Elma Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}

Frozen

25/01/2015

I have an ex-bucket.  It was my mop bucket and over the years since we first moved into this house it has done stirling work in the matter of kitchen floors, the removal of mud from the hallway and all things that can be covered by the spine chilling phrase “potty training”.  But alas, the spout started to crack and the little squeeze strainer thing that clips onto one end reached the end of its natural life and started to shatter shards of plastic every time you pressed down to squeeze.  And so it was replaced, and I put the old bucket out by our recycling bins to await the day when I had time to take it down to the recycling centre to commence a new life as part of a bin bag or something similar.  That was, well let’s just say a few months ago, and over the course of the autumn it’s gradually filled with rainwater and the occasional leaf.

And what happens to water when the temperature dips to -5 overnight?

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Ice.  We prodded it, watched the warmth of our hands make little fingertip dimples in the ice, prodded it some more and wondered how thick the ice was.

So I took it around to the back garden, upended it and for moment, nothing. The three of us stood their watching silently and then with an almighty crash the weight of the water behind the ice won out, it shattered and with a whumph and a splash, leafy water and chunks of ice came flooding across the patio.  The girls, clad in wellies (and fancy dress naturally) got stuck straight in to this most wonderful new puddle while I (wearing Birkenstocks) scuttled hurriedly backwards.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

For Elma it was all about the puddle, she took a while to get around to the ice, but Kitty, with two more years of puddle experience than her sister, wanted to know a bit more.  So we poked at the spiky bits left in the bucket and picked up the big chunks lying on the patio and dropped them to watch them break apart as they hit the ground.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And it was then that Kitty realised that she could make one of her dreams come true, she could be Elsa, she could indeed stamp her foot and have ice shoot out in all directions from under her wellyboot – even dressed as Snow White.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I’d love to claim I’d planned it all out as a serious learning experience for the girls after serious and devoted research on the internet but frankly I’d forgotten about the bucket until I ventured out into the insanely cold and frosty morning to put the milk bottle in the plastics bag, and an old mop bucket isn’t exactly Pinterest worthy is it? Although Kitty’s nursery do have winter as their topic at the moment (they’ve built a great igloo out of cereal boxes) so perhaps I could claim to be linking in to that. Or not.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I have no idea what Kitty learnt about ice, if anything.  I know Elma cemented her love of puddles, not that she needed any more convincing about their merits, and I learnt that if the kids are having a really ratty day I can make a great puddle for them to splash in by tipping a bucket of water over our back patio.

But most of all, it was fun. As anything that starts with curiosity and ends with a full scale performance of Let It Go is always going to be.

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

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

 

 

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  • Catriona Stephen 25/01/2015 at 7:37 am

    Love the fancy dress outfits! Sounds like they had a lovely time and you got some lovely photos 🙂 it’s lovely how puddles and ice can bring so much fun and joy xxx

    • Carie 25/01/2015 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you – it was lots of fun!

  • Anna-Marie 25/01/2015 at 8:08 am

    Gorgeous photos Carie and I can just imagine them belting out Let It Go!

    • Carie 25/01/2015 at 2:29 pm

      I’m half surprised the whole country couldn’t hear them to be honest, they were really going for it!

  • The Reading Residence 25/01/2015 at 8:36 am

    Beautiful photos. I do love moments like this, unplanned, just allowing kids to go with the flow and their natural curiosity shining through x

    • Carie 25/01/2015 at 2:28 pm

      Unplanned is definitely my style of activity!!

  • Donna 25/01/2015 at 9:34 am

    Seeing children investigate ice and snow for what seems like the first time is amazing. Your photos are gorgeous x

    • Carie 25/01/2015 at 2:27 pm

      It’s a lot of fun isn’t it – Kitty’s seen snow before but Elma was really tiny the last time it properly snowed so I hope we get proper snow before the end of the winter so she can really explore!

  • dean of Little Steps 25/01/2015 at 1:03 pm

    They look so adorable in their dress-up clothes! x

  • dean of Little Steps 25/01/2015 at 1:03 pm

    They look so adorable in their dress-up clothes! x

  • dean of Little Steps 25/01/2015 at 1:03 pm

    They look so adorable in their dress-up clothes! x

  • dean of Little Steps 25/01/2015 at 1:03 pm

    They look so adorable in their dress-up clothes! x

    • Carie 25/01/2015 at 2:26 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 25/01/2015 at 3:40 pm

    So cute Carie, you always have me captivated each week with your stories- you have a way of making the most ordinary things in the world the most special and exciting. I love the fact they are just swanning around in their fancy dress- I have two girls who do the same. 😉

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 8:12 am

      the dressing up box seems to be the first place they go after breakfast! right now Kitty is Dr Snow White McStuffins and Elma is Minnie Mouse complete with ears!!

  • Triona McKee 25/01/2015 at 7:28 pm

    The outfits are so cute! I agree, let kids be kids and let them discover & imagine! I touched a bit on the same this week xx

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 8:09 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Kim 25/01/2015 at 8:14 pm

    This is so wonderful, it looks they had a fabulous time, and those last few photos are priceless.

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 8:07 am

      thank you 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT 25/01/2015 at 8:40 pm

    They’ll have learnt lots through playing with the ice. You just don’t realise they are doing it sometimes; it’s amazing! I love that they are dressed up too. So cute!

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 8:07 am

      I hope so – and if they did I know it will be the kind of knowledge that sticks because it was their own discovery

  • Charlotte 25/01/2015 at 8:55 pm

    Ah, lovely. Wellies and fancy dress is the best combo!

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 8:05 am

      you can’t beat it – I’m surprised none of the Disney princesses have gone for it!

  • Molly 25/01/2015 at 9:41 pm

    LOVE this! Gorgeous photos, as ever. But I love the ordinariness of it. It’s a moment that could easily slip by and remain uncaptured. One of the lovely things about blogging.

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 8:01 am

      It is isn’t it – the memories of what is so terribly mundane at the time but special once that phase passes

  • Lila 26/01/2015 at 2:39 am

    They are adorable, I love watching kids discover new things, we got to show our three year old hail for the first time not long ago and it was just wonderful to watch her try to make it fit into her idea of the world!

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 8:00 am

      Oh wow, that must have been fun. Our eldest two got rather too much of an appreciation for hail when we got caught in a hailstorm at the park and had to hide under the slide!!

  • Debs @ Super Busy Mum 26/01/2015 at 11:26 am

    How cute are those girls in their costumes! Gorgeous photos! x

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 7:56 am

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 26/01/2015 at 1:59 pm

    I love the way you write, and beautiful photos x

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 7:53 am

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Claudia 26/01/2015 at 3:53 pm

    ah yes…. Elsa. we see her quite often around here too 😉

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 7:52 am

      Is there a mother of small girls that doesn’t at the moment?!

  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 31/01/2015 at 1:36 pm

    Beautiful, I love them in their princess dresses and wellies. This is just so gorgeous, love the differences between fascination with puddles and wanting to touch the ice. Curiosity grows with age I’m sure. Love these pics #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:48 pm

      It rather sums up my girls I think, the very princessy and the very practical all in one!

  • sally 21/02/2015 at 5:28 pm

    I love those last few photos, I can almost hear her!