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15/02/2017

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Siblings 2017 {February}

15/02/2017

In my quest to take good pictures of my little trio I am definitely ready for some sunny weather.  In January it was foggy, and in February the clouds gathered low and grey, teasing the promise of snow but never quite living up to it.  It’s been a chilly damp sort of start to the month and I have all my fingers crossed that when we get to our half term next week there will be sunshine and warm winds and all the promise of Spring (please pretty please).

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Photography Project: February

I think it is fair to say that my little trio are more than ready for the half term break.  Pip seems to have bounced back from his trip to A&E, but the girls are tired, and tired means ratty and ratty means more of the fiercest enemies version of sisterhood than their usual beloved friend and companion.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Photography Project: February

It’s a phase and only a phase, and even in it there have still been plenty of days when they’ve come up with an idea together and spent the whole day playing whatever unfathomable world they’ve conjured up, but I would be misrepresenting life with three little ones if I told you it was always sunshine and roses and peaceful harmony.  I have every hope however that the break will restore our usually even keel.

I took them down to the park because fresh air is my default parenting setting and I think it did us all some good, even in the biting cold.  And watching them run off I could see the “it’s mine” and “Mummy she’s following me” rolling off them, as they went back into being a trio again.

I love watching how they interact and how they each take charge, because it’s definitely not Kitty being the boss all the time.  She might decide to run off to the “singing house” (a folly with great acoustics) but it’s Elma who led a few rousing renditions of Christmas carols.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Photography Project: February

And when they headed down to the water to disappoint the ducks with our lack of any bread, they arrived in height order, but it was Pip who started the running around trying to catch a pigeon.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Photography Project: February

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Photography Project: February

This month’s theme, in so far as there is ever a theme, is photos of them from a little distance, helped by the cold keeping everyone out of the park, and being able to trust them to be out of my grab range now that they’re that little bit bigger.  It might be unintentional, I would always choose to have some close up photos in a set, but when they’re not in the mood to pose, I’m not going to force them, and it set me a knew challenge; how could I capture the essence of the three of them as they are now from the back and with a bit of distance.

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Photography Project: February

As it turns out, I love the shots of them running off into the distance because for me they’ve got some serious novelty value.  If I’ve ever had photos like these before where the children are clearly a little way away it’s usually because someone else has been just out of shot, but these are as they seem, my little trio heading off to explore the world, and the pictures can tell the whole story.

I did manage to persuade them into one group shot, all sat together riding the back of an elephant, and yet every time I pressed down on the trigger my little monkey boy’s beaming smile turned into the biggest bottom lip you’ve ever seen.  So here they are, on their own terms, two little sisters and their brother too, in February:

Space for the Butterflies - Sibling Photography Project: February

Do go and say hi to my co-hosts: Donna at What the Redhead Said Natalie at Little Jam Pot Life,  Keri-Anne at GingerLily Tea, Amber at Goblin Child, Katie at Mummy Daddy Me and of course the mastermind behind the whole thing, Lucy at Dear Beautiful.  And then link up your Siblings posts below, and if you’re joining in on Instagram if you use the hashtag #siblingsproject and tag @siblings_project_ we’ll be able to see them too!
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