Christmas Elma Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}

Dance like nobody’s watching


For all the plans we make, the intentions we have, and the visions of perfectly organised wonderful days, sometimes the very best moments are completely unscheduled.  Golden moments, free from expectation or restriction.  Free from anything except the sheer joy that encapsulates you, like a bubble suspended in time.

It’s no secret that my girls love a little music, and no surprise either, however much their father tries to deny it, he and his family are all very musical, and even I can hold a tune with a bit of luck and a following wind.  So when, on the last night of our New Year’s visit to H’s family, as we were hanging out at the kitchen table, Grandad turned the radio on, and the Sixties classics came pouring out, that was it.  Time to put on your dancing shoes.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Kitty zoomed into the middle of the floor to spin circles, dancing away without a thought in the world except the joy of the music and the beat; Grandad scooped Elma into his arms for a whirl around, and the rest of us couldn’t resist joining in.

Kitty and I did a little hornpipe, so reminiscent of some of the silly mucking about dancing I used to do in the kitchen with Mum the holiday I gave her a Nancy Sinatra CD after I spotted a Nancy and Lee album in her record collection.

Kit had springs in her heels, and as soon as one parent/aunt/grandparent tired out she’d move onto the next, approximating some sort of a jive with Grandad before sweeping H around the kitchen in what I think was supposed to be a quickstep (she’s clearly spent a lot of time studying Strictly over Christmas), but was described as “Twirly, twirly Daddy!”

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Her expression says it all, doesn’t it?

But for me the sweetest moment, the one that I treasure, the one that I know will be repeated a hundred times, and yet is so precious this very first time, is the moment that my lovely daughters danced together.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Elma, so thrilled to be standing up, and holding onto her Kitty as she gently bounced, and Kitty, serious with concentration, trying so hard not to move and to show that she can hold her baby sister, and in equal part wanting to shout “do gallopy gallopy Elma!” and rush away down the kitchen.

They may have been a bit wobbly, and it only lasted a second or two, but it was magic.

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  • chantelle 12/01/2014 at 8:18 am

    This is so so lovely!!! What a special time x

    • Carie 12/01/2014 at 9:33 pm

      thank you – it was a lot of fun!

  • Donna 12/01/2014 at 11:28 am

    Oh wow. I had tears in my eyes at the end of that. You have such a wonderful family! I’m sure your Daughters will dance together for years to come. Thanks for sharing x

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you *blushes* I hope they will too!

  • Toby Goes Bananas 12/01/2014 at 12:28 pm

    Aww, these are wonderful pictures. It looks like everyone is having so much fun.

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you, it was a lot of fun!

  • Claire 12/01/2014 at 1:19 pm

    Beautiful girls, beautiful moments!! X

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Eline 12/01/2014 at 4:10 pm

    I loved reading this, it’s just gorgeous. Kitty’s expression really does say it all!

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you – she was just having so much fun!

  • katie 12/01/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Awwwww i wanna be at your party!! 😉

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 10:04 pm

      You’re always welcome! Or better yet – stick the radio on and go for it!

  • Michelle 12/01/2014 at 6:39 pm

    That’s just brilliant! Your daughters dancing together….soooo cute! x

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 10:08 pm

      They are just too cute for words when they’re together!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 12/01/2014 at 8:14 pm

    I LOVE these photos Carie. There is something about seeing Grandparents with their Grandchildren that I just love, so special and it looks like you all had so much fun x

    • Carie 13/01/2014 at 10:12 pm

      Me too – especially as we don’t have the full compliment; I want all the pictures I can get of the girls with their extended family.

  • Anna-Marie 13/01/2014 at 8:19 am

    These photo’s are amazing. I love them.. There is nothing quite like having a good ole boogey! I tend to whack the stereo on about 4pm most days {to break up the day obviously!} and we all have a dance round the lounge before bath-time!

    • Carie 14/01/2014 at 8:31 am

      That’s such a good idea! We have music for tidy up time – it always seems to make it happen faster!

  • Double Troube 13/01/2014 at 3:16 pm

    These photos are so lovely, I love love the ones of your daughters dancing, it’s so adorable. Looks like a fun party 🙂

    • Carie 14/01/2014 at 9:10 am

      Very wobbly dancing but dancing none the less!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 13/01/2014 at 8:03 pm

    Oh Carie, what a beautiful moment to capture on camera. I definitely think the best moments are the unscripted ones. It looks like a party I would definitely like to be at! x

    • Carie 14/01/2014 at 9:13 am

      It was definitely a good impromptu party – thank you 🙂

  • Mummy of Two 15/01/2014 at 1:30 pm

    What beautiful, beautiful photos. You can’t beat a good dance, especially in the kitchen with Grandad!

    • Carie 15/01/2014 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you – it’s definitely one of life’s simple pleasures!