Elma Family Kitty Photography Siblings

Siblings – in April

10/04/2014

Spring has sprung. We’ve shrugged off the gloom and the rain of winter for one wonderful weekend of warm and sunny weather and even when the cold wind returned it’s sent daffodils bouncing in the front garden, and the rain splatter down on a smattering of primroses nestling into the back lawn, all sunny yellow and that faintly brownish mauve colour that always reminds me of soap boxes and my grandma. In short there is new life and brightness in the world and that makes all the difference.

It’s meant afternoons spent outside in the garden (and mornings, and even the occasional pre-breakfast trip), long hours spent at the play park up the hill, and the promise of even more outside time as the weather gets warmer and the daylight gets longer.

And that, and Elma’s increased mobility, has had an impact on how they play together. My little girls get on incredibly well together for the most part (and I’m under no illusions as to how lucky we are on that front), but it’s only recently that we’ve started to see the shift from playing happily but independently near each other, to doing the same thing next to each other, to actually playing in the same little make believe world. Or at least, to Kitty including Elma as a vital part of the make believe world. Generally meaning that Kitty tells Elma what to do, Elma gazes adoringly up at her sister, and then does what she wants anyway.

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

The car at the play park becomes a pirate ship as Captain Kitty leaves First Mate Elma at the helm as she goes off in search of treasure; or the roundabout, which was something to do with fairies that I never quite made out, suddenly must have Elma on it as Kitty whirls around the outside to the chorus of “slowly please…… slowly…….more slowly!” from me while Her small sister clings on delightedly.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But for all the talk of the outside, my favourite pictures of my two this month are from inside, inside a garden centre to be precise – so that’s practically halfway outside isn’t it? We’d gone on an expedition with Grandma and Grandad to have lunch and a little wander round, and the girls came across two child-sized beanbag garden chairs on display and settled in for a little sit down.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It just seems so very them; Elma closely examining a little wooden railway carriage with her initial on it that was destined to come home with us for a girl who loves her trains, and Kitty, putting proof to the phrase “so relaxed she’s horizontal” and playing up to the camera with such a cheeky twinkle in her eye.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Two little sisters, in April.

dear beautiful

This month I’m sending you to the lovely Jess who quite frankly has more creative inventiveness in her little finger than in the whole of me. I think she may also have found a way to warp the space time continuum that she’s keeping a secret from the rest of us too because not only does she write and take pictures of her two gorgeous children but she’s also started up a new blog Let’s Do Something Crafty which is filled with a gazillion ideas for rainy afternoons, many of which can be rendered in pink, purple or both (always a plus round here). And as a bit of sideline cheerleading she’s currently a finalist in the MADs awards and I would love to see her win a little something sparkly for her mantelpiece come the autumn so do cast a vote in her direction!

And now back to the topic in hand – I know there will be the ten of us sharing our siblings; would you like to join us?



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  • The Reading Residence 10/04/2014 at 7:23 am

    My two are starting to play together, too, and it is lovely to see. My son loves to copy his big sister, and gets even more enjoyment when she copies him – lots of laughs! Gorgeous photos, and those on the little chairs are very cute x

    • Carie 10/04/2014 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you very munch – the chairs were so sweet, just a smidgen or two out of the budget!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 10/04/2014 at 7:27 am

    I love that line about little sister looking up at big sister adoringly… And then doing her own thing anyway! That is exactly where we are at at the moment!! Love the beanbag shots! So bright and colourful! Xx

    • Carie 10/04/2014 at 9:22 pm

      It’s so funny to watch – especially when I come across Kitty stood in front of her sister saying “crawl Elma! crawl now!” and Elma just giggles back!

  • Michelle 10/04/2014 at 7:40 am

    They are adorable! I love the last photos on the chair, it’s brilliant #siblings x

    • Carie 10/04/2014 at 9:27 pm

      thank you very much – as I said before, it’s just so very them!

  • lucy at dear beautiful 10/04/2014 at 7:53 am

    Your description of them playing together could have been my two; he tells her what to do, she looks at him like he’s the best thing ever, and then carries on with what she wants to do. These photos are all lovely Carie and you can definitely see their relationship really starting to blossom. x

    • Carie 10/04/2014 at 9:35 pm

      It’s so funny isn’t it. Poor Kitty, I think her baby sister more than knows her own mind!!

  • Mary Keynko 10/04/2014 at 8:05 am

    There is no look quiet like the adoration for an old sibling! Such lovely pictures1

    • Carie 10/04/2014 at 9:37 pm

      Being the eldest myself I find it so interesting to watch their relationship develop from Elma’s perspective – and right now Kitty is just so exciting and wonderful it’s lovely to see!

