Elma Family Kitty Milestones Photography Siblings

Siblings – in June


It was the final evening of our holiday. A little sunkissed, relaxed after a week doing nothing more demanding than surfing (H), sandcastle building and navigating Devon lanes (me), and with just a smidgen of sadness that the time to go home was rapidly approaching, we sat on the seafront at Wollacombe.

You just can’t have a seaside holiday without fish and chips, and you just haven’t really done it properly unless you ate them with your fingers (having given up all pretence that those little wooden forks are for anything other than show after the first couple of bites), straight out of the wrappers, with the remains of the sun on your shoulders and the sea at your toes, or near enough depending on how insanely far the tide’s gone out!

All eight and a bump of us, spread out over a bench and a picnic blanket, putting swift work to five standard portions (and for standard read HUGE!), one small portion split between Kitty and Elma, and a sausage for the small nephew (who duly pinched a substantial portion of his Mama’s supper for good measure).

We chatted, we ate with the hungriness that comes from a day spent on the beach and in the surf, and, because we were accompanied by a three year old, we ran several trips to the nearest facilities.  And as empty boxes piled up, hands and faces were wiped clean of grease somewhat against their owners’ wishes, and those still possessing any excess energy whatsoever were set to run it off while the rest of us simply sat and drank in the perfect end to a wonderful day and a wonderful holiday.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Kitty ran and Elma chased, or Elma wandered and Kitty tried to persuade her with a mixture of gentleness and a little bit of pulling on her hood before giving up and running circles of her own.



Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I knew when we started the Siblings project that this year would see big changes in my daughters, and not just because the Little Bump will make an arrival at some point soon.  When we started, Elma wasn’t standing, let alone walking, and although I knew it was coming soon, at the same time it seemed such a long way off for my little baby.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

To see the girls running together, even if one is perhaps still a little unsteady on the bumpy ground, is such a big step, not just from the beginning of the year, but even from last month’s pictures, and drives it home how much I treasure both the project and blogging in general to make me pause in the busyness and be mindful of these moments, of the changes that I can see so much more clearly in comparison than I would in the everyday.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The next few months are going to see so many more changes, both for the girls and in the girls, but I know I shan’t forget the evening they danced at the sea.

Two little sisters, in June.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


dear beautiful

For this month I’m sending you on to Kelle, formerly writing at Maggie Stone, and now found at the wonderfully christened Dinky and Dandy.  Kelle not only finds fabulously quirky bits and bobs for little ones (and kindly shares them with the rest of us), and takes the most gorgeous photos, but is also the wonderful Mama to two of the most stylish pre-schoolers in the entire internet! She’s also running a competition on Instagram to celebrate her relaunch – I would love to win so consider this the ultimate in self sacrifice in telling you that it’s open until Friday!

But back to the topic in hand; it’s time to celebrate the Siblings in June:

You Might Also Like

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 10/06/2014 at 7:17 am

    So lovely, I can already see such a big difference in the relationship of my two from looking back through the photos, can’t wait to compare the whole year. We had fish and chips on the beach before going home when we went to Woolacombe last year too! x

    • Carie 10/06/2014 at 9:32 am

      It’s crazy isn’t it – if this is the change after six months, what on earth will a whole year look like!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 10/06/2014 at 8:08 am

    Such lovely photos… And how lovely to think that you stared the year with one baby, and will finish with another one! Elma and Kitty are both looking so grown up now!

    • Carie 10/06/2014 at 9:32 am

      It’s true – I’m still getting my head around that a bit though!!

  • lucy 10/06/2014 at 8:39 am

    So beautiful Carie. Such sweet girls having so much fun together. And I agree so much with your words, the chances in all the children in this projects in the last six months is pretty staggering really. My two have changed so much and I’m so glad to be documenting that. x

    • Carie 10/06/2014 at 9:33 am

      Aww thank you 🙂 – I wonder whether it’s the age of so many of our children, or whether they always change so much, we just don’t notice it unless we’re focussed on it?

  • Mammasaurus 10/06/2014 at 9:31 am

    There’s something about photos of children enjoying fresh air that just always make me beam – lovely x

  • Sonia 10/06/2014 at 10:41 am

    So adorable! Love that Kitty is helping her with her running bless her, I love how older siblings are so protective over the little ones x x

    • Carie 11/06/2014 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you 🙂 she alternates from being really protective to really over enthusiastic in her affections – it’s a funny balance to find!

  • Double Trouble 10/06/2014 at 12:36 pm

    They are such sweet sisters, you can tell they are so close. I agree this linky is great because it has allowed me document their relationship which otherwise would not have been.

