Family Siblings

Siblings 2017: April


When I first thought about being a mother, and having a child, my imagination conjured up tiny babies in impossibly cute outfits, who would snooze in the shade of a cherry blossom tree and giggle as they mushed yoghurt into their hair.  Some of that came to pass (though not so much the snoozing), but those were the baby days, and as motherhood for me always started with a baby, my imagination wasn’t too far off the mark.

But when I thought about having multiple children, what it would be like for those imaginary babies to have imaginary siblings, I skipped ahead past the big sibling doting on the new baby stage, past the new sibiling wondering when the baby will start to be any fun, and past the new sibling trying to feed the baby yoghurt while your back is turned, to pretty much where we are now.

I could and can see my little ones sprinting around the place, causing chaos and destruction and utter joy in equal measure.  They are my little band of three, they each have their own slightly different relationship with the other two, but together they have a collective will that gets only stronger with every month and was no more apparent than when we headed out on then adventure when these photos were taken.

Even after living here for twelve years there are still placed I haven’t explored and roads we’ve just never been down, but our hunt for a yellow field took me down a dead end that I’d assumed only went as far as the farm.  In fact it kept going and going and that glimpse of yellow that we’d spotted in the distance turned out to be a gorgeous field in full bloom right next to Chesterton church with a bridleway running straight through it.

And so we went exploring.

We may have taken a few wrong turns on the bridleway down the wide tractor lines than carved patterns through the field, but for the littlest two, who couldn’t see over the top, running down the paths and hiding away so they couldn’t see me was the height of excitement.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Monthly Photo Project

The field is big enough that we never got to the other side, and I’m definitely saving that up for another day when they’re all feeling a bit picklish and we need to get out of the house.

I love this picture of Kitty – both feet off the ground and flying.

It was a beautiful sunny evening; all the golden light that I’ve missed through the winter and a warm wind to set the rapeseed dancing.  It smelt like sunshine and sneezes and the melding of spring into summer.

Trying to get all three to pose for a photo was near impossible – the girls would stand still but then Pip dash away chuckling to himself and by the time I’d get them all in the same place at the same time they were laughing fit to burst.  The girls both help in keeping hold of their brother, and I started chuckling when I saw this one pop up in my pictures:

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Monthly Photo Project

That is ‘big sister’ for “you will stand here until Mama takes this photo and don’t even think of running away”!  I’d say poor Pip but he adores Kitty, largely I suspect because she can enact all of his thoughts of mischief and mayhem that require a slightly longer reach.

And so my little trio grow another month older, another month nearer to our next big house move adventure, and ever more tightly knit together.

Two little sisters, and their brother too, in April


Space for the Butterflies - Siblings Monthly Photo Project

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 Meet the Wildes, 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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  • The Reading Residence 15/04/2017 at 7:43 am

    Beautiful photos, what a wonderful setting. I love the big sister shot, they do like to ensure younger siblings do as they’re told!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 15/04/2017 at 12:36 pm

    So gorgeous, love all that yellow and your three look gorgeous and happy as ever 🙂 xxx

  • Emma Plus Three 16/04/2017 at 12:28 pm

    Gorgeous photos! We tried to find a yellow field for our photos, but just can’t seem to find any round here, booo! x

  • Colette 16/04/2017 at 9:06 pm

    I used to love running through fields as a kid – not being able to see over the top of the corn.

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 17/04/2017 at 10:19 am

    Oh these are gorgeous photos of your trio running through the beautiful yellow field. I love that one where Kitty is holding Pip still – that is a perfect big sister moment to capture! So lovely to discover somewhere new to explore and looks like they were all having such a wonderful time exploring 🙂 #siblingsproject

  • Farmerswifeandmummy 20/04/2017 at 6:54 am

    What lovely photos. I always giggle at these photos as I know the reaction of my husband if he found a blogger in one of his fields 😉 thankfully there are no public footpaths here. I love the way you write.
    The struggle is real here too getting a photo of 3. If anything else it keeps our memory cards full #siblings

    • Carie 20/04/2017 at 5:04 pm

      Oh I know what you mean – I grew up in rural South Devon and I’d never dare go in a field that didn’t at least belong to someone I knew! It took a long wait and a lot of searching this year to find a field with a bridleway running through it (crop rotation being the enemy of photographers!!) and it was totally worth it for the pictures

  • Jenny 20/04/2017 at 3:57 pm

    Carie loving your rapeseed field snaps for Siblings this month. We just captured us quickly for this month’s family snaps among the rapeseed too. So gorgeous at this time of year isn’t it? These are darling. At least you had blue skies to go against the yellow we had a storm above ours hahahaha Hard to find the rapeseed fields around here these look ace with paths to run along them. The kids look like they had a ball. #siblingsproject

  • Laura 20/04/2017 at 8:47 pm

    What gorgeous photos with such vivid colours, love how your big girl has her arm around the other two, so cute 🙂

  • Sian - The Mama Story 27/04/2017 at 11:41 am

    What a beautiful setting for photos! Gorgeous photos too. They look like they are having a lot of fun, even if they won’t pose! #siblingproject

  • Mummy on a Budget 27/04/2017 at 8:21 pm

    What lovely photos. So bright and colourful. #siblingsproject

  • Imperfect Mum 28/04/2017 at 7:43 am

    What an amazing place to take photos and your shots are lovely. It is hard to get a good shot with 2 participants never mind three. I love the shot where they are all cuddled up and smiling. Thank you for hosting #siblingsproject