Elma Family Kitty Pip Uncategorized {the ordinary moments}



It it started so silently, so utterly unnoticed. The grey sky grew no greyer as the raindrops turned imperceptibly to the first little frozen pellets . Only change in the sound as the raindrops flicked against the window and drizzled down the glass gave us any reason to look up from where we sat at the table eating lunch amid the detritus left over from a morning folding paper stars to brighten up our windows.

The first flurry came as a shower of frozen rain, tiny little dots of ice scattering as they hit the ground and swept by the wind into miniature slushy drifts in corners, enough to bury down into the lawn and give a faint whitening to the grass if you looked at it through screwed up eyes and hoped for the best.

“I think we might give the play park a miss this afternoon girls.”
“but why Mummy!”
“Because it’s really cold and snowing my love”
“But I want to go to play in the snow!”
“How about the garden?”

We settled on the garden and two excited little girls rushed off to find boots and waterproofs, to try to put them on, to put them on backwards or on the wrong feet, and finally to stand by the back door dressed up all warm and cosy and ready to take on the world.

Naturally by this point the first flurry had stopped and looked rather like it was starting to melt and we went outside more in the determination that if it was going to get around to actually snowing in Warwickshire we were going to see it, to touch it, to try to avoid being spotted tasting it (small girls, not so much Pip or me) and to stamp up and down in it for as long as we could cope with being outside in the cold.

We stomped up and down the patio, drew smiley faces in our table and Kitty even scooped our one and only snowball off the bottom of the monkey swing.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then, just as we were starting to think about heading in again it started again, ice drops quickly turning to big feathery flakes, time in slow motion as the rapid little frozen rain drops that had pelted down became a whirl of languid drifting down.
Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life
It was bitterly cold, it was windy and the snow stuck in our hair and our hoods, and melted on Elma’s rather optimistic choice of headgear but it was snow and it was magical.
Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life
And while the storm cloud danced across the sky we stayed outside. The girls played on the trampoline, contemplated the slide but decided it was a step too far and made more swirly patterns and smiley faces wherever they could, right up to and including the bonnet of my car.

And Pip, my tiny boy nestled up in the sling, took one look at this new level of cold and decided that the best, nay the only thing to do in this weather was to snuggle down and have a little nap until he might wake up somewhere calmer and warmer.

It started to melt as quickly as it came, and by the time H was home rom work the roads were clear and only the ice still hiding in the grass told any part of our story.

I know plenty of people have had plenty more snow, enough for snow angels and igloos and snowmen, and if we were to wake up tomorrow to a foot of snow outside I would be absolutely thrilled, but I’m not letting that take away from the fun of our not so very snowy snow day. Or perhaps that should just be a snow moment?!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

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  • Potty Mouthed Mummy 01/02/2015 at 7:20 am

    We had only a tiny dusting here too but to h it was completely amazing. They have a completely optimistic attitude about everything! Gorgeous shots. Love the hat choice πŸ™‚ x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 9:33 pm

      It’s a really refreshing attitude to life isn’t it – I see only the tiniest amount of snow and wish for more, but all they see is SNOW!!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 01/02/2015 at 8:55 am

    Ah gorgeous words and lovely photos! I’m so jealous of all the snow people are having, it never snows down here. We had about 30 seconds of it the other day but that was it! x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:36 pm

      I’m from South Devon so I feel your pain – it rarely snows there either – although in the 60’s my Dad had to walk home from the train station in the next town over because of snow – it’s the last time it snowed deeply at his house!!

  • The Reading Residence 01/02/2015 at 9:02 am

    Oh, I love that Elma has a summer hat on! We had flurries, too, mainly on the school runs so my daughter was happily throwing snowballs at her friends and catching snow on her tongue. Lovely that you managed to capture it on camera x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:35 pm

      Oh that would make for a fun school run – much better than watching it through the classroom window and it all being gone by break time!

  • Kim 01/02/2015 at 12:00 pm

    Goodness, I love sun hat πŸ™‚ That would never do in our winter weather. Glad the snow was well enjoyed.

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:34 pm

      I think she could only get away with it for the 20 minutes or so we were outside and she was pretty chilly afterwards – but our snow is nothing like as wonderful as yours – ah a girl can dream!!

  • Donna 01/02/2015 at 1:38 pm

    Our snow was here and gone again within 15 minutes, not even enough for a toddler size snowball! x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:33 pm

      Oh that is sad – I almost want it to snow properly or not at all – if it’s going to be half-cooked about it it just causes traffic jams!!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 01/02/2015 at 2:52 pm

    We had a very similar snow moment yesterday, it will probably be the only snow we will see this year so had to get out there with Monkey and enjoy it while it lasted! I love Elma’s optimistic headgear!! Xx

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:31 pm

      And yet come the summer she’ll probably be running around in a bobble hat!

  • Nicki - ON THE CHANGING MAT 01/02/2015 at 4:37 pm

    Hello! What gorgeous photos and beautiful girlies! We too had a little sprinkling of snow! Found you through the Mummy Daddy Me Ordinary Moments linky – looking forward to reading more posts.

    Nicki & Joseph x

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much and hi!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 01/02/2015 at 6:59 pm

    Kitty is looking SO tall in the first couple of photos Carie- blimey! Would you believe we haven’t even had so much as a drop of snow here. The girls are desperate for it! It looks like you had fun! xx

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:30 pm

      Isn’t she just! I strongly suspect she’ll be easily my height by the time she’s finished! And oh no for no snow – it must be blowing down in between us because H had loads at work and his office is about an hour away from us in your sort of direction!

  • Lauren 01/02/2015 at 10:03 pm

    Oh Carie you have such a beautiful way with words. And Elma clearly has the best choice in snow head wear.
    It didn’t snow here long enough to go out in it or to even make one snowball! xx

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:28 pm

      She certainly knows her own mind when it comes to hats anyway!! I hope you do get a little snow before the winter passes through, it’s always so much fun!

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 02/02/2015 at 11:23 am

    Oh so lovely! Though I have to admit to feeling a little jealous of all the UK bunch’s snow pictures as it’s been cold but dry in Milan… I hope you, and we, do get a foot of the stuff at some point soon!

    • Carie 02/02/2015 at 8:25 pm

      Wouldn’t it be lovely but I think the moment may have passed for us – fingers crossed it’s heading to you!

  • Yanic 11/02/2015 at 5:31 pm

    What a lovely story… Even with many feet of snow on the ground, my daughter still gets so amazingly tickled at flurries, let alone snow! I’m glad you guys had fun… And I love the sun hat! πŸ™‚

    • Carie 12/02/2015 at 9:23 pm

      I think that’s wonderful that she never gets tired of it – it brings back the magic!!

  • sally 21/02/2015 at 5:10 pm

    I still haven’t given up hope of some more this Winter. We did go off and find a smallish amount on Exmoor but we haven’t had any fall on us at home yet. Glad you got a little and that you made the most of it.