    • Carie 11/06/2014 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you – for the moment at least they do seem to be the best of friends – long may it continue!!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 10/06/2014 at 12:53 pm

    Elma looks so tall in these photos, she is growing up so fast. I agree with what you are saying too, I can’t believe the changes in my two over the course of this project and we are only really in the first half of the year! x

    • Carie 11/06/2014 at 6:26 pm

      I know, she’s suddenly all little girl and not so much baby any more isn’t she – it’s amazing how much of a change walking can make!

  • Rachel - 3yearsandhome 10/06/2014 at 1:04 pm

    So, so lovely and not just the pictures but the way you write too. I see a huge change in my boys since January. BB has gone from crawling to almost running and a little baby to almost a boy. It’s incredible how quickly they grow and I’m so thankful for this project too as I don’t think I would have captured the changes otherwise.

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:32 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂 It is extraordinary how much all these little ones change before our very eyes!

  • Hayley at Shutterflies 10/06/2014 at 1:56 pm

    I always love to visit your blog, Carie. Your posts are wonderful to read, you always have the right words and I always have a smile on my face seeing those two cheeky girls x

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you, you’re very sweet – and cheeky is about right for these two!!

  • Jenny 10/06/2014 at 2:07 pm

    They are so adorable together. And you can see changes in them so much each month. I love this project. Your portraits are stunning. #siblings

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you so much – I really love that I have these pictures of the gradual changes – and a pretty location always helps!

  • Kriss MacDonald 10/06/2014 at 4:44 pm

    Lovely seeing the change from baby to running and playing together in the sunshine as #siblings.

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:36 pm

      She’s really starting to look a bit grown up isn’t she!!

  • Keri-Anne 10/06/2014 at 5:34 pm

    These are such sweet photographs and i love that you seem to have capture a bird in each of your photographs too!!! x

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:37 pm

      The birds are somewhat unintentional – but perhaps an inevitable consequence of having had fish and chips for tea just before we took the photos!!

  • Kelle - Dinky & Dandy 10/06/2014 at 6:34 pm

    I really love these photos Carie. The hand holding is adorable. And thank you so much for your sweet words about me xx

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:38 pm

      Well you’re very welcome – and the new site is fabulous!!

  • Camille 10/06/2014 at 6:56 pm

    Aww, so sweet! They remind me so much of my two little girls.

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:38 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • The Reading Residence 10/06/2014 at 7:59 pm

    Huge changes then, with the move from baby to toddler. Now that they can follow each other about it, their relationship can really take off! Beautiful, evocative post, and fun-filled photos x

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:38 pm

      Just as long as they don’t decide to take off in opposite directions – I suspect even Elma could outrun me right now!!

  • Mummy of Two 10/06/2014 at 8:20 pm

    Sounds perfect to me! The photos of your girls are lovely – they look like they are having so much fun playing together.

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you – they definitely were!!

  • Lauren 11/06/2014 at 1:05 am

    Awwww such big changes. I saw big changes when Harry could walk, mostly in a positive way. The way they played together completely changed.
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time away x

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:40 pm

      I think it’s that combination of mobility and just being that little bit more grown up; they’ve become two little girls not a little girl and a little baby anymore!

  • older mum in a muddle 11/06/2014 at 6:33 pm

    How beautiful. Sounds like you’ve had a lovely holiday. And soon two is going to become three siblings – how exciting for them all. We have just some back from a week in Wales, and like you we had to have fish and chips – you must on an English seaside holiday! X

    • Carie 12/06/2014 at 10:42 pm

      I’m almost certain there’s a statute somewhere that requires fish and chips – mmm chips, now I’m getting hungry!

  • Caro AKA The Twinkles Momma 13/06/2014 at 8:16 pm

    I LOVE these pics… your girls are getting closer and closer each month — it’s so lovely to see 🙂 I especially like the last one. So heartwarming X

    • Carie 14/06/2014 at 7:31 am

      Thank you – they are definitely becoming little friends as well as sisters – just with all the usual sisterly spats!!

  • Michelle 14/06/2014 at 2:24 pm

    aww such a beautiful post with gorgeous pics of your girls. We love taking a trip to the beach and like you have to enjoy some fish and chips 🙂 x

    • Carie 14/06/2014 at 11:11 pm

      It’s definitely something that should be written into our constitution if we ever had one!! Fish and chips by the sea is one of life’s great pleasures 🙂

  • Karen 16/06/2014 at 1:08 pm

    This is just gorgeous, dancing by the sea. A perfect end to a holiday x

    • Carie 18/06/2014 at 10:38 pm

      thank you – it was a wonderful week 🙂