  • Mummy of Two 10/04/2014 at 8:14 am

    Such lovely photos. It is really interesting watching their relationship change once the little one starts becoming more mobile isn’t it.

    • Carie 10/04/2014 at 9:38 pm

      It’s funny how it’s made Elma so much interesting again – I’m not sure Kitty was a big fan of the stage when she was old enough to make off with Kit’s toys, but too little to play games!

  • Keri-Anne 10/04/2014 at 8:59 am

    Such beautiful photographs darling. It is so wonderful seeing them giggling together x

    • Carie 10/04/2014 at 9:38 pm

      Ah a house full of laughter is never going to be a bad place to be is it!

  • Jenny 10/04/2014 at 9:01 am

    Ahhhh these are so cute. I love the little chairs too that they have at the end. It’s so amazing when they little gap closes between baby and toddler and they both begin to play together on the same things doing the same things. Just lovely. I can’t wait till my two can do that, let’s hope it’s as bittersweet and playful as your two adorable ones here. #siblinhgs

    • Carie 10/04/2014 at 9:40 pm

      It’s funny how quickly the gap seems to close up the older they get, although I suspect it might stretch out again once school starts, but for now we’ll just enjoy the calm!

  • Mammasaurus 10/04/2014 at 9:10 am

    Aww awww cute fest! Those chairs are awesome too – we’re currently doing a tour of local parks in an attempt to sure the Easter holiday excess energy!

  • Super Busy Mum {Debs} 10/04/2014 at 9:26 am

    How truly gorgeous are these two together. Loving the photos of them on the beanies, haha! Scrumptious. x

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 10:36 am

      Aww thank you very much – they were such sweet little chairs!

  • older mum in a muddle 10/04/2014 at 9:42 am

    These are gorgeous…. how sweet they are together, I love the first three where Elma is looking adoringly at her big sister and the kiss. Just gorgeous! X

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 10:40 am

      thank you – they’re so sweet with each other I can only hope it stays that way!!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 10/04/2014 at 10:03 am

    I love these photos! I cannot wait to see my two playing in the same ‘world’ as each other, it has to be without a doubt the best bit about having more than one child! And thank you so much for your lovely words about me, it actually made me cry! xx

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 10:41 am

      Oh no, I didn’t mean to make you cry – sorry 🙁 (but also not sorry because it was TRUE!!)

  • Emma Kershaw 10/04/2014 at 10:57 am

    Such lovely photos, I love to see how siblings play together and I can’t wait until my youngest can walk and play with her big brother properly 🙂 xx

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 10:41 am

      It’s so great just being on the cusp of that change as Elma gets more and more mobile – I can start to see how it’s going to look in a few months’ time and it’s going to be a fabulous summer!

  • Kriss MacDonald 10/04/2014 at 2:14 pm

    Wonderful how the younger one watches and looks up so adoringly at her older sister. Lovely shots of them together too on the bean bag chairs.

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 10:42 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Double Trouble 10/04/2014 at 3:22 pm

    These photo’s are just so adorable, love the ones of them on the chair. You can really see how close they are 🙂

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 10:43 am

      Thank you – I think they are really close right now, I just hope it stays that way as they get a bit older!

  • Morgana @ butwhymummywhy 10/04/2014 at 4:56 pm

    Aw, so cute! It’s great when they are playing together and interacting more isn’t it? My two have loved playing in the park together this week too. X

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 10:44 am

      It’s been so nice now that the weather is so much better hasn’t it – it take so much less energy to get up to the park when it’s sunny and you don’t have to wrap up in 47 layers of waterproofs!!

  • Sonia 10/04/2014 at 6:36 pm

    Such lovely photos! They look like they are enjoying each others company very much 🙂

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 10:44 am

      Thank you – I think they really do!

  • Lauren 10/04/2014 at 10:42 pm

    They are so adorable. Looks like they have a great relationship x

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 11/04/2014 at 10:12 pm

    What lovely photos of your gorgeous pair and you can see their relationship blossoming every month. I love the photos of them in the little chairs, so cute! x

    • Carie 12/04/2014 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you – I think I need to learn how to make chairs like that – they were having so much fun with them!

  • Camille 16/04/2014 at 7:53 pm

    They’re so cute together!!

    • Carie 18/04/2014 at 8:04 pm

      Aww thank you

  • Kate Thompson 22/04/2014 at 4:12 pm

    Lovely photos – we’ve been enjoying the nice weather too! Hope the rain doesn’t last…

    • Carie 25/04/2014 at 9:53 pm

      It’s pouring down today so I can’t hold out much hope – but fingers crossed!