Pip’s birthdayLinking up with Jodi with a portrait of each of my children once every week for 2015.
Kitty: you were so proud of your choice of birthday card for your brother you just couldn’t wait to give it to him, or tell him, and everyone else, all about it. I can understand why, you wrote it all by yourself, it had Thomas the Tank Engine on it, and it comes with a badge, which you were very very keen that Pip should wear on his pyjamas. You were incredibly exciting for his birthday, and now that the next birthday is a certain little girl turning five, you are very keen on “when it’s my five birthday” conversations. It will come soon enough I promise sweetie.
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/100, f/2.2, ISO 800)
Elma: On the afternoon of Pip’s birthday we went up to the park for the first time since we got back from our trip. All the way around Europe you’ve been making a beeline for the roundabouts, especially at our last campsite where they were just opposite our tent, and it was funny to see how your usual favourite (the swings) were spurned in favour of twirling in circles.
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/200, f/7.1 , ISO 100)
Pip: You spent most of your birthday wreathed in smiles. Well why not, there was Mama and Daddy and your sisters and aunt and your cousin and our friends to play with. We’d tucked your presents up in playsilks and tea towels (not because of a lack of wrapping paper but because we’ve found babies can’t open wrapping paper so they ignore it but they will explore tea towels with enticing corners poking out) and you pulled and pulled to find wooden animals, a snuggly dolly, and other treasures. But I think the highlight may have been the helium balloons tied to your chair and your big silver 1. You spent ages pulling them down, patting them and then giggling when they popped up again and it was so much fun for us all to watch.
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/80Pictures , f/2.2, ISO 800)