Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip {the ordinary moments}

Great-Gran meet Great-Grandson


6am on a Sunday morning, with the gap in the curtain showing only the slightest glimmerings of the dawn is not a time i would usually willingly embrace.  I don’t think it’s a time that anyone willingly embraces to be honest, its more the time when you hear one of the children wake up and from the depths of a cosy deep sleep think “really? are you sure you don’t just want to give me another half hour?” (for the record the answer is always no).

But last week we got up at six, we woke the children, fed them, cleaned them, dressed them, popped them in the car and set off for the north on a day trip to Yorkshire to introduce Pip to as much of his extended family as hadn’t met him yet.

His Aunts and Uncle were home for the occasion too and it was great to catch up and watch the girls very evident pleasure at being reunited with some more of their favourite people and even better, the very special toys that live at Grandma and Grandad’s house; the contents of my parents in law’s garage having been pretty much the little ones’ sole topic of conversation all the way up the M1.

We chatted with H’s aunts and uncles who came around for tea, caught up on the family news, and one of his cousins played the guitar and sang and it all started to feel, dare I say it, rather Christmassy; especially when the cream cakes came out for tea.

But the highlight, and perhaps the chief reason for our trip was for Pip to meet his Great-Gran.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The oldest and the youngest – and one from the middle just for good measure!

I love that our girls and now Pip have had the chance to get to know their Great-Gran and Pip was certainly very happy to have lots of cuddles and lullabies, snuggling in to the same tunes sung to his Daddy thirty-something years before him.

My family has always been more spaced out, and there was never even a hint of a chance of my meeting any of my great grandparents, or for my children to meet theirs which I think makes that relationship all the more special to see.  And Great-Gran is very special in her own right.  She’s a proper old school Scottish Granny, she sings lullabies I don’t know the words to while wrapping up the babies in tartan shawls, she has the recipe for the most amazing Millionaire’s Shortbread you’ve ever tasted (and back in the day she used to send him off to university with a big tin of it) and it is utterly impossible to visit her at home without being offered (and by offered we generally mean ‘be forcibly presented with’ a cup of tea and a biscuit or a slice of cake regardless of time of day, vicinity of latest meal or in my case that fact that for the last 16 years my boyfriend then fiance now husband has drunk every single cup!

I’d had plans of taking some family photos while we were up north but the weather was wetter than wet and we never quite managed to have all of our more immediate family in the same room at the same time for long enough to take a photo, but even with the light dwindling away to nothing and the girls running around in their vests while they and their aunt explored the painting possibilities of her make up bag I knew I wanted to capture at least two generations together.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

So yes, they aren’t the best photos I’ve ever taken; the light was lousy, my ISO was ramped up ridiculously hight to compensate, Pip was winding up for a squeak for milk, and in half of the ones I took at least one person is looking at someone down the other end of the room and possibly having a chat with them too.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But it doesn’t matter. It would be nice to be able to tweak don’t get me wrong, but as always I’d rather have these photos than none at all.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And so I find that when I look at the pictures I stop seeing the faults, I just see the happy smiles, the comfortable companionship and the joy that we all share in being together. It’s a little record of Great-Gran with all of her Great-Grandchildren around her and it’s perfect.

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  • Seychellesmama 23/11/2014 at 7:20 am

    Ahh Carrie what a lovely day, so special for little Pip to be introduced to his great grandma 🙂 and of course for the girls to have time with her too!!
    I think the pictures are lovely 🙂 xx

    • Carie 23/11/2014 at 8:11 am

      Aww thank you, it really was a lovely day – if a long one by the time we got home!

  • Hannah 23/11/2014 at 12:08 pm

    Aw these photos are wonderful! My gran hates her photo being taken which is just so sad because my two don’t really have any photos with their great grandma 🙁 I try sly shots of course not the same sometimes! These haven’t turned out too bad despite your light issues! Xx

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:47 pm

      I do have to make them all sit down and have their picture taken – and it’s near impossible to stop Gran chatting to someone while I’m trying to shoot – thank goodness for digital cameras

  • Donna 23/11/2014 at 12:25 pm

    Oh this is such a beautiful post, such lovely photos to capture and keep forever. So lovely that the children have a Great-Gran around too x

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:39 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • kay 23/11/2014 at 2:24 pm

    What a lovely post! I love that my daughter has her great Grandma’s around, though it does make me think how much my Nan and Grandad would of loved Darcie, that thought always tugs at my heartstrings! xxx

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:38 pm

      I know what you mean – it makes me wonder whether my parents thought the same about wishing they could introduce me to their grandparents; perhaps there’s always a feeling of wanting to connect everyone together when you get old enough to be one of the middle generations?

