by staring intently at the scorer’s box.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July

I think these are the first properly candid pictures I have of my three and as my photographic style, such as it is, has always been heavily weighted towards the imperfect perfect, that makes them very special.

Two little sisters, and a brother too, in July.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings 2015: July



dear beautiful
This month I’m sending you to Katie, a lady who clearly needs no introduction.  Her pictures are always stunning (I’m rather hoping they might be from one of her recent holidays) and with two girls of my own of very similar ages it’s lovely to watch her little ladies growing up.  And now it’s your turn to link up – what have your siblings been up to this month?

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 15/07/2015 at 7:24 am

    Little Pip’s face in that last one! Adorable! Love the transition you describe in the ur relationship with Pip. And also how the older two are thick as thieves. Looks like a special afternoon.

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:53 pm

      It was – a very ordinary sort of afternoon, but a lot of fun too!

  • Jodie 15/07/2015 at 7:52 am

    its actually really interesting watching your three grow together.

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you think so 🙂

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought 15/07/2015 at 9:48 am

    Oh these are just lovely candid shots, I especially love the last one where you’ve captured that cheeky grin as Pip tries to nab your car keys!

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:54 pm

      He is a little monkey – he loves unpacking my handbag and diving for the keys!

  • suzy Mae 15/07/2015 at 10:24 am

    I love how older siblings interact with the littlest ones. What amazing pictures and wonderful memories 🙂

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:55 pm

      It’s lovely to see and a relationship that I was never part of, being the eldest of two, so it’s all new to me!

  • Louise 15/07/2015 at 10:40 am

    Beautiful photos as always Carie – I do love how natural these photos are and how they really capture your little trio being content just to be together whilst each doing their own little thing. What lovely moments to capture 🙂

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:55 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Jessy @ Our Side of the Mountain 15/07/2015 at 10:44 am

    Adorable! It’s those special, simple moments that really capture our “little ones”. (Well, you have “little ones”; I have “big ones” now. LOL)

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:56 pm

      I think my little ones will always be little in my head – even when Pip can tower over me!!

  • Kriss MacDonald 15/07/2015 at 11:34 am

    They seem so happy playing together during the match. Lovely candid captures

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:56 pm

      They really were, it was lovely – and a great match!

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  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama 15/07/2015 at 1:25 pm

    These are my favourite pics of your 3 since the start of this project Carie — absolutely gorgeous to see them, captured unawares. Just lovely #Siblings

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you – they seem an unusal set for favourites, as no one’s really smiling or looking at the camera but I think they’re in my favourites too!

  • Kelly Taylor - Two Boy Mummy 15/07/2015 at 2:14 pm

    Lovely candid photos, Caro. Hasn’t Pip’s hair got long at the back?! He looks really different to last month’s photo – more of a toddler and less of a baby, I think. Your three do look totally at ease with each other – so nice to see. x

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:59 pm

      Oh definitely, he’s still a little thin on top but the back and sides have really grown in, he almost needs a hairbrush!

  • Natalie 15/07/2015 at 3:51 pm

    So cute! Those times rush by so quickly, and even though the older children are still “cute” in their own way, their lives start to turn in separate circles. Enjoy 🙂

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 8:00 pm

      there’s definitely a difference between tiny child adorable cute and older child cute isn’t there, both lovely but different!

  • Mammasaurus 15/07/2015 at 4:52 pm

    These scream summertime happiness Carie – love them x

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you – they are very very English aren’t they!

  • Sara | mumturnedmom 15/07/2015 at 4:58 pm

    I love these candid shots, it really shows how the interact with each other, and how comfortable they are to just do their own thing next to each other. Lovely x

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 8:02 pm

      It really was lovely just sitting watching them together without any other adults around, and so funny to see some of their interactions too!

  • Lotta 15/07/2015 at 7:36 pm

    Lovely to capture those little moments of them in their own world together.

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 8:03 pm

      It really is, it’s why I enjoy this project so much!

  • Kim 15/07/2015 at 8:00 pm

    Beautiful Carie.

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you my dear!

  • LauraCYMFT 15/07/2015 at 8:47 pm

    These are lovely photos. How nice to go and watch H play and just enjoy that. It looks quite relaxing!

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 8:06 pm

      Most of the time it’s really chilled out – only when all three try to go in different directions at once does it get a bit stressful!

  • Anna @ The Next Big Journey 15/07/2015 at 9:12 pm

    Lovely photos, especially of Pip who looks just so cheeky and adorable! x

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you – he is the master of cheeky, adorable and getting his own way!!!

  • barnraised (Jen) 16/07/2015 at 7:43 am

    So cute! And that face of Pip!

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:52 pm

      I know – he could charm the birds out of the trees!

  • Alex Gladwin 16/07/2015 at 12:30 pm

    These really are such lovely shots. Beautiful photos to really treasure! xx

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 7:50 pm

      Aww thanks Alex

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 16/07/2015 at 9:12 pm

    Look at Pip sitting up there with the big girls! What a gorgeous threesome, he’s getting so big! x

    • Carie 16/07/2015 at 9:21 pm

      Isn’t he just – and such a little cutie with it – he’ll have the girls wrapped around his fingers before we know where we are!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 16/07/2015 at 9:44 pm

    Love this post, and just check out his cheeky grin at the end! those relaxed moments of contentment are wonderful x

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:29 pm

      they are aren’t they, especially when life as a family of five is a bit of a hustle and bustle most of the time!

  • Yanic 17/07/2015 at 2:46 am

    Beautiful captures and even more thoughtful words. To watch them become individuals as well as a well balanced brother/sister group is amazing. Like a refined ballet piece. 🙂

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:47 pm

      A refined ballet piece with the occasional squabble! Sounds perfect!!

  • Jane 17/07/2015 at 3:37 pm

    Lovely photos, I love that it all looks so relaxed. I feel like I want to join you on your Saturday afternoons x

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:38 pm

      if you’re ever in Warwickshire…!

  • Colette B 18/07/2015 at 9:44 pm

    What a gorgeous way to spend the afternoon. I remember as a child my Dad used to play cricket on the village green and we had such fun messing about at the side whilst they played.

    • Carie 18/07/2015 at 11:32 pm

      Ah see those are the kind of memories that I hope my children have when they grow up – fingers cross so far I think we’re on track!

  • sally 24/07/2015 at 9:39 pm

    Always such an interesting dynamic to watch, and love that last photo especially!

    • Carie 25/07/2015 at 11:20 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Donna 01/08/2015 at 10:31 pm

    How has Pip got so big?! Love that last photo, his little happy face! x

    • Carie 01/08/2015 at 11:06 pm

      I have no idea, I think he grows whenever I’m not looking!