Elma Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}



 Sadly not the liquid sort, although it is Burns Night on Friday!

Kitty has always had a penchant for re-christening things.  Sometimes it’s because she’s picked up the start of the right word and made up the end of it, sometimes it’s a word that suits the action (like her “kicksy”) and sometimes, I just have no idea.

In the world of my daughter, Scotch is Memory Game, specifically the Bible Stories Memory Game that Grandpa gave her for Christmas.  It’s rapidly become one of her favourite games, and I don’t think my Dad escaped without at least one game every day of his visit.  She just loves collecting her pairs, and she’s got the hang of it, and the need to let her opponent have turns, pretty quickly.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The cards are beautifully sturdy, and have survived several abduction attempts by Elma, who I think likes the pretty pictures, but the truth is that this just isn’t something that we can play when it’s just me and two small girls.

Elma just wants to be into everything that Kitty’s playing with, or sat on my knee, or preferably both.  It’s really lovely to see them play kitchen together, to build/chew with the Duplo, or to sit next to each other drawing and painting, and those moments are special to me, but I’m really conscious that I don’t want Kitty to miss out on playing with the things she loves, or be limited by what we can and can’t let her sister chew.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And so in the spirit of my New Year’s Intentions I’m trying to make sure that if we’re at home when Elma naps I don’t plonk Kitty in the lounge with her crayons or *cough Doc McStuffins* while I run round like a crazy mad woman between the triumvirate household gods of laundry, cooking and cleaning, but instead make it her special time.

We still have clean clothes and we still eat supper, I’ve not totally abdicated the rather dusty domestic goddess throne, but it is wonderful to come down leaving a snoozing snuffly baby tucked up snug under her blankie and say “right, your turn now – what do you want to do?”

The answer, is almost always “Scotch”.

Well, technically it’s quite often “Have a chocolate biscuit and play Scotch!”

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And so we do.  At least three times.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then we play Snakes and Ladders; sometimes more successfully than others – we’re still working on the idea that the dice tells you how many squares to move, you don’t get to jump to where it lands!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then if Elma’s still sleeping, it might be Fishing, or a play picnic, or just curling up on the sofa with a book.

Tiny snatched moments of time, just me and my eldest girl.

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  • Caroline 19/01/2014 at 3:06 pm

    I’m doing exactly the same as you Carie – just hundreds of miles away:)

    • Carie 20/01/2014 at 8:48 am

      Yay! It’s so much fun – at least the first few times!

  • Carin 19/01/2014 at 3:53 pm

    That is so nice! Those moments with the oldest are always so precious. And memory (or scotch lol) is fun!

    • Carie 20/01/2014 at 8:52 am

      We had a set when I was little that lived in an old soap box so it always smelt faintly of soap! It’s such a great game, I’m glad she loves it.

  • Katie 19/01/2014 at 8:15 pm

    I love made up words for things – F only recently stopped calling milk ‘corky’ go figure?!
    The games look like much fun, i am trying with games, snap and the like, but F still gets bored way too quickly by rules 😉 x

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 9:47 pm

      I think we’re only just getting to the point where we can play something with rules. My Dad taught her Memory so I can’t take credit for that, and we still play dominoes with all the tiles face up so I can nudge her as to what might work!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 19/01/2014 at 10:05 pm

    Those snatched moments with just one are so precious aren’t they? Mads has just recently started getting into games, she got a memory matching pair game from Grandpa for Christmas too, although depending on her mood she gets stroppy if we win a card before her! X

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:16 pm

      I’ll admit there’s a little bit of deliberate mistakes to make sure we at least draw! She doesn’t seem to mind loosing at Snakes and Ladders though.

  • chantelle 20/01/2014 at 5:41 am

    This is so sweet. I have such fond memories of playing games when I was little (despite being an awful loser!) and I really can’t wait to be able to do this with Arthur! x

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:29 pm

      It’s such fun recreating some of our favourite childhood games all over again!

  • The Reading Residence 20/01/2014 at 8:31 am

    So lovely. I enjoy my moments when the littlest is napping with my girl, too.

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you – it’s so nice to sneak a little one on one time!

  • Karen 20/01/2014 at 2:37 pm

    It’s like this in our house in the afternoons now. Lots of fun 🙂

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:51 pm

      It’s definitely simple pleasures!

  • Laurenne @ This Mummy 22/01/2014 at 11:27 pm

    Awww, such a lovely post and such special moments. I’ve been trying to do more with my big girl while baby girl is sleeping too, this week we’ve been baking and painting and it’s really lovely to get some quality one on one time! L x

    • Carie 23/01/2014 at 10:08 pm

      Oh that sounds wonderful – it’s definitely something I’m trying to do rather than always actually succeeding!