Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip {the ordinary moments}



As H gets ready to leave for work each morning a little tousled blond head appears at his side:

“Daddy! Are you staying home with us today?”
“Not today sweetheart, I have to go to work.”
“But I want you to stay because I just really love you the most Daddy!!”

Nothing like making Mummy feel really cherished first thing in the morning is there Kitty-cakes?

I know it’s just the novelty value as it were; Mummy is always here, Mummy does not appear with Milkybars in her pockets, Mummy can’t hold small daughters upside down by their ankles, Mummy just isn’t as exciting. And truth be told there are mornings where Mummy would also quite like it if Daddy was staying home!

But at the weekend or on odd days of holiday when the answer is a resounding “yes” it’s lovely to see her enormous smiles, even if H rather wishes they weren’t immediately followed by two small girls using him as a climbing frame in what seems to be a quest to be the first to sit on his head. (Seriously, Elma’s knees gave him two neat little purple bruises on his stomach the other week when she flung herself at him!)

There are days when we come up with an adventure, or we’ve got plans to meet friends, and lots of our weekends revolve around hockey matches but sometimes the very best days are the ones with no plan at all, the days when we go as the whim takes us.

We might be snuggled up at home having family film afternoon while the rain drips down the windows, or sat around the table playing all sorts of glueing painting and sticking, or in this case running around the park in a window of sunshine before the rain moved in again.

The park has a policy of tidying up fallen trees but leaving them mostly in situ so they can be clambered all over, and this little log was just irresistible to Kitty. And where Kitty goes, there follows Elma, even if she might need a little fatherly assistance to stop her splatting straight into a puddle!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

So while I rocked a sleepy Pip back and forth in his pram, my intrepid trio set about exploring. They wibbled a bit, wobbled a bit, and then jumped!

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

It was a tiny moment in a very everyday sort of day, but they’re the days where we seem to really revel in being a family of five; days of utter contentment. It’s the emotional equivalent of that feeling of being slightly stuffed but very happy that you get sat in front of a roaring fire after a really great roast lunch followed by apple crumble and custard.

The days when I look around at our little family and feel how truly blessed we are. TheseΒ very wonderful ordinary days.

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  • Seychellesmama 26/10/2014 at 7:11 am

    Gorgeous pictures Carrie! Your little family is so so cute!
    Love coming across trees to clamber on, even as a grown up….that magic has never faded!! X

    • Carie 27/10/2014 at 6:31 am

      They are just irresistible aren’t they!

  • Anna-Marie 26/10/2014 at 8:14 am

    Very similar in our household! Dads are obviously more fun πŸ˜‰ Gorgeous photo xx

    • Carie 27/10/2014 at 6:34 am

      Always more fun!

  • Mandycharlie 26/10/2014 at 8:17 am

    Wonderful photos, just lovely.

    • Carie 27/10/2014 at 6:34 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Life at the Little Wood 26/10/2014 at 8:37 am

    Oh, how lovely! I love how you describe being a family of five, and the contentment that days like this bring. Beautiful! Xx

    • Carie 27/10/2014 at 6:43 am

      Aww thank you πŸ™‚

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 26/10/2014 at 3:04 pm

    What absolutely beautiful photos Carie, really ones to treasure. Love the colours and the girls little dresses too. I completely agree with what you are saying about those quiet ‘on a whim’ weekends being the ones that bring the most contentment. I have a big girl here who also asks every day if Daddy is staying home, she has the biggest smile when at the weekend we actually say yes! x

    • Carie 29/10/2014 at 12:57 pm

      It’s lovely that so simple a thing makes them so happy isn’t it πŸ™‚

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 26/10/2014 at 8:21 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Carie! I love little moments like these too, and I swear there is something about Autumn that makes them all the more sweeter, and where it’s so nice to go home and cosy up together! x

    • Carie 29/10/2014 at 12:58 pm

      Its the cosying up afterwards that definitely makes it for me!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 26/10/2014 at 9:01 pm

    Beautiful photos and those are my favourite kind of family days too

    • Carie 29/10/2014 at 12:58 pm

      thank you – and yay for simple happy family days!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 26/10/2014 at 10:54 pm

    I think there is something special about the relationship between Daddies and their girls! Mine are just the same! Gorgeous pictures and perfectly autumnal!

    • Carie 29/10/2014 at 1:00 pm

      And I suspect I was similar with my Dad too πŸ™‚ !!

  • Merlinda Little 27/10/2014 at 6:14 am

    I feel so happy after reading your post. Ordinary moments that we treasure cuz of the happiness it gives us and in this case the people who reads your blog as well =) Thanks for sharing #TheOrdinaryMoments

    • Carie 29/10/2014 at 1:01 pm

      aww thank you πŸ™‚

  • Kay Burgess 27/10/2014 at 7:13 am

    Love days when my hubby is home! He is a police officer so works 6 days then gets four days off… It’s lovely even if on the days he does work they’re long hours! Love the photos, this time of year is perfect for family pics!

    Kay x


    • Carie 29/10/2014 at 1:02 pm

      Oh that must be tough on the long days, but wonderful on the days at home!

  • Katie 27/10/2014 at 10:07 pm

    I love you guys such a lovely, honest bunch of real people! Gorgeous to boot πŸ™‚ x

    • Carie 29/10/2014 at 1:04 pm

      Aww thank you lovely πŸ™‚

  • Heledd - Running in Lavender 29/10/2014 at 11:16 pm

    I totally agree, I love those weekends when we have no plans and can just enjoy being a family. These pictures are so beautiful, I love every thing about them – from the facial expressions, outfits and the surrounding. Perfection!

    This is such a beautiful post xx

    • Carie 30/10/2014 at 8:31 pm

      Aww thank you πŸ™‚

  • sally 05/11/2014 at 10:00 pm

    That is such a wonderful, perfect, evocative metaphor there at the end, I really love it!