Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}

Grandpa’s Best Helper


Last week we quit the rat race, loaded the girls, the swimming costumes, the bucket (sans spade because we couldn’t find it), and two tubs of Duplo into the boot of the car and headed for the beach.  We got back yesterday, after a wonderful week of occasional sunshine and lots of surf and when I’ve waded through the 900 odd photos on the big camera I can promise to tell you lots lots more about it!  But more than a beach holiday, this was a family holiday.  We stayed in a flat overlooking the sea with Dad, my sister, and her family, and for all the surf and sandcastles, some of my very favourite moments were just hanging out at home; playing with my nephew, or watching his and Elma’s cautious interaction, overseen by a Kitty more than willing to chase after either of them with their left behind socks.

There were giggles for Uncle H pulling faces across the dinner table; Elma toddling around clutching her cousin’s Thomas the Tank Engine books, demanding a “tory” from anyone who looked like they might sit down for thirty seconds; Kitty curled up in her Grandpa’s lap listening to her favourite stories; the small nephew getting to grips with Duplo; and Kitty sitting up at the table to do a puzzle with her Auntie, colouring in each of the letters oh so carefully.

And then there was Henry.

Four people coming too and from the beach will generate a fair bit of sand, however carefully they dust their feet at the door, and then you add three children into the mix, and, well Elma at least is not a terribly tidy eater, so it wasn’t too long before we needed to befriend the hoover.  And Kitty loved it.  Every time Henry came out she wanted to be Grandpa’s best helper.

It became her job to turn him off and on, and while she’d pick things up out of the way for him, or hold the cable, mostly she wanted to be at the business end, scooping up every last toast crumb with her Grandpa.


And as well as the fact that I wasn’t the one doing the hoovering (which is in itself something worth celebrating occasionally), it was lovely watching them together, even doing something so mundane; you could tell how much fun Kit was having just out of being with her Grandpa, just as Elma’s face would light up when she heard him in the mornings and she’s go toddling off for a cuddle, or at least to stare at him and check he was really there!


Ordinary moments of domesticity, made special.




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  • Emily 08/06/2014 at 7:59 am

    Oh how wonderful, so glad you took the time to celebrate and cherish working together! So glad you had such a wonderful holiday. Looking forward to seeing more pictures! #OrdinaryMoments

    • Carie 08/06/2014 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you 🙂 the whole holiday was a lot of fun – and yes there are many many photos to come!

  • mylittledreamworld1 08/06/2014 at 8:25 am

    Aww lovely photo. I’ve done a similar ordinary moment this week – about cleaning my daughters room together! Xxx

    • Carie 08/06/2014 at 4:03 pm

      Oh how lovely – that sounds wonderful! And great minds think alike!

  • Seychellesmama 08/06/2014 at 8:28 am

    So sweet!! It’s lovely you got a week of real full on family time!! The girls obviously loved it. I think it’s the most beautiful thing seeing your kids interact with their family! X

    • Carie 08/06/2014 at 4:04 pm

      It is isn’t it – watching those relationships that you’re near to, but not part of.

  • Jenny 08/06/2014 at 2:08 pm

    Ahhh bless her how sweet is this. What a great helper indeed too!! Lovely photos. Glad to spend family time together too. #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 08/06/2014 at 4:04 pm

      Ah she’s definitely the best helper around!

  • PottyMouthedMummy 08/06/2014 at 8:40 pm

    Awww too cute. I love it when kiddies get so excited about copying/helping grown ups. Lovely moment x

    • Carie 08/06/2014 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you – it was so sweet how determined she was that hoovering was her thing!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 08/06/2014 at 9:15 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely holiday… I’m sure you’re back down to reality with a bump… although at least you’ll have a little helper with the housework now!

    • Carie 08/06/2014 at 10:10 pm

      Yes I suspect going back to work tomorrow will be a bit of a shock to the system!

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) 09/06/2014 at 9:33 am

    Bonding while cleaning sounds good to me. I wish we can do this! Just leave everything and go and enjoy. I have holiday envy =) #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 09/06/2014 at 9:55 pm

      Ah it was a great holiday – I miss it 🙁

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 09/06/2014 at 11:48 am

    What wonderful photos, and your last sentence just captures it perfectly Carie! My little boy doesn’t get to see his grandparents very often, but he doesn’t leave their side whenever we visit. That in itself makes me happy, but it’s extra-special when they involve him in their little everyday tasks – making coffee, sweeping the floor, loading the dishwasher. They are so good at letting him help and he LOVES it. Must be something about feeling useful and part of what the grown-ups are doing.

    • Carie 09/06/2014 at 9:58 pm

      Oh there’s definitely something special about watching my girls with all of their grandparents – Mama and Daddy pale in comparison!!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 09/06/2014 at 3:52 pm

    So glad you had a lovely time Carie and perfect memories to treasure. Mads is a little helper as well, she loves to tidy and clean with me- long may it continue I say! 😉 x

    • Carie 09/06/2014 at 10:24 pm

      Oh definitely – sooner or later they’re going to cotton on the idea that there ought to be some greater reward than simply playing with the mop – and then I’m in trouble!