Elma Family Living Arrows Photography

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09/06/2014

Whenever I sit down and look through my week’s photos, to find a moment that sums up this week, or sums up the girls just as they are right now, I try to look for something that to me sums up the very essence of childhood.  It might be the enormous smile of a little girl on the swings, the intrepid exploration of the splash pools, or the first time on the big slide.  But for today, and courtesy of Elma, I bring you a public service announcement.  I hope you are all paying very close attention.

No seriously, you may find you need to know this.

You see the last time Elma was on the beach she was nine months old, and being very carefully supervised by both parents and grandparents, mostly so that she didn’t escape out from under the shade of the parasol/beach tent combination into the scorching hot Spanish sun.  Only this last week, under an English heaven, with a slightly higher availability of cloud cover to boost the shielding power of the baby suncream was she allowed a little more exploration.  Well that, and she’s so very wrigglish and so very mobile that there’s absolutely no holding her back if she decides she’s off.

She toddled, she sat, she played bucket and spade, she chased after balls, her sister, her cousin and her “Gan-pa”, and she splashed in every available puddle or rock pool.

But I’m sure you knew how to do all of that.

What she also discovered, and I believe this may have come as somewhat of a surprise to both my little daughter and her beloved Minnie, is that sand,

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

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

is very

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

very

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

sandy

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

but you absolutely, definitely, have to check more than once!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

 

Because you just never know when that knowledge might come in handy.  Especially when you live about as far away from the beach as it is possible to live and still be in England!

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  • PottyMouthedMummy 09/06/2014 at 12:44 pm

    Ha this made me chuckle, love the pictures/story #livingarrows

    • Carie 09/06/2014 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Jenny 09/06/2014 at 1:13 pm

    Ahhh bless her she is so adorable. Yuck sand is hard to get off too. lol She took it in stride though that’s amazing. So cute. Lovely portraits. #livingarrows

    • Carie 09/06/2014 at 10:15 pm

      She loved it – I think we hosed half the beach off her every day! I’ve never seen a baby love being sandy and wet quite so much – her cousin was definitely not so keen!!

  • Faded Seaside Mama 09/06/2014 at 8:37 pm

    Love this collection of photos! One of my favourite things is seeing small children explore the texture of sand for the first time properly. Living by the beach I am lucky enough to see it often too and it never gets boring!

    • Carie 09/06/2014 at 10:26 pm

      I don’t get to see it half so often but I agree it never gets boring – especially with a reaction like Elma’s – she was all for it and couldn’t get sandy enough!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 09/06/2014 at 9:14 pm

    Haha so cute look at her little cossie. Adorable. And sand is a pain! 😉

    • Carie 09/06/2014 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you – it’s amazing how sand gets just everywhere isn’t it!

  • Karen 09/06/2014 at 10:00 pm

    Love this. She looks so sweet sat in the sand x

    • Carie 09/06/2014 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you – she was definitely in her element!

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) 10/06/2014 at 11:36 am

    Awww a nice photo essay! We live near the beach & spending time there and my living room is now sandy too from our shoes! =P #LivingArrows

    • Carie 11/06/2014 at 6:19 pm

      Oh how lucky you are – I wish we lived nearer the sea!

  • older mum in a muddle 11/06/2014 at 6:29 pm

    Gorgeous. I love her with her Minnie in the sand, especially love the pictures with the sand in her mouth! X

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:41 pm

      Minnie is currently the love of Elma’s life – it’s a good job (a) we have two – this is back up Minnie and (b) they both wash!!