  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine 23/11/2014 at 2:48 pm

    Such beautiful and special photos!! And that bald baby!!!! OMG!!! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!! : )

    ~ Wendy

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:36 pm

      He is a little cutie pie if I say so myself!!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 23/11/2014 at 3:21 pm

    Oh what gorgeous photos and memories Carie- that first one is just wonderful. As are the other ones- it is so amazing to be able to experience these moments isn’t it? x

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:35 pm

      It really is – and it makes me so very happy to see them together 🙂

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 23/11/2014 at 7:24 pm

    Aw what a lovely family get together! I think the photos are great and will be so lovely to look back on! Hubs’s granddad is still alive at 92 and we have a fab photo of 4 generations when Monkey was tiny. Sadly his sight, hearing and mobility has declined to the point where he and Monkey can’t really interact much beyond hellos which is a shame. Need to get Little Miss over to meet him soon! Xx

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:35 pm

      There’s nearly 90 years between Pip and his Great-Gran – it’s quite incredible when you think about it, but then she is quite an incredible lady!

  • Not A Frumpy Mum 23/11/2014 at 7:26 pm

    How wonderful that your children have been able to know their great gran. Looks like it was such a special day, and the pictures are gorgeous xx

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:33 pm

      thank you – it was definitely a special day indeed!

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 23/11/2014 at 8:55 pm

    These are such lovely photos, and what a special day?! I just love how you write Carie, you really tell a story and I totally imagine myself there when I read your posts! Pip is getting big already 🙂 such a gorgeous little trio x

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:32 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Sam 23/11/2014 at 9:53 pm

    Ah how lovely! My last grandparent died six years before I had JJ and I think the husband’s were all gone in the year before I met him. I sometimes imagine how my Nana would have loved the boys – I saw her around my nieces a decade before – but being an older mum that was never going to happen. On the plus side they have a fab relationship with both sets of grandparents 🙂 Looks like your family day was worth the early start for sure Xx

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:32 pm

      My remaining Grannie and H’s other Gran both died when we were at university and we were definitely not ready to present anyone with grandchildren or great grandchildren at that point. I think the fact that they don’t have a full compliment of grandparents, and only Kitty ever met my Mum makes their relationship with their Great-Gran even more special 🙂

  • sally 24/11/2014 at 11:01 am

    How lovely that you have that extra generation, and I know commenters have said how great that your children get to meet their Great Gran, but I think much more how amazing for her to meet the new generation, something I’d love to be able to do when I’m old and doddery.

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:28 pm

      I’d never thought of that but it’s true – I really hope I get to meet my grandchildren and great grandchildren one day

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 24/11/2014 at 11:33 am

    Beautiful photos, I remember the first time I introduced each of my three children to their Great-Nana – one of the loveliest and proudest moments yet x

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:27 pm

      It is a lovely feeling isn’t it – it was always going to be incredibly special with Kitty but happily it’s been just the same for all three of them 🙂

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 24/11/2014 at 12:10 pm

    What a special day! M is lucky enough to have three great-grandmas and one great-grandpa. I don’t have any ‘fantastic’ photos of them together either but it doesn’t really matter. I’ve hung them all up anyway, and to him their perfect: he points them out and smiles at them whenever takes his fancy (and funnily enough, knows EXACTLY who gave him which present!).

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:26 pm

      Wow – that is a very impressive collection of family – and yay for hanging them up so that M knows who they are, that must be so nice when they’re not close at hand for a visit in person!

  • Brandi 24/11/2014 at 12:32 pm

    How wonderful! Beautiful shots. Your little Pip is so big! Makes me want to hop in the car and drive off for some family time.

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:25 pm

      He really is getting so very tall – it’s only been a matter of weeks but that tiny newborn stage seems so long ago now!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 24/11/2014 at 1:04 pm

    Ah these are so lovely, what special memories they hold xx

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you – I think they are definitely pictures which I will always treasure 🙂

  • sustainablemum 24/11/2014 at 7:57 pm

    I love family get togethers too especially when there are lots of generations together. My children don’t have any great parents they had all died by the time they were born, they do have a great, great aunt whom they love to visit. I loved the one great grandparent who was alive when I was a child, she died when I was 22!

    • Carie 24/11/2014 at 10:23 pm

      Wow, that must have been amazing to know that many generations all at once – my oldest relative was a great aunt – it seems my family lives for a long time but likes to space themselves out a bit!

  • older mum in a muddle 26/11/2014 at 11:31 am

    How lovely they got to meet their great grandma (she sounds lovely; her own recipe for millionaires shortbread – oh yes!). Little A is also very fortunate to know her great grandma too! X

    • Carie 28/11/2014 at 9:13 am

      it really is lovely – and the shortbread is awesome!

  • Katie 26/11/2014 at 1:42 pm

    Gorgeous Carrie. My grandparents have all passed away now sadly but i have a very precious photo of my grandad with F when he was a newborn – he just happened to be down visiting for his summer holidays. It’s so precious to me x

    • Carie 28/11/2014 at 9:12 am

      thank you 🙂 its really special seeing so many generations together – I suspect the photo with her eldest grandson and eldest and only great grandson might find its way under the tree this year!