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A year of ordinary moments


Tomorrow my biggest girl turns five.  It’s so cliched and I know I keep saying it, but where in the world has five years gone?  As far as I can see, the sands of time aren’t slipping away so much as being hastily shovelled away by a giant bulldozer.  But time waits for no one and tomorrow Kitty will have her first of many birthdays at school, to add onto a little early celebrating in London on Saturday morning and the plans we have for today that may or may not involve the purchase of a giant balloon.

And as has now become a bit of a tradition, I’ve been looking back through the last year, and putting together her birthday video, a little look back at the year she was four.

(if it’s giving you problems and won’t let you watch it, try version two here which has different music and might work better)

This is the third of Kitty’s birthday videos, she loves them and she and Elma will happily sit and watch our iMovie library, working their way through the birthday videos and the films of our adventures to pass a quiet moment.  It was watching those films, and then watching the clips I have of Kitty for this year that I realised something.  This year is the first year where the change in Kitty, whilst noticeable, isn’t as stark as it once was, or as it is in her siblings’ films (seriously, Elma is wearing PJs in a clip from Kitty’s fourth birthday that fit Pip now!).  And when the storytelling arc isn’t “haven’t you grown”, and the gentle progress from tiny baby to bumbling toddler, to small person, the focus shifts away from the changes and back quite simply to Kitty.

I film odd little snippets throughout the year, and while big days out and adventures might get their own film, I’m determined not to waste the rest.  The everyday, the ordinary, the mundane could so easily end up just sitting on a computer file somewhere gathering virtual reality dust.  When I started to look through them it struck me how many of the moments captured on tape I had forgotten ever happened, and how much I don’t want to loose the memories of these happy happy days; Kitty and Elma feeding each other yoghurt, or leaping for a windmill, or any one of a hundred or so trips to the park this summer.

And so this year’s video, of the year when Kitty was four, is a celebration of a whole year of moments in the beautiful everyday ordinary of our lovely girl, and of our family as a whole.



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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 20/09/2015 at 8:12 am

    I LOVE this idea, and if you don’t mind, I’m totally going to steal it… You’re so right about those little files just sitting gathering dust. On it for Heidi’s birthday now. Thanks for the idea!!!

  • Mackenzie Glanville 20/09/2015 at 8:58 am

    My baby turns 6 next week, so sad yet so happy, it does go way too quickly, you have a beautiful family. Love you to share this with me on my #mummyandus link up as it is such a gorgeous post.

  • Em @ snowingindoors 20/09/2015 at 10:09 am

    You’re right, time just flies by. My two love watching videos of themselves too

  • Kathy 20/09/2015 at 10:21 am

    I did a video when James turned 5 and was going to do one every 5 years…unfortunately I haven’t even done Sienna’s 5 years yet and she is turning 10 in Feb next year. Like your wedding day goes really fast, these kids just keep growing. James is going to turn 12 in November and I still can’t get over Sienna being 9 let alone double digits next year.

  • Not A Frumpy Mum 20/09/2015 at 2:29 pm

    What a great idea, I always forget to take videos and really should make more of an effort with them as O loves to watch them. Lovely ordinary moments xxx

  • LauraCYMFT 20/09/2015 at 3:50 pm

    Aww this is such a gorgeous video. Those every day bits of life are just as important as the big days. Hope Kitty has a wonderful 5th birthday.

  • Mary 20/09/2015 at 4:22 pm

    Awww what a lovely Idea carrie.. its such a gorgeous video and she seems such a happy little are right though and cliche or not, time is deffs going far too fast!
    I hope she has a wonderful birthday and 5th yr of life x #OrdinaryMoments

  • Brandi 20/09/2015 at 5:41 pm

    Awesome idea! This is just great and such a treasure to have!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 20/09/2015 at 7:17 pm

    This is such a gorgeous video and a beautiful idea Carie- I love how you have called it ‘Now I am Four’ too. They will be so lovely to look back on when she is older and I bet she treasures watching them. x

  • Donna 20/09/2015 at 10:18 pm

    Five! Five seems so big and so grown up! It’s so lovely to see how she has grown over the year. Happy Birthday eve gorgeous girl x

  • Chantal Milk&Nappies 21/09/2015 at 4:19 pm

    What a lovely idea Carie, I so wish I had captured more of Zach on film, especially all those ordinary moments which can be so easy to forget! Time flies doesn’t it? Five sounds so grown up and I wish your lovely girl the happiest of birthdays! xx

  • Hannah 22/09/2015 at 11:30 am

    What a beautiful video. Videos capture so much that photos miss, Kitty looks such an happy little girl, I bet she will love these videos when she is much older. I want to rewind time and capture some of our moments now!

    • Carie 24/09/2015 at 9:34 pm

      I think video can capture gestures and expressions in a way that you don’t always get with the camera, and I love having silly things like her made up songs recorded. When she’s a teenager she’ll hate it and when she’s got her own kids she’ll love it!

  • Amelia @ Oh Little One Sweet 22/09/2015 at 11:59 am

    Aw this is such a lovely video Carie and such a cool idea! You’re right, it’s such a shame to simply leave all the little video clips of more everyday moments on the computer gathering ‘virtual reality dust’ as often they capture some of the most precious moments. lovely idea! Amelia x

    • Carie 24/09/2015 at 9:33 pm

      It’s fun isn’t it – and the kids love their birthday videos, they ask to watch them again and again and again, especially the early ones!

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 25/09/2015 at 10:01 am

    Wow, what a lovely video. I am totally stealing this idea and making a video compilation of my boy’s first year! Hope Kitty had a lovely birthday #ordinarymoments xx

    • Carie 27/09/2015 at 3:35 pm

      Oh you have to do it – it’s just so much fun!

  • sally 27/09/2015 at 12:40 am

    Such a lovely tradition. I finally got round to giving it a go for Maria’s birthday earlier in the Summer, and whilst there was plenty of room for improvement with it, she loved it. I’m sure Kitty will have loved this one just as much as all the others.

    • Carie 27/09/2015 at 3:05 pm

      Yay! You said you were thinking about it and I’m so glad you did, I love having our little set to look back on, I just wish I’d started earlier!